North Mason Community Voice

April 26, 2010

Board: Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Linnie Griffin, Randy Neatherlin, Ken VanBuskirk, Ralph Lartz, Judy Scott, Jim Clark

Directors not present: Jacquelyn Mastel

Attendees: 62

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said and everyone introduced themselves.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

There is $1250.41 in the bank account.

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

The minutes of the previous meeting were summarized and a motion was made to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

PIO Report - Ken VanBuskirk

No report. Ken thanked everyone for coming to the spaghetti dinner social and hoped they enjoyed dinner.

New Business/For the Good of the Order

Tim Sheldon (State Senator and Mason County Commissioner) reported that ADAGE plans to build a plant in Shelton at a cost of $250 million. The plant would provide much needed new taxes for Mason County and jobs for up to 400 people to build the plant. Once the plant is operational, there would be 30 permanent employees. A new unsubscribed transmission line is running from Olympia to Shelton that the company would have access to. The ADAGE plant would provide a constant supply of power, up to 55 megawatts. The plant would not be built without a long-term forest byproduct supply contract.

No building permit has been applied for yet, but an air quality permit has been applied for. Regulators will decide if the plant can be built, not the county commissioners.

Sheldon, who sits on the Northwest Energy Board, said he has no special interest in this plant other than taking the opportunity to provide economic development to Mason County. (www.adagebiopower.com/news/news_john_deere.php)

Mason County Sheriff's Office Detective Bill Adam spoke about Project Citizen, an 8th grade honors class he mentors at Hawkins Middle School. Adam was asked to be a mentor last year. The class learns about the political process, public speaking and researching. Hawkins is one of ten schools state-wide competing in finals at the State Capitol. Currently their display is set up in County Office Building 1 in Shelton and Adam encouraged people to see the display. There are 24 kids in the class and Mrs. Sullivan is their teacher. (www.civiced.org/index.php?page=introduction)

ADDENDUM: Hawkins Middle School students took FIRST PLACE in the state-level Project Citizen competition on May 13 at the Washington State Capitol. It is an incredible accomplishment for any school, and more so for a first-year participating school. The group’s work is now off to Washington D.C. to represent all of Washington State.

John Phillips, Chair, Belfair Water District, said BWD is looking into allowing solar panels to be installed on 40 acres of water district land on the hill above Belfair. It would bring additional revenue to the water district, which they need.

Dr. Wally Volz, superintendent, Mason County Hospital District #2 said Harrison Hospital’s Belfair clinic recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.

Tom Farmer, commissioner, PUD 3, said there is a lot of disinformation about the proposal for the ADAGE renewable energy project. This would be state-of-the-art technology from a multi-national company with a proven track record. PUD 3 has a peripheral interest because by 2020 (thanks to Initiative 937) public and private electric utilities will be required to provide 15% of their power supply from renewable resources such as power from the proposed ADAGE plant. (www.bpa.gov/corporate/pubs/issue_briefs/06/ib112906.pdf and www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1001/default.aspx)

Melody Peterson is running for County Assessor. The current Assessor, Dixie Smith, is retiring. Peterson has worked for the assessor's office 17 years. If elected she would like to re-evaluate properties annually instead of the current 4-year cycle, which would keep property values closer to their market values. With new technology available to the assessor, she would also like to provide services in North Mason. She said she is open to other suggestions.

May 24 is the Voice’s annual meeting and starts at 7 PM. There are five board positions 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

Refreshments will be served.

Reminder: Voice meetings have been changed to the fourth Monday of each month.

Meeting adjourned 7:33 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin. Approved by NMCV Board 5/24/2010.