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Skookum Rotary suggest event center partnership By NATALIE JOHNSON guage in the MOU. fundha4 for the construction of an event participate in the planning process and natalie@masoncounty.com Organizations in Mason County are moving ahead with efforts to make plans for a new fairgrounds and event center. The Mason County Board of Commis- sioners reviewed a memorandum of under- standing (MOU) prepared by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation out- lining a partnership among the club, the county commission and the Port of Shelton to create plans for a new event center. Patti Case of Skookum Rotary ad- dressed the commission on the MOU Tuesday. "This can't be a Taj Mahal," she said. "Right now we need some basics." The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that the Port of Shelton use its fairgrounds property on Sanderson Field for airport use rather than an event center, by Dec. 31. County Commissioner. Tim Sheldon said he had some issues with the lan- guage of the MOU, particularly passages such as, "All parties believe that the peo- ple of Mason County agree that an event center is in the financial and cultural best interests of the country." "Absent a public advisory vote, we don't know what the entire Mason Coun- ty community feels," he said. "I think it's a great start but I think it needs to be wordsmithed." Case said she would revise the lan- "We're continuing with this effort re- gardless of whether this piece of paper is signed," she said. Commissioner Terri Jeffreys said she thought the election of Kristy Buck to the Port of Shelton, who supported the movement of the fairgrounds from pert property, over incumbent Jay Hupp, who wanted to keep the fairgrounds at the port, indicated that the public supported moving the fairgrounds. FAA officials have previously said that the port could lease the space for events in the near future if it provided a plan to move the fairgrounds to another location by a set date. The FAA sent the county commis- sion a letter dated Jan. 15 thanking the commission for forwarding a petition by citizens of Mason County to keep the fair- grounds at its current location, but said it would not be able to reverse its decision. "Unfortunately, a fairground does not meet the definition of airport purpose or aviation reserve," wrote Randall S. Fi- ertz, director of airport compliance and management analysis. "In addition, the fairground does not pay the required fair market value for aeronautical uses." As outlined in the MOU, Skookum Rotary will "facilitate meetings of poten- tial funding sources over a period of six months from the date of this agreement." The MOU also states that Skookum Rotary has already identified that groups within the county are willing to provide FRI, JAN 31 - FEB 6 Dining & Come in and join as for BREAKFAST every SUNDAY morning. A full menu to choose from which includes coffee & juice. Everyone welcome. 9:00 am to 11:00 am 113 W. Cota, next to Huntington Glass Shelton 426-5060 Dinner & A Movie? C100[004A$ www.sheltoncinemas.com 24-HOUR MOVIE INFO 426-1000 The Come 00ecei,00e0000I 00Blessing! Dallas Fast, Dick Fankhauser, Denny Bogart and Scott Hamilton Sunday February 9 th at 1!:00 a.m, Spring Road Chapel 1113 E. Shelton Springs Road 12 Years A Slave Daily 4:00, 6:45pm Additional Shows FrI-Sat 9:20pm Sat-Sun 1:15 Philomena Dally 4:30, 7:00pro Additional Shows FrI-Sat 9:10pro Sat-Sun 2:15 Join us for a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. center, and other groups, including Ma- son County, the Port of Shelton and pri- vate groups, have land that could host an event center. The MOU would require Mason County and the Port of Shelton to pro- vide one representative each who will assist Skookum Rotary. The MOU also asks that the county and pert agree to provide all materials, such as previous pert plans, that might help the process. The county commission plans to dis- cuss the MOU again at its Feb. 4 meet- ing. HOOD (llnllL FITIIESS March, April and May membership includes unlimited 24 hour fitness room access for just $80! Groups welcome! Limit one discount per member. Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - Page A-9 il " T iIiii