North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Beau Bakken

Audience: 18

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 November 26, 2012 meeting minutes.

MOTION: Judy moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball
• All bills are paid and there is $1,273.81 in the bank account.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk
Ken was at another meeting, so Bob Harris read his PIO report (see attached).
In addition there was a discussion of the Belfair sewer:
• The current rate is set at $98/month per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit), with the promise the cost per ERU would stay the same through 2017. But watch out in 2018 when there will be a significant increase. If there is a 2% per year growth rate, the monthly cost per ERU could be as high as $294 per month. Even with a 5% projected growth rate, cost per ERU would be around $212 per month. Businesses pay more; for example QFC is being charged for 41 ERUs.
• As of December 13, 2012, $45,225,683 has been spent, with the possibility of another $2 million.
• Loan debt for the sewer is $9,393,000, plus another $6 million in bond debt.
• Phase 2 of the sewer is currently dead because the county can’t afford it.

Other Business

Mary Swoboda submitted a request for reimbursement for postage used for NMCV purposes in 2012.

MOTION: Judy moved to allow the Treasurer to reimburse Mary for postage. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Cathy Field, MACECOM (MAson County Emergency COMmunications)
• Field has worked at MACECOM for 6 years.
• Computer technology has been enhanced enormously, helping dispatchers do their jobs better.
• MACECOM dispatches law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services for all of Mason County and is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year with a minimum of three staff members at all times.
• If you are in doubt whether or not to call 9-1-1, call anyway and let the dispatcher make the decision. Emergencies include things like serious medical issues, fire, crime in progress and life-threatening situations. Non-emergency calls can be made to 360-275-4467, ext. 226.
• The 9-1-1 dispatcher will want to know the location, phone number and nature of emergency, so be aware of your location when you call, stay calm, be as detailed as possible and try to answer all the questions asked.
• Never hang up unless the 9-1-1 dispatcher advises you to, or there is a threat to your safety if you stay on the line.
• Cell phones with no active service can still call 9-1-1 as long as they have battery power. However, if you get disconnected, the 9-1-1 center will not be able to call back.
• Land line phones provide an exact location, while cell phones provide only a general location. Know where you are when you call 9-1-1.
• Parents should teach their children their full name, address and phone number, what is an emergency and how and when to call 9-1-1.




• It is time to renew NMCV yearly membership. See Mary Swoboda at the next meeting or mail your $10 renewal check to NMCV, PO Box 1056, Belfair WA 98528
• February 7: Tahuya/Green Mountain Focus Group meeting at 7 PM in upstairs meeting room of QFC, Belfair.
• February 7: Sheriff’s Advisory Meeting, 8:30 AM at Spencer Lake Resort. This is a monthly meeting at occurs on the first Thursday of each month.
• February 22: Dinner and concert, presented by the North Mason Music Booster Club to benefit the North Mason Schools Music Programs.
• February 21: Multiple Sclerosis support group meets the third Thursday of each month at Theler Center, starting at 7 PM.
• February 21: County Civil Service Commission meeting at the Health Department in Shelton regarding a plan to hire three new deputies. Starts at 4 PM.

Next meeting Monday, February 25.

Meeting adjourned at 8:42 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary =^..^=. Approved by NMCV Board 2/25/2013.


PIO report for January 28, 2013

My apologies for not attending this evening as I am at an important workshop meeting of Mason County’s Planning Advisory Committee considering update to the Shoreline Master Program. This public workshop meeting is also scheduled for February 11th if you care to attend.

Commissioner Neatherlin was sworn in at a ceremony at the Theler Community center in December.

I attended the first BOCC meeting on January 2nd in which Commissioner Neatherlin was elected chairman. I had one-on-one meetings with both Commissioner Jeffreys and Commissioner Neatherlin after that meeting on the 2nd and they and Commissioner Sheldon are all very interested in what their constituents have to say. I would encourage you to let them know what you think about issues and concerns you might have.

For instance I attended a Lower Hood Canal Watershed meeting earlier this month and discovered that Mason County had applied for a Belfair stormwater grant that neither the prior Board nor this Board had been briefed about. I contacted Commissioner Neatherlin and shared my concerns. He got involved and now all interested public will be able to comment sometime in February if Mason County makes it on the draft funding list.

I attended the Hood Canal Coordinating Council meeting on the 16th. You might have read an article in the Kitsap Sun regarding. KMAS radio also interviewed Commissioner Neatherlin after that meeting and I would encourage you all to listen to that interview. It has been posted to our VOICE website.

Work started at the $1.9M WDFW/PNWSC project site in August and stopped for the rainy season. Quite a bit of shell material has been unearthed during excavation, which is visible from the Theler trail and Roessel Road. I was told by a letter dated August 27th that the Department of Ecology would inspect the site for compliance during construction. To date the site has not been inspected by the construction stormwater inspector. I will keep you posted!

The County Commissioners are having a meeting here in NM tomorrow night and topics are open forum, school bond update and SR-3 widening.

Ken VanBuskirk