North Mason Community Voice
January 24, 2011

Board: Lee Swoboda, Linnie Griffin, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Greg Waggett, Jim Clark, Valerie McLeod

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Randy Neatherlin, Judy Scott

Audience: 22

The business meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by Chair, Lee Swoboda.

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

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

• Since the November 22 meeting was canceled due to snow and there was no December meeting, the only minutes to approve were the October 25 minutes. There were no additions or corrections.

Greg Waggett moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1,409.98 in the bank account.

• Jack received notification that Chase Bank will be charging a fee of $15 per month on the NMCV account. He recommended moving the account to another bank.

Greg Waggett moved to authorize the Treasurer to switch the NMCV account from Chase Bank to a bank that does not charge a monthly fee. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

Ken was at a special Planning Advisory Commission meeting so Lee read the PIO report (attached to these minutes). Ken asked for suggestions for future speakers. Audience suggestions included inviting a representative from the Dept of Ecology to discuss monitoring of the cleanup efforts at the Olympic View Sanitary Landfill site, noxious weeds, home security preparedness and an update from new county commissioner Jerry Lingle after he settles into the job.

The board meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.


Guest Speaker Vicki Kirkpatrick of Mason County Public Health gave a presentation on Mason County’s community health. The information compiled compares Mason County to other counties and the state as a whole. The data show Mason County is below the state average in many areas of public health. The 2009-2010 report card can be read here: www.co.mason.wa.us/forms/Health/2009_2010_health_report.pdf


Follow-up on the two prescription drug drop-off points in Mason County: So far, 166 pounds of unwanted drugs have been retrieved from the two box locations (Fire Station on Old Belfair Hwy and 322 North Third Street in Shelton).

Many brought coats and blankets to the meeting per a request made at the October meeting. Lee said he would take them to the North Mason County Resource Center. There is also a need for tarps. If anyone wants to donate, please deliver to the North Mason County Resource Center, 23554 NE State Route 3 (http://northmasoncounty.com/)


• Pancake breakfast this Saturday (January 29) at Theler Community Center from 7 AM to NOON, with all proceeds to go to firefighter Matt Heinrich.

• Faith in Action St. Patrick’s Day dinner/auction Saturday, March 12. The money will be used for benevolence programs. (http://fiaws.org/index.xml)

• Humane Society of Mason County dinner/auction Saturday, April 16, from 5-9 PM at Alderbrook Inn. Cost is $50 per person and proceeds will be used for building an animal shelter. (http://humanesocietyofmasoncounty.com)

• Mason County Veterans Stand-down Friday, April 22 at the Veterans Hall in Shelton from 9 AM to 5 PM.

• Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival September 3-4 at Theler Community Center. (www.hoodcanalhighlandfest.org)

Reminder: The North Mason Community Voice meets on the 4th Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, February 28.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 2/28/2011.

PIO report for January 24, 2011
Ken VanBuskirk

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

• Attended a meeting of PMWFDC (www.pacmountainworkforce.com/homepage) as part of a study that the League of Women Voters is doing on different advisory councils and boards in the County.

• Mason County is still looking for people to serve on Shorelines advisory board. http://www.co.mason.wa.us/news_releases/2010/county_city_shoreline_ac_12282010.pdf

• Attended a County Commissioner public hearing on Belfair future roads.

• Attended Ralph Lartz service.

• Attended several meetings of Belfair Water District.

• Attended a meeting with Hood Canal Coordinating Council and expressed concerns with the public process and the Johnson Farm dike study program.

• Attended and testified at public hearing regarding grant with Mason County and Belfair Water District.

Would like to know who is interested in inviting a speaker to talk to us about Olympic View Sanitary Landfill and what is going on there?