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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-7 COUNTY BRIEFS County appoints new committee members The Mason County Board of Com- missioners appointed eight members to its Lodging Tax Advisory Commit- tee Tuesday for a term that runs from May 2014 to May 2016. The committee reviews applications from qualifying groups, such as Blue- grass from the Forest and the Mason County Rodeo Association, for grants from the county's lodging tax money. According to Mason County Code, the committee must consist of at least five members, including at least two representatives of businesses required to collect lodging tax -- generators -- and two members of groups that use lodging tax revenue -- spenders. The commission approved eight members, including four generators and four spenders. Generators include Darin Barry, Bonnie Knight, Shaun Tucker and Kelly Bergh. Spenders are Stephanie Rowland, Angela Rabelos, Julie Gray and Duane Wilson. County pledges $500,000 to Skokomish study The countywill continue helping fund an Army Corps of Engineers study on salmon passage in the Skokomish River through 2015. The Mason County Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to approve an amendment to the 2006 Project Man- agement Plan with the Army Core and the project's other non-federal partner, the Skokomish Tribe. Mason County and the Skokomish Tribe have split the more than $2 mil- lion non-federal share of the project 50-50. Most of that more than $2 million has been paid with grants. The county has only provided $20,000 to the proj- ect, said Loretta Swanson, county stormwater coordinator. The amendment increases the bill for M.ason County and the tribe by about $1 million. The Army Corps of Engineers re- leased a draft plan to improve fish passage in the Skokomish Valley ear- lier this year. The plan should be com- pleted in 2015. Proponents of the plan say it will help decrease flooding in the Skokom- ish Valley. "One of the issues is now the work really is for fish restoration," said county Commissioner Tim Sheldon. "I believe that is synonymous with flood control." Sheldon said fish habitat restora- tion at the Skokomish estuary has al- ready decreased flooding in the valley. "I see a huge difference in flooding in the Skokomish River," he said. "It really is flood control work." However many valley residents believe that dredging the river is the only way to stop flooding. Commissioner Randy Neatherlin voted against the amendment, saying residents do not agree with the Army Corps' proposed plan. "I've been going back and forth," he said. "They don't believe this is the solution for their problem. We have never had the community buy in. It reminds me of the Belfair sewer." Commissioner Terri Jeffreys said the county may be able to consider dredging afLer the Army Corps works to improve fish passage. County seeks grant to design Belfair sidewalks Pedestrians might soon have a safer place to walk in Belfair. The Mason County Board of Com- missioners approved a request from Mason County Public Works on Tues- day to apply for a Transportation Al- ternative Program grant application to the Peninsula Regional Transporta- tion Planning Organization for money to design sidewalks in Belfair. Mason County Public Works has identified two possible projects -- one along Old Belfair Highway and the other on Clifton Lane. The estimated total project cost is $70,000. The grant would pay for 86.5 per- cent of that cost. Compiled by reporter Natalie Johnson Skokomish Tribe donates $32K to charitable groups educational services. "It's an honor and a privilege to assist in your efforts," said Joseph Pavel, vice chairman of the tribal council. Pavel passed the checks to All Teens Matter, $1,000; Coastal Harvest, $700; Dirty Diamond Club, $4,785; Gilda's Club, $2,500; Mountain View Elemen- tary PTSO, $1,100; the Mason County Re-Entry Coalition, $2,000; Reserva- tion Animal Resources and Education, $5,000; Shelton Schools Foundation, $1,500; South Mason Youth Soccer Club, $990; Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services, $1,000; United Way of Mason County, $5,000; Boy Scouts of Ameri- Ca, $3,433; and the Hood Canal School Foundation, $3,434. PRESENTS Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Cheryl Cathcart, executive director of Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services, accepts a $1,000 check for her organization from Joseph Pavel, " vice chairman of the Skokomish Indian tribe's tribal council April 30. By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com The Skokomish Indian Tribe and its Lucky Dog Casino last week donated $32,442 to 13 Mason County nonprofit organizations as part of its annual Chari- table Organizations Donations program. Representatives from the 13 groups on April 30 received large ceremonial checks, with the real checks attached on the back, at a ceremony at the Lucky Dog Casino. The tribe's class III gaming compact with the state requires contributions be made each year from the net revenues generated by the tribe's gambling opera- tions. The money is available to chari- table, nonprofit organizations in Mason County that provide social, cultural and NOTICE OF COMMISSIONER VACANCY AND SEARCH FOR CANDIDATE Notice is hereby given that the Mason County Public Hospital District #2 Commission has a vacancy and we are looking to appoint a Commissioner per RCW 42.12.070. This appointment will terminate upon the certification of the November 10, 2015 election which will decide who will fill the remainder of this term which ends on December 31, 2019. Application forms can be found on our website or by calling the District office and leaving your name and phone #. We are asking that the form be completed and returned to us no later than June 10, 2014. The commissioners also request that you attend our meeting on Tuesday, June 24th at 7pm at the Harrison Belfair Clinic so that any additional questions may be asked before making a selection which is anticipated to be made during that meeting.  Mason County Public Hospital District #2 21 NE Romance Hill PO Box 1626 / Belfair, WA 98528 360-275-2517 / www. mcphd2.org