The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Sunday, February 18, 2018 through Friday, February 23, 2018. 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.
Friday afternoon, a citizen group, led by Mike Olsen, started the process that could lead to the recall vote of Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce and City Commissioner Kathy McDowell. Olsen delivered statements of charges to the Mason County Auditor’s Office that explain the violations by each City Commissioner they believe warrant a recall. Olsen spoke with reporters prior to submitting the statements, explaining why he feels a recall is necessary after months of public testimony requesting both to resign:
There are three violations in the statement of charges against Mayor Cronce. The first violation is Cronce using a city owned computer to solicit campaign contributions. The second violation is the Mayor reading a prepared statement into the record of a City Commission meeting advising citizens to vote against a proposition to change the form of city government. And the third violation against Cronce is the only violation alleged against McDowell and relates to the two discussing city business using Facebook and email outside of an open public meeting.
2017 was another successful year for Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) of Mason County in mobilizing the local 26 churches and transforming the lives of 4,380 people in Mason County. With more than a net of $110,000 raised via the Annual Golf Tournament, Soup & Song plus donations to Love INC the local charity was able to dovetail that into a worth of $377,000 of services and goods. Love INC operates a Clearinghouse to verify the needs of clients and assist those with legitimate needs. Once a need is verified everyone is helped – no matter their race, religion, age or sexual preference.
Frank Pinter, Director of Support Services for Mason County, made a presentation to the League of Women Voters of Mason County Tuesday. The presentation, called “Making Sense of Mason County Support Services Department”, explained the department, how and why it was created, its role in the County and its specific responsibilities.
Pinter also demonstrated how Support Services has reduced staffing and has reduced the County’s budget, and discussed future planned improvements to the budgeting process.
Watch the North Mason School Board February 21, 2018 study session and business meeting. The school board usually meets on the third Thursday at 6:30 PM but scheduling conflicts prompted the school district to move the meeting to Wednesday, February 21, 2018. During the 5:30 PM study session, school board members will discuss the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) requirements for Washington State. Click here for the study session’s agenda. The business meeting will follow at 6:30 PM. Click here for the business meeting’s agenda.
Watch the February 20, 2018 Shelton City Commission meeting. There are two ways to watch live at 7 PM: hcc.net/news and MasonWebTV.com. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news or MasonWebTV.com. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Thursday at 3 PM and Saturday at 9 AM.
Watch the February 20, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.