North Mason Community Voice


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

Directors not present: Greg Waggett

Audience: 45

After a successful and enjoyable spaghetti dinner and social, Lee Swoboda brought the business meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

• There were no additions or corrections to the March 28 minutes.

Ken VanBuskirk 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 $1,578.62 in the bank account.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

• See attached PIO report.

The annual meeting and election of board is May 23. Valerie McLeod is chairing a nominating committee. The board members/positions up for election this year are:

• Margie Benson, District 1

• Lee Swoboda, District 3

• Judy Scott, District 3

• Kaye Massie, District 4

• Randy Neatherlin, District 4

• Linnie Griffin, District 5

A motion was made by Kaye Massie to approve the bill submitted by Linnie for $132.50 to reimburse her for the food she purchased for the spaghetti dinner. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Linnie to give a $100 donation to the Job’s Daughters for helping serve the meal. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


• Hannelore Stuart provided information about a May Dance Festival fundraiser to benefit the Mason-Thurston Community Land Trust (www.mtclt.org) at Allyn Waterfront Park May 21 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $15.95 in advance or $19.95 at the door. Call 360-801-9998 for more information.

• Barbara McDowell of the Humane Society of Mason County announced there will be a meeting between the Humane Society and the county commissioners at 10:00 am May 2 to discuss acquiring 5 acres of land on Sand Hill Road to build an animal shelter. The meeting will be at the Administration Building in Shelton.

• Judy Scott said the Port of Allyn commissioners will meet Monday, May 2 at 7:00 pm at the Port of Allyn building in Allyn. The public is invited.

• April Myers announced she has created a Facebook page to promote the Allyn Community Association. The ACA meets the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting is May 5.

Reminder: The North Mason Community Voice meets the 4th Monday of the month. The next meeting, which is also the annual meeting, is at 7:00 pm Monday, May 23.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin. Approved by NMCV Board 5/23/2011.

PIO report for April 25, 2011
Ken VanBuskirk

Follow-up on March TIP-CAP meeting. Requested information from Mason County regarding "priority array" formulas and scores and how they relate to current projects on 6-year plan. (Projects like lower Elfendahl Pass road, Newkirk Road, Bear Creek Dewatto road). Talked to Mason County - Charlie Butros - last week and discussed if TIP-CAP was using the priority array and how we might utilize in future.

Planning Advisory Committee, (PAC) meeting April 18th. Public meeting was to approve and forward a public participation plan for adoption by the BOCC (Board of County Commissioners) in May. Mason County is updating its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which regulates land use and development within 200 feet from rivers, lakes, streams, and marine shores. Mason County has over 580 miles of shoreline that are protected by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) and by the Mason County SMP. Commissioner Neatherlin and I recommended that all affected parcel owners receive notification by mail so that they can be involved in the process. The rest of the PAC concurred.

The League of Women Voters of Mason County (LOWV) held an open government forum last week with Washington State Auditor Brian Sontag speaking and fielding questions on open public meetings and public records. He reassured me that the citizens in our community are being heard regarding holding elected officials accountable. Later in the week I met Washington State ombudsman, Tim Ford, who told me that NM and Belfair are on the State's radar and the community is being heard.

Upcoming meetings and events:

* May 7th: Opening day of Belfair Farmer's Market

* May 10th: Belfair Water district special meeting at 1 PM regarding Riverhill and Bluestar annexation.

* May 11th: TIP-CAP meeting, 6 PM, Public Works building, Shelton.

* May 17th: LOWV meeting presentation on study group's findings on Mason County advisory groups.

ADDENDUM, 5/4/2011: I have been asked what happened to the postponed December 2010 "public" meeting about the Johnson farm dike breeching study. It would appear that an alternative has been selected. Here is a recent grant request submitted for the project: http://hwsconnect.ekosystem.us/PFile.ashx?sid=170&pid=14620&id=15801

Ken VanBuskirk

PIO, NM Community Voice