North Mason Community Voice
October 25, 2010

Board: Lee Swoboda, Linnie Griffin, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Ken VanBuskirk, Greg Waggett, Judy Scott, Jim Clark

Directors not present: Randy Neatherlin, Ralph Lartz

Audience: 25

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chair Lee Swoboda.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Afterward, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

• There were no additions or corrections to the September 27 minutes. Greg moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1,444.98 in the bank account. Judy moved to approve the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

• Attended meeting regarding the Theler trails. Obtained a copy of Mason County letter to Fish & Wildlife. The full PIO report is attached to these minutes.

Lee announced that Vice Chair Ralph Lartz died earlier this month and asked attendees to sign a card for Adrian and family. Ralph was an active member of the North Mason Community Voice since its beginning in 2005, serving on the Board since 2006. He was consistent and reliable, warm and friendly; a gentle man.

The loss of Ralph opened a vacancy on the board. Nominations were accepted to fill the Board position. Since there were no nominations from Ralph's District (District 4), Herb Gerhardt moved to suspend the Bylaws so that someone from another district could replace Ralph as a member at large. The motion was seconded and passed.

Valerie McLeod was nominated to fill the position at large until it expires in 2012. A motion was made by Greg to elect by acclimation Valerie McLeod to the Board, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

The Board, in accordance with the Bylaws, opened nominations for a Vice Chair to replace Ralph. Ken nominated Greg Waggett, with no further nominations being received. The Board approved the election unanimously.


Sam Sevier, Chairman of the Mason County Water Conservancy Board. (www.co.mason.wa.us/ac/water_conservancy/index.php)

• There are three people serving on the board. Their advisor is Emmitt Dobey. The board deals with aquifers and water right transfers for surface and ground water (RCW 90.80).

• The Department of Ecology is very slow; it can take YEARS to process water rights transfers.

• Eastern Washington has drained many of their aquifers. It will take another ice age to refresh those supplies.

• Until housing construction starts up again, the commission is inactive. Once growth returns, there will be much focus on the movement of water and water rights.

• There are a lot of single family wells, which are currently “exempt,” and it is unknown how much water these wells as a whole are removing from the aquifer.

There were questions and much discussion.

John Ross and Jim Reece with US TOO, a prostate cancer education and support group (www.ustoo.org).

• Prostate cancer (considered an "old man's disease") takes nearly as many lives as breast cancer, yet there is not as much support available.

• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men, with a one in six chance of getting it.

• Early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. Men should track their PSA levels (Prostate-Specific Antigen, a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland) and be proactive in their health. There are many pre-screening clinics and research studies available.

• Washington State statistics for 2010: There will be 4,900 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,220 men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Breast cancer will claim the lives of 790 women, and prostate cancer will claim the lives of 770 men.

There was much discussion.


Judy Scott reminded people that the Port of Allyn mailed surveys to everyone in the port district, and encouraged them to complete the survey and return it to the port. The results will be used to compile statistical information to share with businesses who are considering moving to North Mason.

George Sevier asked what North Mason residents would like to see in the way of growth. Other than the nearly unanimous agreement that there should be a Belfair bypass, the question generated a great deal of discussion and opinion.


• Hearing tomorrow on the 2011 budget for Mason County Public Hospital District #2.

• Department of Natural Resources has a meeting tomorrow starting at 6 PM.

• Port of Allyn meets November 1 and will be approving their budget.

There is a new drug disposal box at the Fire District #2 station on Old Belfair Hwy.

Mary Swoboda made a motion to cancel the November and December Voice meetings due to the upcoming holidays. It was seconded, but the motion failed.

Herb made a motion to cancel the December meeting. It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Harry ("Sgt. Rock") Tachell said he is seeing seven to eight veterans a month since moving to the North Mason County Resources office (23554 State Route 3, in the Lincoln Center). He said one in four of the local homeless are veterans, and 90% of those are Vietnam vets. He is getting a lot of referrals from the Homeless Advocate. If anyone has extra wood, let Sgt Tachell know. He also requested donations of blankets and winter coats and announced there will be a new food bank opening at the site of the old Belfair Café.

Valerie moved that the membership encourage people to bring a blanket or warm jacket to the November meeting to donate to homeless people. The motion was seconded and passed.

Candidates who attended the meeting had the opportunity to speak:

• Jerry Lingle, County Commissioner candidate

• Linda Gott, PUD 3 candidate

• Melody Peterson, Assessor candidate

Greg Waggett, speaking for many in the audience, thanked all the candidates for attending NMCV meetings over the past few months. "Win, lose or draw, we hope to see you after the election ... and bring a friend," he said.

Reminder: The North Mason Community Voice meets on the fourth Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, November 22.

Meeting adjourned 9:00 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin. Approved by NMCV Board 1/24/2011.

PIO report for October 25, 2010
Ken VanBuskirk

Attended several public meetings and would encourage you all to attend public meetings; that's what they are for.

• Port of Allyn meeting.

