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Challenge issued for Monte: Come together and heal

Montesano City Councilman Doug Streeter bid his farewell at his last council meeting on Nov. 26 and used it as an opportunity to urge the community to come together and heal in the wake of investigation after investigation.

“We need to make Montesano the way it used to be,” Streeter said.

Streeter opted not to file for election this year to fill his council seat. Streeter was appointed to the City Council position in May of last year when then-Councilman Rocky Howard resigned to take the Public Works Director position for the city.

Before that, Streeter was previously elected unopposed to the city council in 2007. He didn’t seek re-election, choosing, instead, to run against Ken Estes for mayor. Estes defeated Streeter in that election.

He notes he and his wife moved to the Harbor in 1994 and moved to Montesano with his family in 1998.

Streeter is the chief financial officer for the Grays Harbor PUD.

“Raising a family here, I’ve always been proud to say I live in Montesano when I travel and work,” Streeter said. “The last year and a half has been an utter embarrassment to me, getting phone calls from friends that don’t live in the state but I went to college with, pitching me crap about all the stuff going on. I want to level a challenge to citizens, staff, council, everybody — we have a lot of healing to do. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. We need to come together as a community and stop airing our dirty laundry in the newspapers.”

Streeter added that he knows newspapers and radio stations have “jobs to do but we need to take care of stuff in house and not use sources to get our agendas done, whatever those agendas might be.”

Councilman Chris Hutchings agreed with the thought that the community needs to heal, but noted that the city needs to continue to be transparent about its issues so the public is kept informed.

Mayor Estes called Streeter “a worthy opponent and a worthy colleague.” Other council members also thanked Streeter for his work.

Councilwoman-Elect Marisa Salzer is slated to take the oath of office 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at Montesano City Hall. She takes the office early because state law mandates the person elected to the position be sworn in after the election is certified. The county certified the election on Nov. 26 and the state certifies it in early December.

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