A federal judge on Tuesday, May 7th, placed a 30-day stay on the City of Aberdeen’s attempts to remove people from the property along the Chehalis River, just 1 day before the city was set to finalize an ordinance proposed by Mayor Erik Larson to close access to the site. Judge Ronald B. Leighton did not approve a request for an injunction but instead told the city to come back in 30 days with a plan for the people who will be displaced by the closure.

Larson presented the ordinance last month to close access citing health and safety concerns as people continue to trespass on railroad tracks and other properties to access the undeveloped lot. The city recently lost a lawsuit over restricting access to the site under the same federal judge, Leighton said then that the city needed to come up with a better way to address the issues.

The city council will discuss the matter during their council meeting that begins at 7:15 pm this evening and is open to the public.