Mason County is seeking application from those interested in serving on the recently established Belfair Sewer Advisory Committee. This Committee will gather community input and provide recommendations to the County Commissioners regarding the development and funding of the existing and future phases of the Belfair Sewer System.
The Mason County Commission has granted Green Diamond Resource Company’s request to rezone 248.7 acres on Lake Nahwatzel. Tuesday, the current Commissioners held a public hearing to reconsider the previous Commission’s December denial of the rezone which actually was an exchange of land use designations with a same sized property along Kennedy Creek. The change of designation for Green Diamond’s Lake Nahwatzel property was from Long Term Commercial Forest to Rural Residential 5 while the change along Kennedy Creek was from Rural Residential 20 to Long Term Commercial Forest.
The communities of Lake Cushman and Timberlakes have contracts with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office that provide them with deputies. Each home owners association pays the County $40,000 a year for the deputy to patrol their area. This is a unique public/private partnership that has helped fund two deputies in the department. Tuesday morning, the Mason County Commission held an open public discussion on these partnerships.
The Mason County Commission has decided to stay part of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. Late last year, the Commission sent the HCCC a letter voicing their intention to withdraw from that organization. That letter was sent by the previous Commission. The new Commissioners decided to delay any official withdrawal until further discussions with the organization which have occurred in the recent weeks including an hour-long briefing Tuesday prior to the Mason County Commission meeting.
Green Diamond Resource Company is appealing the Mason County Commission’s denial of the company’s request to rezone property around Lake Nahwatzel. In December, the Commission failed to act on the request to rezone nearly 250 acres around the Lake from Long Term Commercial Forest to Rural Residential 5.
The Mason County Commission has amended the County’s 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program to include the Belfair Bypass. The unanimous action followed a public hearing Tuesday during which former County Engineer Jerry Hauth cautioned that putting the Bypass on the TIP would mean the County could end up funding construction.
The Mason County Commission has approved outstanding labor contracts that have resulted in the County paying 147 employees a total of $2,057,127.91. The contracts are part of a settlement ordered by the Public Employees Relation Commission and upheld by the Courts for the January 2009 – June 2010 Teamsters Local 252 and Operators 302 collective bargaining unit for Appraisers, Juvenile Detention, General Services, Probation and Public Works.