NORTH MASON COMMUNITY VOICE
JUNE 15, 2009
Meeting called to order at 7:04 P.M. by Lee Swoboda.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was next.
Board of Directors present: Lee Swoboda, Ralph Lartz, Ken VanBuskirk, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott, Jacquelyn Mastell and Linnie Griffin.
Absent: Randy Neatherlin and Jim Clark.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACTIONS
The draft minutes of the May 18, 2009 were read and a Motion to approve the minutes as read was made by Judy Scott and second by Margie Benson. The motion passes unanimous by voice vote.
Jim Clark was absent and he sent a note saying we have $1,094.33 in the checking after all the bills were paid.
A Motion by Ralph Lartz and second by Jack Kimball was made to accept the Treasurerís Report as submitted. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICER
The Elected Board of Directors must decide who will be in each position for the next year.
Lee Swoboda was nominated by Margie Benson to be the Chairman.
Ralph Lartz was nominated to be the Vice President by Judy Scott.
Jack Kimball was nominated to be the Treasurer by Lee Swoboda.
Ken VanBuskirk was nominated to be the Public Information Officer by Judy Scott.
Linnie Griffin was nominated to be Secretary by Kaye Massie.
A Motion to accept all nominees by acquisition was made by Margie Benson and second by Judy Scott. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.
The Business Meeting was adjourned at 7:17 P.M.
The guest speaker was Joel Myer, Public Information Officer for PUD #3. He gave a good over view of the District #3 service area.
They have 32,536 customers which generate $52 Million dollars and Ĺ of this is used to purchase electricity. There are 1,700 miles of power lines in the District and 11 substations that serve 3,000 customers each.
The Bonneville Power Administration supplies all the power. The new contract last year increased the rates by 6%.
This power comes from the dams on the Columbia River and the Salmon returns are going up. Part of our rates goes to support the Salmon return.
PUD #3 is required to get a certain percentage of its power from a renewable power source and we own part of a Wind Farm in the Tri-Cities area.
PUD #3 has a rebate program for energy efficient light bulbs and refrigerators. Contact your local office for details.
The Carbon Dioxide Cap and Trade option was discussed. There is a way bad polluters will be able to buy credits from low polluters in the near future.
Tom Farmer, District #3 Commissioner, stated that the district is set to build a new Campus for all their offices. This will help serve customers better.
There was an open house held on this proposal. They have sold $10 million dollars in bonds to build this new Campus.
The combining of all operations in one location will make thing more efficient.
The building of this new facility will have no rate increase and as old bonds mature, the new ones will kick in at the same rate.
Joel Meyer said the widening of SR #3 [in Belfair] requires the relocation of all Utilities under and near the existing roadway. PUD #3 will need $3 to $5 million dollars to relocate power lines and re-hook up customers.
They are currently working hard with the D.O.T. and other utilities to find funds for the relocation cost.
Fiber Optic lines were set up to connect all the substations [in the county]. They are in discussions on providing wireless broadband service from this and each unit could serve up to 200 homes.
The new Campus should get Bonding and start in July.
Ken VanBuskirk reported on the Future Road Planning Commission meeting and said they will be forwarding a Future Belfair Road Plan to the County Commissioners.
There will be a public hearing next month on the zoning for retail stores in Belfair.
Margie Benson reported on the continuing negotiations between Fire District #2 and Fire District #8 in Tahuya.
Judy Scott reported that the Department of Natural Resources is cutting funds for enforcement in the Tahuya Forest.
Tim Sheldon gave a report on the latest County Commissioners meeting.
Margie Benson said the Sheriff's Department still needs donations for a tracking dog.
A Motion to Adjourn was made and seconded by Margie Benson. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.
Submitted by Bruce Jackson for Linnie Griffin, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 7/20/2009.