North Mason Community Voice

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

Attendees: 23

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was not said due to not having a flag. Everyone introduced themselves.

Chair's Report - Lee Swoboda

* The IRS has sent another notice requiring the NMCV to sign an affidavit and submit additional paperwork.

Secretary's Report Margie Benson

* Approval of the October 27 meeting minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

* All bills are paid and there is $1,292.87 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 Peninsula Regional Transportation organization has agreed to fund the Belfair/Clifton Lane sidewalk improvement.

* Speakers have been lined up for January, February and March. The January speaker will be Beau Bakken, Chief of North Mason Regional Fire Authority. February's speaker will be Tammy Newton, Habitat for Humanity. March's speaker will be Cat Ross, North Mason Resources

Business meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM


GUEST SPEAKER: Joel Myer from Mason County Public Utility District 3. masonpud3.org

Joel provided handouts and reviewed the history of PUD 3.

* Washington State's very first initiative was to create public utilities. It passed with 54% of the vote in 1930.

* Mason County is the only county in Washington State with two PUDs.

* In 1939 the first customers were "energized."

* Out of 2,000 PUDs in the United States, 11 of the top rated PUDs are in Washington State.

* PUD 3 has 33,000 customers and 122 employees.

* Wholesale electricity purchases represent nearly half of the PUD's budget. PUD's wholesale costs increase but not as much as other parts of the U.S.

* Many street lights are being upgraded to LED, which will last up to three times longer than the older lights (up to 11 years). The Port of Allyn has been a leader in this pilot project.

* The primary benefit of PUD 3's fiber optic network is to manage the electrical system more efficiently, providing reliable communication between substations. An added benefit is it also provides telecommunication services with the excess capacity.

* PUD 3 Mason County PUD 3 found an innovative solution to moving high distribution transmission lines for the State Route 3 Road Widening Project in Belfair while keeping the lines energized. Watch here.

New Business

Mary Swoboda moved to suspend the bylaws to allow all current members who renew their $10 membership for 2015 to sponsor one person between now and the annual meeting in May, with all memberships valid through calendar year 2015. The motion was seconded and after a brief discussion, passed unanimously.

Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings

No NMCV meeting in December. The next meeting will be Monday, January 26, 2015 with guest speaker Chief Beau Bakken, NMRFA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM for a Dessert Social and auction.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 1/26/2015.