MINUTES
North Mason Community Voice
6/23/2014

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Ken VanBuskirk, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Bob Harris, Betty Drexler, Joe Morris, Margie Benson

Directors not present: None

Attendees: 55

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

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

Secretary's Report

Approval of May 19 meeting minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

The silent auction at last month's meeting netted $126.00. All bills are paid and there is $1,507.67 in the bank account, with 49 members.

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

OTHER BOARD BUSINESS

Gerry Morrow has resigned from the board because of his new work schedule. Margie Benson, who resides in the same district as Gerry, District 1, said she would like to serve on the board. Judy moved to appoint Margie to complete Gerry's term, which expires in 2015. The motion was seconded and passed, and Margie was seated.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

According to Bylaws Section 3.5, "Officers shall be elected for a one-year term by other members of the Board at the next regular meeting after their election to the Board."

Nominations were opened for Chair. Lee Swoboda was nominated. There were no other nominations for Chair and a motion was made to accept Lee. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Secretary. Margie Benson was nominated. There were no other nominations for Secretary and a motion was made to accept Margie. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Treasurer. Jack Kimball was nominated. There were no other nominations for Treasurer and a motion was made to accept Jack. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Vice Chair. Kaye Massie was nominated. There were no other nominations for Vice Chair and a motion was made to accept Kaye. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Nominations were opened for Public Information Officer (PIO). Two board members were nominated but both declined. No one stepped up to serve as PIO, so the position will be revisited at the July meeting.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

The North Mason Community Voice invited local candidates, especially in contested races, to attend this meeting and share their platform of positions and policies with the audience. This was not intended to be a debate or structured forum. The following are summaries, not intended to be transcripts.

State Senator, Legislative District 35 (Kitsap, Mason, Thurston):

Tim Sheldon (D): This election will determine who controls the state senate, how we will control the budget. The economy is starting to turn around locally, but it is turning around fastest in King County. We have to stay strong to make sure we get our share. I represent you, not special interests.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Irene Bowling (D): Small business owner in Kitsap County. I'm running because the potential of our area hasn't reached its pinnacle. A lot of things can be changed with new leadership. I will put bringing jobs to our area as a priority.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Travis Couture (R): Navy veteran. Things look a lot different, but not in a good way. We need new leadership. We're pouring more money into education, but we need real reforms. Must fix public education before throwing more money at it. We must grow our way out of recession.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

State Representative Pos. 1, Legislative District 35 (Kitsap, Mason, Thurston):

Kathy Haigh (D). A spokesman read a statement from Haigh. She will hold the line on taxes, hold the line on regulation. Wants full-time kindergarten. The government must live within its means.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Dan Griffey (R). A lifelong resident of Mason County. We've lost in-district jobs. Mason County is now a bedroom community. There is nothing for young people job-wise. I want to bring back rural jobs and traditions.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Josiah Rowell (R). I love serving my country as a veteran, but realize we have issues and challenges to face in Washington State. There is a lot of partisan politics in Olympia. I can work together with people of all backgrounds. We need leaders in Olympia who will do what's right for their districts, community and state.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 35 (Kitsap, Mason, Thurston):

Drew MacEwen (R). Understands business owners because he is a business owner. Interests are education, business and state government, especially transportation. Need to fund education first in its own separate budget. Dedicate money from economic growth to K-12 education. Over half of the state's transportation budget goes to King County. It's time to shake things up.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Tammey Newton (D). Executive director of Mason County's Habitat for Humanity and serves on other nonprofit boards. Interests are education, jobs and the economy. We are all fatigued by constant bickering. We should be able to work together and solve the problems. I can bring diverse groups of people together.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Mason County Assessor:

Melody Peterson (D), running unopposed. The Assessor's office is transitioning to annual valuations.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Mason County Clerk:

Ginger Brooks (D), running unopposed. Has been in Clerk's office 28 years. The Clerk's office is the keeper of records in the county. It is also the financial side of the Superior Court. Our office also summons citizens to jury duty. We now have a web-based program, new this year, for superior, district and municipal court juries.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Mason County Commissioner District 3:

Terri Jeffreys (I). We are working on 5 to 10 year strategic planning. We need to recruit retail development in the Belfair/Allyn areas. Mason County development code should be friendly.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Ross Gallagher (D), write-in candidate. I served you well as county commissioner and I want to serve you again. I need people to vote for me in District 3 as a write-in candidate so I can be on the general election ballot.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Mason County Prosecutor:

Michael Dorcy (R), running unopposed. I feel I've fulfilled the promises I made four years ago. If the people think I'm too tough on crime, well I'm proud of that.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Mason County Treasurer:

Lisa Frazier (D), running unopposed. I have been in the Treasurer's office 34 years, and have served 14 of those years as Treasurer.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

Mason County Public Utility District 3, Commissioner District 2 (Nonpartisan):

Tom Farmer. I own a business in Allyn. I am concerned about the downturn of economic development. My opponent claims PUD 3 has added $71 million additional debt. There is only $36.7 million outstanding debt. The infrastructure must be in place before any electricity can be delivered. PUD 3 has received a clean audit from the auditor's office for 35 consecutive years. Independent audits have revealed no problems with PUD 3.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

John Komen. My opponent has never met a rate increase he didn't like. You and your children will be paying their debt for the next 30 years. It cost ratepayers $41 million to build the "castle on the prairie." The debt in 2040 will amount to $58 million. PUD 3 built a $1.78 million water pipeline, then gave it to Shelton. There are three abandoned PUD 3 buildings in Shelton. I pledge I will represent the rate payers, not spendy programs.

View separate MasonWebTV.com interview here.

KMAS News also held forums to allow the public to get to know the candidates for PUD 3, 6th Congressional District, County Commissioner District 3 and 35th Legislative District. View here.

Meeting Reports/For the Good of the Order

* Ken VanBuskirk: The Belfair Sewer Advisory Committee made some really good recommendations to the county commissioners. The Planning Advisory Commission will be forwarding low-income housing development recommendations to the county commissioners. The North Mason School District board has a vacancy.

* Linnie Griffin reported the North Mason Regional Fire Authority's water safety day was a success, with she and Jack Kimball participating.

Upcoming meetings:

* Friday, June 27: Transit Center dedication ceremony at noon in Shelton.

* Tuesday, June 24: Ground-breaking ceremony for the new NMSD high school at 2:45 PM.

* Tuesday, June 24: Tahuya River Valley Water District meeting at the clubhouse at 6:00 PM. Meets the last Tuesday of each month.

* Tuesday, June 24: Trails End Community Water District meeting at 6:00 PM. Meets the last Tuesday of each month.

* Thursday, July 3: Mason County Sheriff Advisory Group meeting at 8:30 AM. Meets the first Thursday of each month.

Next meeting Monday, July 28.

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 7/28/2014.