North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk

Attendees: 19

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.

Chair report Lee Swoboda

* Update on Secretary of State filing. The annual report has been filed.

Secretary's Report Margie Benson

* Approval of August 25 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 $1,369.64 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* Reported on activities of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). A regional transportation conference is scheduled for November 12-13.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:06 PM.


Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys asked for help regarding Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning funding. The county is applying for grants to build sidewalks within the Belfair UGA and needs letters of support from the community.

GUEST SPEAKER: Bonnie Knight, president of the North Bay Historical Society (NBHC) in Allyn, founded in 1998 discussed the Historical Society's current project to preserve Washington's historic Sargent's Oyster House.

* The NBHC became aware 3 years ago that Sargent's Oyster House was going to be torn down and decided to save the building. It is the last standing building of this type on Puget Sound.

* At the state and federal levels, it is considered to be an historical building.

* All the artifacts have been stored, thanks to a grant from the county.

* The Port of Allyn has entered into an agreement with numerous organizations and state agencies to move the building. Movers will have to shore up the building. Fish & Wildlife wants the building moved by this Fall.

* Local historian Irene Davis put together much of the history of Belfair. There has not been such focus on Allyn's history.

* There was a newspaper in Allyn in 1889. There were also two restaurants, one hotel, a meat market, doctor, school and attorney. The church in Allyn is 109 years old.


Follow up on last month's motion to approve a candidates' forum if the North Mason Chamber is willing to partner with NMCV. Judy reported that the chamber is currently involved in two other forums, so NMCV will not be having a forum.


* Tuesday, September 23, 10 AM: North Bay Historical Society meeting. (They normally meet the last Tuesday of the month)

* Tuesday, September 23, 6 PM: Belfair Water District board meeting

* Tuesday, September 23, 7 PM: Mason County Public Hospital District #2 board meeting

* Tuesday, September 23: Tahuya River Valley Water District meeting

* Tuesday, September 23, Trails End Water District meeting

* Thursday, September 25, 6 PM: Belfair Sewer Advisory Committee meeting, Port of Allyn conference room

* Monday, September 29, 6 PM: Planning Advisory Commission meeting, 411 N 5th St, Shelton (co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/planning_com/)

* Tuesday, September 30, 6 PM: Mason County Commissioners' 5th Tuesday meeting in Belfair at the NMSD board room. (Agenda features 2015 budget presentations, WSDOT update, moving water pipes along SR 3 Belfair construction route)

* Tuesday, September 30, 5-7 PM: Free seminar, EATING FOR PREVENTION. The public is invited to learn more about the risk factors for colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes and the super foods that help prevent them. The seminar is led by Heather Denis, Registered Dietitian, and Kim Berto, Culinary Educator. North Mason Timberland Library, 23081 NE SR3, Belfair. Sponsored by Mason County Public Hospital District 2

* Thursday, October 2, 8:30 AM: Sheriff's Advisory meeting at Spencer Lake Resort

* Thursday, October 2, 6:30 PM: First meeting of school district's Theler Advisory Committee at the NMSD board room

* Saturday, October 18: Port of Allyn kids' day with prizes and games.

* Monday, October 27, 7 PM: North Mason Community Voice meeting

* Friday, October 31: Trick or Treat carnival for kids at Theler Center. (Details below)


Candidates for public office were given an opportunity to speak:

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

* Terri Jeffreys, current County Commissioner and running for re-election. (terrijeffreys.org/)

* Melody Peterson, current County Assessor and running for re-election.

Barbara McDowell of the Humane Society of Mason County reported they have been trying to build a shelter since 1986. They currently have a 5-acre parcel in escrow and are asking residents to send letters to the Director of Community Development in support of a rezone request to change from residential to commercial. A hearing on this request will be October 27 at 6 PM in the County Commissioners' chambers at 411 N. 5th Street, Shelton. (humanesocietyofmasoncounty.com/)

Joan Moore reported that Theler's annual Trick or Treat on the Trails, which provides a safe and fun alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating for the children of our community, will be Friday, October 31 from 5-7 PM. They are in need of donations.

Kaye Massie moved for NMCV to donate $100 for Theler's Trick or Treat on the Trails, with the check to be made out to the North Mason School District. The motion was seconded and passed by majority vote.

Next meeting Monday, October 27.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 10/27/2014.