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Fire destroys vacant building in downtown Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Montesano fire department is just setting up fire watch at the scene of a major fire over night that destroyed a building downtown. Fire Chief Corey Rux tells us it was reported just before 9, no injuries since the two business spaces at 217 West Pioneer Avenue were vacant. Rux said an origin and cause of the blaze are undetermined at this time.
The Aberdeen Fire Department added a second ladder truck to suppression efforts overnight that kept the fire from jumping to a collision repair store 2 feet from the rear of the building. Rux didn’t have numbers yet, but said Grays Harbor Fire District #2 added crews as well, and although it was a difficult fire to suppress it was confined to the building of original.
The roof of the building caved in around 1 this morning, and crews are getting some downtime, but Rux said they’d be checking for hotspots throughout the day today.

Montesano rejects bids after learning lowest bidder is “Main Street Phase 2″ contractor

MONTESANO, Wash. – The city of Montesano last night rejected all bids for upgrades to a portion of their water distribution system, after council learned that the lowest bidder was the contractor responsible for the Main Street Phase 2 project. Outgoing councilman Doug Streeter spoke his mind “That was probably the worst project I’ve ever experienced in my entire life, they’re horrible.”
Downtown businesses in Montesano went without sidewalks or a main street for weeks at a time while South Bay Excavating of Olympia worked between the raindrops in August and September. The work completed in October.
Regardless of track record, the state’s competitive bidding process requires that cities award contracts to the lowest and best bidder. After city staff couldn’t find a legal reason to reject their bid, council voted to reject all four bids and go back to the drawing board. The project will make upgrades to the distribution system for residents in the Wilder Hill area. City staff said the vote to go back to the bidding process will delay the project by months. The number two bid was Roglins of Aberdeen, at $214,632 the difference was $135.50.

Montesano, other cities, looking to recoup lost levy dollars

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Montesano city council tonight will discuss a new levy, this one already has your approval. Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of their levy that were reduced over the previous 12 months.
Monty Cobb, Policy Director with the Washington Association of County Officials explained earlier this year “What it boiled down to be is if Monty pays his taxes, and on April second I win my appeal and my taxes get reduced. The treasurer will refund a portion of my taxes, and what a local taxing district would have got from me they can add back on to their levy and be made whole the next year.” Cobb said that due to the wording of the law, if you hadn’t paid those taxes before they were modified, the taxing districts would lose out on the difference.
In Cosmopolis, Finance Director Kathy Welch said three separate levies are worth about $40-thousand more, thanks to a change in the value of Cosmo Specialty Fibers “It used to be that you were just ‘out’ and you couldn’t go back for those taxes.
Welch said countywide there is about $500-thousand that could be recovered, however the decision will be up to each taxing authority.

Grays Harbor and Pacific County Farm Bureau elects 2014 officers

MONTESANO, Wash. – 2014 Officers were elected at the Annual Grays Harbor & Pacific County Farm Bureau Dinner on Friday.
President Terry Willis, VP Al Loughead, Secretary/Treasurer Dan Wood and State Board Owen Schaffner were selected, members also heard from guest speakers State Representative Brian Blake and CEO of the Washington Farm Bureau John Stuhmiller.

Their next regular meeting will be Jan. 27th, with guest speaker Cosmopolis Mayor, and Grays Harbor Commissioner Candidate Vickie Raines.

Car strikes poll, knocks out power to 800 in Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD worked for about 2 hours to restore power to some Montesano residents Thursday morning, after a car struck a pole just before 7. Montesano Police Chief Brett Vance reports no injuries, the car apparently went off the shoulder and was pulled into the ditch, striking the pole on Beacon Avenue.
Power was restored to approximately 800 customers just in time for school to start at Beacon Elementary.

Town history found on the shelf of garage sale

MONTESANO, Wash. – Snagging Montesano’s history, right off the shelf of a garage sale. Carol Beck of Elma was out garage sailing recently when she spotted, and recognized, a lost piece of the town’s history. She explained to the Montesano city council last night “I’m a teacher, so I’m interested in old books. I started thumbing through them and I realized they were a primary source of the establishment of Montesano. So I asked what he wanted and he said ‘oh, ten bucks?’ and I said ‘how about five?’ cause I’m a garage saler.”
Carol found 11 books written by Montesano’s city engineer from 1910 to 1914, and contacted the city. Mayor Ken Estes responded with a citizen appreciation award, and said the books will be put on display in the new city shop.

Montesano council fails to overturn Mayor’s veto of “Downtown Plan”

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Montesano City Council last night failed to overturn the mayor’s veto of the downtown plan, adopted earlier this month. Mayor Ken Estes vetoed the ordinance adopting the plan last week, citing concerns over the city’s ability to enforce it.
Councilman Chris Hutchings said before the 4-3 vote “I think it’s a great document [but] we do have a comprehensive plan that was passed in 2008, it says it needs to be updated every five years.” Hutchings said the downtown plan should still be used as a vision, and suggested an update to the city’s comprehensive plan instead of new code.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Notification System tested well

Teleira costs less than $3,600 per year to operate, is far quicker and provides us with texting capability which was NOT available with our previous provider. This is a win/win situation for the county and all citizens. Cost savings, efficiency and speed.

If you did not receive a phone call, text message and an e-mail and believe you should have, please click on the link and fill out the form to correct any problems which may exist.

If you wish to sign up for the notifications, please click the link and fill out the form.

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp

Grays Harbor County to test notification system Tuesday, October 22

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be testing the County Wide Disaster Notification System on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:30am. The notifications will go out to all who have voluntarily signed up for the notifications. To date over 6,500 Grays Harbor County Citizens have been added to our system. All who are currently in the system as of October 15th should receive a phone call, e-mail and text message if your phone has those capabilities. The associated phone number with the phone call will be (360) 249-3911. Newer additions will be added following the system test.

If you believe you are in the system and do not receive a call, text or e-mail, it could be as a result of many issues such as new phone number or e-mail address. If you did not receive all of the notifications you believe you should have, please fill out the form using the link below and we will update your information. If you are NOT currently part of the notification system, and would like to be added, please feel free to click the link below and fill in the information.

Montesano Mayor repeals ordinance adopting “Downtown Plan”

Downtown Plan Repeal