North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Linnie Griffin, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Ken VanBuskirk, Greg Waggett, Judy Scott, Randy Neatherlin, Valerie McLeod

Director not present: Jim Clark

Audience: 19

The business meeting was called to order at 7:01 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 January 24 minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

* The bank account has been transferred from Chase Bank to Olympia Federal Savings Bank.

* All bills are paid and there is $1,581.98 in the bank account.

* There are 26 paid members (not including those who signed up at this meeting).

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

* Walked Elfendahl Pass Road. It has been damaged even more so this winter with more trees down. The county still plans to fix the road starting this summer, which will cost around $1 million.

* Belfair is now home to two medical marijuana stores.

* Attended a Hood Canal Coordinating Council meeting. Kitsap County commissioner Josh Brown is the new chair this year.

* Attended a Public Records and Open Public Meetings seminar last Saturday, sponsored by the Mason County Public Hospital District 2 (MCPHD2).

* The Mason County League of Women Voters plans to have a similar meeting on March 19, featuring State Auditor Brian Sonntag.

A full PIO report is attached.

Other Board Business

* Lee recently updated the access list at the post office. The current names are Lee Swoboda and Ken VanBuskirk. It was decided that both Chair Lee Swoboda and Treasurer Jack Kimball should have a key to the post office box.


Madelyn Wall of the Department of Ecology (madw461@ecy.wa.gov), site manager for the Olympic View Sanitary Landfill (OVSL) project and Steve Richtel, Waste Management, Inc., Manager, Closed Sites Group (2400 West Union Avenue, Englewood, CO 80110, email: srichtel@wm.com):
* The site, originally known as the Barney White Landfill, operated as a municipal solid waste landfill from 1963 to 2002 under various names and owners.
* The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) was enacted in 1989 to govern regulations for sanitary landfills. (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=173-340)
* Garbage is no longer accepted at the OVSL site. Currently, garbage brought to the transfer station is sent by train to a landfill in Oregon. See "Where does my garbage go?" - http://www.kitsapgov.com/sw/pdf/3372_where_garbage_goes.pdf
For more information about Olympic View Sanitary Landfill: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites/olympicView/olympicView_hp.html


* Linnie announced there will be a Community Voice spaghetti dinner on Monday, April 25, which will include various types of sauces, salad, garlic bread and desserts. There will also be silent auction items to bid on. Doors open at 4:30 PM for people to visit and mingle. Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM. Donations will be accepted. A short business meeting will follow. [Addendum: Doors open at 5 PM with dinner being served starting at 6 PM.]

* There was much praise regarding the open meetings seminar sponsored by MCPHD2 last Saturday.

* There is a Department of Natural Resources public meeting Thursday, March 3 at 7 PM.

* Randy expressed interest in the NMCV sponsoring a forum on SR 3 road widening. Ken said he would investigate.

* Ken said he would get more information on the Elfendahl Pass Road and share it with the membership. Check www.nmcommunityvoice.org for updates.

* The 5th Tuesday Mason County commission meeting will be March 29 at the North Mason School District's board room starting at 6 PM. Members are encouraged to attend.

* The Lower Hood Canal Watershed group meets the 1st Monday of the month. The next meeting is March 7.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin, secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 3/28/2011

North Mason Community Voice
PIO report for February 28, 2011
Ken VanBuskirk

I was unable to attend the January VOICE meeting as I was attending a PAC (Planning Advisory Committee) meeting regarding possible sewer service outside of the Belfair UGA. I understand there was some lively discussion with a couple of our County Commissioners who attended.

In the last month I walked the Lower Effendahl Pass Road and informed our county engineer that several large trees have fallen across the road. He tells me they are planning to start work on the road repair this summer. The last estimate I heard was over a million dollars to fix 1 mile of road.

Met with Mason County public works to get most of the streams in the Belfair UGA in the GIS layer on County maps.

I've attended several meetings of the BWD (Belfair Water District), and a County Commissioner meeting.

Mason County is updating the Shoreline Master Program and I attended the first meeting of the technical advisory group.

Belfair is now home to two medical marijuana dispensaries; both are in the Festival Retail Zone.

I attended the last meeting of the HCCC (Hood Canal Coordinating Council). The new chairman is Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown. A citizen raised concerns about ongoing governance issues and financial accountability.

I attended a very good session Saturday hosted by Mason County Public Hospital District 2 for public officers on public records and the Open Public Meetings Act. Besides hospital elected representatives there were elected officials of fire districts, port districts, school boards, water district, cemetery district and the Mason County Board of Commissioners. There were also members of the public and League of Women Voters (LOWV) in attendance.

The LOWV is having a similar meeting with State Auditor Brian Sonntag and assistant Jan Jutte on April 19th at 1130, Olympic College library in Shelton.