North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Judy Scott, Beau Bakken

Audience: 25

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson
• Approval of September 24 meeting minutes.

Danielle 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 $1,352.73 in the bank account.

Kaye moved to approve the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report – Ken VanBuskirk
• Judge Amber Finley ruled in favor of the Belfair Water District and voided the former manager’s 2010 and 2011 contracts.
• The recent candidate debates were a big success. The partnership of the North Mason Community Voice, the North Mason Chamber and MasonWebTV.com set a standard that other organizations are following.
• Regarding the recent auction of the last of two Theler properties, Mellon Bank declined the offer.
• Next Tuesday (October 30) the county commissioners will be in Belfair for their 5th Tuesday meeting. It will be in the board room of the North Mason School District and starts at 6 PM.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:12 PM.


Guest Speaker: Steve Fuchs, Project Manager for the Belfair SR 3 widening project (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr3/belfairimprovements/). The last time Mr. Fuchs (pronounced Fox) spoke at a Voice meeting was April 2012.
• Stage 1 of the project is funded, which includes widening for a two-way left turn lane from Sweetwater Creek to Romance Hill Road and sidewalks on both sides of SR 3 from Sweetwater Creek north. The project will require property acquisition, retaining walls and a new culvert for a stream at Romance Hill Road.
• DOT will advertise for construction at the end of June 2013. Work could start by September, but they don’t expect much will happen until Spring of 2014.
• Most of the property acquisition will occur on the west side of SR 3.
• All roadway and hillside runoff will be collected and routed into three stormwater management ponds located on the west side of SR 3.
• There will be some rework of Belfair Street, SR 300 and Clifton Lane intersections.
• Utilities will be relocated prior to beginning the highway widening. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will identify the locations, then coordinate the move with the affected utilities.
• DOT has inspected all culverts under SR 3 within the project area to determine their integrity and will repair culverts as necessary.
• There will be light standards installed at major intersections.
• Since SR 3 is a managed-access highway, DOT will consolidate driveways where possible.
• Currently, appraisal work is in progress for new right-of-way acquisition. DOT provided a detailed description of the appraisal process, the appeal process and the use of eminent domain for property acquisition.
• There are not a lot of wetland areas in this project, but one, requiring mitigation, is next to the Belfair Masonic Lodge.
• The project is budgeted at $18 million.
• Question: Why not swap county-owned Clifton Lane with state-owned SR 300? Answer: It would take legislation to make that happen.

For the Good of the Order

Cat Ross, Executive Director of North Mason County Resources said it takes $152,000 a year to run the Resource Center. Mason County has given the Resource Center a $10,400 grant, which is purposed to count the homeless in the area. If people would like to provide assistance, call 360-552-2303, email nmcr@wavecable.com or visit www.northmasoncounty.org.

Next meeting Monday, November 26.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. =^..^= Approved by NMCV Board 11/26/2012.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 7:18 AM

For those of you who asked questions at the last VOICE meeting, Mr. Fuchs provided the answers below. ken

----- Original Message -----

From: Fuchs, Steve
To: Ken and Peggy
Cc: Dayton, Kevin J ; Boone, Karen ; Gowan, Scott ; Schueler, JoAnn
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 12:44 PM
Subject: North Mason Community Voice meeting

Hello Ken,
I owe your group a few responses from the last VOICE meeting on October 22nd.
1. The average daily traffic on SR 3 in this area is approximately 25,000.

[Followup question from Ken: Steve you indicated below that the ADT (Average Daily Traffic) on SR-3 in this area is 25,000. Can you explain the difference between the attached document (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/mapsdata/travel/annualtrafficreport.htm) and the figure you provided?
Answer: I double-checked our numbers and the existing traffic volumes range from 12,000 down near the elementary school to about 20,000 near NE Belfair St. The design year (2035) traffic volumes are all near 25,000. Thanks for your clarifying question.]

2. I looked into the question regarding the shared use shoulder for bicycles. We have a copy of the Belfair Urban Improvements Project Feasibility Report completed by Perteet Engineering for Mason county back in March 2005. One of the bulleted list of improvements is “Providing shoulder area that will allow shared use with bicycles in addition to sidewalks along both sides of SR 3 to provide safe pedestrian movement.” I also have looked at the information we have provided at Open Houses and we have been consistent with the county’s feasibility report.

3. A question was asked about a left turn lane on NE Belfair St. to northbound SR 3. Currently there is not a separate left turn lane, however, as part of our project, our preliminary design shows that we will have enough room to stripe for a left turn lane to northbound SR 3.

4. Lastly, I have some clarification regarding WSDOT’s efforts regarding wetland mitigation. We had one meeting with Richard Brocksmith from HCCC to obtain information about the new in-lieu fee (ILF) program to understand how it works and how much it might cost. We met with him because under the federal mitigation rule, we have to consider available ILF programs prior to permitee responsible mitigation (aka traditional mitigation where we buy a site and restore/create wetlands).
Best regards,
Steve Fuchs
Project Manager
T: 360-570-6664
F: 360-570-6661