The Mason County Commission has approved the use of sewer holding tanks in the Belfair Urban Growth Area on an interim basis. The Commissioners approved the amended regulations Tuesday as a way for residents to build while waiting for a sewer line to reach within 500 feet of their lot. According to Barbara Adkins, Director of the County’s Department of Community Development, to be allowed to use a holding tank in the UGA a lot must meet all eight new criteria.
Citizens voiced their support Tuesday of a proposal for the Mason County Senior Activities Association to lease/purchase the former Mason County PUD No. 3 Complex on Cota Street in Downtown Shelton. The Association had an agreement to purchase the complex from the PUD but they were able to secure the grant needed to fund that purchase so the MCSAA is now proposing a long-term lease with the goal of purchasing the complex.
A burn ban on all outdoor burning will begin at 8 AM Sunday, July 15th and will be in effect until September 30th if weather permits. The Mason County Fire Marshal’s Office, a cooperative effort between the Mason County Department of Community Development and the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association, is enacting the burn ban which means all residential burning and land-clearing fires will be prohibited until further notice. Recreational fires or camp fires are still allowed.
Shelton City Administrator Dave O’Leary provided a little more information Monday on his request to divide the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development/Public Works back into two separate departments and hire a Public Works Director. As MasonWebTV.com first reported July 3rd, O’Leary would like to hire a recruiting firm to help with filling the position and is ready to request proposals from those firms in Washington.
This year’s Tribal Canoe Journey will be hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe and a record number of canoes will be landing in the Puget Sound this month. For centuries, the waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) were the highways of the native people and the canoe was their way of travel. Tribes used the canoe to help them gather the bounty of the Inland sea and allowed them to journey to celebrate and share their stories.
A sex offender has moved to the Hoodsport area of Mason County. A sex offender information bulletin says 50-year-old David John Cullerton has registered a new address with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office: within the 500 block of North Suncrest Drive in Hoodsport. Cullerton is required to register as a sex offender due to a conviction for Rape of a Child 2nd Degree.
A sex offender who was recently released from prison is now living in the Five Corners area of Shelton. A bulletin from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Jesse Michael Matz has re-registered his address as within the 1800 block of Hay Street in Shelton. Matz is required to register as a sex offender due to a 2010 guilty plea to Rape of a Child 3rd Degree.
Gas prices are still dropping, according to GasBuddy.com. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Washington is $3.54. That’s 7 cents less than a week ago; 51 cents less than a month ago; and 23 cents less than a year ago. The state’s average is still higher than the National average of $3.41.