North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Randy Neatherlin, Judy Scott

Audience: 17

The business meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM by 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 April 25 minutes.

Jack Kimball 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 $1,875.44 in the bank account. Last month’s spaghetti dinner and auction netted a $321 profit.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

• Update on meetings attended over the last month.

• Looking for ideas for forums the NMCV can sponsor.

• Candidates for public office can register during the week of June 6-10.

• From June 3 to July 5, the Department of Ecology is taking public comments regarding the Norseland site near the Bremerton Airport. It is on its way to obtaining a clean bill of health (www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/may/19/norseland-site-near-bremerton-airport-no-longer/?partner=newsletter_news/local/top-stories)

Full PIO report is attached.


Election of the Board for two-year terms. The nominating committee presented the following slate of candidates:

• Margie Benson, District 1

• Bonnie Pope, District 2

• Lee Swoboda, District 3

• Judy Scott, District 3

• Kaye Massie, District 4

• Linnie Griffin, District 5

Lee reviewed the Bylaws concerning the Board election process, noting that Section 3.2 limits the number of Board positions to three in each district.

Herb Gerhardt moved to suspend the Bylaws that limit the number of directors in each district for this election. It was seconded and passed unanimously by the NMCV members present.

Nominations were then opened to the membership. Upon receiving no additional nominations, a motion was made to accept by acclimation the six candidates recommended by the nominating committee.

Lee thanked Valerie McLeod and the rest of the nominating committee for their work.


LaJane Schopfer, Mason County Community Development Senior Planner, introduced Tim Gates, Department of Ecology, who gave an update on Mason County's Shoreline Master Program.

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) has three main purposes:

1. Encourage reasonable and orderly development of shorelines, with an emphasis on water-dependent and related uses that control pollution and prevent damage to the natural environment.

2. Protect the natural character of Washington shorelines, the land, vegetation, wildlife, and shoreline environment.

3. Promote public access and provide opportunities to enjoy views and recreational activities in shoreline areas.

The Washington Legislature passed the Shoreline Management Act in 1971 and the public adopted the Act in a 1972 referendum vote (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=90.58). The Mason County SMP was adopted on August 12, 1975. Mason County is in the process of updating its SMP (www.co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/shoreline_master_program/index.php) to comply with the Washington State Shoreline Management Act and current state shoreline management guidelines.

There will be a number of open houses to keep Mason County citizens informed about the process, with final approval no later than December 30, 2013. One open house, with a special film presentation, is scheduled for July 19 at the Harmony Hill Retreat Center, 7362 E SR 106 in Union. Open house is from 3:30 to 8:30 PM with presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.


Valerie would like the NM Community Voice to do something special for Randy Neatherlin, who is battling cancer. Group discussion concluded the best way to help Randy is to think positively and keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

The Twin Firs Cemetery could use some volunteers to “adopt” unattended plots. Just bring gardening tools and pick your own time and day to spruce up a grave site.

There will be Scottish game presentations at Theler Center over the Labor Day weekend.

The Humane Society of Mason County is having a rummage sale on May 28th to raise money to build an animal shelter.

The Masonic Lodge in Shelton is having a golf tournament on July 16 at the Bayshore Golf Course to raise money for its Bikes for Books program. The public is invited to participate.

The Department of Natural Resources’ Tahuya and Green Forest planning committee will have a public workshop on Wednesday, June 15, from 6:00 to 8:30.

Reminder: The North Mason Community Voice meets on the 4th Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, June 27.

Meeting adjourned at 8:37 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin, Secretary. Approved by the NMCV Board 6/27/2011.


PIO report May 23, 2011

Ken VanBuskirk

I'd like to reflect a moment on our organization and how we came to be. One of our biggest accomplishments in my mind was getting the Mason County Board of County Commissioners to hold meetings at this end of county. I also think hosting some of the discussions and forums about local issues and elections are another thing we can truly be proud of.

Last month:

May 3- Lee Swoboda and I attended an EIS scoping meeting in Bremerton about building a WCC reception center.

May 6- I attended the same EIS scoping meeting in Shelton.

May 10-Water district hearing on River hill, Bluestar annexation approved by BWD 2-1.

May 10- Randy N. and I attended TIP-CAP meeting, big thing to come out of that meeting was that they are going to look at using the "priority array process".

May 17- LOWV gave their presentation about county advisory groups. Looked at 20 different groups. 206 members and 37 staff.

We need to be thinking about this summer's presentations/forums.

Upcoming events:

May 31- WDFW, HCSEG public meeting regarding current status of the Johnson farm dike, Theler trails, the preferred alternative and remaining design questions.

June 6- first day for candidates to file for office in person. (Change this year candidates can submit by mail starting May 20) Please consider getting involved. Positions locally with school board, water district, hospital board and the Port of Allyn.

June 3 to July 5- Department of Ecology opening public comment period on proposed removal of Norseland site from hazardous site list.

Summer 2011- DOT public meeting about SR-3 widening project.


Ken VanBuskirk, NMCV PIO