North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod

Directors not present: Gerry Morrow, Ken VanBuskirk, Bob Harris, Beau Bakken, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Attendees: 21

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. Afterward, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report Gerry Morrow

In the absence of the Secretary, the Chair asked for approval of the February 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 $1,326.32 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report Ken VanBuskirk

In the absence of the PIO, the Chair read Ken's written report, which accompanies these minutes.

Other Board Business

Bylaws Committee Report. The committee has not met yet. Lee has received some comments about changes to the Bylaws. Lee asks that members email comments regarding the Bylaws to him at nmcommunityvoice@yahoo.com. The Bylaws are posted here.

Nominating Committee

The annual meeting will be in May, so a Nominating Committee needs to be established. The following board members' terms expire in 2014:

* Jack KIMBALL Belfair (District #4)

* Ken VAN BUSKIRK Old Belfair Highway (District #3)

* Valerie McLEOD Belfair (Elected at large)

* Bob HARRIS Belfair (District #2)


* Danielle SKEETERS-LINDSEY Belfair (District #5)

Valerie McLeod, Mary Swoboda and Mel Armstrong volunteered to serve on the nominating committee.

If the membership wants to change the date of the annual meeting to the usual 4th Monday of the month, a motion will need to be made. Article 7.2 of the Bylaws states, "The Board shall convene an annual business meeting on the second Saturday in May of each year for the purpose of electing Officers and Directors and conducting such other business as is required." The second Saturday in May is the 10th, and the fourth Monday is the 26th.

Valerie moved to suspend the Bylaws to change the annual meeting from the 2nd Saturday to the regular meeting day in May. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Judy moved to change the monthly meeting in May from the 26th to the 19th of May. After making sure the room was available on that day, the motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:20.


GUEST SPEAKER: Tammey Newton, Executive Director/COO of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County (habitatmasonwa.org/)

* Habitat for Humanity of Mason County is a franchise of Habitat International.

* Habitat does a lot of things, such as mortgage lending, contracting, home improvements and repair and retail stores. The retail stores help fund construction all over the county.

* Habitat looks for families who wouldn't qualify for a regular loan. They have 30-year, no interest loans available that allow people to purchase their own home.

* Habitat has a family selection committee made up of volunteers. They peruse applications, weighting their selection criteria on need, the willingness of the family to help build their home and the ability of the family to repay the loan.

* From start to finish, construction of a home takes about 9 months using volunteer labor. The only costs are for materials and electrical work.

* Habitat has an online volunteer application: habitatmasonwa.org/volunteer-applicaton.php

* Habitat has two stores, one in Shelton at 1826 Olympic Hwy N (360-426-2198) and one in Belfair at 22653 NE State Route 3 (360-275-9118). They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Their stores accept gently used and 100% working items such as doors, windows, cabinetry, furniture, filing cabinets, major appliances, plumbing fixtures, lumber, carpet and flooring, tile, brick and block, bookcases, molding, lighting fixtures, electrical and lawn and garden items.

* Habitat also accepts monetary donations. Their mailing address is Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, PO Box 1549, Shelton WA 98584.





Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings

* March 25: Belfair Water District commissioner meeting at Theler Center regarding rate increases. Meeting starts at 6 PM.

* March 25: Mason County Hospital District 2 board meeting at 7 PM at the clinic.

* March 25: Trails End Water District board meeting tomorrow at 7:00 PM at the Trails End Community Center, 2411 E Trails End Drive. The water district now has an office in that building.

* March 27: Belfair Sewer Advisory Committee meeting at 6 PM in the basement of the Port of Allyn building.

* April 7: Port of Allyn board meeting.

* April 19: Tahuya cleanup day. Parking and food at Camp Oak Patch.

* April 21: The Cemetery District commissioners meet at 4:00 PM in the upstairs meeting room at QFC on the third Monday of each month. Twin Firs Cemetery is devoting the month of May to clean up and care of the cemetery. Please give a couple hours to help clean it up and make it beautiful in time for Memorial Day. Consider adopting a veteran's or pioneer's plot.

* April 29: 5th Tuesday county commissioner meeting at the North Mason School District administration building at 6:00 PM.

Next meeting Monday, April 28. Annual meeting will be May 19 (celebrating 9 years!)

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Gerry Morrow, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 4/28/2014.

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North Mason Community Voice
March 24th, 2014 PIO report

* Attended Mason County Public Hospital District #2 community education class. Well attended!

* Attended Belfair Sewer advisory committee meeting.

* Met with new president of Theler board. Kendy Meyer.

* Attended and chaired Mason Planning advisory Committee meeting. Shoreline master program update still in progress.

* Attended and interviewed for FD 2 vacancy. Paul Severson selected.

* Went to monthly Theler meeting, cancelled due to lack of quorum.

* Attended and commented at Mason Board of County Commissioner briefing session regarding Belfair stormwater grant.

* Attended and commented at Hood Canal Coordinating Council meeting on Salmon projects funding priorities. Commissioner Neatherlin chaired the meeting and did a great job with a tough situation.

I most recently attended a NM school board meeting after noticing a consent agenda item for a Theler/NM school board MOU (Memo of Understanding), which had already been approved and signed by the district superintendent and Scott Stanton for "METO" the week before the school board meeting. (app.eduportal.com/documents/view/482032.) In a nutshell, the school district is going to pay upwards of $80,000 to repair dike erosion that occurred in December 2012, which could have easily been fixed last summer when the new section of trail was being constructed on WDFW property.

In my opinion it is unfortunate that school board members were more concerned with getting their pictures in the paper cutting the ribbon on the new section of trail instead of fixing a serious liability issue less than 200 yards away. I firmly believe that the Theler board of directors and the NM school board of directors should be held accountable and have their insurance policies pay for this serious oversight.

On a personal note, there is truth to the rumor that I have two screws loose! In actuality, two screws in my wrist are broken.

I regret to inform you that I will serve as PIO until May but I cannot serve in this capacity any longer.

Best to you all,

Ken VanBuskirk