North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Gerry Morrow, Beau Bakken, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Attendees: 27

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 Gerry Morrow

In Gerry's absence, the Chair asked approval of the September 23 meeting minutes.

In an email, Valerie McLeod suggested changing "Audience" to "Members Present and Audience." After some discussion it was decided to change Audience to Attendees.

Judy moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email and amended to reflect the change from audience to attendees. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

* All bills are paid and there is $1,348.54 in the bank account.

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

Business meeting adjourned at 7:06


GUEST SPEAKER: 35th Legislative District Representative Kathy Haigh. housedemocrats.wa.gov/roster/rep-Kathy-Haigh/

* She has been our representative for 15 years and has tried very hard to be honest, fair, informative and open. She feels she has made a difference. The support from the community is amazing.

* She is Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. Washington's Constitution says the state is supposed to pay for public education so she thinks it is job #1 for the Legislature.

* She fought for the full-day kindergarten option, recognizing that not every child needs it.

* Other committees she serves on:

+ Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee - leg.wa.gov/jlarc/Pages/default.aspx

+ Quality Education Council - k12.wa.us/QEC/default.aspx. While this council has no power to make decisions, members work with many different groups.

+ Capital Projects Advisory Review Board - des.wa.gov/about/Committees/CPARB/Pages/default.aspx.

+ Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences - citizentaxpref.wa.gov/. There are nearly 640 tax breaks, mostly B&O and business taxes. The committee is reviewing all those taxes.

* She wants to help kids be more successful by looking at what is going on with them outside of school. Provide family community coordinators in grade schools. Solve absenteeism (can't teach them if they aren't in school). Drop-out prevention programs. Backpack programs.

* Her answer to a question about not paying legislators for special sessions was that legislators have no control over how many bills come forward. Her solution would be to have one legislative session that deals with policy, then a break. Then come back into session and write a budget after the bills have been signed.

* She thinks the divide in Washington is between urban and rural.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report Ken VanBuskirk

* Has been busy with the Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) updating the Shoreline Master Program.

* Next year the PAC will be reviewing and updating Mason County's Comprehensive Plan. There is currently a vacancy on the PAC if anyone is interested.

* The PAC made a recommendation to the county commissioners to allow people to use their septic systems within the Belfair UGA until it fails, then hook up to the sewer.

* Has been attending Hood Canal Coordinating Council meetings. Since Commissioner Randy Neatherlin has been involved, HCCC has created a new priority process. Many good changes are being made.

* Web site for the PAC: co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/planning_com/


Because the regular meeting dates for November and December are Monday, November 25 (the week of Thanksgiving), and Monday, December 23 (2 days before Christmas), members decided to pick a different date for the November meeting and cancel the December meeting.

NMCV member Madelyn Cataldo made a motion to change the November meeting from the fourth Monday, November 25, to the third Monday, November 18, and cancel the December meeting. The motion was seconded and passed, with one dissenting vote.


* Monday, November 4, 6 PM: Port of Allyn meeting.

* November 14, 5-7 PM at the NM School District Board Meeting Room. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 presents "Community Education Series." Nikki Lundberg from the Area Agency on Aging will give an informative presentation on the "Affordable Care Act." (0bamacare) The presentation will be about 1 hour, with time afterward for questions and discussions. All MCPHD2 community education programs are FREE.

* Sunday, December 1: Belfair Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. This first-ever event starts at 3 PM with a special performance by the Windjammers, then a parade starting at Starbucks at 4 PM and ending at the Belfair Christmas Tree next to Dairy Queen. At 5 PM Santa arrives and lights the tree. The community event is free.


* Randy Neatherlin spoke about issues at the county. Asked people from the north end to attend commission meetings.

* Judy Scott gave a Port of Allyn update. The port has a new executive director.

* Linnie Griffin gave a Belfair Water update.

* Wally Volz gave an update on Mason County Public Hospital 2.

* Two candidates for public office spoke:

+ Richard Knight, running for Fire District 5 Commissioner Position 3.

+ Joe Morris, running forTrails End Water District Commissioner Position 1.

Next meeting Monday, November 18.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Gerry Morrow, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 11/18/2013.