March 15, 2010

Meeting called to order at 7:01 PM by Lee Swoboda, Chair.

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

Directors not present: Judy Scott, Jim Clark

Attendees: 23

The Pledge of Allegiance was said and everyone introduced themselves.


Secretary's Report-Linnie Griffin

o After the minutes of the February 15 meeting were summarized, Randy moved to accept the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by voice vote.

Treasurer's Report-Jack Kimball

o All bills are paid and there is $1,236.91 in the account.

PIO Report-Ken VanBuskirk

o Ken attended the Planning Advisory Committee meeting last month where the main topic was school impact fees. If implemented, the cost of every new home built in North Mason could increase by $5,000.

o The North Mason Farmers' Market opens the first weekend in May. Ken is the president of the association this year.

o Ken attended a Washington State Department of Transportation briefing regarding the Belfair bypass. The Legislature has tasked WSDOT to gather input from the community and bring the bypass budget back to the original budget of $16 million. WSDOT must report back to the Legislature in June.

o Cascade Land Conservancy planted trees along the Union River last Saturday.

o In May the League of Women Voters is hosting a meeting with Rob McKenna who will discuss conflict of interest and the fairness doctrine.

A full PIO report is attached to these minutes.


Our very own Ken VanBuskirk provided information on the Belfair Bypass, Lower Elfendahl Pass Road and traffic statistics on roadways in Belfair.

o WSDOT will conduct a townhall meeting on the Belfair Bypass Wednesday, March 17, from 4-7 PM at the North Mason High School gym. A court reporter will be there to take people's testimonies.

o The 1.8-mile Lower Elfendahl Pass Road was virtually destroyed in the December 2007 rain storm. Culverts cross underneath the road in 19 places and they all would need to be replaced if the road were rebuilt. The Department of Natural Resources owns most of the property along the road. There are no private property owners who are affected by the road closure. The county wants to rebuild the road because FEMA money is available to partially pay for it.

There was lengthy discussion about these topic items.


Linnie detailed the plans for the spaghetti dinner social and silent auction at the April meeting. Advertising for the event was discussed.

Linnie made a motion that NMCV donate $100 to Job's Daughters as a good will offering for serving at the dinner. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by voice vote.


Discussion about changing the NMCV meeting dates to the fourth Monday of each month because of ongoing scheduling conflicts with some of the members.

Kaye moved that NMCV meetings meet on the 4th Monday of the month, starting in April. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by voice vote.

The annual meeting is May 24. Five positions are open:

DISTRICT 1, currently held by Jim Clark

DISTRICT 2, currently held by Ralph Lartz

DISTRICT 3, currently held by Ken VanBuskirk

DISTRICT 4, currently held by Jack Kimball

DISTRICT 5, currently an at-large position held by Jacquelyn Mastel


The county planning advisory committee will be discussing impact fees at the April 19 meeting beginning at 6 pm in the commissioners' chamber in Shelton.

The Belfair Water District will have a special meeting on March 23 to interview firms for an engineering services contract.

The Mason County Commissioners will have their 5th meeting of the month at the NMSD admin building on March 30 at 6 pm.

The Mason County Hospital District meeting will be Tuesday, April 27.

The spaghetti dinner social and silent auction, plus a short business meeting, will be Monday, April 26.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 PM

Submitted by Linnie Griffin, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 4/26/2010.

North Mason Community Voice
PIO report for March 15, 2010
Ken VanBuskirk

Traffic and accident research with WSDOT and Mason County for TIP-CAP presentation and tonight.

Attended Planning Advisory Committee meeting along with Mr. Neatherlin regarding school impact fees.

Belfair Farmers Market president for the year; first weekend in May is first market.

Norma Stencil update.

Attended WSDOT briefing to County Commissioners about bypass proviso. WSDOT charged with outreach to community; consider all alternatives to bring it back to original budget. ($16 million) (SKIA road costs around $4 million/mile.) And report back to legislature by June.

Attended the Cascade Land Conservancy event on March 6th


March 16: County commissioner resolution regarding League of Women Voters, celebration, 90th anniversary of the LOWV. The LOWV was formed in North Mason County in 1972. (attached)

March 23: Presentation to Water District from interested parties in permitting, design, and construction administration for 15,000+ feet of DI pipe within the Highway 3 right of way. Stay posted for the time.