Spokane County to file lawsuit against WSDOT to clear Camp Hope

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution for the abatement of Camp Hope.

The resolution authorized the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office to sue the Washington State Department of Transportation, which owns the land Camp Hope resides on. The goal is that this will cause Camp Hope to clear out sooner than later.

The Prosecutor’s Office recently recommended that the Board authorize the filing of a lawsuit. In the full resolution, Camp Hope is referred to as a “chronic and public nuisance.”

Commissioners say people who have been impacted by Camp Hope can appear before a Spokane County Superior Court Judge and speak about its impacts on the community.

The Board also says WSDOT must reimburse Spokane County for the cost of clearing the camp if the Prosecutor’s Office moves forward with the lawsuit.

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners approved the resolution in support of the Spokane County Sheriff, Ozzie Knezovich. The Sheriff plans for the camp to be gone in November.

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