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on PAGE A-19 Mason County Sept. 18, 2014 - Week 38 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 Interim superintendent takes helm in She#on By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun .com Staff members said they were surprised this week af- ter the Shelton School Dis- trict Board of Directors voted unanimously with no public comment to replace superin- tendent Wayne Massie one week into the school year. School Board president see~ pa:jeA-17 I,,.. | INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-16 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-2.1 Obituaries Page A-22 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-1 Classifieds Page B-8 Legals Page B-10 Crossword Page B-11 Sudoku Page 13-11 IIIIl!l!!l!ljll!l!l]lJ[lllll KEEP ON ROCKIN' ABOVE: Alex Hernandez, 8, rides a mechanical bull as 10-year-old Diego Villeda pulls at the horns at St. Edward Catholic Church's rodeo Saturday at Rancho Durango on Shelton Valley Road. Both are students at Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton. The rodeo, which also offered live music and vendors, raised money for the church. AT RIGHT: Children enjoy the rode0events. Journal photos by Gordon Weeks Planners suggest bigger setback distances, ,special-use permits for some pot growers (ountv Commission could rule between homes and producer and proces- -- , .. . ,~ . , sor operations to 150 feet from an opera- on recommenaanons in uaooer tion to the property lines. __ Any number we put there isn't going to By NATALIE JOHNSON work everywhere, said PAC member Rob natalie@masoncoun~com Drexler. "We can't cover every situation." . The commission talked about adding In a marathon 4-hour meeting Mon- requirements for producers and proces- day night, the Mason County Planningsors related to residents' concerns about Advisory Commission (PAC) crafted a list smell, bright lights and other nuisances. of recommendations to help address some "I'm a little bit concerned about singling county residents' concerns about the legal this (industry) out," Wilson said. "If our marijuana industry, nuisance regulations aren t strong enough, The PAC's recommendations, which we need to deal with this separately." include requiring special-use permits and increasing setback distances for some marijuana operations, will be presented to the Mason County Board of Commission- ers for consideration as early as Oct. 14, said Barbara Adkins, director of planning and community development. The PAC will recommend that the county continue to allow producers and processors in residential lots as small as 5 acres but suggested requiring special- use permits for outdoor grow operations in lots between 5 and 10 acres. "I think it's RR5 (rural residential 5 zoning) that seems to be the bugaboo," said PAC member Vicki Wilson. "I'm try- ing to find the middle ground." The PAC will also recommend that marijuana grow operations on residential lots between 5 and 10 acres be limited to a Tier 1 grow, or 2,000 square feet or small- er of plant canopy space. The plant canopy is the area that contains growing plants in an operation. The PAC will also recommend that the county increase setbacks from 100 feet The PAC decided to recommend to the County Commission that it look at those issues as they relate to county nuisance ordinances. The PAC will also suggest that the County Com~nssion review potential re- strictions for land designations, such as in-holding, long-term forest or agriculture, which do not fall under Mason County zoning code, and to examine its options regarding operations grandfathered in un- der old zoning requirements. The County Commission is required to schedule another public hearing to con- sider the recommendations and then must vote on whether to adopt them. The Mason County Board of Com- missioners directed the PAC in July to consider several issues, including in- creasing buffers, between residential structures and marijuana producer and processor facilities in residential areas from 100 to 250 feet, to discuss limiting producers in residential lots of 5 acres see POT, page A-15 m; Company hires adviser to look into possible sale By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty com Simpson Lumber Co. is consider- ing selling its lumber businesses in the Northwest and Southeast, in- cluding its mills in downtown Shel- ton and Mason County. The company, which was founded in Matlock in 1890, announced this week that it has hired an adviser %0 assist in evaluating a potential sale." "Lumber operations in Shelton ~:- are part of the value assessment, and we anticipate discussing the value o the helton mills with pro- spective buyers," the company said in a statement. Simpson Lumber ~: Co. "continues to be committed to the McCleary-based Simpson Door business and is only considering the sale of its lumber operations, the company said. Simpson owns production facili- ties in Shelton, Longview and Taco- ma as well as in Meldrim, Georgia, and Georgetown, South Carolina. "Company leaders will provide i more information when there is news to share," the company stated. "Meanwhile, all Simpson facilities I will continue operating as usual, fo- cused on safe operations, attentive customer service and manufactur- ing excellence." In February, Simpson laid off about 60 employees from itsMill 5 in i Dayton. The company cited a short- age of logs when it announced the layoffs Jan. 23. The company said the elimination of one of the three shifts at-Mill 5 reduced its Shelton operations workforce from 287 to about 230. In March, Simpson sold its Ta- coma Kraft paper mill to Norcross, Georgia-based RockTenn Co. for $343 million. At the time, the com- pany stated it would use the pro- ceeds from the sale to enhance its lumber and door businesses. Aaron Arnold, the chief shop steward for Simpson and president of Woodworkers/International As- sociation of Machinists Local Lodge W-38, said tl~ news caught employ- ees by surprise. "It was a shock to all on Monday when they called us in for meetings," he said. Arnold said he hopes a buyer steps forward who wants to stay in the community. "We're just going day by day, hoping for the best ... All we can do see SIMPSON, page A-28