Mason County government has never been the poster child for transparency, but what happened to one rural community should be a wake-up call for us all (see “County road project stumbles” MCJ July 11th.)
The Shelton City Council will consider a resolution supporting Mason County’s proposed Public Safety Sales Tax during their meeting at 6 PM Tuesday, July 16. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast Tuesday’s City Council meeting live.
If approved by voters on August 6, 2019, the Public Safety Sales and Use tax would increase to three-tenths of 1%. A City news release says because Shelton residents approved a ballot measure in 2011 to collect a one-tenth of 1% sales tax dedicated to public safety, approval of the county ballot proposition would raise the tax by two-tenths of a percentage to a total of three-tenths of 1% within Shelton city limits.
Hood Canal Communications will be implementing system upgrades that will affect services in the City of Shelton on July 17th and 18th. Customers may find service disruptions between 1 AM and 4 AM both days.
HCC Fiber customers will not be affected.
Friday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which takes long-overdue action to provide the financial security and support that 9/11 first responders, survivors and families deserve.
The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019.
US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Travelers who use the US 101 Shelton-Matlock interchange will notice orange signs and construction activities beginning Monday, July 15. Crews will begin efforts to remove fish barriers along Coffee Creek and rebuild two ramps at the US 101/Shelton-Matlock Road interchange. While the initial work will have little effect on travelers, drivers are encouraged to watch for trucks entering and exiting the construction zone. As work progresses, the project later will require a temporary traffic shift on Shelton-Matlock Road west of US 101 near the interchange. This project also will rebuild the southbound US 101 ramps to and from the Shelton-Matlock Road.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday through Thursday.
Friday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA). The bill authorizes $733 billion for the Department of Defense and the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, as well as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The legislation passed the House of Representatives 220-197.
The Boards of Commissioners for Mason County PUD No. 1 and No. 3 passed resolutions this week to protect the four Lower Snake River Dams from destruction.
The four dams are Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite, and Lower Monumental. They are on the Snake River in the southeast corner of Washington state and provide nearly 11 percent of the federally generated hydro power in the Pacific Northwest.
A traffic stop led Shelton Police to drugs and guns Thursday.
A news release says an officer pulled over a vehicle in the downtown area of Shelton for a traffic offense and arrested the driver for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. During the stop, officers could see items in the car that led them to believe there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.