North Mason Community Voice
August 25, 2014

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Bob Harris

Attendees: 31

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 Margie Benson

* Approval of the July 28 meeting minutes.

Kaye 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 $1,404.52 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* Washington State Transportation Commission has released the draft Washington State Transportation Plan 2035 for review and comments. The executive summary can be viewed here. Public hearings are scheduled around the state, with one on September 11 from 5-7 PM at the Norm Dicks building in Bremerton. Please share your ideas and comments while the plan is still DRAFT.

* A 2015 Mason County Lodging Tax grant application form for festival and event funding is available at co.mason.wa.us/forms/tourism/2015_LTAC_application.pdf. The final date for application submission is Monday, September 30, 2014, at 4 PM.

* The State Building Code Council (SBCC) is seeking members for all of the technical advisory groups in preparation for the 2015 code adoption cycle. To find out more about the SBCC go to fortress.wa.gov/ga/apps/sbcc/default.aspx.

* Voice members who participate in committees, councils or boards were asked to provide a brief report and will be expected to make brief reports at this point in future meetings.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Victoria Ahlfors, Outreach Worker for The Coffee Oasis, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides coffee shop businesses and programs for homeless, street-oriented youth. TheCoffeeOasis.com

* The organization was started in Bremerton 17 years ago by Dave Frederick (The Coffee Oasis history).

* In addition to Bremerton, there are locations in Poulsbo and Port Orchard.

* The Coffee Oasis is designed to bring hope to young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

* The organization has internship, substance abuse rehabilitation and family reconciliation programs for youth 13-25 years old.

* All locations have teen centers with special events every month. The Bremerton location also has a shelter.

* Their drug and alcohol policy is very strict, with no drugs or weapons allowed. The rules are visibly posted and enforced. The youth themselves also police each other. In addition, there are no role-playing games.

* They have many success stories.

* The organization has been asked to come to Belfair. They are asking for 6-9 local people to serve on a committee that will network, raise funds and build community consensus. Relationships are what makes The Coffee Oasis programs successful and that is why it is so important for the community to support the process.

* Before The Coffee Oasis can expand into Belfair, funds must be raised to make it fully operational as a business and youth outreach for a minimum of 2 years. Based on their business models for Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo, the operational expense for 2 years is $624,000 (this includes in-kind gifts).

* A local contractor has already built and donated a building to house The Coffee Oasis, dependent on the will of the community to support it. It is across the street from the Faith In Action thrift store and next to the Mosquito Fleet Winery on Old Belfair Hwy.

* The Coffee Oasis wants to build partnerships in order to provide opportunities for street and homeless youth to get off the streets and out of homelessness and become productive members of the community.

* Contact Victoria at victoria.ahlfors@thecoffeeoasis.com or 360-377-5560.


Discussion of whether NMCV wants to sponsor a candidates' forum. The NM Chamber has partnered with NMCV in the past to sponsor a forum. Judy said she would contact the chamber.

Herb Gerhardt made a motion to approve a candidates' forum if the North Mason Chamber is willing to partner with NMCV. The motion was seconded and passed.

Upcoming meetings/events:

* Labor Day weekend: Kiwanis garage sale.

* Tuesday, September 2, 6 PM: Belfair Water District board meeting.

* Thursday, September 4, 8:30 AM: Sheriff's Advisory meeting at Spencer Lake Resort.

* Monday, September 8, 5-7 PM: Fundraising spaghetti dinner and dessert auction for North Mason Resources in the fellowship hall of the Belfair Community Church. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for those under age 10 or over age 65. Tickets are available at the North Mason Resources office, 140 NE SR 300, across the street from Belfair QFC. They will be sold by Board members and also available at the door on the evening of the event.

* Friday, September 12: Volunteer training opportunity. Mason County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a 20-hour training program that prepares you to help yourself, family, neighbors, and co-workers in the event of a disaster. The next class will be September 12, 13, 19, 20 and will be held at the Belfair Fire Station 21, 460 NE Old Belfair Hwy.

* Tuesday, September 30, 6 PM: Mason County Commissioners 5th Tuesday meeting in Belfair at the NMSD board room.

* Tuesday, September 30, 6 PM: MC Public Hospital District #2 sponsoring an "Eating for Health" seminar.

* Tuesday, October 7: Hood Canal Improvement Club hosting Candidates' Night in Union at the Fire Hall. Candidate statements begin at 6:00 PM. Soup and bread will be served starting at 5:30 PM.

* Tuesday, October 14: Shelton Chamber is hosting Candidates' forum.

For the Good of the Order

Candidates for public office were given an opportunity to speak:

* Tom Farmer, current PUD 3 commissioner and running for re-election, District 2 (electtomfarmer.com/)

* John Komen, candidate for PUD 3 commissioner, District 2. (johnkomen.com//)

* Melody Peterson, current County Assessor and running for re-election. Property owners should have received their 2015 assessment. Please call the office at 360-275-4467, ext. 491 if you have questions on the value of your property. Staff will double check those numbers.

Herb Gerhardt said the Department of Ecology has resumed testing Union River water samples. He has volunteered to help.

Next meeting Monday, September 22.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 9/22/2014.