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Page A-8 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty com Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation Heavy rain Thursday washed away the shoulder of U,S. Highway 101 near the Mason/Jefferson county line. Heavy rain last week caused damage to the northbound shoul- der of U.S. Highway 101 north of Hamma Hamma River, forcing the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to reduce the road to one lane. Approximately 70 feet of the roadway shoulder adjacent to Hood Canal was damaged. The road has been reduced to one alternating lane of traffic near the Mason/Jefferson county line at milepost 316.5. The speed limit through the area has been reduced to 25 mph. WSDOT crews plan to continue to monitor the roadway and create a plan to repair the embankment. COUNTY BRIEFS Free Christmas Jan 5 and Jan 9. Tree recycling is also offered by UI l :s-osa' North Mason Fiber, at 275-0228, Me- tree Turnal Landscaping, at 432-0971, and Brady Trucking, at 426-0700, accord- available in county ingto the county,: Free Christmas tree drop-off is again available to county residents in January. Mason County will accept Christ- mas trees at no charge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at its Shelton Transfer Station at 501 West Eels Hill Road and from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Tues lI t nmgh Saturday at its Belfair ty at 2001 NE Sand. Hill Road in Belfair. The county's Hoodsport and Union solid-waste drop-off facilities will not offer free Christmas tree disposal. Trees dropped off for free recycling must not have any tinsel, decorations or flocking. Wreaths and garland will not be accepted. For more information, contact the Shelton solid-waste facility at 427- 5271 or the Belfair facility at 275- 6462. Shelton residents can also place their used Christmas trees at their regular garbage pick-up locations by Jan. 5 for pickup by city staff between County seeks panel applicants Mason County needs applicants for citizen volunteers to serve on the Transportation Improvement Program Citizens Advisory Panel (TIP-CAP). The panel represents residents' transportation interests and helps de- velop the county's six-year transporta- tion improvement program. Members serve a two-year term. The f st meeting is in January. Residents interested in applying to serve on TIP-CAP can get applications at the Mason County Commissioners' Office at 411 N. Fifth St. in Shelton or by calling 427-9670, ext. 419, or at co.mason.wa.us. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 5. SUFFERING WITH KNEE HIP PAIN? pain and treatmcnt options available at Capital M~cal ~ntet : only South Sound hospital to earn a Gold Seal of App,oval" for hip replacement sarge CAPITAL from The Joint Commission, the nation's leading MEDICAL CENTER organization for health care accreditation. Your Community Hospital PAIN MANAGEMENT, WEIGHT LOSS, MASSAGE THERAPY Monday, January 5 10:30 a.m. Rainier Room Register today by calling 1-800-798-5143 3900 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Olympia 360-754-5858 888-67%9757 www.capitalmedical.com gives OK to contract for historical survey approves changes to 2014 budget The Matlock i rea will soon be the subject of a historical survey. The Mason County Commission ap- proved a $19,897 contract with SWCA Environmental Consultants of Seattle to conduct a historical survey of Mat- lock and the railroad from the Shelton city limits west to the Grays Harbor county line. The Mason County Historical Preservation budget will pay for the project. The county's Historical Preserva- tion Commission is producing a series of historical surveys in the county. The historical commission reviewed four proposals from companies seek- ing to conduct the Matlock survey in November and recommended that the Mason County Commission award the bid to SWCA Consultants. The survey is scheduled to be com- plete by July 31. Mason County declines I percent tax increase The Mason County Commission voted Tuesday to not increase its prop- erty- and road-tax levies in 2015. According to state law; counties are allowed to increase levy rates by 1 per- cent annually. The 2015 property-tax levy is pro- jected to be $9.4 million and the road- tax levy is projected at $9.5 million. The commission did not include a tax increase in the county's 2015 bud- get, which was approved 2-1 on Dec. 9. The Mason County Commission approved several changes to its 2014 budget Tuesday in one of its last meet- ings of the year. Changes to the budget include: $4,400 increase to the Washing- ton State University Mason County Extension Office. The office received a grant from the Washington State De- partment Of Agriculture to eradicate giant hogweed. More than $48,000 from the county's ending fund balance to Mason County Parks, Facilities and Trails to include a $23,957 project to repair the Shelton Memorial Hall roof, $6,225 for an irrigation pump for Sandhill Park, $10,770 for a water heater for the coun- ty's Juvenile Detention Center, $4,387 for repairs to the Shelton Skatepark and $2,811 for a new courtroom bench for the Mason County Courthouse. $80,000 from the county's current expense fund to the special fund for accrued leave. $116,875 from the general fund ending balance to reallocate Informa- tion Technology department costs. $90,650 to the county's non- departmental fund from the general fund ending fund balance to include $10,680 to the IRS, $15,962 to the state Department of Retirement Sys- tems, $12,480 for property-manage- ment charges and $51,518 for state audit expenses. The commission also approved add- ing $600,000 to the 2014 budget to ac- count for the receipt of additional 911 enhanced tax. 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