Grays Harbor County Commission: Pass the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

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Well, shoot. Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Kinda like at Monday’s County Commission meeting. It was just one ray of sunshine after another. (Yes, I’m kidding.)

The morning meeting was chaired by Commissioner Vickie Raines due to Commissioner Wes Cormier being ill. Three things you might take away from that meeting. Basically:

  • The county has no money
  • The county has no money
  • The county has no money

And everyone’s feeling the pinch. Making matters even more interesting, Larry Smith (Forestry) reported that timber sales kinda, sorta cratered. At least for the present. In fact, two out of four anticipated timber sales recently failed for lack of a bid. The revenue from timber sales was projected at $590K for 2015. The two sales that went the way of the dodo accounted for about 80% of that.


Commissioner Raines suggested the sales be re-advertised. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a silver lining. With Grays Harbor facing down a $2.5M budget hole, the county could use a silver lining. Maybe three or four.

The other interesting conversation was presented by Sheriff Rick Scott. It had to do with replacement of the Spillman server system. Spillman “provides comprehensive public safety software for police departments, sheriff’s offices, communications centers, fire departments, and correctional facilities nationwide.”

It gets a little techno-wonky from here, with maintenance fees, routers and lots of other good stuff. But in a nutshell: the server is croaking. It needs to be replaced ASAP. The cost is about $50,900. (Yep. That’s the bargain basement price.) The server system covers law enforcement-ing countywide. County 9-1-1 services are on a different server.

Commish Raines said the county’s in a “cost-cutting mode,” but the interim issue “is to get it (the server) ordered and paid for.” Sheriff Scott indicated that the “lion’s share” of the cost can be covered by grants. He described the situation as “very critical” and said it “has to be fixed immediately. It (the server system) gets used around the clock, 24 hours a day.”

Just so you know, the last server worked for about nine years. The usual life expectancy, according to the vendor, is four to five years. Scott said he’s working on a plan to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Meanwhile, you can sleep better at night knowing the croaking system will be replaced.

Other bummer:

Baskin-Robbins in Aberdeen has closed.

Bright side:

The Salmon House in Quinault still serves raspberry white chocolate cheesecake. It’s really, really good with a banana split chaser. If you’re weight-conscious, hold the banana.