Is the city of Montesano, Washington doing enough to help City Council member, Marisa Salzer, to get the support she needs for her disability?
KING 5 New reported that the answer for right now is, no. Salzer has filed a complaint with the Human Right Commission over the lack of interpreters.
Salzer, can read lips, but while everyone knows that is far from possible to read everyone lips at a meeting, she said that when she took office that there would be interpreters to make sure that she didn’t miss anything during those meetings.
However, that has not been the case.
She explained that when meetings run longer than an hour, interpreters have to take breaks.
Salzer said she didn’t feel comfortable voting on an issue because she wasn’t able to understand what was being said without an interpreter.
“I was very sad, disappointed,” said Salzer, “Because I knew I could do the job. I just want to be capable of doing the job.”
Montesano Mayor Ken Estes said he has apologized to Salzer and will make sure there are two interpreters at every council meeting starting this month.
“I want her to have reasonable accommodations,” said Estes, “I’m working hard to do it.”
The spokesperson for the Human Right Commission said that it will take about a month before Salzer’s claims are actually investigated.