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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-11 Ordinance would target'dangerous" buildings By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Should the city of Shelton have the legal tool to step in when home and building owners construct dangerous decks with- out permits, or add a propane tank to heat the living room? The Shelton City Commis- sion is considering an ordi- nance that would expand its abatement laws "to include un- permitted building activity re- sulting in dangerous and/or un- fit structures not in compliance with the International Building Code." The commissioners talked about the proposed ordinance at their meeting Monday and are scheduled to address it for a second time at its work-study session at 2 p.m. Monday in the Shelton Civic Center. The proposed ordinance would target "violations of the City's building codes or devel- opment regulations that, in the sole discretion of the City, seri- ously endanger the life safety of the public or the occupants of any non-complaint structure or property," according to the Community and Economic De- velopment Department's writ- ten statement. If passed, code-enforcement staff would coordinate with the Shelton Police Department to prepare and issue infractions and fines. If a violator ignores three infractions, he or she could be cited with a misde- meanor. The ordinance_also contains a voluntary correction provi- sion that would allow the violator time to take care of the safety issue. Mayor Gary Cronce suggested Cronce that the pro- posed ordi- nance would give a lot of power to the city and "might need to be refined." Most of the older buildings in town probably do not meet the International Building Codes, perhaps for something like having only a single pane of glass for win- dows rather than two, he said. Cronce said he als( is trou- bled by the phrase "the sole dis- cretion of the city" to determine who is cited. "Who is that?" he asked. "Who makes that determina- tion?" Steve Gains, the :cil~y's ex- ecutive director of community and economic development, said the measure could im- prove the safety of buildings with tenants, including apart- ment buildings and business- es. Commissioner Mike Olsen said he's seen instances where large decks built with permits have separated from houses, endangering occupants. Heidi McCutcheon, the ex- ecutive director of the Shel- ton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, told the com- missioners the proposed ordi- nance "seems to be liberally worded." She encouraged the commission to give the cham- ber time to talk to other cities about their policies on the is- sue. "This could be good, or ter- rible, for business," McCutch- eon said. I egree assau weapon STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com A Shelton resident accused of stabbing a woman in the 700 block of West Cota Street on Nov. 30 was formally charged earlier this month. Yvonne Joy Bell, 39, of Shelton was charged Dec. 3 with assault in the first de- gree with a deadly weapon asses By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com The Shelton City Commission on Monday adopted the city's budget for 2015. The budget calls for $49.1 million in revenue and expenditures and mon- ey for one new full-time em- ployee who will work with three city programs: the Storm Fund, equipment maintenance and rental, and sewer collection. No employee cuts are in the budget. The bud- get of $49,129,281 is an increase of $1,662,459 from the 20i.4. city d d- / get: :Th~ inc~6a~e~ pri- I ma !Y da'i to"t'l'i e ex' panded upper Mountain View Pressure Zone con- struction project, accord- ing to the city's Finance Department. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was reported a woman was stabbed with a I During two .pre 9. s treated by medics at the scene and trans- 4-inch blade, l public heaidn s ..... ...... r: ~'"~ .,'.~.t~ 1-10 .,{].T'J3['~O3B"[OJ3~ ported to Mason General Hospital. She umcers mune a woman wno nao appar- ~ "Duage~, amy one, rein- was later airlifted to Harborview Medical ently been stabbed m the back. r ...... ,. ,] ., ent ..spoke. At Center in Shelton. Officers arrested Bell rshe r et med" '] :ine ting', no one stepped Shelton police officers responded to the scene of the stabbing, forward to comment on about 1 p.m. Nov. 30 to reports of a stab' Investigators have not identified a too- the budget. 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