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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 8, 2014
Pam Dittloff, Thurston County Public Works, (360) 867-2354

Public Comment Invited on County Roads Transfer Proposal Dec. 16
Public would still have access to south county roads transferred to Chehalis Tribe

OLYMPIA - Thurston county residents are invited to attend a public hearing regarding the possible transfer in ownership of some county roads. If adopted, the ownership of about 4 miles of roadway would shift from the county to the Chehalis Tribe whose lands are adjacent to the roads. The hearing will be held the evening of Tuesday, December 16 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Building One, Room 280.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on a proposal to transfer ownership of portions of some roads in south Thurston County from the county to the Chehalis Tribe, including:

  • Moon Road SW
  • 183rd Avenue SW (west of Moon Road)
  • Anderson Road SW
  • 188th Avenue SW
  • 195th Avenue SW

These roadways are located south of State Route 12 in Sections 35 and 36, Township 16 North, Range 4 West, W.M. and Sections 1, 2 and 11, Township 15 North, Range 4 West, W.M., Thurston County, Washington.

One of the conditions of the proposed government-to-government agreement for the transfer is that the general public will continue to have use of the roads. The roads will continue to be operated and maintained in perpetuity for public purposes, and will be open and available to both tribal members and nonmembers.

The transfer would cost Thurston County about $19,000 a year in lost gas tax revenue, but would save $28,000 a year in maintenance expenditures.

WHAT: Public Hearing on Thurston County-Chehalis Tribe Roads Transfer Proposal

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:Thurston County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502

For more information, contact: Pam Dittloff, SR/WA at dittlop@co.thurston.wa.us.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3