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Page A-6 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 Oty might dso redo water main during work By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Residents of south Shel- ton might simultaneously get better water pressure and a smoother drive as the city pre- pares to tackle 3 miles of crumbling road. Pothole-scarred Pioneer Way/Lake Boulevard is sched- uled to be torn up and replaced beginning in summer 2015 in a $3.5 million construction proj- ect by the city of Shelton. The city recently decided to consider replacing 2,200 feet of undersized water main on Lake Boulevard from Wyo- ming Avenue to University Avenue. The Shelton City Com- mission on Monday gave pre- liminary approval to allocate another $12,947 to project de- signer SCJ Alliance to design the water-main replacement on that stretch. The agree- ment could be finalized at the commission's work session at Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The city of Shelton plans to hire a contractor to begin tearing up and replacing 3 1/2 miles of broken road on Lake Boulevard/Pioneer Way beginning next summer. The Shelton City Commission on Monday gave preliminary approval to make the design plans, which could include replacing 2,200 feet of undersized water main from Wyoming Avenue to University Avenue. 2 p.m. Monday. 6 inches in diameter, and the told the commissioners. Re- The water main on that pressure is low at some points,placing it with a 12-inch main stretch of Lake Boulevard is City Engineer Mike'Michael will ensure adequate delivery to the pressure zone when re- quired, he said. The water main would be located under a sidewalk on Lake Boulevard, Michael said. Adding the larger pipe before laying down the new sidewalk would save the city money, he said. "This isn't a must-do, but it's a very cost-effective way to do it now," Michael said. The water-main replace- ment would cost about $250,000, Michael said. Commissioner Mike Olsen questioned whether the water- main replacement is urgent. "It's not a growth area," he said. Olsen asked if the city can approve the design work for the water main and then choose when it wants to do it. Michael said it can. The project design for the Pioneer Way/Lake Boulevard replacement is expected to be completed by the end of March. The city will advertise for bids from construction companies in spring 2015, and work is sched- uled to begin in summer 2015. Construction is expected to take a year. oa By GORDON WEEKS during the 2015 session to find The interlocal agreement gordon@masoncountycom grant money for wastewater states that the two cities "de- projects, sire te join efforts to educate The Shelton City Commis- The commission gave pre- the state Legislature, gover- sion on Monday approved an liminary approval of the nor's office and agencies in- interlocal agreement with the agreement at its meeting cluding the Department of city of Port Angeles to estab- Nov. 10. Ecology about the financial lish the Sewer Funding Coali- The commissioners gave fi- realities of operating a munici- tion. nal pproval Monday as partpal sewer utility." The group is a statewide co- of the meeting's consent agen- The coalition's one mis- alition that will hire a lobbyist da. No one commented on thesion is to gain sewer funding to put pressure on legislators agreement, for Washington communities smaller than 25,000 people,have joined the coalition, The city of Shelton's up- which has raised more than graded wastewater treat- $10,000 in checks and pledg- ment plant, required by thees. state, forced the city to borrow The goal is to raise $21,000 $56 million, to pay for a lobbyist for the The city reports that be- first sixmonthsof2015. cause of the loan, the average City Administrator Dave residential sewer bill of $92 a O'Leary said he will give an month will increase to $135 a update on the coalition at the month by 2020. commission's study session at Fourteen cities so far 2 p.m. Monday. "The best part about being a volunteer driver is the good feeling I get for doing something that really matters to others. Most of the riders I have would have no other way to get to wherever they are going. I feel that the volunteer driver program is wonderful for me as well as for our riders. I have taken home many invaluable life lessons, and I look forward to each trip to see what new experiences I will have and what I will learn. " -- Mary L.