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Judge from Pacific County issues ruling By NATALIE JOHNSON news@masoncounty.com A lawsuit against Mason County regarding a two-year-old garbage-hauling contract was dismissed last week. The lawsuit, filed by the Ad- vocates for Responsible Govern- ment, a Belfair group, argues that Mason County violated state law in negotiating a garbage- hauling contract with Regional Disposal Co. rather than going to bid. Judge Michael Sullivan of Pa- cific County heard motions on the case in Grays Harbor Superior Court on July 14, and issued a ruling later that week. The ruling dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning that the Belfair group will not be able to refile the lawsuit. "At this point, we're going to take some time and consider whether it's worthwhile to file an appeal or not," said Zach Edwards, an attorney at Ha- gen and Bates P.S. in Aberdeen, which represents the Belfair group. The appeal must be filed with- in 30 days, Edwards said. The Advocates for Responsible Government filed suit over the contract for the first time in June 2012 in Grays Harbor County Superior Court after the Mason County Board of Commission- ers voted to approve a contract extension with Allied Waste/Re- gional Disposal Company for sev- en years with an option to renew the contract for an additional three years. The group is listed on court documents as a Washington non- profit corporation consisting of members Jack Johnson, Robert Drexler, Ken Van Buskirk and Robert Harris. The contract approved in June 2012 is still in effect. According to the contract, the county pays $56 per ton for trailer weights under 26 tons and $35 per ton for trailer weights of more than 26 tons, amounting to about $1 mil- lion per year for Regional Dispos- al Company to haul the county's waste from local transfer sta- tions to landfills. The county's first contract with the company, signed in 1993, was for five years. It in- cluded options to renew for three five-year terms. The Advocates for Responsi- ble Government argued that the county violated state law by ne- Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-7 isml gotiating a new contract in 2012, rather than going out to bid. In August 2012, Grays Har- bor Superior Court judge Gor- don Godfrey ruled in favor of the group, saying the Mason County Board of Commissioners violated the Open Public Meetings Act in negotiating the contract. The ruling voided the contract and gave the county six months to go through a competitive bid- ding process to secure a new gar- bage-hauling contract. Mason County appealed the ruling, and in October 2013, a Washington state Court of Ap- peals panel overturned the ear- lier hearing and stated that the Advocates for Responsible Government did not have legal standing to sue the county. The judges ruled that, al- though the members of the Ad- vocates for Responsible Govern- ment are taxpayers in Mason County, none of them proved that they paid taxes related to the contract, or that they paid user fees related to garbage collection or hauling. The new lawsuit included documentation proving that the members of the Advocates either pay to have their garbage picked up residentially, or haul their garbage to Mason County trans- fer stations themselves. June 27 Lilliam Maely Reyes Burnfield and Spence Christian Burnfield Michael L. Stricklett Jr. and Dacia A. Stricklett July 2 Pamela D. Volz and Wallace C. Volz John W. Pate and Severina Parales Pate July 3 Vincent D. Smith and Sherry J. Smith July 9 Athenia Smith and Jaramie Smith July 11 Matthew James Lowery and Leigh Allison Lowery Laura Jean Neal Seward and Guy Boyd Seward Gloria Louise Grable and James Edward Grable Timothy Benson and Sarah Benson July 18 James Froelich and Deilah Johnson Tyler McDannald and Jessica McDannald Liezl Carlsen and Dennis W. Carlsen Pauline K. Hayes and Robert S. Hayes Christopher Michael Nichols and Stephanie Marie Nichols School board t interview ndidat for vacant posit" Contracts for the school year approved By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, com The Shelton School District Board o~f Direc- tors will take the next step in filling its vacant seat next week. At its regular meet- ing Tuesday night, the board decided to inter- view the sole candidate who applied to fill the remainder of Sue Mc- Causland's term. Sandy Tarzwell, who recently served on the school district's pool advisory committee, will be interviewed in an open public meet- ing at 10 a.m. July 31 in the board room at CHOICE Alternative School. The board set the interview date after an executive session Tues- day. During that session, the board also approved the contract for the Shelton Educational Of- fice Professionals Bar- gaining Unit. President Brenda Hirschi said the terms of the contract couldn't Camera5 .g BatteriesPlus, be released yet, but con- firmed that the contract was for staff members in the district who are not teacherssuch as secretaries and inter- pretive services profes- sionals. The board approved the contract unani- mously. Tuesday night was McCausland's final meeting with the board. She resigned June 24 for health and personal reasons. Superintendent Wayne Massie present- ed McCausland with a plaque during the meet- ing. "This is for Sue in appreciation of her ser- vice to the district to thank her for her work, time and effort," Mass- ie said. McCausland was first elected in 2003. During her years as a board member, she served as the legislative representative, board chair, board vice-chair and the athletic repre- sentative. "It's been an educa- tion," she said. "Since' we're all about educa- tion, I guess that's a good thing." The board also took action on two items re- lating to the next school year. By unanimous vote, the board awarded its dairy distribution con- tract to Dairy Fresh Farms, the only bid- der. Under this contract, the school district will receive 1 percent low- fat milk for $0.2126 per 8-ounce unit, chocolate milk for $0.2189 per 8-ounce unit, fat-free milk for $0.2053 per 8-ounce unit, apple juice for $9.71 per 4-ounce unit and orange juice for $11.30 per 4-ounce unit. The board also unan- imously approved the awarding of the dis- trict's fuel distribution contract to Associated Petroleum, the lowest of five bidders. Through Associated Petroleum, the district Attention to detail, To your vehicle. To you. AUTOMOTIVE 2033 OlympicHighwayNorth" Shelton 426-1467 Motor Oils & Hydraulic Oils Industrial Lubricants Automotive Oils Metal Working Fluids Greases & Gear Oils O I L DIST. CC) Solvents & Antifreeze Cutting Oils Job Site High-Volume Commercial Diesel W. 150 Sanderson Way Fueling Pump Repair, Tanks, Nozzles, Shelton, WA 98584 Grease Guns Heating Oil Delivered 1-800-826-8959--(360) 427-8084 Furnace & Stove Oil Kerosene will receive its fuel for the 2014/2015 school year for $4,200. The next lowest bid- der was Cooper NW Inc. at $7,000. Thank You Mason County Disc Golf would like to thank our partners, Olympic Discs and Little Creek Casino & Resort, as well as, our sponsors for helping us to put on one of the best A tier disc golf tournaments in the nation, the 2014 Showdown. With help from these local businesses and individuals the total cash and prizes awarded was over $23,000. 144 golfers from 10 different states including Florida came to this year's event. We are already looking forward to next year and bringing them all back to our town for the weekend. Parmers Olympic Discs Little Creek Casino & Resort Ace Sponsors Rich Baker Construction Our Community Credit Union GK Construction Eagle Sponsors Ashby Homes Cline Construction QZK Electric Americool Mariano Jewelers Capital Business Machines Kluh Jewelers Olsen's Furniture The Plumbers Puget Green Painting Las Palmas Birdie Sponsors Rob McCarthy Local Vending 5 Stars Scandinavia Jub Jub Will Martin Kevin Holland Daley Electric State Farm Mando's White River DGC Melody Edgington Matt Crane Susan's Grill Steph's Espresso Rooster's Smoking Mo's Mason County Journal