North Mason Community Voice

Board: Kaye Massie, Gerry Morrow, Jack Kimball, Ken VanBuskirk, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Bob Harris,

Directors not present: Lee Swoboda, Judy Scott, Beau Bakken, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Audience: 19

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

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

Secretary's Report - Gerry Morrow

* Approval of June 24 meeting minutes.

Linnie 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 $1,450.17 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

* Mason County was considering dropping out of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council earlier this year but did not. The board of HCCC is having retreat sessions that I feel are moving in the right direction. They now have a yearly budget for the first time, primarily because of Commissioner Randy Neatherlin's involvement.

* Mason County's Shoreline Master Plan is being updated. Those who own property on any waterways (salt water, lakes and rivers/streams) are encouraged to look closely at what the draft environmental designations are for their property. To ask a question, provide comment or to receive information regarding the Shoreline Master Program Update, call Rebecca Hersha at 360-275-4467 Ext. 287. Or check the web site at co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/shoreline_master_program/index.php.

* The Belfair Farmers' Market has been around for 20 years. The name was recently changed to Belfair Saturday Market. It is open every Saturday throughout the summer from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Theler Center. Belfair Saturday Market

* Mason County is the recipient of a grant from the Department of Ecology for storm water in Belfair.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:18 PM


Many voters in Mason County received a ballot with only one name on it: Mason County Clerk candidate Ginger Brooks. NMCV member and County Auditor Karen Herr explained that this year the legislature required that all partisan positions must appear on the primary ballot. Even with only one candidate and one partisan position, Mason County was still required to send out ballots to all registered voters.

GUEST SPEAKERS: All candidates running for public office in the North Mason area were invited to speak at the meeting. Below are the candidates who showed up to speak at the meeting.

* Ginger Brooks, Mason County Clerk. After Pat Swartos retired, Brooks was appointed Clerk. She has worked with Swartos for 27 years. The Clerk's office keeps records for Mason County, which include felony cases, civil, divorces, paternity, juvenile, etc. The Clerk's office has been tasked with handling the jury selection process. Contact: 360-426-4840, gingerbe@hctc.com

* Brooke Quigley, Fire District 2, Fire Commissioner Position #2. Quigley is the incumbent and has been a fire commissioner for 6 years. Contact: 360-275-0443, bquig@mac.com

* Pat McGanney, Fire District 5, Fire Commissioner Position #3. McGanney is the incumbent and has served 6 years. He is a Battalion Chief with the City of Bremerton Fire Department. Contact: 253-224-5442

* Del Griffey, Fire District 5, Fire Commissioner Position #3. Griffey has been a resident of Allyn for 71 years. Contact: 360-275-3568, bjgriffey@Hotmail.com

* Richard Knight, Fire District 5, Fire Commissioner Position #3. Knight was the Fire Chief of District 5 for 55 years. Contact: 360-535-2198, rak5ah@aol.com

[Note: Dedrick Allan of MasonWebTV.com has interviewed the three candidates running for Mason County Fire District No. 5 Commission Position 3. View here: MasonWebTV.com/archives/10664]

* Mike Sammons, North Mason School District, School Board Director District #2. Sammons is the Superintendent of the Belfair Water District and a Volunteer Captain with Fire District 2. He has one child in elementary school and one entering kindergarten. Contact: 360-801-1185


* Dina Griffey, North Mason School District, School Board Director District #5. Due to an emergency, Griffey was not able to attend, but did provide candidate information to be distributed at the meeting. Contact: 360-551-8888, dinahleegriffey@gmail.com

* Joe Morris, Trails End Water District, Water Commissioner Position #1. Morris is the President of the Trails End Community Club. Contact: 360-275-2219, joe.morris@yahoo.com

A published list of all candidates who have filed can be viewed here: https://wei.sos.wa.gov/county/mason/en/Elections/candidatesinfo/Pages/Candidates-Who-Have-Filed.aspx

Vice Chair Kaye Massie thanked all the candidates for attending and encouraged them--and people from all over the North Mason area--to join the North Mason Community Voice.


Saturday, August 3 is the date set for NMCV members to meet at Hunter Park for two hours, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, to spruce up the bus stop area at the corner of Old Belfair Hwy and Clifton Lane. This is a chance to do something good for the community and also “show the flag” for NMCV. Please bring gardening gloves, clippers and other gardening tools.

Ken VanBuskirk made a motion to pay for pizza and drinks at Seabeck Pizza afterward for all who turn out to help clean up the park. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.



Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings/For the Good of the Order

* Tuesday, July 23: Mason County Hospital District #2 meeting at the clinic at 7:00 PM.

* Friday, July 26: There will be a retirement party for Bonnie Knight at the Port of Allyn gazebo at 5:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

* Tuesday, July 30: “5th Tuesday” County commissioner meeting at the school district administration office starting at 6:00 PM.

* Saturday, August 10: Pancake breakfast at Fire District 2 fire station 21 on Old Belfair Hwy from 7:30 to 10:30 AM. Donations accepted.

* Saturday, August 10: The Belfair Firefighters Association will have a BBQ fundraiser at the Taste of Hood Canal. Two different kinds of BBQ sandwiches will be available.

* Saturday, September 7: Twin Firs Cemetery is having a historical cemetery walk from 10:00 AM to noon. Bring friends and family.

* Gerry Morrow attended a North Mason School District school board meeting. NMSD plans to go to all-day kindergarten. The price of meals at schools is going up. Most students are eligible for reduced price or free meals but many don't apply. The District plans to break ground for the new high school next summer.

Next meeting is Monday, August 26.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Submitted by Gerry Morrow, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 8/26/2013.