North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Margie Benson, Jack Kimball, Ken VanBuskirk, Linnie Griffin, Judy Scott, Valerie McLeod, Bob Harris, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Director not present: Beau Bakken

Audience: 12

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Lee Swoboda, with a quorum of the Board present.

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

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

• Approval of August 27 meeting minutes.

MOTION: Judy Scott 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 $1,535.63 in the bank account.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report – Ken VanBuskirk

• Two recent brush fires near the Bremerton Airport were knocked down quickly by Mason County Fire District 2 and South Kitsap Fire District.

• Attended a Board of Health meeting. One case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Mason County: a 2-year-old horse died from it.

• Attended Belfair Water District and Port of Allyn meetings.

• Attended the Petersen Farm Fair. The property is just north of the Silverdale Mall and was recently purchased by the Great Peninsula Conservancy.

• For information on judges running for election, check out www.votingforjudges.org/.

• Attended a meeting Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson chaired where Richard Brocksmith of the Hood Canal Coordination Council spoke.

• New study released on Hood Canal dissolved oxygen suggests humans may not be the significant factor after all. www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/sep/17/natural-trends-noted-in-hood-canal-oxygen-levels/

• Will try to get Steve Fuchs, Project Manager for the WSDOT SR 3 Belfair area widening & safety improvements project, to speak at the October Voice meeting.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER – Jeromy Hicks, Community Outreach Coordinator/Fire Inspector, Mason County Fire District 2 (www.mcfd2.com)

• Talked about the danger of brush fires because of the long dry spell. In the last 2 weeks they received six calls, including the recent brush fires near the North Mason High School and the Bremerton Airport.

• Discussed ways homeowners can reduce the risk of brush fires consuming homes and property by creating defensive barriers around homes.

• In Washington State there are currently six active major wildfires. The largest and most costly is the Wenatchee Complex fire in Chelan County, with 52,637 acres involved, only 30% containment and a total cost to date of $21.0 million. Fifteen percent of fires are caused by lightning; the other 85% are human-caused.


• Followup on purchasing portable PA system for NMCV. Mary found a portable PA system at a cost of $133.02 (tax included).

MOTION: Judy moved to accept the purchase of the PA system, with a condition that we also get a wireless microphone to go with it. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

• Update on Candidates’ Debates, Sep. 27 and Oct. 11. Everything is ready to go.

MOTION: Herb moved that the NMCV split the cost of room rental for the two debates with the North Mason Chamber of Commerce, not to exceed $65. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings:

• September 27: Mason County commissioner candidate debates.

• October 1: Lower Hood Canal Watershed Meeting, NM School District board room, 7 PM. There will be a discussion about the results of a dissolved oxygen study in the Hood Canal. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/sep/17/natural-trends-noted-in-hood-canal-oxygen-levels/

• October 1: Port of Allyn meeting at 3 PM.

• October 4: Sheriff’s Advisory Meeting at Spencer Lake at 8:30 AM.

• October 10: Auction of two properties owned by the Theler Trust at Noon at the Theler Center. Recent article in the Kitsap Sun: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/sep/24/auction-of-two-parcels-in-belfair-to-benefit/. There will also be an open house at noon on October 1.

• October 11. 35th Legislative District Candidates Debate at Hawkins Middle School Gym. Doors open at 6:30 with the first debate to begin at 6:45.

• October 24: Shoreline Master Program Open House at Mason County Public Works (100 W Public Works Drive). Learn more about the updates to the Shoreline Master Program, water quality efforts and programs for shoreline homeowners in Mason County. Policies will affect property owners on streams and lakes as well as salt water. http://www.co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/shoreline_master_program/

Next meeting Monday, October 22.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary =^..^= Approved by NMCV Board 10/22/2012.