Monte stadium plans coming together

The Montesano School District is reaching out to local governments for help in recovering from the fire that consumed its athletic grandstands last month.

On Monday, the Grays Harbor County commissioners approved an agreement allowing the Fairgrounds to loan some of its bleachers to the School District.

The Grays Harbor PUD also agreed to help replace two poles that were damaged in the fire.

The PUD will only charge for the cost of the materials and ask for volunteer work for the labor.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation, but it burned most of the grandstands to the ground and impacted a couple of the light fixtures. Games have had to be moved from the field.

Fair Director Mike Bruner had originally made the request last week. Bruner said that the fairgrounds won’t need the bleachers again until spring. The county will loan 20 sets of bleachers, some made of wood and some made of metal.

A contract between the county and school district calls for the schools to repair any damage to the bleachers before turning them back over to the county and also states that the county isn’t liable if anyone falls from the bleachers.

Bruner said since the bleachers are sitting in storage, it’s a goodwill gesture to help the school district recover.