Controversy Patrol Quiet at County…


If you’re on Controversy Patrol per the county commission today, you may want to move on. There weren’t any major or manufactured dust-ups on that front at this morning’s meeting. Instead, a few glimmers of light shone forth related to ORCAA regs and The Great Barbecue Tempest in a Teapot.

While reporting on last week’s meetings attended, Commissioner Wes Cormier mentioned that he voted No on two out of three items on last Tuesday’s ORCAA (Olympic Region Clean Air Agency) agenda. A little birdie asked him to elaborate on The Biggie.

Cormier explained that he voted No on an ORCAA proposal related to asbestos cleanup. Seems the good bureaucrats at Bureaucrat Central wanted to add yet another layer of bureaucracy to the permitting process for this endeavor. This additional layer means clean up contractors get to shell out another $500 to $1,000 per the increased permitting process. Cormier voted against the proposal. It passed anyway.

He also voted No on a “support letter” ORCAA wanted to send to the State of Washington regarding rate increases for a state program. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

Cormier said he voted for an ORCAA proposal related to EPA rules and regs enforcement. The proposal brought enforcement down to the local level rather than at the federal level.

Don’t look now, but a bout of common sense may have broken out on at least one front. Hope springs eternal…

In her meetings report, Commissioner Vickie Raines said she had a phone conversation with the State Auditor’s Office about the barbecue thing. The little birdie asked about that, too. Raines said the good SAO folk asked if the county had a policy related to sending people home, et. al., and would they provide it? The county does and did.

Yours truly asked for a copy of said policy. In response I received this from Clerk of The Board Jenna Amsbury. From the Employee Handbook:

It says:

“The County may place an employee on administrative leave with or without pay for an indefinite period of time. Administrative leave is determined at the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners and the Department Head to be in the best interests of the County during the pendency of an investigation, other administrative proceeding or circumstance.”

Today’s morning meeting was the briefest in recent memory. Yabba-dabba-do!