North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Margie Benson, Ken VanBuskirk

Attendees: 28

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

* In Margie's absence, Lee asked for approval of the September 22 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, including $100 donation to Theler's Trick-or-Treat-on-the-Trails, and there is $1,257.76 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

* The county is looking for volunteers to serve on Mason County's TIP-CAP and Historic Preservation Committees.

* The Peninsula Regional Transportation organization has made recommendations for grants.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Brad Patterson, General Manager of Mason County Transportation Authority (MTA). He has been with MTA for 3 years. MasonTransit.org/

* MTA has a volunteer driver program serving people 60 years or older who need to go out of county for appointments. The appointments are not limited exclusively to medical. If someone would like to be a driver for this program (you provide your own vehicle, MTA reimburses mileage), more information is here.

* Operating in general has been difficult in the recession. Bit by bit, the economy is coming back; sales tax revenues are increasing in the county. Federal and state funding is flat. MTA hasn't had to cut services, but demand for public transit continues to grow.

* The new Transit Center in Shelton will open in February 2015.

* MTA is increasing community service between Shelton and Olympia.

* There are currently four worker/driver buses to the shipyard in Bremerton. Shipyard workers do pay a fee to ride these buses.

* People keep asking for Sunday service. Adding one more day of service costs $1 million so it will be a while before that happens. Also on the wish list is grocery and shopper services for seniors.

* Brad serves on the regional West Sound Alliance, which is about transportation and tourism.

* Baby boomers are retiring (they are called the silver tsunami) and demand for services are expected to rise.

* MTA has submitted a regional mobility grant for express service between the Bremerton ferry terminal and the Olympia transit center.

* MTA is developing more park and rides. Currently there is a park and ride in Belfair at the Assembly of God church.

* MTA's bus fleet is 100% ADA accessible and has one vanpool van that is ADA accessible.

* Rides within Mason County are free (paid for through your sales taxes). The dial-a-ride service can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance.

* MTA's $6 million budget is a mix of local sales tax and grant money from the state and federal governments.

* Someone asked why not collect a flat fee for all riders? The answer is, for small rural agencies such as MTA it costs more to collect fees than the revenue provides.

* A 20-year history of MTA can be viewed here.

* Contact MTA's Customer Service Center at 360.427.5033 or toll free 800.374.3747.


* A dessert party and auction is planned for the November 24 meeting. The speaker and auctioneer will be Joel Myer from Mason County Public Utility District 3. Auction items are needed. Linnie will coordinate so please contact her.

A motion was made by Mary Swoboda to cancel the December meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


* Friday, October 31, 5-7 PM: Trick or Treat on the Trails and carnival for kids at Theler Center

* Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 PM: Belfair Water District board meeting

* Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 PM: MC Public Hospital District #2 budget hearing and board meeting

* Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 PM: Trails End Water District meeting

* Monday, November 4, 7:00 PM: Port of Allyn commissioner meeting

* Tuesday, November 4: Ballots are due.

* Thursday, November 6, 8:30 AM: Sheriff's Advisory meeting at Spencer Lake Resort

* Monday, November 10 between the hours of 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Theler Community Center: North Mason Regional Fire Authority planning. Community input requested on a strategic plan that will guide the future of the NMRFA for the coming years

* Tuesday, November 18: Public hearing for Humane Society of Mason County, which is applying for a special use permit instead of a rezone

* Sunday, December 7: 2nd Annual Belfair Christmas Parade

Ken informed that every Thursday the NMSD Theler Advisory Committee meets at 6:30, except for the one Thursday a month when the school board meets. People who care about Theler should attend these meetings. Also, the school board has voted to take Theler off the surplus list.

Jack reminded that last year voters approved a measure to establish the North Mason Fire Authority. This year a measure is on the ballot to terminate the old Fire Districts 2 and 8.


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

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

* Patti J. McLean, candidate for Mason County Assessor.

Next meeting Monday, November 24.

Meeting adjourned at 8:27 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 11/24/2014.