North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Bob Harris, Beau Bakken

Directors not present: Margie Benson, Ken VanBuskirk, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Audience: 20

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

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

Secretary's Report
• Approval of October 22 meeting minutes.

Judy 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 $1,278.59 in the bank account.

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

Business meeting adjourned at 7:07 PM.


GUEST SPEAKERS: Terri Jeffreys, Randy Neatherlin (newly elected Mason County Commissioners) and Sheriff Casey Salisbury

Terri Jeffreys:
• Will be filling the seat vacated when Jerry Lingle died, so will run again in 2 years.
• There appears to be no long-term strategic planning within the county.
• Want to be really open with taxpayers.
• Determine the essential functions of county government and rank those functions. Budget to priorities.
• Encourage each agency/department to develop performance measurements.
• Grants are short-term and not a good way to fund core functions of government. Free money is not always free.
• Put more emphasis on community-building in Belfair.
• Consider repurposing the Belfair UGA committee to focus on the approved subarea plan. Allow business owners to serve on the committee.
• Do what we can to keep more of our tax money within the county.
• Coordinate infrastructure planning with the ports.
• Task the Economic Development Council of Mason County with market analysis of the county.

Randy Neatherlin:
• Grants are not a good way to fund basic programs. We don’t want to chase grants that take us away from the core functions of county government.
• Public safety is my #1 priority of government. Stop crime before it escalates. That means law enforcement must have the tools it needs to protect the people. The sheriff’s office must be fully staffed, and that includes the Belfair substation.
• County road funds need to be ranked using a priority array (force matrix).
• Get the Belfair bypass project back on the county’s 6-year transportation plan. Recognize the bypass will have to be a combined effort that includes county, state and federal governments.
• Ports can participate in transportation projects that promote economic growth.
• Growth will bring money to the county, so we need to encourage more business development within the UGAs (Urban Growth Areas).
• Plans to be in Belfair on a regular basis to meet with constituents.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury:
• The sheriff attended an intensive two-month leadership class at FBI Quantico in Virginia. After many presentations and class hours, MCSO received the “Excellence in Leadership Award,” voted on by the other students in the class.
• MCSO is still one of the lowest-staffed offices per capita in the country.
• Encouraged new commissioners to review priorities of government.
• Thanked community for support.




Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings

• Chief Beau Bakken reported that Fire District 2 is having an external audit. The classification for fire protection used to be the same all over the district, but changed in 2010, depending on where in the district people live. Some areas on the Tahuya peninsula have a lower classification but FD 2 is looking at ways to improve service. Volunteers are a big help at keeping a high classification.
• November 27: Terri Jeffreys will be sworn in and sit on her first commissioner meeting.
• November 27: Hospital District meeting at 7 PM.
• November 27: Belfair Water District meeting
• December 3: Port of Allyn meeting at 7 PM.
• December 12: Joint public meeting of FD 2 and FD 8 Board of Commissioners at Timberland Library, 7 PM to explore the potential public safety benefits of formally combining and consolidating fire district resources through the formation of a Regional Fire Authority.

For the Good of the Order

A motion was made by Mary Swoboda to cancel the December meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The next meeting will be Monday, January 28, 2013.
Meeting adjourned at 8:44 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. =^..^= Approved by NMCV Board 1/28/2013.