• MLWA 7

Grant County Commissioner, Sheriff send letter to Gov. Inslee regarding urban/housing construction

-Ephrata, WA

The Commissioners of Grant County, the Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney have written the a letter to Governor Inslee addressing Grant County’s concerns with the current Moratorium of the Stay Home, Stay Health Proclamation.

In the letter the the commissioner, attorney and sheriff ask Governor Inslee to reconsider adding urban/home development to the essential business list to operate during the COVI-19 pandemic. They wrote in their letter,

“Within the Columbia Basin there is a significant need for affordable housing. The current moratorium on development of single-family residences is having the effect of further distancing the affordability gap within our community.”

They continued in asking fir the re-opening of small business mostly in Grant County.

“Small businesses in Grant County are ready to reopen and are prepared to take the necessary  precautions to help stop the spread of the virus e.g., maintain social distancing; wear protective facial  masks; and wash hands frequently.”

Commissioner Tom Taylor asked Governor Inslee’s Central Washington Regional Representative Salvador Salazar asking why is construction of Key Arena, in Seattle, considered essential, but construction of single family homes in Grant County is non-essential?