This letter was sent to Gearhart Mayor Paulina Cockrum and city councilors. It is reprinted at the writer’s request.

Considering burdening the residents of weather challenged Gearhart with more restrictive work hours than Carmel, California, makes one wonder who you view as your constituents. Entitled retirees (some who have recently relocated to the community) or working families in the construction and landscaping trades that provide jobs and services for the community and Gearhart property owners who want to build on their lots or remodel their properties?

We started exterior carpentry work and lead based paint abatement at the former Gearhart school in early August 2021. Being able to work seven days a week under the existing rules has been critical to us completing the job in 10 weeks and before the onset of winter. My opinion is that the vast majority of Gearhart property owners want to retain that same flexibility when building or remodeling.

Sunday we were able to get a carpentry crew to finish our final exterior work that will allow us to complete painting Monday, which is expected to be a partially cloudy day. After that the forecast is for six consecutive rainy days. As you all know, this variable weather situation is not atypical in Gearhart.

While I would prefer having Gearhart’s construction work hours match Warrenton’s (7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Sunday), keep it simple and do not change our 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday work hours.

Bob Morey


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