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Page A-24 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 continued from page A-1 tive measure we can do," he said. taining items which are of real of a "free store," such as the night would be "an undue bur- But Toby Kevin of the city's use to them, and which theyone operated in Olympia. den for them," McCutcheon said. Shelton's new police chief,Human Services Committee could nototherwiseafford." But Mayor Gary Cronce Downtown business owners are Darrin Moody, told the cam-presented a letter to the cam- Kevin asked the city to de-pointed out that everyone at very generous in their giving missioners the proposed newmission urging the city to wait lay action on the amendmentMonday's meeting was speak-and would donate items to a free law is "just a tool. The reality on its decision. The committee for 90 days while it discourag- ing in favor of the code amend- store, she said. is we're not going to stop this." agrees that the code changees business owners and other ment. The code amendment would But the new law would give "would provide an effectivelegitimate users from deposit- "Why wait 90 days to pass come in the city's health sani- Shelton police officers proba- tool for the Shelton Police to ing "items of value" in dump- an ordinance we all agree tation ordinances. The solid- ble cause to question dumpster assist in curbing this unsani- sters; urges business owners to with?" Cronce asked, waste collection code already divers and perhaps find out if tary and litter prone practice." chain and lock dumpsters; pro- Cronce added, "The free prohibits people from placing they have a warrant for their The letter continued, "How-motes gleaning items of value store is like a free market"garbage, rubbish, refuse or re- arrest or if they are involved in ever, the Committee also be- and making them available to thing. Anyone can do it." cycling materials" in any city- burglaries, Moody said. lieves that people in need are people in need at a sanitary Requiring business owners owned container other than "It's an educational, preventa- accessing dumpsters and ob-site; and considers the creation to lock up their dumpsters each the one assigned to them. S continued from page A- 1 really frustrated because I wanted to hear (the pre- School Board member sentation)," she said. =It Dinah Griffey also said she wasn't coming from the found the situation dis- camera; it was all around tracting, but said it wasn't the camera." because of the recording. Video and audio record- "There was some loud ing of public meetings is whispering. I was getting allowed under state law. Think Hunter Farms for your WREATHS & CHRISTMAS GREENERY Wreaths-various sizes & styles. We ship! Call and talk to us, handy order form below! 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"They sought me out; they called me out. They were trying to intimidate me." According to the state Attorney General's Office, people have a right to re- cord public meetings of governmental bodies pro- vided they do not disrupt the meeting. An emergency medical crew from Central Mason Fire & EMS also responded to the meeting. Griffey said she had difficulty breath- ing not long after the sheriffs deputies arrived. EMTs later treated her. In a phone interview with the Journal, Griffey said she did not know whether the disturbance contributed to her diffi- culty breathing but said she was "appalled" by the events of the meeting. "My personal opinion is I have absolutely zero problem with there being a camera there," she said. Photo courtesy of Mary Swoboda Joel Emery, director of operations and finance at North Mason School District, stands in front of a camera at a Nov. 18 School Board meeting after administrators asked its owner to turn it off. Griffey said it might have been helpful if the district knew in advance that Carey was planning to record the meeting. Members of the pub- lic are not required to request permission to re- cord meetings, according to state law. "I think we could have handled it better," Griffey said. Carey said the district should apologize. "My goal is to con- vince the District to issue a formal public apology for their conduct and to remove Joel (Emery) for his antagonistic conduct and a possible false police report," Carey said in an firs Office. The deputies re- email to the Journal. ported that they left when the incident was resolved Carey's video of the and did not file a report. meeting, also obtained by "So there was even the Journal, caught some more of a distraction at audio recording of the in- that point," Boad said. teraction between Carey Fourteen minutes into and Rosenbach in the hall- Carey's recording, moments way, including a moment after the deputies arrived, when Carey insisted the Griffey said her heart was recording was legal, racing and she started hav- The interaction did not ing difficulty breathing. seem to involve raisedBoth deputies entered voices and was only occa- the meeting and called sionally audible. EMTs. Carey said in an inter- Boad recessed the view that administrators meeting until al r EMTs threatened to call 911. arrived. His response appears on his camera's recording. Carey filed nine public "You can call the sher- records requests with the iff if you want," Carey School District earlier in said as he came back in the day Nov. 18, primarily the room, returning to his involving the district's rela- seat. "Ill call the sheriff tionship with the Mary E. for you if you want." Theler Community Center. Carey set up his cam- "He's busy trying to era on a tripod against the find us doing something wall closest to the hallway wrong," said Boad. "Hell in the boardroom, nearprobably not find any- the back entrance to the thing, which will be disap- room. Rosenbach said the pointing for him." camera's placement was a Carey sued the district distraction, over public records earlier School Board Presidentthis year. Laura Boad also said she The School District found Carey setting up the settled the lawsuit, and camera distracting, another from Belfair resi- Ai r Carey set the dent Ken VanBuskirk, in camera up, Emery got up October. 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