North Mason Community Voice
July 27, 2015

Board: Kaye Massie, Ken VanBuskirk, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Bob Harris, Kelly Burdette

Directors not present: Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Joe Morris

Attendees: 28

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Vice Chair Kaye Massie, with a quorum of the Board present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Afterward, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report Margie Benson

In the absence of the Secretary, the Vice Chair asked for approval of the June 22 meeting minutes.

Judy moved to approve, as amended, the minutes distributed via email to members. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

In the absence of the Treasurer, the Vice Chair shared information Jack provided that all bills are paid and there is currently $1,692.96 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 Port of Allyn will be installing electronic pay stations that will accept only debit and credit cards at the North Shore Boat Launch.

* The Cemetery District plans to install a new sign and is submitting paperwork to the county to become a historical district.

* The Belfair Sewer Advisory Committee has met for almost 2 years. A plan has been submitted to the county and is being studied right now.

* The Port of Grapeview is considering an Industrial Development District (IDD) Tax, which is a taxation revenue unique to port districts. Read more about their Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvement here. See pages 19-20 for more details on the IDD tax.

Other Board Business

There was lengthy discussion on whether or not the NMCV should join the North Mason Chamber. The cost is $105 per year for nonprofits.

Judy moved that the NMCV join the NM Chamber for one year and at renewal time the NMCV membership will decide whether or not to renew. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:24 PM.


Public meeting to gather input to guide community leaders on the future of Bill Hunter Park. Brad Patterson, Executive Director of Mason Transit (MTA) led the meeting.

* Currently the park is being used as a bus stop and the future of the park will impact MTA and bus riders.

* There were 99 responses to the online survey. Survey results posted here.

* There was discussion of those survey results, with additional questions and observations from those who attended.

* There was discussion about doing something at the 4-way stop, like putting in a traffic signal. Two legs are state highway and two legs are county roads, which can be problematic. The Mason County Public Works engineer who attended the meeting thought the intersection did not warrant a signal. The majority of those who attended were opposed to a roundabout at that intersection!

* The county engineer said a sidewalk is planned along the south side of Clifton Lane from the Bill Hunter park to the intersection at Taco Bell.

* Brad Patterson was asked if there would be action taken as a result of the survey and he said MTA is just information-gathering at this point.

* Many of the attendees appreciated the cleanup of the back portion of the park and hope it will be maintained.

*Brad's notes can be read here.

Update from Victoria Ahlfors of The Coffee Oasis on their plans to open an outlet in Belfair.

* The Coffee Oasis is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that offers compassionate programs that support street and homeless youth. There are more homeless youth in Mason County than in Kitsap County.

* Victoria's job is outreach. She meets kids where they live.

* Coffee Oasis must have the support of Belfair and the larger North Mason community in order to bring a Coffee Oasis outlet here. There have been many fundraisers already, with a goal of raising $250,000 by the end of 2015. They have a matching fund of up to $50,000.

Randy Neatherlin made a motion that the NM Community Voice match the price of the auction items sold, up to $200 with the proceeds going to The Coffee Oasis. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The two items auctioned brought $665!! With a $200 check from the NM Community Voice, the total raised was $865!

Upcoming Meetings/For the Good of the Order

* Housing Director Sarah VanCleve will be the guest speaker at the August 24 NM Community Voice meeting. She will discuss the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

* Report from Candidates' Forum committee. Mary Swoboda reported that the North Mason Chamber and Mason Web TV have agreed to partner with the NM Community Voice for the candidates' forum. We are currently waiting for the school district to get back to us with an acceptable date. We're hoping for Thursday, September 24 in the new high school auditorium. Ballots for the general election will be mailed October 13.

* Mason County commissioners are still looking for community members to serve on an advisory council representing the Allyn and Belfair UGAs. An application can be found here.

* A barn dance and dinner to celebrate Belfair's 100th birthday will be on Saturday, August 15 from 3:00-9:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at NM Resources.

The next meeting will be Monday, August 24.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by the NMCV Board 8/24/2015.