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New City Manager Selected

The Shelton City Council selected Jeffrey A. Niten as City Manager. Niten’s first day in Shelton is January 14th. The unanimous selection came after two nationwide recruitment efforts led by Slavin Management Consultants in Atlanta, Georgia over the past eight months.

Jeffry Niten Nov. 29th at community open house
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County Budget Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations

[VIDEO] Mason County’s Citizens Budget Advisory Committee made recommendations Tuesday to the Mason County Commission.

Those recommendations for the next budget cycle include giving the highest priority for funding to criminal justice and public safety. The Committee also recommends a citizen-led multi-year property tax levy lid lift to the maximum amount possible for criminal justice and public safety. Other recommendations are annual review of fees, aggressive pursuit of grants, a voter approved county-wide Metropolitan Park District, a six-year criminal justice levy including a sales tax increase for a jail facility and other criminal justice needs, look at regional juvenile justice services, and find ways for county employees to be more efficient.

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County Takes Action Again on Olsen Building

[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission took action again on the County’s purchase of the former Olsen Furniture building. Tuesday, the Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the building at 414 W. Franklin Street in downtown Shelton for “a total of $825,000 plus closing costs with a 25% down payment and monthly installments at 4.5% for five years, paid from the REET 1 Fund #350.”

The Commission’s action was again unanimous despite three residents continuing their objections to the purchase.

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Flood Warning for Skokomish

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Skokomish River near Potlatch. The flood warning is in effect from this afternoon to Wednesday evening.

Forecasters say the river will rise above the 16.5-foot flood stage around 2 PM and crest near 17.3 feet around 4 PM. The Skokomish will fall below flood stage early Wednesday afternoon.

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Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 10, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM:  hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website (co.mason.wa.us.) You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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City Construction Schedule 12/10 to 12/14

Work on one of the two remaining infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton has stopped for the winter. Crews have stopped working on the Downtown Connector Project but work continues on Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation. There are still several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Here is what motorists will encounter December 10th through December 14th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Construction on the Downtown Connector Project was put on hold for the winter on Saturday, December 1st. Olympic Highway North with remain open. Alder street will remain closed through the winter between 1st. St. & 2nd St. and 6th St. & 7th St. It is anticipated that construction will resume on April 1, 2019.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • Intermittent closures between Alder and Birch from 3rd St. to 7th St.
  • Intermittent closures between Birch and Henry from 2nd St. to 4th St.

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State Highway Road Construction 12/9 to 12/15

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from December 9, 2018 to December 15, 2018.

Maintenance

Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 9.7 to 11.8
Description: Utility crews for Mason County PUD #3 will raise existing power lines along SR 108 between Hurley Waldrop Road and the US 101 interchange. Weather permitting, drivers may encounter one-way alternating traffic with flaggers and should expect minor delays. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Thursday, Feb. 28. No work will occur:

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Workshop Set for South Puget Sound Wildlife Area

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop Dec.19 to kick off an updated planning process for the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area in western Washington.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 19, at North Mason High School, 150 E. North Mason School Road, Belfair.

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School Districts Present Priorities to Legislators

The school districts in Mason County presented their priorities for the upcoming state legislative session to 35th District State Representatives Dan Griffey and Drew MacEwen Thursday. In attendance were officials and school board members from the seven school districts in the county (Grapeview, Hood Canal, Pioneer, Mary M. Knight, Shelton, Southside and North Mason) as well as a representative from ESD (Educational Services District) 113. 

The districts’ legislative priorities:

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