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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-7 ],eal elusive ca county code offic proposal COMMISSION: 200 unresolved code violations in Mason County By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncounty, com Without a full-time code enforcement officer, the county can't resolve its 200 reported planning and building code violations, said Barbara Adkins, direc- tor of the Department of Community Development (DCD). "W " " he building department doesn't stop work any- more," she said Monday at a briefing between all three commissioners and Support Services Director Bill Kenny. "What they do is issue warnings because nobody has the time to do the follow-up," Adkins said. Mason County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin proposed moving code enforcement duties from the DCD to the Mason County Sheriffs Office, and hav- ing two civil service officers serve as code enforce- ment officers half time. "With all the crime and all the issues we have with the north end ... this was one of the only things I could find that would have an impact on the community," Neatherlin said. The 200 back- logged complaints are for violations such as prop- erty owners who have built in a buffer zone, con- structed in a wetland or without a permit, Adkins said. One of those unresolved code violations is for a property at 291 NE Roy Bead Road owned by Neat- herlin. Neatherlin was first cited in September 2001 for building a residential addition without a permit. The violation has not been resolved. The county commission reviewed a plan last week to hire a full-time code enforcement officer in the DCD while training civil service officers to spot and report code violations. The commission discussed the plan again Mon- day. Last week, representatives from the Sheriffs Of- fice expressed concern about having civil service of- ricers perform code enforcement duties. "Our previous discussion with the Sheriffs Office was that there was a reticence to go that direction," Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Barbara Adkins, director of the Mason County Department of Community Development, listens during a briefing on code enforcement with the Mason County Board of Commissioners Monday. Commissioner Terri Jeffreys said, of Neatherlin's proposal. Civil service officers in the Sheriff's Office have a limited commission, and can do some duties, such as serve civil papers, but not fully enforce the law, Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling said. The officers carry stun guns, drive a Sheriffs Of- fice car marked as a community service vehicle and have a different uniform than Sheriffs Deputies. The officer reports to the sergeant on duty in the criminal division. The Sheriffs Office has one civil service officer now. The 2014 sheriffs budget includes $30,000 to hire a second civil service officer. Neatherlin said he intended each officer to do code enforcement duties half time. Last week, Sheriffs Office representatives said the office would need each civil service offi- cer to serve papers full time if Mason County got the third Superior Court judge it requested from the Legislature. Kenny summarized the Sheriffs Office argu- ment Monday, saying the officers would likely not have the expertise of an experienced code enforce- ment officer or building inspector, even with some training. "I believe you would still need a code enforcement officer in DCD," he said. Kenny said a code enforcement officer would need years of experience as a building inspector and cer- tifications to prove their knowledge. "I don't understand how we are going to interact with the Sheriffs Office," Commissioner Tim Shel- don said. Adkins has proposed filling a vacant position in the department with a code enforcement of- ricer, who would be paid $75,000 in salary and benefits. Jeffreys said she needed more information from the Sheriffs Office before making a decision. NONPROFIT BRIEFS Shelton teen collecting items for homeless Shelton resident Caitlin Pompa, a home-schooled ninth-grader, is accepting donations of sleeping bags, tents, warm socks and other outdoor items to i : ; '+ C :: ..... Pompa help homeless people in Mason County. This is the first charitable ef- fort for Pompa, who said she is inspired by the charitable efforts conducted at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton. "I know people have it worse than I do, and I'd like to give back," she said. The items can be dropped off at Pompa's house at 507 Washington St. For more information, call 490-8217. Pompa said she plans to deliver the donated items to St. David's for distribution March 8, her 15th birthday. OPEN HOUSE MARCH 6 TM 5:00 pm -7:00 pm COME SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR CHILD NOW ENROLLING FOR 2014-2015 Full Day & Half Day K & Grade 1 (combined class) (LIMIT 12) MT. 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