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County continues to improve Raceway facilities

ELMA — Grays Harbor County will have to put in a little bit more money than initially planned to do renovations at the Grays Harbor Raceway before it re-opens next month.

Grays Harbor Public Services Director Kevin Varness told the county commissioners Monday morning that updated environmental health regulations require new plumbing in the bathroom, as well as an additional sink and some re-wiring in places. There’s also some additional safety features that will need to be installed.

Varness didn’t have a monetary estimate on how much everything will end up costing the county in the end, although some of the work is being done in-house. The county had hoped to keep the upgrades down to $30,000.

The county has already purchased two new freezers, some sound equipment and some new equipment for the scoreboard.

The Raceway is under new management with Steve Beitler and Funtime Promotions Inc. Beitler’s crew recently finished painting the Raceway’s track walls and have been putting in the time to get the Raceway ready in time for the May 10 opening.