Grays Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee seeking members

Interested parties are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.  Please call the Grays Harbor Tourism office for an application, or email petersonk@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.  

 

The Grays Harbor County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is an advisory board appointed by the Grays Harbor County Board of Commissioners and meets bimonthly on the second Thursday of the month.  If you have further questions call 482-2651.

Westport votes to support Visitor Information Center as VIC loses PUD contract

WESTPORT, Wash. – Change is coming to the Westport Visitor Information Center. Regardless of continued support from the city of Westport, the Grays Harbor PUD is pulling it’s pay station and a contract that makes up almost a 1/4 of the chamber’s budget at the end of the month.
At a special session Friday morning, the city council approved a contract with the Chamber for a 1 year term on a similar deal as the previous, with additional reporting requirements, and a kiosk to be setup at city hall. Executive Director with the chamber, Leslie Eichner tells us this helps, but they’ve just lost another 20% of their budget “We are of course in another transitional phase because of the PUD [contract]”
Due to new regulations, the PUD will be moving pay services to Anchor Savings Bank branches, closing current pay stations at Hoquiam Ace Hardware, D & K Grocery in Pacific Beach, Grayland Hardware, Image Flowers in Elma, Pick Rite Thriftway in Montesano, and the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce effective the first of December.

Council stalls decision on funding for Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

WESTPORT, Wash. – The City Council last night tabled the decision on what to do with the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. At a standing room only council meeting, they considered cutting funding, and moving the VIC to City Hall.Local business owner Bill Wolfenbarger* said they weren’t looking at the bigger picture “the bigger picture is not Westport versus Grayland, which is unincorporated, and whether Westport puts money into the chamber or not. The question is whether the city of Westport should contribute to the greater welfare of the whole South beach area. Can’t you do that? Don’t you recognize that people who go to Grayland come to Westport?”
Council Desire Dodson said the idea has been discussed for years, but she’s changed her mind “when I took some time to actually go out and talk to some of you, I wondered why this is happening without having talked to anybody. Here we are at a year when we’re going into a centennial and we have so much coordinating to do and so much information to get out there. This is a really bad year to be doing this.” Council voted to take the issue up again at their second meeting in November.
*Note: Bill Wolfenbarger is the President of Jodesha Broadcasting, owner of this radio station.

WSDOT paves the way for early reopening of SR 103 in Long Beach

“This was a successful partnership effort which helped everyone involved prepare for the closure months in advance,” said Denys Tak, Kelso Area Engineer. “I’m very impressed with our contractor, Knife River, and the tremendous effort they have put forth on the project.” 

SR 103 in Long Beach was repaved as part of the $2.5 million US 101/SR 103 – Fort Columbia Vic. to Long Beach Vic. paving and chip seal project, which began construction on May 15. The project received $690,000 in stimulus funding through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

What’s next?

In late June or early July, crews will begin chip sealing work on SR 103 between

Pioneer Road W

and

255th Place

(mileposts 2.53 to 10.77) and finish installing new ADA ramps in the project area. In addition, crews will install pavement markings and new signage. This work is highly weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.  

and (mileposts 2.53 to 10.77) and finish installing new ADA ramps in the project area. In addition, crews will install pavement markings and new signage. This work is highly weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Once the entire project is complete, drivers will experience a safer, smoother ride and improved pedestrian and ADA facilities in Long Beach.The project is expected to be complete by August.

For more information about the US 101/SR 103 – Fort Columbia Vic. to Long Beach Vic. paving project, please visit the project Web page at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/PavementRehab/SR103_177StToBaySt/.

Washington State is administering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Gov. Gregoire created a Web site, www.recovery.wa.gov, so every Washingtonian can see where tax dollars are going and hold government accountable for the results. On the federal level, President Obama has appointed Vice President Biden to oversee all states’ recovery efforts and to root out waste and fraud. This combined oversight will ensure taxpayer dollars are put to good use and recharge the economy.