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Furloughs close two county offices Thursday

Post by Mike Archbold on Dec. 21, 2009 at 10:10 am with 1 Comment »
December 21, 2009 10:10 am

Pierce County District Court and the Planning and Land Services Department’s development center will be closed Thursday due to employee furloughs, according to Pierce County.

The District Court closure is the last in a series of three one-day closures that began earlier in the fall to make up for cuts in the 2009 budget. On Thursday, the Court will only hold in-custody arraignment hearings. It will not operate for purposes of public payments, filings or other related matters. This action will involve all divisions of District Court, including Probation.

The development center’s closure is the final in a series of nine one-day closures spread through 2009 due to budget constraints. The closures are timed around historically low customer volume days and holidays. The Development Center is located in the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma. Other county services in the annex will be available Thursday.

All Pierce County offices will be closed Friday in observance of Christmas.

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  1. If you worked on the Pierce County District Court “work crew” and were assigned to Mary R’s crew in the County-City Building in November/December of 2008 you were used by the County to scrape asbestos off the walls during a remodel of a basement area. (Room B-36) If you worked in this area specifically you WERE exposed to an asbestos containing material (5% tremolite/3 % amosite asbestos) that was in the mastic scraped during that “work crew” project. The County was later fined by the State over that incident for 4 serious asbestos violations relating to the use of a prisoner work crew to scrape asbestos. During the investigation the State attempted to get the names of the citizens who were exposed that day to notify them of their exposure but the County said they would only release the names of the people on the crew through subpoena citing “privacy” issues.
    The only thing they have done since then is launch investigation after investigation on me in retaliation for turning them in resulting in my 23 yr career coming to an end by being terminated in October 2009. But they have made no attempt whatsoever to contact or inform those people who were negligently exposed to a highly toxic carcinogen through no fault of their own…by working for the County to pay off their parking tickets and other misdemeanor type offenses!

    My hope is that people may know someone who served on this work crew during this time frame so that they may be informed of their exposure and they can take whatever action to protect their rights after that on their own!

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