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February 27, 2014

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Thursday, Feb. 27,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 Changes: Constru:('tive input from readers welcome continued from page A-4 In fact, we already are. This is always important, but as the only newspaper in Mason County that provides a spectrum of news coverage, and as the newspaper of record, we are always mindful of the responsibil- ity we have to provide the community with the information you need, and to get it right. I couldn't be more proud of the team we have developed here and I expect great things in the coming year for both Mason County as a whole and this newspaper in particu- lar. I hope you do as well. As a resident of Mason County for more than a decade and a third- generation newspaperman, I am honored to be leading this historic newspaper forward. I welcome suggestions on how we can better serve our readers to provide the information you need to make informed decisions on the fu- ture of this community, how we can continue to aid the growth of local business, and how we can better tell the story of life in Mason County, all in equal measure. Torn Hyde is the publisher of the Mason County Journal. He can be reached at tom@masoncounty.com. continued from page A-4 Donate to sheriff's K-9 program Editor, the Journal We had the opportunity to attend the Mason County Sheriffs Office's north precinct dedication ceremony this past Saturday. We got to meet some of the fine young men and women in uniform that provide security and safety in Mason County. We also met Cedar, Solo and Jack. They are part of the K-9 program in the county and are impressive in their own right. I can't imagine a better partner for a deputy, patrolling alone at night or any time. They put it all on the line every day in return for a bowl of dog food. The only problem is that the K-9 program in Mason County is maintained through public donations and contributions. Your checks will go a long way to continuing and growing this essential program. A shout-out to the Explorer cadets, who worked traffic and parking in the drizzle on Sat- urday at the ceremony; future deputies in the making? William S. Zeigler Shelton Let your voice be heard Editor, the Journal On Feb. 18, I attended the public hearing on the city of Shelton's plan to allow a de- veloper to move forward with a plan to develop 600 acres near the Wallace Kneeland Boulevard interchange. It was an extremely well-attended hearing, and most of the seats were full. With the exception of the developer and one citi- zen, most of the testimony at the hearing was in connection with the C Street dump and Goose Lake, both sites known by the city, state and even the federal EPA, to contain toxic substances. How much toxic- ity these sites have is yet to be determined. The significant citizen con- cern boils down to this: Does the city of Shelton plan to approve this develop- ment prior to cleaning up the adjoining toxic waste sites? The answer to that is appar- ently a resounding ou bet- cha!" The mayor, in particular, seems passionate about mov- ing this matter forward de- spite the fact-filled testimony given at the hearing by such respected community members as former state legislator Doug Sayan, community activist Toby Kevin and the excellent research team of Constance Ib- sen, Terri Thompson and Pat Vandehey, to name only a few of the citizens who testified. The question for the citizens of the city of Shelton should be: All things being equal, do we want to place a school, a housing development, or even an industrial park next to al- ready contaminated sites? Or, should the city of Shelton be required to legally close the C Street dump and pressure ITT Rayonier to clean up Goose Lake before we let develop- ment proceed? I believe the citizens of Shelton are capable of grasp- ing the madness of simply fencing the toxic sites and going ahead with the develop- ment pending, likely followed by another three decades of inaction in connection with cleaning up the toxic sites. Concerned citizens of Shelton should come to the next commis- sion meeting on March 3 at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center, to share your opinions in connection with developing next to toxic waste sites before they are cleaned up. The elected representatives of the people of Shelton need to be encouraged to perform their duty of protecting the health and wel- fare of the citizens. I hope that the room is packed with city residents ready to share their opinions, because well-researched testimony does not seem to move the mayor. Let's fill the room next Monday to see if we can help change the mayors mind so the cleanup of the toxic sites is done prior to the development. Katherine Price Shelton City should take middle ground Editor, the Journal As the City Commission considers future options for water system infrastructure, the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce would like to register concern regard- ing two of the three options currently under consideration for water system infrastruc- ture improvement. First, Option 1 is not accept- able to the business community in Mason County. We strongly believe that "doing nothing" is a strategy that has resulted in many of the current monetary problems our community faces today. We are encouraged that this option does not seem to be acceptable to the commission either and we applaud them and the staff for looking toward the future by actively seeking out opportunities for low inter- est loans and grants. Option 3 is the most aggres- sive and includes the city tak- ing out a $6.9 million loan. We do not believe that the benefit of this low-interest loan out- weighs the risk that the city would be taking by saddling the taxpayers with this debt. Also, we are more specifically concerned with some of the numbers the commission has been given to use in making their decision. The inflation rate seems high, and the as- sumption that water rates will go up just 4 percent in 2017 - although the debt load that year goes up over 100 percent - does not seem realistic. We are concerned that ratepayers will be stuck filling in the gap created by the sudden increase in debt payments. The good news, from the chamber's perspective, is that the city commission has on the table a middle ground solu- tion - one that takes sufficient action, takes advantage of low interest loans available, and also does not create unneces- sary risk and uncertainty for the city's taxpayers. Option 2 makes significant progress toward the goals for 2028 and represents a responsible path forward for infrastructure maintenance and improve- ments. As we all know, the econ- omy in Mason County is still struggling to limp back to life from the 2008 recession. Every decision made by policy mak- ers affects the potential eco- nomic progress in Shelton. We strongly urge that resi- dents encourage their elected officials to choose Option 2 in moving forward with a city plan for water infrastructure. Heidi McCuteheon Executive Director Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce Shelton Journal columnist not out of line Editor, the Journal It doesn't cease to amaze when people obviously mis- read, misunderstand or have no clue what it is they are com- plaining about. The Feb. 13 Komen Com- ment merely recites current worldwide negative news. For Mason County to pres- ently fall within that category is hardly a vendetta by the Journal, or anyone else, but a cold objective fact. 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