• Klingel property restoration project down by the Red Barn.

• Mason County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

• WDFW/HCSEG meeting at Johnson farm regarding alternatives being studied regarding the Theler trail dikes. Obtained a copy of Mason County's letter to them that WDFW wouldn't comment on.

• Chamber forum for candidates at Theler.

• Volunteer appreciation luncheon at Theler.

• County Commissioner meeting where the County approved a contractual rezone for a club motorsports facility. At the same meeting the BOCC extended the consultant's contract to study the Lower Elfendahl Pass road situation. Interesting article in last week's Belfair Herald. Commissioner Sheldon wants to hear from the public regarding this matter. I will keep everyone posted when the public hearing is on this matter. Should be sometime in November.

• Belfair Water District meeting. Involved citizen discovered that customers have been overcharged for July and August. District is crediting accounts. Mason County has posted a stop work order on BWD property.

You now have Randy Neatherlin and myself representing North Mason on the Planning Advisory Commission. At the last meeting we had a public hearing and annual update of the capital facilities plan. We both made valuable input and suggestions to the plan.

Did you know that Mason County pays Kitsap County approximately $60 per customer visit for collection and disposal of Household Hazardous wastes for those residents who take their materials to Kitsap County? The costs are the same no matter what type of material it is. (Open Thursday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, 377-5777) Mason County estimates the cost at $35,000 to build our own HHW facility proposed for 2015. I asked that the time frame be moved up if possible.

Meanwhile the Belfair transfer facility is nearing capacity. If you are like me I take my garbage to Kitsap County. (Kitsap County recently had a tire amnesty and collected 21,000 tires) Costs would be less if our transfer station could be sited near or at a rail facility. Estimated project cost for this project is $577,000, again proposed for 2015.

Regarding the Sandhill Park renovation, Randy brought up that $800,000 of funding had been shifted to MCRA and asked that it be returned to NM, Sandhill.

Lastly there was quite a discussion about the future phases of the Belfair Sewer project and possible creation of a ULID. I asked that there be more public notification and possible Planning advisory Commission hearings regarding the next phases.


VOICE meeting followup from Public Information Officer, Ken VanBuskirk
Saturday, October 30, 2010 8:04 AM
To: "NMCommunityVoice" <

Effendahl Pass Road

The County Commissioners will be having a public hearing regarding the Effendahl pass road and the rest of the 2011-2016, 6 year transportation Improvement plan on November 16, 2010 at 930 AM. Drop the County Commissioners a note and let them know how you feel about the road and the plan. They want to hear from the Public.

Kitsap's tire amnesty (report below)

Mason County residents that took part turned in around 2000 tires! (Note the Department of Ecology footed the bill.)

Interlocal agreements between Mason and Kitsap County question

Regarding the question that was raised about solid wastes and household hazardous wastes. There is only an agreement right now in regards to household hazardous wastes. ($60/visit)

Ken VanBuskirk



2010 Tire Amnesty Collection


The Tire Amnesty collection, a part of the Clean Kitsap program, is designed to:

• Clean up tire piles from private property

• Reduce illegal dumping of tires


Free and reduced-cost disposal of used tires was provided to residential customers during the month of September at the Olympic View Transfer Station (OVTS). Waste Management (WM) used their regular tire hauler, Tire Disposal and Recycling, for collection. OVTS scale house procedures and computer entry values were modified to accommodate event. A temporary employee was hired by WM as needed. Waste Management managed the project and billed the Solid Waste Division. WM waived their normal tire surcharge for the month. Ecology funded the collection using money from the Vehicle Tire Recycling Account.


• Residential customers from unincorporated Kitsap and north Mason Counties, and the cities of Bainbridge Island, Belfair, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo

Dates and location:

• Sept 1 - 30 at Olympic View Transfer Station

Materials accepted:

• On-rim and off-rim car, motorcycle, and small/standard truck passenger tires


• Customers not charged for the first ten tires per trip

• Additional tires over 10/trip charged at $1/tire

• Residential customers only

• Tires free of dirt or garbage

• Oversized tires charged at normal rates

• Customers with more than 50 tires were directed to call the SWD for assistance to avoid overwhelming OVTS


• 8,843 on-rim and 12,313 off-rim tires were collected

• Between 210 and 1,193 tires/day collected, average: 670/day

• The "average" customer brought in 14.3 tires (21,156 tires/1477 customers)

Zip code analysis:

• Kitsap County: 1,329 customers

• Mason County: 140 customers

• Pierce County: 8 customers

Collection costs:

• Temporary employee $1,105

• Customer receipts at OVTS ($3,649)

• Disposal of on-rim tires @ $3.50 each $30,950.50

• Disposal of off-rim tires @ $1.15 each $14,159.95

TOTAL $42,566.45


Public outreach:

• Ads in Kitsap Sun and KNG papers at start and middle of month

• Press releases sent to usual contacts

• County web site

Event sponsors:

• Kitsap County Solid Waste Division

• Waste Management

• WA Department of Ecology