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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 Mason County Journal - Page A-9 By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncoun com Harstine Island and Mason County residents will have another chance to weigh in on the future of a state park at Fudge Point. Washington State Parks has scheduled a public meeting for 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Harstine Island Community Club at 3371 E. Harstine Is- land Road N. Washington State Parks recently bought the Fudge Point prop- erty's 136 acres using a more than $2 million National Coastal Wet- lands Grant and $2.54 million from the Wash- ington Wildlife and Rec- reation Program. The National Coastal Wetlands Grant restricts State Parks from devel- oping water access, such as adock or boat launch, on the property. The meeting will cover possible long-term boundaries of the park and alternatives for land classification at the park. The land classifications on the table include recre- ation, resource recreation, very limited access. natural area, heritage Washington State area, natural forest ar- Parks staff and Parks eas and natural area pre- and Recreation Commis- serves. Different areas of sion members previously the park could have sepa- met with Harstine Is- rate classifications, land residents at a public Recreation areas al- meeting Oct. 27 in Shel- low the most access from ton to discuss the project the public, for uses such and gather input on fu- as camping, RV hook-ups ture uses of the property. and hiking, while natu- Harstine Island is al- ral area preserves allow ready home to a number of state park properties, such as Harstine Island and Jarrell Cove state parks, a property north of Fudge Point known as the Scott Property, and nearby Hope and Mc- Micken islands. Public comments on the project are being accepted at parks. wa.gov/896/Fudge-Point- Planning. ason By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com The Mason County PUD 3 Commission unanimously approved a $63.7 million 2015 budget and changes to its electric and telecommunication rates at its Nov. 25 special meeting. The budget is about $1.6 million higher than the utility's 2014 budget. The new rates include a 3 percent increase to residential rates, with a 10-cent increase in daily system charges. Small-commercial- operations customers will also face a 3 percent rate increase and a 10-cent in- crease to the daily charge. Large-commercial-oper- ations customers will see a 10 percent increase in their power demand rate. The changes to the util- ity's rate schedule also include amendments to a category for outdoor light- ~ing and a new rate. class, Schedule 24, for marijua- na growers and processors. Three people comment- ed on the proposed rates for marijuana companies, including Steve Fuhr, part owner of Agropack, a marijuana producer and processor license appli- cant. Fuhr said he had not been aware of a public hearing scheduled for the PUD commission's Nov. 10 meeting that discussed the proposed rates for marijuana com- panies. Fuhr said the new rates might result in six-figure power bills for marijuana growers and processors. "This is about creating jobs, good-paying jobs," he said. "This is a communi- ty worth living in, but it's one that has to grow with the times to survive." Power Supply Man- ager Matt Samuelson said it was necessary to create the new rate classification to easily determine how much energy the compa- riles use. "Staffs reasoning for looking at Schedule 24 was never to target the in- dustry," Samuelson said. 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