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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 City's first poverty move might be more streetlights LIGHTS BACK ON: Commission looks to enact task force recommendations By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com Re-illuminating downtown Shelton streetlights that were extinguished a few years ago to save money, and add- ing streetlights to dark alleys to im- prove safety, might be among the first poverty task force recommendations enacted. The Shelton City Commission on Monday took tentative steps toward addressing three of the six key rec- ommendations from the 23 recom- mendations made by the city's nine- member poverty task force. The task force was formed in July to propose mitigations to ease the effects of poverty on Shelton residents and businesses. At Monday's meeting, Steve Goins, the city's director of community and economic development, told commis- sioners that city staff is awaiting di- rection on implementing some of the recommendations. The plans would include who would implement the rec- ommendation, how and the cost, he said. During a public hearing on the rec- ommendations, Shelton resident Mar- ilyn Vogler urged the city to quickly move on the recommendation to es- tablish a poverty committee. Poverty is such a major problem in Shelton that it "demands" to be the sole con- cern of a group, she said. The commissioners need to realize "you can't fix poverty," Vogler said. But the commission can provide lead- ership in easing poverty by engaging with organizations, working with oth- er public agencies and continuing to stay informed, she said. Shelton resident Toby Kevin said the city is doing an "admirable" job of tackling poverty issues, but acknowl- edged "there's some frustration build- ing" by residents who want to see it take action on the task force's recom- mendation. Kevin said he supports establish- ing the poverty committee, but said he would "hate to see it as an obsta- cle before any action takes place." He urged the commission to adopt one or two of the easier recommen- dations, such as re-illuminating the Shelton is considering adding streetlights in dark downtown Shelton alleys, were shut off to save money. Those are among the recommendations by the Journal photo by Gordon Weeks and re-illuminating streetlights that city's poverty task force. "We're moving on these things I agree the lights need to be turned on" Mike Olsen, Shelton city commissioner streetlights. Commissioners Tracy Moore and Mike Olsen both pointed out that the city is already implementing some of the recommendations. The third recommendation advis- es the city to join with local organi- zations and provide support to bring youth-related activities to Shelton. The city is working with Mason Transit Authority on its downtown transfer station, "so it's frustrating to hear that people are frustrated with us for not doing anything," he said. Olsen added, "We're moving on these things. I agree the lights need to be turned on." Olsen said he also favors forming a poverty committee. Mayor Gary Cronce said he would be happy to entertain motions from the two commissioners to move for- ward on the recommendations. He also said he would entertain a mo- tion to write a letter to Mason Coun- ty expressing support for the efforts by Youth Empowerment Strategies (YES) to use the old St. Edward's rec- tory as a center for serving youth at risk. That was the second recommenda- tion by the commission's staff. Goins said his staff will draft such a letter for the commission to address. When the discussion turned to streetlights, Goins said he will need a recommendation on how many street- lights are involved before he can esti- mate the cost. The city is saving about $15,000 a year by keeping those streetlights off, City Administrator Dave O'Leary said. Olsen suggested the downtown merchants pay for lights in the down- town alleys, since they are the ones who would benefit from them. As for establishing a permanent city poverty committee, the hard cost might be minimal, but will require staff time that will take away from other efforts, O'Leary said. During the last public comment period at Monday's meeting, Shel- ton resident Tom Davis suggested a city staffer volunteer to work with the poverty committee free of charge. "When the city says it can't afford the time, that's a lousy excuse ... I urge someone from the city to step up and say, 'I will do it, and I will do it on my own time,'" Davis said. 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