North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Bob Harris

Attendees: 21

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 May 18 meeting minutes.

Judy 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 $1,665.96 in the bank account. Last month's dessert social auction brought in $66.00.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* Restoration of the Sargent Oyster House is moving along. Artifacts Inc. is gathering information to see how much it will cost to restore and relocate.

* The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization is working on prioritizing tax funds for transportation issues.

* The Mason County Commissioners have established a Joint Citizen Advisory Committee of the Allyn and Belfair Urban Growth Areas for the 2016 Growth Management Act update. The committee will consist of 7 to 11 members representing the Allyn and Belfair UGAs. If you are interested in serving on this committee please complete an application and submit to the Commissioners' office by July 10.

* Margie Benson and Kelly Burdette have contacted Bremerton Housing Authority to provide a speaker to discuss Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Many local landlords don't understand Section 8. Housing Director Sarah VanCleve has agreed to address this subject at the August 24 Voice meeting.

* Kaye encouraged folks to attend North Mason school board meetings.

Board Member Vacancy

The chair asked if anyone was interested in filling the empty board position. Kelly Burdette said she was interested. No other nominations were made. The membership in attendance voted by acclimation to elect her to serve "at-large" on the board and she was immediately seated.

Election of Officers

In accordance with Section 3.5 of the Bylaws, the board elected officers to serve a one-year term. The current officers agreed to serve again and no other nominations were made. Chair Lee Swoboda, Vice Chair Kaye Massie, Secretary Margie Benson and Treasurer Jack Kimball were reelected by acclimation.

Policy Governance Committee report. Ken VanBuskirk and Mary Swoboda met with the Mason County League of Women Voters (LOWV) on June 5. After discussion, the recommendation is to table the topic until after the election because it could become a campaign issue. One of the League members researched policy governance and in her opinion says it may work well with nonprofits, churches and charities, but not with elected officials who represent the people who elect them. The LOWV suggested more time studying the issue before they would agree to cosponsor. The NMCV board agreed to table this.

Candidates' Forum Committee report. Mary Swoboda contacted the North Mason Chamber about co-sponsoring the forum but has not heard back from the Government Affairs Committee chair yet. If the Voice has a forum, it would be in September before the general election ballots are mailed. Discussed the format, location and date of the forum.

Other Business

Brad Patterson, Mason Transit Authority, asked NMCV if we would be willing to host a community forum on the future of the Bill Hunter Park. It is a county park that is also a key Belfair area MTA bus stop. He would like input from the community on what they envision for that area. He would like the forum to be as soon as possible. NMCV agreed to host a discussion at the July 27 meeting. Brad will write a news release and post an online public survey, then forward to media outlets.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.


Guest speaker: Karmen Heckathorn, owner and trainer of Union River Equine.

* She started her business in 2012 with the goal of teaching confident and calm riding.

* She teaches students of all ages how to set boundaries and be a leader, how to approach and withdraw from a horse and how to get a horse to respect you. Her students find out more about themselves while developing confidence, leadership and personal responsibility.

* Her lessons are geared toward individual students, building from where they are at. Her business is not a trail-riding facility. Gear requirements include cowboy boots or rubber boots and jeans.

* Students learn to read a horse's body language.

* Horses are prey animals, not predators. They are relational, they want to be in a herd. They respond to two things: When do I get to eat? Is it going to eat me? In this area, cougars are the main predators of horses.

* You are always teaching a horse something while at the same time taking control of your own life.

Report and Update from Barb McDowell on Humane Society of Mason County.

* HSMC has bought 5 acres of land near the North Mason School District.

* HSMC's annual dinner brought in nearly $43,000.

* HSMC is seeking grants, cash donations and contractor donations of labor and equipment.

* HSMC is asking the public to please support their fundraising events. Check their Event Calendar.

* HSMC will have a booth at the Taste of Hood Canal.

* HSMC has an office at Theler Center. Their hours are 9 AM to 1 PM Monday-Friday.

Upcoming meetings/For the Good of the Order

* June 22. Burn ban throughout Mason County starts today.

* June 23, 6:00 PM: Belfair Water District board meeting.

* June 23, 7:00 PM: Mason County Hospital District 2 board meeting.

* June 30, 6:00 PM: Mason County Commission 5th Tuesday meeting in Belfair, NMSD board room.

* June 30, 6:30 PM: Meeting to discuss future of former Tahuya Store Property. Meeting will be at the Tahuya Fire Hall, 14880 NE North Shore Road.

* July 1, 12:30 PM: Belfair Genealogical Society meeting. Speaker will discuss the Huguenots

* July 2, 8:30 AM: Sheriff's Advisory meeting at Spencer Lake Restaurant, 1180 E Pickering Road.

* July 4: Tahuya Day parade.

* July 6, 6:00 PM: Port of Allyn board meeting.

* August 15, 3:00-9:00 PM: North Mason Resources celebrates the 100th birthday of Belfair with a dinner and barn dance. Will also seal up a time capsule, to be opened in 2115. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children, and only 125 tickets will be sold.

The next NMCV meeting is Monday, July 27. There will be an update from the Coffee Oasis on their plans to open an outlet in Belfair and a discussion about what the community would like to do with Belfair's Bill Hunter Park.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV board 7/27/2015.