Shelton, WA — During their Monday business meeting, City Commissioners voted to have staff begin the process of acquiring the two-mile stretch of railroad inside the city limits that has been offered by Simpson Timber Company. Once the property is owned by the City, Commissioners would like to see business opportunities explored.
In a 2-1 vote, City Commissioners also declined to take possession of Simpson’s roundhouse. The commission decision followed months of staff research into the opportunity and risk associated with the 70 year-old building. In making the decision, concerns over financial requirements to restore the facility, as well as liability concerns, have been raised over three public meetings in the last two months.
Following the meeting, City Manager Ryan Wheaton noted, “the City of Shelton remains committed to improving the core functions expected of a municipal government. The railroad presents a great opportunity to improve the Railroad Avenue corridor, a project that holds significance for multiple entities.”
The City also respects the history associated with the Simpson roundhouse. While no longer in a position to own the roundhouse, the City remains hopeful that interested citizens and train enthusiasts can now work directly with Simpson as it determines the future of its roundhouse.