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November 6, 2014

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-5 Final hearing on $49.1M budget set for Dec. 1 By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com Only one resident com- mented on the city of Shelton's proposed 2015 budget during a public hearing Monday at the Shelton City Commission's regular meeting. The proposed 2015 budget calls for $49.1 million in rev- enue and expenditures and includes money for one new full-time employee who would work with three city programs: the Storm Fund, equipment maintenance and rental, and sewer collection. No employee cuts are in the preliminary budget. The budget of $49,129,281 is an in- crease of $1,662,459 from the 2014 city budget. The increase is primarily due to the expand- ed Upper Mountain View Pres- sure Zone construction project, according to the city's prelimi- nary budget report. The final public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Dec. 1. Shelton resident Marilyn Vo- gler was the only resident to share her thoughts on the preliminary budget at Monday's meeting. Vogler encouraged the city to find money to fund annual fall and spring cleanup days, where the city would use equipment and personnel to help people in need haul away things and spruce up their yards. The cleanup days were not offered this year. Vogler also recommended that the city look into requir- ing businesses to recycle, just as it requires its residents to. Shelton City Commission- er Mike Olsen said he was disappointed more residents haven't been involved in the budget process. He stressed there is still time for every- one to examine the proposed budget and ask questions of city officials. .lcense on By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn A Shelton chiropractor whose li- cense was suspended in August will again be allowed to treat Washington patients, according to the state Depart- ment of Health (DOH). Chiropractor Norman Collins, who operated Collins Chiropractic in Shel- ton, pleaded guilty Oct. 27 in Mason County Superior Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance. His sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 24 in Mason County Supe- rior Court. The DOH announced Friday that Collins' license had been reinstated on a probationary basis. He was charged in August with theft and possession of a controlled sub- stance. The DOH suspended his license on Aug. 11 on suspicion of diverting medications for personal use. He was accused of taking controlled substances from a patient while treat- ing the patient at his home, According to charging documents, the patient used an iPad to record Col- lins' action. Collins was also accused of taking controlled substances from two other people for personal use. Collins has been a licensed chiro- practor in Washington since 1989. He has operated out of Collins Chiroprac- tic at 130 S. Third St. in Shelton since 1995. His office has been closed since the DOH suspended his license. Collins moved out of the building in August. According to the DOH, Collins' li- cense will be reinstated on a probation- ary basis and his practice will be moni- tored. He will be required to complete continuing education and can only pro- vide chiropractic treatment in a clinical setting during his probationary period. Collins must also be assessed by a drug- and alcohol-monitoring program and comply with any requirements, ac- cording to the DOH. State Department of Health to fine Mason County water system for neglect STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com The Washington State De- partment of Health (DOH) plans to issue a $17,640 fine to the investor-owners of the Ripplewood Tracts water sys- tem in Mason County. The owners of the system violated a state order to bring the water system into com- pliance with drinking-water regulations, according to the DOH. The DOH directed the own- ers in March to hire a certified operator to run and maintain the system, to test the wa- ter for nitrate contamination, and to notify customers that the water system had violated state drinking-water regula- tions. The owners had not com- plied with those orders as of Oct. 30, according to the DOH. The owners filed an appeal Oct. 16. The penalty will be suspended until the appeal is resolved, according to the DOH. The owners of the water system include Heritor Inc., a Washington corporation; and Ripplewood Utilities, Bristol Group, a Washington corpora- tion. The water system's regis- tored office is located at 843 S. -212th St., suite 105, Kent, ac- cording to the DOH. The DOH issued a $22,680 penalty in February to the same investor group for violat- ing state drinking-water regu- lations at its Green Mountain Acres Water system in Kitsap County. 1626 Olympic Hwy N Shelton Hiring Caring CNAs Always Safe and Secure Registered Nurse Caring Staff Daily Doses of Love Home-Cooked Meals www.haveninallym.com 180 E Wheelwright St in Ally 360-277-0636