The unemployment rate in Mason County rose in January. According to figures released Tuesday by the State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate is now 11.5%, up six-tenths of a percentage point from December’s 10.9% but full percent below January 2011’s 12.5% unemployment rate.
The Mason County Commission took action Tuesday to create an Advisory Committee for the Belfair Urban Growth Area. The resolution creating the Advisory Committee says the Committee will “assess the community’s current needs” and will “review incorporation, utilities and the urban growth boundary” and create a timeline to be approved by the Commissioners.
The Mason County Commission has continued the public hearing on making the County’s Codes consistent where it relates to the Belfair Sewer System and who is required to connect. The proposed language says any new development within the Belfair Urban Growth Area that is within 500 feet of a sewer line is required to connect. Also properties being developed can have septic systems as long as they agree to connect to the sewer when it becomes available.
Motorists should drive with caution this morning (Tuesday) as temperatures are right around freezing and with last night’s rain – snow in some places – roadways will be slick. Please slow down, increase your following distance, increase your stopping distance and allow extra time to reach your destination safely.