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November 6, 2014

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con#nuedfrompage A-1 authorized the formation of the advisory commit- tee to make recommen- dations on issues such as coordinating services, dumpster diving and cre- ating a "one-stop shop" for services. The move was one of three primary recom- mendations of the city's poverty task force in a report presented to the commission in Decem- ber 2013. The human ser- vices committee meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month in the meeting rooms at the Shelton Civic Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. Representing the city in the meetings is Steve Goins, the direc- tor of community and economic development. Goins said he lets the group know about is- sues the city is discuss- ing that might affect people in need "so they can provide input before the commission takes action." The group provides a "staff function ... not an executive function," Kevin said, "We can do research, study and rec- ommend." The city of Shelton has many employees, ~t~"the reality is that Steve Goins is the guy who's most engaged in the issues and he has many other things to do," Kevin said. He added, "Without him, it wouldn't work." The group began with the 23 recommendations the city's poverty task force offered. "We've spent the last month prioritizing them according to urgency, feasibility and how much time it would take," Key- in said. The group has listed the top six priorities, in order, as adopting a dumpster-diving ordi- nance, increasing light- ing in streets and alleys, providing more public restrooms, encouraging support of existing or- ganizations that provide services for young peo= pie, reducing unwanted access to dumpsters and ensuring the city consid, ers poverty issues in all actions. With public rest- rooms, "the issue is that in the daytime, it's a much better situation than it is after dark," Kevin said. Available are the restrooms at Safe- way, the Shelton Civic Center, Kneeland Park, the parish at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church and the Shelton branch of the Timberland Li- brary, among other plac- es, he said. But, "after dark, if Group Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The city of Shelton's new human services group is prioritizing recommendations by a poverty task force, including increasing lighting in downtown Shelton streets and alleys. you are a person on the "street, you're stuck," Kevin said. On the commission, Orthmann brings "the perspective of one who has lived on the streets ... He brings the per- spective of the clientele," Kevin said. Orthmann said some people on the streets try to self-govern and dis- courage such behaviors as public urination. "The homeless com- mtmity does not want to have a bad name," he said. Orthmann said he's talking with homeless people who want to be part of solutions, includ- ing the idea of a site where donated house- hold items can be picked up for free, thereby couraging dumpster ing. "It instills hope and pride, and that's what is lacking," he said. "And communication." The city would like to add two more members to the group, in particu- lar residents who work in primary or secondary education and youths in need. For more information, call Goins at 432-5136. Squaxin Island Museum's Annual HOLIDAY BAZAAR To be held at The Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center located just off Old Olympic Highway between Olympia and Shelton at 150 SE wuh-Deegs-Altxw, Shelton, WA 98584 Friday, Nov 14'h 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov 15" 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to the public with no Admission fee! Come explore the culture of our Museum and find all your Christmas gifts too! Featuring hand-made jewelry, baked goods, arts, crafts and much more. Door Prizes too! For more information call Ruth Whitener 360-432-3841 or go to www.squaxinislandmuseum.org 22309 Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-13 John L. Scott Android j iPhone iiPad Enhance Your Mobile Search and find houses for sale in your area with the John L. Scott Mobile App. Features Interactive map with GPS Location based search MLS/Property number search Extensive search criteria options Road and satellite map views Comprehensive property details with photos Built in sharing tools Driving directions -Broker name search (Android,/Phone) Mortgage calculator REAL ESTATE Some offices are independently owned and operated. John L ScotffSHL Sheltoe 306 W. Railroad Ave. Shelton, WA 98584 Office (360) 426-3319 (36O) 4 .4r 9 www.johnlscottshelton.com A Christmas Celebration in Downtown Shelton DECEMBER 5th ..a 6th Join the Shelton Downtown Merchants and Kristmas Town Kiwanis in kicking off the holiday season! D EC:.S; Merchants Game Card (all day) 'Free lighting at the Post Office Park (6:00pro) Artwalk and other events. Businesses open until 8pro DEC. 6: Merchants Game Card (all day), Missle Toe Mile Run (4:0Opm) CHRISTMAS PARADE (5:00pro) "find more lnfo at sheltondowntownmerchants.com and on our facebook page G~tmQ,allOJr. Serving All of Mason County since 1886 Mason