North Mason Community Voice

March 28, 2011

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

Directors not present: Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Jim Clark

Audience: 23


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

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

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

• Greg Waggett moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1,601.28 in the bank account.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

• Elfendahl Pass Road repair: The upper end of the road is open in preparation for repairs. The cost is estimated at $1.6 to $1.9 million. Fish & Wildlife says one culvert needs to be replaced with a 38-foot culvert. The county engineer recommends building a bridge instead.

• State Route 3 forum: The engineer in charge of the project said an open house is planned for later this year. The NM Community Voice would like to sponsor a forum, but will wait until after the open house. Representatives Fred Finn and Kathy Haigh expressed interest in participating if there is a forum.

• Theler dike breaching: The Salmon Center and its partners are still considering options. Once they have a shorter list, they will host another public meeting.

• Lower Hood Canal Watershed Committee: The water quality of Hood Canal is much better than in the past, but shellfish harvesting in most areas won’t open until the Belfair sewer is online.

• League of Women Voters: State Auditor Brian Sonntag will be speaking at their meeting in Shelton at Olympic College on April 19. The meeting starts at 11:30 AM.

Full PIO report attached to these minutes.

The board meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.


Guest Speaker Glenn Gaither, a Department of Corrections officer and certified firearms instructor, discussed home security and personal defense.

Being aware is better than using weapons. Raise your awareness of threats to you and your family; make security a part of your life to minimize risk. Prepare for emergencies. Ask yourself:

• Is my home secure? (Security signs, high-decibel alarms and barking dogs are good deterrents.)

• Are windows and doors in good repair, with solid workable locks and bolts?

• What am I advertising? (Fat, easy rich target, or fortress?)

• Do I have adequate exterior security lighting? (Lighting should point away from the house. A well-lit yard is a good deterrent.)

• What kind of crime problem do I have in my neighborhood?

• Do I have a good plan of action in the event of an emergency?

In rural areas especially, our security is up to us. We must be responsible for our own protection.


• NMCV host, the Masonic Lodge, needs the building on the normal day of our August meeting (August 22). Judy Scott made a motion to change the meeting to the following Monday, August 29. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

• There is a Port of Allyn commission meeting Monday, April 4.

• If people want to monitor local radiation levels from the Japanese nuclear plant, check http://www.doh.wa.gov/Topics/japan/monitor.htm.

• The next meeting of the North Mason Community Voice on Monday, April 25, will be a spaghetti dinner. Doors open at 5 PM so people can visit with each other. There will be trivia games and silent auction items to bid on. Dinner will be served starting at 6 PM. There will also be a short business meeting after dinner.

Meeting adjourned at 8:37 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin, Secretary.

PIO report, March 28, 2011
Ken VanBuskirk

Follow-up on Effendahl Pass road repair. The County has opened the upper end of road in anticipation of starting repairs. I sent an e-mail and received a response from County engineer which has been posted on our website www.nmcommunityvoice.org. (See entry of March 24, 2011: Update on status of repair of Lower Elfendahl Pass Road.) He sent a letter to FEMA seeking written approval on a couple items before finishing planning and moving ahead. There are 20 repair sites that range from a low of $1.6 million to a high of $1.9 million. At the lower end he is requesting replacing an existing 10' culvert with a bridge rather that a 38' culvert that WDFW design standards call for. The hope is to reopen the road this year, beginning repairs in August and reopening mid-September.

Follow-up on the suggestion we hold a forum for SR 3, Belfair Widening and Safety Improvement project. Contacted our elected state representatives and Mr. Elliott, the engineer in charge. A response I received from Mr. Elliot is on the website. (See entry of March 1, 2011: Update on Belfair's SR 3 widening and safety project.) He says they will host an "open house," probably in June of this year. I told him I appreciated that but it wasn't what we were looking for. Both Representatives Fred Finn and Kathy Haigh have indicated they would like to come to any forum we might hold. Suggest we wait until after the "open house" and see if a forum might be valuable in September or October.

Follow-up on Theler dike breaching. Emailed Doris Small, David Peterson and Theler. Response posted to website. (See entry of March 22, 2011: Question to Dept. of Fish & Wildlife about a potential user fee and how that relates to the Theler Wetland trail system.) Small met with Neil Werner, Pat McCullough, Richard Brocksmith, Mike Ramsey and one of the WDFW engineers, Pad Smith. They discussed the current range of alternatives and are trying to narrow the options, primarily based on width of opening (and bridging) and cost/benefit analysis. They plan to get a review of this shorter list by the project partners before hosting another public meeting. Not sure when public meeting will be.

Attended two LOWV study group meetings on County advisory boards.

Attended a Lower Hood Canal Watershed committee meeting where they were discussing reopening beaches to shellfish harvest at Belfair State Park. The water quality is much better than it has been in the past. The Department of Health is waiting until Belfair Sewer comes on line. ???

Attended TIP-CAP meeting and want you all to know how much Randy Neatherlin is looking out for our interests by serving on this committee and the Planning Advisory committee. He discovered the priority array document and asked that the TIP-CAP should be using to make recommendations. Document has also been posted on website (Click here to view.).

Attended the March school board meeting. Naming of football stadium to recognize Coach Phil Pugh will be placed on the next meeting's consent agenda.

Upcoming Events:

Side sewer drop-in session at 4 PM followed by County Commissioner at 6 PM tomorrow evening (March 29) at the NM administration building. (Sewer is the only thing on agenda)

League of Women Voters is hosting a meeting with Brian Sonntag, Washington State Auditor, at the Olympic College in Shelton on April 19th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.