North Mason Community Voice
March 28, 2016

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

Attendees: 17

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

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

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of February 22 meeting minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report – Kaye Massie

* All bills are paid and there is $1,389.95 in the bank account.

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

* Checks were mailed to Tonasket EMS District (PO Box 1356, Tonasket, WA 98855) and Okanogan County Fire District #4 (PO Box 79, Tonasket, WA 98855) from NMCV in memory of Mike Greene. Received a thank you from Tonasket Emergency Medical Services and Barbara Greene.

* Kaye asked that two officers of the Board be required to sign all checks, and add the Secretary to the signature list in addition to the Chair and Treasurer.

Linnie moved to add the Secretary to the signature list and require two signatures on checks. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

* The current officers filling these positions are Lee Swoboda (Chair), Kaye Massie (Vice Chair and Treasurer) and Margie Benson (Secretary). The approved minutes will be provided to the bank.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* The 2016 Earth Day Tahuya State Forest cleanup will be April 23 from 9:00 AM to noon. Anyone interested in helping, meet at Camp Spillman on the Elfendahl Pass Road

* The Port of Allyn has been asked by the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group/Salmon Center to be the anchor agency for a proposed Sweetwater Creek park. Action will depend on decisions by the School District, which is the current owner of the property. A heritage grant may be available for the water wheel as a historical landmark.

* County commission will hold their "Fifth Tuesday" meeting the NMSD Board Room on March 29 beginning at 6:00 PM.

* Coffee Oasis is hosting a Homeless Initiative Project update event at Theler Center on April 22 at 6:00 PM.

Other Board Business

*Deputy Rankin from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has asked if NMCV would be willing to sponsor a public meeting on the subject of Suspicious Activity in Your Community. Judy will arrange a meeting date.

* Reminder to renew membership for 2016. Cost: $10.

* Annual Meeting. Linnie, Kaye and Judy volunteered to serve on the Nominating Committee for the purpose of electing board members at the Annual Meeting on May 23. The following board members’ terms expire this year: Bob Harris (District 2), Joe Morris (District 4) and Ken VanBuskirk (District 3). There are also two open seats to fill in District 1 and District 2.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.


Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey spoke about her landscape company’s commitment to the new senior center and their need for plant donations. Because the “HUB” parking lot was paved to the property line, the code requires a 6-foot cedar fence along two sides of the property, totaling 660 feet. Faith In Action doesn’t have the money for the fence and additional landscaping so donations are needed from the community to help complete the project.

Mary Swoboda made a motion that NMCV donate $75 to Lindsey’z Landscaping for HUB landscaping efforts. Herb Gerhardt changed the motion to $100, which was acceptable. The motion was seconded and approved.

GUEST SPEAKER: Jenny Grenfell, Library Manager for the Timberland Regional Library system.

* The Belfair branch of the library has nine staff and is open Tuesday-Saturday. The library opens at 10:00 AM each day and closes at 7:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It closes at 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

* Timberland is a 5-county regional system with 27 libraries.

* The library accepts book donations but asks that the books be in good condition with no markings on book pages.

* There is a Friends of the Library book sale April 1-2.

* Physical books are as popular as they always were and the library has expanded the amount they circulate. If Timberland doesn’t own a book someone is looking for, they can usually get it through an interlibrary loan.

* Timberland’s goal is to become the hub of the community. They offer free computers and free printing.

* The library is supported by tax dollars and state timber taxes.

* Accessing Ancestry.com is free to library patrons.

* April 15 is “adults only” evening at the library.

* The Belfair branch has a meeting room that can hold 80-100 people. Anyone can reserve the room, but meetings must be open to the public. The room can be used even when the library is closed. The library also has a small conference room that holds 8 people, but is only available when the library is open.

* Free WI-FI is available from 6:00 AM to midnight, and is even accessible in the library parking lot. It is not available 24 hours a day so that people are not parked in the parking lot overnight.

* There are 8 internet computers available for public use. People 17 years and older have access to unfiltered computers, but there are limited-access computers available for children younger than 17.

* The library does not permit unattended children under 12 years old.

* Central to the library’s mission is freedom of access. Libraries do not take the place of parents. It is the parents’ responsibility to monitor what their children check out from the library. In a discussion about accessing pornography on the library’s computers, the only “pornography” that is “illegal” is when children are involved. All other “pornography” is not “illegal” and the library does not restrict access to anyone 17 years or older.

Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings/For the Good of the Order

* March 29, 6:00 PM. 5th Tuesday Board of Mason County Commissioners special workshop/meeting in Belfair at NMSD Administration Building.

* April 4, 6:00 PM. Port of Allyn meeting.

* April 7, 8:30 AM. Sheriff’s Advisory meeting.

* April 22, 6:00 PM. The Coffee Oasis will be hosting an a Homeless Initiative Project update event at Theler Center to give updates on their project in Belfair and let everyone know about some fun events coming up.

* April 26, 7:00 PM. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 meeting.

Next meeting Monday, April 25.

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 4/25/2016.