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.,iJ ml I Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-7 City levels derelict mobile homes By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Scott Wilson of Wilson Recycling says he's torn down some beloved homes. His demolition assignment Monday was not one of them. On Monday morning, Wilson used his excavator to demolish a 660-square-foot mobile home at 611 Fairmount Ave. The circa 1970 structure is one of two der- elict buildings being leveled by the city of Shelton as part of its abatement program. The other structure scheduled to be de- molished is the moss-covered, boarded-up house at 2125 Washington St. in Shel- ton's Mountain View neighborhood. The city issued contracts last month for about $16,000 to demolish both build- ings. The two structures were on the city's top 10 list on unsafe, derelict build- ings targeted for abatement. The city has tried to contact the own- ers of the Fairmount Avenue mobile home for years, without response, said Erik Birk, an associate planner and code enforcement officer for the city of Shel- ton. No one has officially lived in the structure for years, he said. The less formal tenants have been squatters, who have lefL behind three grimy bare mattresses on a living room floor littered with empty prescription pill Journal photo by Gordon Weeks On Monday, Scott Wilson of Wilson Recycling used his excavator to demolish a 660-square-foot mobile home at 611 Fairmount Ave. The circa 1970 structure is one of two derelict buildings being leveled by Shelton as part of its abatement program. bottles and soiled clothing. Birk points out that the squatters -- who have en- tered the structure as recently as the past couple weeks -- have chosen one end of the living room to urinate and the other corner to defecate. In the living room window facing the street are holiday decorations offering a wish for a "Happy New Year 2006." Di- rectly underneath that wish is a rotting mattress offering a place of rest for dead brown pine needles. A black plastic gar- bage bag overflowing with clothes sits on foot-long grass. Behind the house was a car trailer bleached of any color, with broken win- dows and an overpowering smell of urine. The demolition will help raise the property values of the neighboring hous- es, Birk said. He described the demoli- tion process as "a rip and grab." As the process began, a neighbor emerged and proclaimed, "Today? We're so excited!" "It's a good day for a demo," Wilson announced. An hour later, the trailer was gone, and the four kittens found inside had been handed over to Kitten Rescue. The metals and wood will be recycled at Wil- son Recycling. Next comes 2125 Washington St., which has been unoccupied -- except by squatters -- for more than 20 years. Asbestos will soon be removed from the house, and the structure will be demol- ished, Birk said. A hearing examiner's ruling paved the way for the city to place liens on both buildings. The city staff produced the top 10 list of homes to abate in the fall of 2012. That list has changed as some of the proper- ties have been cleaned up or demolished by their owners. Annual Memorial Day ceremony planned in Shelton at Shelton Memorial Park at 1605 Van Buren St. in Shelton. The one-hour ceremony opens with the Shelton High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps run by Sgt. Maj. Hernandez. The guest speaker will be STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty, com Join the Fred B. Wival American Legion Post 31 for the annual Memo- rial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday Ret. Maj. Gen. Jim McElroy. at 426-4546. Please come and join us in For more information, contact the remembering our nation's dead veter- Mason County Veterans Service Office ans. Request for Proposals Mason County is requesting proposals from qualified firms for the creation and implementation of a Marketing Campaign for Tourism Development for the County to be funded with Lodging Tax dollars. This is a two-year contract with an estimated budget of $174,000 per year, commencing January 1,2015. Proposals must be received by 4:00 p.m. on June 30, 2014 to be considered. To request the proposal specifications: Download from website: www.co.mason.wa.us/forms/tourism Email: dlz@co.mason.wa.us Phone requests: 360-427-9670 ext. 419 or 360-275-4467 ext, 419 your surgery easler by staying close :[o home. Compassionate, highly qualified surgeons at MGH Surgery Clinic, combined with an expert surgical team at Mason General Hospital, are right here - close to your home and family - to make your surgical experience a positive one. Call MGH Surgery Clinic for a consultation at (360) 426-4142.  Mason General Hospital Surgery Clinic (360) 426-4142 1710 N 13th Loop Rd., Shelton, WA 98584 www.MasonGeneral.com