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By Roger Harnack

Governor's Office attorney chastises Chelan, Douglas counties

Counties last week past resolutions to allow home construction to continue


Last updated 4/18/2020 at 4:54pm

WENATCHEE — The Governor’s Office general counsel has chastised both Douglas and Chelan counties for allowing previously permitted home construction.

In letters written Friday, April 17, on behalf of Gov. Jay Inslee, attorney Kathryn Leathers ordered Douglas County to “comply” with the governor’s quarantine orders and ordered Chelan County to “immediately retract” its resolution allowing construction.

In addition to the two letters, Leathers sent both counties copies of guidelines on real estate and mortgage and construction.

“It appears that the (Chelan) board of commissioners misunderstood the guidance issued on May 27 to permit construction,” Leathers wrote to Chelan County officials and the Clerk of the Board Susan Ward. “It does not.”

Allowing permitted home construction to continue creates a liability for the county and “promotes unnecessary strain on scarce personal protective equipment and puts lives at risk.”

Leathers threatened criminal or civil charges if construction continues.

She used nearly identical language in the letter sent to Douglas County and Clerk of the Board Tiana Rowland.

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