November 16, 2009

Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM by Lee Swoboda, Chair.

Board of Directors present: Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Ralph Lartz, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Linnie Griffin, Ken VanBuskirk

Directors not present: Randy Neatherlin, Judy Scott, Jacquelyn Mastel, Jim Clark

Attendees: 33

The Pledge of Allegiance was said and everyone introduced themselves.


Sheriff Casey Salisbury discussed the Mason County Sheriff's Office budget, projects, relationships and the budding K-9 program.

Sheriff Salisbury said the sheriff's office is the office of the people. It is only as good as the support it receives from the community. "We have had the most community support ever," he said.

There are 41 people involved in the Search and Rescue (SAR) program. Sgt. Severance is the leader of the pack. Most of the equipment they use has come through the military.

Volunteers are important to the MCSO. They estimate that volunteers have donated $250,000 in their time just in this year.

The office in the Belfair Safeway is the first time any sheriff's office has made an agreement with a business for donated office space.

The sheriff thanked the Krueger family for donating the property the Belfair substation sits on.

Deputy Brad Trout is spearheading a project to help an older couple in the Tahuya area whose home and driveway are in need of maintenance. They are calling the project "crime prevention by environmental designs." On December 5 they will be cleaning roof and gutters, improving security lighting and tidying up the yard and driveway.

MCSO has done exceedingly well receiving grants for its operations. However, grants, especially federal grants, come with many strings attached.

County Commissioner Tim Sheldon and Sheriff Salisbury commented on the budget proposal made by the other two county commissioners, which cuts more money out of the MCSO. Sheldon does not support the proposal. They encouraged the community to come to the budget hearing at 9 am on December 7 to express their thoughts.

Deputy Sean Dodge and Deputy Matt Gray gave a presentation on the MCSO K-9 program - its history, need, uses and benefits. Deputy Dodge and his drug dog Kona gave a demonstration of finding drugs and Deputy Gray introduced the new tracking dog, Rohn.

Monna Haugen spoke about the Food for Kids Backpack program. She said 40% of North Mason School District students qualify for free or reduced lunches. At both Sand Hill and Belfair elementary schools, 227 children qualify for free lunches. The backpack program provides nutritious food to children (who are discreetly selected by NMSD teachers) for weekend consumption. She asked that individuals support the program with donations or by participating in local fundraisers.


Linnie Griffin summarized the minutes of the October 19 meeting and a motion was made to accept the minutes. The Motion was seconded and passed unanimously by voice vote.

Treasurer's Report:

Jack Kimball reported that all bills are paid and there is $974.26 in the account.

PIO Report:

Ken VanBuskirk reported that the Planning Advisory Commission and the TIP-CAP group have vacancies and are accepting applications. In addition, the NMSD school board is taking applications for a vacant position for District 2. Lynette George, who spoke at the September Voice meeting about the Blue Star program has received approval from the county to proceed with the program in North Mason. The full PIO report is attached to these minutes.


A motion was made by Kaye to cancel the December 21 Voice meeting. The Motion was seconded and passed unanimously by voice vote. The next meeting will be Monday, January 18.

Linnie announced the Harrison Hospital fundraiser "Festival of Trees" is the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and encouraged people to attend.

A Motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed unanimously by voice vote.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 P.M.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 1/18/2010.


By Ken VanBuskirk

Both the MC Planning Advisory Commission and the TIP-CAP group have vacancies and are accepting applications. Great community service and you get to give free advice to our Commissioners.

The North Mason School Board is taking applications for soon to be vacant director position for district 2. Belfair Tahuya road, Effendahl pass road and Sandhill road are the approximate boundaries. Truly an all- volunteer board as they voted by resolution to not take a stipend some years ago.

I attended and testified at the County Commissioner meeting November 3rd regarding the future roads map for the Belfair UGA. Only one other person testified, Mr. Kinney of the Chamber of Commerce. The Commissioners left the public hearing open, accepting testimony until close of business December 7.

I attended the Hood Canal Coordinating Council's yearly award ceremony on November 6th, very nice way to recognize communities, individuals, groups and agencies for their work in the Hood Canal watershed.

You might recall Lynette George who spoke to us this summer about bringing the blue star banner program to Mason County. The County commissioners and the community development department have given her the Okay to proceed.

As I mentioned last month, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group has applied for a $130,000 grant, to study and ultimately with the end goal of breaching NM School District/Theler dikes to flood agricultural fields.

Grant funding decisions will be made in a few weeks. Please take one of these flyers and send an e-mail to the addresses shown, with your thoughts on the matter.

The PNWSC recently posted their minutes for August. Their meeting was the day after the "special use" permit meeting before the hearings examiner. A motion was made and passed to name the PNWSC campus "the Farm at water's edge". The board felt having "salmon" in the name might alienate partners. I am hopeful that the PNWSC board of directors will consider suggestions for leasing "pea patch" gardens given their proximity to the UGA and Belfair Elementary school.


Planning advisory public hearing November 23 at 6 PM, Commissioner Chambers, Shelton.

Agenda includes public hearing on a rezone request by Ridge Motorsports Group, to rezone 170 acres from RR20 to Rural Tourist Campground zone. Also included is a discussion about the PAC bylaws.

Also remind everyone that the County Commissioners are taking testimony on the Belfair future roads plan until Dec. 7, 2009.