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Thursday, July 17, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-13 NEWS BRIEFS Cushman meeting scheduled for July 17 in Hoodsport Tacoma Power has scheduled an informational meeting from to 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 17 in Hoodsport to discuss current projects associ- ated with its Cushman Hydroelectric Project. The meeting will take place at the Mason County Fire Protection 18 office at 240 N. Standstill Drive in Hoodsport. It will include a presentation and an open house. Refreshments will be provided. Topics on the agenda include fish- eries and hatchery construction proj- ects and recreation projects. For more information, email cushmanfeedback@ci.tacoma. wa.us. Rail container catches fire on Johns Prairie A rail container on train tracks at the Port of Shelton's Johns Prai- rie Industrial Site spontaneously caught fire Monday morning, ac- cording to Central Mason Fire & EMS. i Firefighters were called to the scene at 6:34 a.m. to find smoke coming from the raft container, owned by Waste Management. The container was en route from Mason County to a facility in Arlington, Oregon. Central Mason crews assisted as a Railroad Emergency Re- sponse Team from Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad extinguished the fire. County budget releases instructions Mason County elected officials and department heads can now begin work on their 2015 bud- gets. The county commission sent out its annual budget instruction letter to departments Monday. The letter instructs departments to budget to 2014 revenue and ex- penses. It also asks departments to draft a list of "goals, objectives, issues, concerns and constraints for 2015." The budgets will also include wage increases for union and non- union employees that will be ab- sorbed into departments' status quo budgets. The preliminary budgets are due Aug. 11. Judge considers county garbage A judge will soon issue a ruling on a lawsuit against Mason County re- garding garbage hauling. Judge Michael Sullivan of Pacific County presided over a hearing for the lawsuit Monday afternoon and told parties he would consider the matter and give a ruling soon, said Tim Whitehead, Mason County chief deputy prosecutor. "I would expect it any time," he said. The lawsuit, filed by Belfair group Advocates for Responsible Govern- ment, argues that Mason County vio- lated state law in 2012 when it nego- tiated the terms of a garbage-hauling contract with Allied Waste, rather than going out to bid. The lawsuit has been filed in Grays Harbor Supe- rior Court. The lawsuit was previously heard in 2012, when a Grays Harbor Coun- ty judge ruled that the county did violate state bidding law. In 2013, a Washington state Court of Appeals panel ruled the Belfair group did not have standing to sue the county over garbage hauling, and dismissed the case. The group was allowed to refile their lawsuit, and did so earlier this year. Second chance to comment on zoning change The Mason County Board of Com- missioners had the first half of a public hearing to consider changing a portion of its zoning codes regarding performance housing subdivisions Tuesday. The hearing was scheduled to con- tinue to 6:30 p.m. July 22 in Mason County Commission Chambers at 411 N. Fifth St. The proposed amendment to chap- ter 16.08 of the county code would revise the definition of the word "cluster" to allow for larger perfor- mance subdivisions. Green Diamond Resource Co. asked for the change to allow it to prepare residentially zoned land for potential development of perfor- mance subdivisions, in which homes are grouped in one part of a larger property, leaving open space for rec- reation, timber harvest or conserva- tion. For more information, call Barbara Adkins at 427-9670, ext. 286. County continues hearing on low- income housing A public hearing Tuesday on targeted areas for low-income, multi-family housing in the county has been extended to 6:30 p.m. July 22. The proposed ordinance would designate areas in the county's urban growth areas as residential target areas. Builders of low-income, multi-family housing in these resi- dential target areas would be eligible for tax breaks. The county extended the hearing to research requirements for devel- opers to hook up to sewer systems and to allow the city of Shelton to review residential targeted areas in the Shelton Urban Growth Area, said Mason County Commission chair Terri Jeffreys. Compiled by reporter Natalie Johnson SCHOOL BRIEFS PoSition open on school board The Shelton School District Board of Directors is accepting applications for an open school board position, The term ends November 2015. To be eligible for the appointment, applicants must live in District No. 1, which includes voter precincts in Union, Northside, Airport, Bayshore, Capitol Hill and Shelton precincts 1, 2, 3, 10, 14 and 16. To find out if you live in the district, call the Mason County Elections Office at 427-9670, ext. 470. The deadline to submit an applica- tion is July 17. Applications are avail- able at the Shelton School District administration building at 700 S. First St., by calling Alison Nutt at 426-8231 and online at sheltonschools.org. Free meals, snacks for kids in Shelton The Shelton School District offers free meals and snacks to all children New Patient Special Exam & X-Rays With Coupon Shelton Dental Center Expires 7/31/2014 I I I I I / DENTAL (360) 861-8318/410 West Main Street, Elma WA 98541 www:ElmaFamilyDental.com (360) 426-8401 / 360.GO.BRUSH (462-7874) www'SheltnDentalCenter'crn Jefferson Street Shelton WA, 98584 ages 18 and younger this summer. Franklin St., offers breakfasts from' The Seamless Summer Feeding 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch from Program is funded by the U.S. Depart- noon to 12:30 p.m. weekdays July 21 ment of Agriculture. through Aug. 8. For more information, call 426- CHOICE Alternative School, 2533. 807 W. Pine St., offers snacks from Shelton High School, 3737 N. Shel- 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays ton Springs Road, offers snacks from and Thursdays July 8 through Aug. 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and lunch from 21. noon to 12:30 p.m. weekdays July 7 through Aug. 8. Compiled by reporter Gordon Evergreen Elementary, 900 W. Weeks mergency Manag nt Starting this fall, Olympic College wilt offer NEW online certificate and degree programs. OLYMPIC COLLEGE www.olympic.edu/HSEM ...... TJ~e ~opt~ qf ~is publication were deva~ W/lh ful~l~ fp~p the C.afL D. Perkins ~ .......