North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Jim Clark, Judy Scott

Audience: 30

The business meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM by Lee Swoboda, chair.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

One correction was made to the May 23 minutes (which had been distributed to the membership via email). Kaye moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

All bills are paid and there is $1,863.84 in the bank account.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

Ken updated the membership on meetings he's attended during the last month. He also mentioned that his wife's car was stolen out of the QFC parking lot recently and recommended that people be sure to lock their vehicles.

The full PIO report is attached to these minutes.


According to Bylaws Section 3.5, "Officers shall be elected for a one-year term by other members of the Board at the next regular meeting after their election to the Board."

Lee opened nominations, starting with Chair. Lee Swoboda and Linnie Griffin were nominated. There were no other nominations for Chair. Linnie Griffin was elected as the new Chair by secret ballot.

Linnie took over the meeting and opened nominations for Secretary. Lee Swoboda was nominated. There were no other nominations for Secretary. A motion was made to approve Lee by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Treasurer. Jack Kimball was nominated. There were no other nominations for Treasurer. A motion was made to approve Jack by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Vice Chair. Greg Waggett was nominated. There were no other nominations for Vice Chair. A motion was made to approve Greg by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Public Information Officer (PIO). Ken VanBuskirk was nominated. There were no other nominations for PIO. A motion was made to approve Ken by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Other Board Business

Linnie asked for volunteers to form an Audit committee for an annual audit of the NMCV books. The committee will consist of Jack, Greg, Bonnie and Kaye.


Marcus Hoffman, representative of WA Association of Sewer & Water Districts (www.waswd.org) and Silverdale Water District commissioner (www.swd16.org/index.html) spoke about the purpose and function of sewer and water districts.

Hoffman oversees 49 districts within the area he serves with WASWD.

* There are three types of districts: sewer plus water, water only, sewer only. The Silverdale Water District is a water-only district with a $3.5 million budget.

* Water districts can form a ULID (Utility Local Improvement District) for a specific improvement project.

* Commissioners must have a long-term vision to serve, being willing to look 20 to even 50 years into the future.

* Local sewer/water districts have no taxing authority. Every penny collected from ratepayers goes to the district.

* Water districts are controlled by RCW 57. The Departments of Health and Ecology oversee.

* What makes a water district fail? Most often it is because the fee structure is not high enough for what it costs to run the district and pay for current and future infrastructure.

* Hoffman encouraged the Belfair Water District to be a combined sewer/water district in order to keep control of the sewers local because local government is always the best because it is closest to the people it serves.




Greg moved to have the annual NMCV August barbeque on August 29 instead of the normal meeting date of August 22. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Details to come later.

* Mason County Public Hospital District #2 meeting tomorrow (June 28) at 7 PM.

* DNR planning committee meeting Thursday, June 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the NM High School asking people what activities they'd like at Green Mountain and Tahuya recreation areas.

*Public meeting in Belfair regarding the sewer on July 12.

*County Commissioner Jerry Lingle invited folks to attend the evening meeting of the county commissioners June 28 at 6 PM in Shelton.

Other upcoming events:

* Genealogy seminar in October.

* Assessor Melody Peterson will be the guest speaker at the July 25 NMCV meeting. She plans to bring a member of the Mason County Board of Equalization with her.

* Celtic Festival at Theler Center September 3-4.

* Candidate forum planned for the September 26 NMCV meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 PM.

Submitted by Lee Swoboda, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 7/25/2011.


June 27, 2011 PIO report
Ken VanBuskirk

I've attended quite a few meetings in the last month. Three areas I will focus on tonight:

1. SR-3 widening project. Attended public meeting and sent several emails to elected offices and DOT officials about phasing of the project. The second phase has no foreseeable funding.

2. Belfair Water district. Attended the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) annexation hearing. Chairman Phillips was asked to leave the room for his disruptive behavior. The BOCC have now rescheduled the hearing for July 12th at 9:30 AM in Shelton. On another related matter I attended the last water district meeting and asked that they reconsider their scheduled rate increase for July. The scope of the project has now gone from moving 15000 lineal feet of water line to 5200 lineal feet. On a personal note I have withdrawn my candidacy for position. Both Mr. Kimball and Ms. Satran-Loudin will do a fine job.

3. I attended both a BOCC meeting and a HCCC meeting to comment about the plans to breech Theler dikes and flood long term agricultural resource lands.

On a more serious note my wife was the victim of a crime last Tues. Car theft. Her brother found her car in the same parking lot on Friday. Heroin residue and syringe inside. Please report suspicious activity as soon as possible.

Have invited Mason County assessor Melody Peterson and BOE (Board of Equalization) member to next Voice meeting.

Have received several calls about Lower Elfendahl Pass road. Have referred to Mason County Engineer and Commissioners. Next Tip-Cap meeting July 13.

PAC public hearing on rezone of land near McDonald's, July 18th.