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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com The city of Shelton is accepting ap- plications for tourism funding during August. The city collects a 4 percent tax on lodging earmarked for tourism events and tourism-related facilities. Tourism promotion includes adver- tising, publicizing or distributing in- formation to attract and welcome tour- ists; developing strategies to expand tourism; operating tourism promotion agencies; and funding the marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists. Tourism-related facilities are de- fined as personal property with a us- able life of three years or more, or con- structed with volunteer labor, and used to support tourism, performing arts or to accommodate tourist activities. Lodging tax funds cannot be spent on capital expenditures for tourism-relat- ed facilities owned by nonprofit organi- zations. Lodging tax funds can be used for operating expenditures. The applications are due by Aug. 31. They will be reviewed by the city of Shelton Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. That group will make recommendations to the Shelton City Commission as it prepares its 2015 budget. Applications are available at the city's website at www.ci.shelton.wa.us, and at the customer service kiosk in the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St. 5helton woman, 34, charged ,1 million bail. Mason County Coroner Wes Stock- with first-degree murder well identified the victim as Patrick Joseph Frender, 47, of Allyn. At 9:11 p,m. Thursday, a 911 caller reported hearing a gunshot on East By NATALIE JOHNSON Sherwood Lane in Allyn. news@masoncoun com Deputies from the Mason County Sheriffs Office responded to the house A Shelton woman was arrested af-at 71 E. Sherwood Lane to find Fren- ter a deadly shooting July 17 in Allyn. der dead at his front door of an appar- Sarah Joclyn Olivas, 34, of Shel- ent gunshot wound to the face. ton, has been charged in Mason Coun- Deputies searched the area and ty Superior Court with first-degree found Olivas lying in the backyard murder next door to Frende~s house. Olivas made her first court appear- According to court documents, the ance Friday, when she was granted a firearm was a shotgun, and was taken public defender and ordered held on into evidence. Change to two-block section of Franklin Street could improve traffic flow By GORDON WEEKS and Franklin. gordon@masoncounty.com Mason Transit Authority officials started talking to the Shelton City commission- city about the one-way street ers expressed concerns about proposal while putting the double parking and pedestri- transit center project together an safety as the city considers four or five years ago, Michael changing two blocks of Frank- told the commissioners. MTA lin Avenue to a one-way street made an official request about to improve traffic flow at Safe- two months ago, he said. way and the soon-to-be opened Michael said there is no for- Mason Transit Authority mal hearing process in mak- Transit-Community Center. ing the change, but the city City Engineer Mike Mi- wants residents and business chael gave a presentation on owners to know they are con- the proposal at the commis- sidering it and get their input. sign's regular meeting Man- The change would better day night, protect pedestrians and "elim- The proposal would desig- inate some of the traffic com- nate two lanes of traffic to flow ing out of the Safeway, with east on Franklin Street from the big trucks," Michael said. Fifth Street to Seventh Street. He stressed that the layout is The change is designed to im- preliminary. prove traffic flow and the in- Mayor Gary Cronce reiter- creased pedestrian traffic that ated that the proposal comes will come with the opening of from Mason Transit Author- the center early next year. ity. Under the preliminary "I have no objections," proposal, drivers would be Cronce said. "It probably alerted by six signs that makes a lot of sense." would be added to the inter- Commissioner Tracy Moore section of Fifth and Franklin, said she is concerned about including signs that say stop, pedestrian safety because the do not enter, no left turn, design doesn't contain cross- no right turn and one way. walks. Signs that say one way also Michael said the city staff would be installed at Fourth focused on vehicle traffic on and Franklin, and Seventh the preliminary design, and Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The city of Shelton is considering a proposal to make two blocks of Franklin Street a one- way street to improve traffic flow at Safeway and the soon-to.be-opened Mason Transit Authority Transit-Community Center, will add the pedestrian fea- beside each other, waiting to "Double parking is not al- tures, get into the loading bays.~ lowed," he said. Commissioner Mike Olsen Michael said the proposed The plan also calls for said he sees a lot of double plan calls for more bufferchanging street parking from parking in front of Safeway, space for traffic on the north parallel to angle, adding four with drivers parking parallel side of Safeway. to six parking spaces. IlRibeye I1,-, All Natural, Lean, Meaty Boneless Pork Country Ribs Ocean-caught Tru Cod II Popcorn UChicken by the only Lb.