North Mason Community Voice
August 24, 2015

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Joe Morris, Margie Benson, Kelly Burdette

Directors not present: Jack Kimball, Bob Harris, Ken VanBuskirk

Attendees: 19

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 July 27 meeting minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

* In the absence of the Treasurer, the Chair shared information Jack provided that all bills are paid and there is currently $1,413.11 in the bank account.

Judy moved to accept 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 a playground set sometime in October at the Allyn Waterfront Park.

* The 100-year anniversary celebration of Belfair was well attended and a lot of fun.

* The Sargent Oyster House relocation and restoration is getting great state support and buy-in.

* The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization has published a 30-year plan for transportation. View their Regional Transportation Plan 2035 here.

* Habitat for Humanity of Mason County has an upcoming event September 12, Habitat Takes Flight. Proceeds from this event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Mason County.

* A sidewalk project is nearly complete on Lakeland Drive from SR 3 in Allyn to Wheelwright Drive in the Lakeland community.

Other Board Business

* NMCV has received its annual renewal notice from the WA Secretary of State. Lee will file on line. The Post Office Box fee is also due (12 months for $76.00). It was requested that we verify we have the smallest Post Office Box before renewing.

Judy moved to approve the annual report filing and renewal of the Post Office Box. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

[ADDENDUM: Lee Swoboda checked with the Post Office. The smallest box size costs $56/year. The NMCV now has a new, smaller, box: PO Box 2992. This change has been made with the Secretary of State. If you have previously saved the address, update your records please.]

* Candidates’ Forum committee report. Mary Swoboda reported that the date and time has been set for the candidates’ forum and invitations have been sent to the candidates. The forum will be held on Thursday, September 24 at the new high school’s auditorium. The doors will open at 6:00 PM and the forum will begin at 6:30 PM. The Port of Allyn executive director Lary Coppola will be the master of ceremonies.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:24 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Sarah Van Cleve, Housing Director of Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA), discussed their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

* BHA administers the Section 8 program for all of Mason County.

* They open a wait list periodically. Applications are taken online. The selection system is a lottery.

* BHA issues Section 8 vouchers and also manages public housing owned by the BHA. These vouchers can be taken anywhere in the United States.

* BHA has been buying apartment complexes in Bremerton.

* BHA is a steward of the federal government, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While there is bureaucracy, BHA tries to streamline it.

* Section 8 rental assistance program is for low income families. The tenant pays roughly 30% and BHA pays roughly 70%, based on a HUD survey of rents in Mason County.

* BHA screens for eligibility. Landlords screen for suitability. BHA is not a party to a lease between tenant and landlord.

* Rents must be fair and reasonable. Housing has to be worth what the landlord is asking. HUD uses a payment standard based on fair market rent. HUD surveys rents by county.

* Vouchers can be set between 90-100%. Mason County is set at 100%.

* BHA keeps a database of landlords and rentals. Landlords can list their properties on BHA’s website. See BHA Landlord page.

* There is a high demand for rentals and affordable housing and very little housing stock in Mason County.

* Van Cleve would be happy to provide landlord training.

* Veteran vouchers are available. It is a program similar to the Section 8 program.

* Contact Sarah Van Cleve at svancleve@bremertonhousing.org or 360-616-7140.

Upcoming Meetings/For the Good of the Order

* Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 PM. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 board meeting.

* Tuesday, August 25, 6:00 PM. Belfair Water District board meeting.

* Thursday, September 3, 8:30 AM. Sheriff’s Advisory Committee meeting at Spencer Lake Resort, 1180 E Pickering Road, Shelton.

* Saturday & Sunday, September 5-6. Celtic Festival at Belfair State Park. Bring a can of food for a $2 discount on entry ticket.

* Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 PM. Trails End Water District board meeting.

* Wednesday, September 9, 6:00 PM. Port of Allyn board meeting.

* Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM. Candidates’ Forum.

Randy Neatherlin encouraged people to buy this week’s Mason County Journal and vote for North Mason businesses in the paper’s annual recognition of best businesses in Mason County.

Next meeting Monday, September 28.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 9/28/2015