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Police Blotter 5/23/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County on Monday, May 22, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

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Traffic Markers on Railroad Avenue

City officials recognize that the current improvements on Railroad Avenue are likely the most dramatic revisions that have happened on that street in several decades. In an effort to increase motorist’s awareness of the current improvements, the Public Works Department was tasked with researching creative ways to increase safety and reduce long-term costs associated with the ongoing maintenance of the street. In response, members of the Department’s Streets Team brought forward the idea to use raised traffic markers and corresponding reflectors to designate the turn pockets in the new center medians, similar to those used in various cities throughout Washington. Through consultation with the City’s engineering staff and several comparison city administrators, Shelton City officials decided this was the safest, most cost effective and aesthetically pleasing option moving forward.

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Input Sought about Congested Highways

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking input on possible improvements to highways in five counties including Mason County. WSDOT has an online survey where you can provide your opinion on corridors such as Highway 3 through Shelton, Allyn and Belfair. There are specific questions on the Highway 3 intersections with Johns Prairie Road, Lakeland Drive, North Bay Road, Clifton Lane/SR 300 and Log Yard Road. You can also leave specific ideas and comment highways in other counties. The Belfair Bypass is also included in the survey. 

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City Finance Department Recognized by NACHA

Earlier this month, the City of Shelton began electronically depositing city employee’s payroll into their personal bank accounts using direct deposit services. The month of May happens to be Direct Deposit and Direct Payment via ACH Month, which is celebrated annually by the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA). During Monday’s City Commission meeting, Jim Morrell, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for NACHA recognized the City’s Finance Director, Nola von Nuedegg, and Accounting Manager, Meegan Crossan, for their efforts in making the successful transition to direct deposit. 

Prior to making the switch, the City of Shelton paid its employees primarily with physical paychecks. Department supervisors were responsible for paycheck distribution and reporting.

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Police Blotter 5/22/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

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Our Community Credit Union Presents “Golf Balls from Heaven”

Ticket donations are now available for the Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) Love INC Golf Ball Drop which takes place during the 7th Annual Love INC Golf Tournament set for Monday July 24, 2017. Alderbrook Properties is this year’s Title Sponsor and Drew MacEwen, Falcon Financial Investment, Inc. is the Tournament Sponsor at the award-winning Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club in Union, Washington.  Last year’s tournament helped to transform the lives of more than 1,366 families through 5,988 volunteer hours.

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Helicopter Lifts Injured Woman from Mt. Washington

A Navy helicopter helped Mason County Search and Rescue and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office SORT (Special Operations Rescue Team) rescue an injured female hiker from Mount Washington Sunday afternoon. The unidentified woman suffered an injured knee and needed assistance to get off the mountain safely. The Sheriff’s Office posted this picture and a brief description of the rescue on social media about 2:30 PM.

State of the State’s Health Insurance Forum Tuesday

The 35th Legislative District Democrats present “State of the State’s Health Insurance” forum Tuesday. Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will be featured from 6 PM to 8 PM in Mason County PUD 3’s Auditorium, 2621 E Johns Prairie Road in Shelton.

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Police Blotter 5/21/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County on Friday, May 19, 2017 and Saturday, May 20, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

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Road Construction on State Highways 5/21/17 to 5/27/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from May 21, 2017 to May 27, 2017.

CONSTRUCTION

SR 8 – Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek – Remove Fish Barriers
Highway: SR 8 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 4.3 to 7.5
Description: Crews will remove barriers to fish.
Project web page
Work schedule: Westbound SR 8 is reconfigured to accommodate both directions of traffic. The SR 8 speed limit in the area is reduced to 45 mph. This reconfiguration is illustrated in this YouTube video.

The intersection of SR 8 and SR 108 in McCleary is closed to all traffic around the clock through summer 2019. During the closure, drivers headed to McCleary will be directed to the Mox Chehalis Road interchange.

SR 8 W of Old Sand Crk. Rd. to Jct. US 101 – Paving

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