A group from the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce called SAVER (Shelton Alliance for Viable Economic Revitalization) presented landscape plans and drawings for the Northwest corner of the intersection at 1st and Railroad to the Shelton City Commission Monday. The Chamber’s Executive Director, Heidi McCutcheon, explained that Lin Williams from Foster & Williams Architects worked with Oakland Bay Landscape Services to plan for safety and aesthetics improvements to the intersection. The plan is to have the City remove portions of the sidewalk and two dangerous and diseased trees replacing them with lower maintenance trees and plants along with a sign and brick work that would also be used to improve ADA compliance.

The estimated cost of these improvements is over $15,800. However, the labor would be donated by SAVER members, leaving a materials cost of about $7800. The City would need to remove the trees and sidewalk using City crews at a cost of $3,000 to $4,000 but the City is considering moving the fire hydrant on that corner which will increase the cost. How much is not known yet. City staff will be coming back to the City Commission with that cost. The hope is to have this project permitted and completed by the fall.