North Mason Community Voice

Board: Greg Waggett, Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott, Jim Clark, Valerie McLeod

Directors not present: Linnie Griffin, Ken VanBuskirk, Bonnie Pope

Audience: 24

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Vice Chair Greg Waggett, with a quorum of the Board present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Secretary's Report – Lee Swoboda

• Approval of January 23 meeting minutes. Jack said there was an error in the amount of money in the bank account. It should read $1,774.95.

Judy moved to approve the minutes as amended. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1,790.35 in the bank account.

Judy moved to ACCEPT the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Time was taken for everyone to introduce themselves.

Old Business

• Discussion on how to improve exposure of NMCV. Randy Neatherlin suggested an insert in the North Mason Life that would go to about 10,000 North Mason residents. The cost would be about $600 for a full-color, glossy insert. Greg suggested submitting news releases and notices of meetings to the local newspapers and asked Jim Clark if he would take action to contact the media.

• Valerie said she has taken no action yet on a forum regarding the pros and cons of increasing commissions from three to five people.

• Randy said the rezone for the Humane Society of Mason County shelter is due to go before the hearings examiner.

• Randy said the Faith In Action grant match on their senior center has been removed from the House budget.

• Margie said last month’s Sheriff’s Advisory meeting, which met in Belfair, was very well attended. She also said the new crime watch web site is not as popular with Neighborhood Watch groups as the previous email report.

• Jack announced there is a Belfair Water District meeting Tuesday at 6 PM.

• Judy said she is on a committee to update the shoreline master plan. Anyone living within 200 feet of a shoreline or on a stream with more than 20 cubic feet of flow per second is affected. Read more here: (co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/shoreline_master_program/.

• Suggestions for future speakers: Salmon Center/Enhancement Group, Tom Moore, Mason County solid waste & facilities; Department of Corrections, both Shelton and Mission Creek.

MOTION: Mary Swoboda made a motion to donate $100 to Faith In Action for their senior center project. Herb Gerhardt seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Fire District 2 Chief Beau Bakken will be speaking at the March NMCV meeting. Chief Bakken said FD2 will have a replacement EMS levy election on April 17. FD2 and FD5 are now conducting joint training and mutually responding to emergencies. The border between the two districts “is no more.” The audience applauded.

Political candidates were given the opportunity to give a short pitch.

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.


Public Information Officer (PIO) Report – Randy Neatherlin

• Belfair’s sewer system is coming on-line. Check out www.savebelfair.info for continuing updates on the project and its effects on residents.

• SR3 road widening is moving forward and may be fully funded so it isn’t done in phases.

• The county is still considering whether or not to create a Belfair UGA committee.

• There is still local – county – interest in a Belfair bypass.

Randy introduced the guest speaker, Sheriff Casey Salisbury, along with Undersheriff Jim Barrett, Sgt. Ted Drogmund (recently promoted to head the Special Operations Group (SOG) unit) and Detective Rickards.

• The sheriff discussed the impact of budget cuts on MCSO operations.

• MCSO has 93 full-time employees, plus 25 volunteers, 40 search & rescue volunteers and 10 reserve volunteers. Volunteers are vital to MCSO.

• The sheriff is encouraging county government to set up priorities of government, determine what needs to be restructured. Follow the money, see where it’s going.

• The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling Dispatch (from North Mason the number is 360-275-4467, ext. 226). Callers should try to provide as much details as possible, such as make of vehicle, license plate number, clothing, description of the person. (Calling 9-1-1)

• There was ample opportunity for questions and answers.

Reminder: The North Mason Community Voice meets on the 4th Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, March 26. The guest speaker will be Chief Beau Bakken of Fire District 2.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Submitted by Lee Swoboda, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 3/26/2012.