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Q Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-17 continued from page A- I 20 feet from the property that want to host temporary home- .or public right-of- less encampments for up to 90 days way. Minors would are more challenging than the state's not be allowed, and a RCW. minimum number of For example, the city's proposed or- on-site parking spac- dinance calls for erecting a temporary es would be required. 6-foot screen around the perimeter of a A managing agency camp. Mike| would be required to "The RCW seems not to burden a provide and enforce a church (that) might want to implement written code of conduct. a tent city," Mikel said. The commission will host a public As for setting up temporary campshearing on the proposed ordinance at for homeless people on church proper- its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at ties, "This is a huge help to have a place the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota for their safety and security," he said. St. A state law established in 2010 al- Mikel was among the Shelton area ready guarantees churches the right ministers and pastors who diSCUSsed to use their properties for temporary the proposed ordinance Friday at an homeless camps and establishes regu- appreciation dinner for Community lations. The law also prohibits munici- Lifeline volunteers at St. Edward palities from banning the temporary Catholic Church. camps. Homeless people in Shelton worry The city's proposed regulations, pre- about being evicted from properties, sented at the Shelton City Commis- and having their tents, sleeping bags sion's meeting July 21, allow churches and other belongings confiscated, to host as many as 100 peoplein tempo- Mikel said. rary homeless camps for up to 90 days. "They are always on guard," he said. A provision allows the city to lower the Mikel said he understands the chal- maximum occupants allowed, lenges posed by the temporary camps, The proposed regulations require the including camp visitors who arrive with perimeter of the camp to be located at mental health and chemical issues. Sarah Lytle ]ames "Doug" Sells Sarah Lytle and James Douglas "Dour' Sells of Shelton an- nounce their engage- ment. They are planning an Aug. 16, 2014, wedding. Sarah, daughter of Michael C. and Kathy Lytle of Hoquiam, at- tended Central Wash- ington University and studied family and con- sumer sciences educa- tion. She works for the Shelton School District. Doug, son of John Sells and Becky Schuy- ten of Shelton, attended the University of Oregon and has a bachelor's de- gree in sociology. He also works for the Shelton School District. "Having a tent city doesn't cure or case manage these disabilities," he said. The city seems to be creating the or- dinance out of a legal obligation rather than out of "altruism," the pastor said. Nevertheless, "We're not trying to pick a fight or denigrate the city's ef- forts," Mikel said. The churches appre- ciate the efforts by the city on behalf of needy people, including its role in establishing the new Mason County Shelter, he said. Don Shipley, pastor of Shelton Unit- ed Methodist Church, helped host tent cities as the pastor at Olympia First United Methodist Church. "There are large challenges to man- age tent camps, such as enforcement of REAL ESTATE the rules, oversight, safety and regula- tion, but there are challenges -- safety, security, regulatory ambiguity -- if no accommodations are made to home- less people who populate every com- munity," he wrote in an email to the Mason County Journal. "Since home- less people are citizens or residents or, in some cases, neighbors to landown- ers or home dwellers, their needs must be considered and their basic human rights must be recognized." Shipley concluded, "Christian com- munities such as mine also have a bib- lical mandate to offer care to the home- less, widowed or orphaned because Jesus demanded it and because our Christian consciences insist on it." 306 W. Railroad Ave / PO Box 70 Shelton, WA 98584 www.JohnLScottShelton.com 360-426-3319 Meet Our Newest Broker, Laura Miller Laura moved to Shehon in 2012 after falling in love with our area's ceaseless beauty. We're fortunate that Laura and her husband William chose Shelton to settle their family. Laura's passion for history and architecture as well as an excitement for helping people, led her to become a real estate broker. Let Laura share with you her knowledge in customer service, marketing and technology. Contact Laura so she can help you achieve your goals and dreams. 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