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i! I I I I1 I[I i[ P0o A-2- Magon County Journal. Tnuaay, ,rJl ] o, zo] 4 Long-delayed entryway pro)ect will restore wetlands Contract awarded to complete design for Shelton's western entrance Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The Shelton City Commission on Monday gave preliminary approval to award a contract to KPFF Consulting Engineers of Lacey to complete the project design of the site where Shelton Creek flows under a railroad tracks into Simpsons Lumber Co. property and out into Oakland Bay. Some of the MGH&FC Volunteers who help to put our 'patients first' include (clockwise from center): Percella "Bu bbs" Fuller KayThykeson Sue Glenn Mary Anne Munson Colleen Ripley Sue Morris Laura Russell Penny Nielsen Pauline Nichols Carolyn Parker and Jane Gruver Celeb.rate:::i::: Service We salute our voluoble Volunteers! Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics knows the value of its Volunteers, who help to maintain excellence in patient-centered care with the valued tasks they perform every day. As part of this nationwide celebration, MGH&FC recognizes and honors all of our Volunteers. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Mason General Hospital 901 Mountain View Drive, Shelton, WA For information:(360) 432-7706 www.MasonGeneral.com By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com The City of Shelton is resurrecting its long-de- layed "Point Entryway Corridor Project" that will restore wetlands and speed up flood relief for Shel- ton Creek. The project site is next to the future state Route 3 park-and-ride bus stop at the downtown's west- ern entry point. The Shelton City Commission on Monday gave preliminary approval to award a contract to KPFF Consulting Engineers of Lacey to complete the project design for the site, where Shelton Creek flows under railroad tracks onto Simpson Lumber Co. property and into Oakland Bay. The firm was one of 13 to submit bids to design the project. The contract is sched- uled for a second reading and final approval at the commission's meet- ing at 2 p.m. Mon- if " day. This thing was "(It's) a great on the back spot for wetlands enhancement," said burer for tOO Greg Clark, the city's public works |Og This director, n, The project's his- n'tt'ic t has been tory stretches back r wjw - to 2005, when the delayed, but has city applied for a federal enhance- tk  ergy ment funding. The city received the i the |St to grant, and other funding, with the e[eSw  expectation that a park-and-ride facility would be Greg Clark, city of She/ton designed and con- public works director structed on the site of the former wastewater treat- ment plant and the sweeping pile known as Boot Hill. According to the public works report on the proj- ect, those plans were coupled with a series of wet- lands enhancements through the wetlands west of the former treatment plant. Some of the federal funds were used for wetlands delineation and en- vironmental permitting reports between 1999 and 2003, the city reports. But the city says the project was never fully funded, and has been further delayed by concerns regarding the Navy railroad right-of-way, the lack of available matching funds during the recession, and the city's reduced staff. "This thing was on the back burner too long ... This project has been delayed, but has taken on en- ergy in the last two years," Clark said. " City staffbelieve that reconnecting the wetlands located east of the park and ride with the western wetlands will speed up flood re!iefand reintroduce brackish water into the wetland complex. That's now possible due in part to efforts 6ver the last two years to dredge lower Shetlon Creek and:construct and overfloow conveyance for Canyon Creek. The project includes a new drainage s3;stem from the park and ride that will allow cleaner stormwa- ter to enter the wetlands. City Administrator Dave O'Leary told commis- sioners that the city has already spent federal funds on th e project, and needs to move forward or risk being forced to repay them. The city still has $265,000 remaining in the park-and-ride funding, and $165,000 remaining in the enhancement grant funding, he said. Commissioner Tracy Moore said the Point Entry- way Corridor Project is a preservation project, but that no mention has been made of preserving city founder David Shelton's pear orchard at the site. "I hope that doesn't get lost in park-and-rides and wetlands" discussions, she said. Clark said he's heard grafts are being made from Shelton's trees. A wetlands biologist will be part of the team, and the project should benefit the trees, he said. Mayor Gary Cronce recalled that he and Moore were part of a citizen subcommittee that studied the site about 15 to 20 years ago. "We have to blow the dust offthat report," he said. II [ I II i[I