North Mason Community Voice
April 25, 2016

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

Attendees: 33

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Lee Swoboda.

After the Pledge of Allegiance was said, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of March 28 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 $1,286.31 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* There is a Belfair/Allyn Subcommittee meeting Wednesday, April 27.

* Relay For Life is in June.

* DNR meeting in the upstairs room of QFC on May 5.

Other Board Business

* Margie will take the approved March 28 minutes to the bank so a new signature card list can be created.

* Reminder that the annual meeting will be May 23 and only current members can vote or be elected to the board. Membership is $10.

* Scheduling Deputy Rankin from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office to speak at a future meeting is still in process.

* Nominating Committee report. The following board members' terms expire in 2016: …Bob Harris (District 2) …Joe Morris (District 4) …Ken VanBuskirk (District 3) …Open seat (District 1) …Open seat (District 2). See Bylaws posted on nmcommunityvoice.org for details on serving.

* The Bylaws may only be changed at the annual meeting. Suggested changes have been distributed to members to be considered at the annual meeting.

* Linnie would like NMCV to sponsor a Mason County Historical Society “History of North Mason” event to be held May 14 starting at 2:00 PM at the Belfair Masonic Lodge. Local long-time residents will be sharing local history of our North Mason area. She would like NMCV to pay the rent and provide assistance.

Linnie moved that NMCV sponsor the Mason County Historical Society event with a donation not to exceed $100. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.



* Jack Johnson chairs the Transportation Improvement Plan-Citizen Advisory Panel (TIP-CAP); Jeff Carey is vice-chair. The TIP-CAP wants public input for the 2017-22 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). This helps Public Works prioritize projects such as road maintenance, bridge improvements and removing/replacing culverts.

* There are nine positions on the TIP-CAP and each member represents different geographic areas and transportation interests of the county.

* The TIP-CAP has two staff from Public Works who assist them.

* The TIP-CAP is currently creating a mission statement and Bylaws.

* All Washington counties are required to have similar TIP plans.

* The TIP-CAP wants a strong public outreach. This meeting is the first in what they hope are many meetings to keep citizens informed of what is happening to maintain roads in Mason County.

* The TIP applies to Mason County’s 620 miles of county roads.

* Public Works has already scheduled two sidewalk projects in Belfair. Every year Public Works restripes and chip seals large portions of county roads.

* The four-way stop intersection at QFC is dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross the street. Since the corner is owned by the state and county, it would have to be a joint effort to change the existing configuration.

* The Belfair bypass project is funded and construction is scheduled to start in 2019.

* Public Works continues to maintain Trails Road.

* A draft Transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan is available for the public to review here. This is the first significant transportation plan update since 2008. The public will have opportunities to comment at two open houses on May 14: one in Belfair, the other in Shelton. Or submit comments to Public Works-Road Department here.

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

* April 26, 10:00 AM. PUD 3 meeting.

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

* April 26. Trails End Water District has a special meeting.

* April 26. Tahuya River Valley Water District has a regular meeting.

* April 28, 10:00 AM to NOON: Shelton Memorial Hall, 210 W Franklin Street, Shelton. WA veterans and their families invited to learn about a wide range of benefits available, including employment, education, housing, counseling, financial assistance and support. Sponsored by WA State Department of Veterans Affairs.

* April 30/May 1, 9:00 AM. Lindsey’z Landscaping crew will be on-site at the HUB building to install the fence along both property lines and could use able-bodied people who are willing to help “get ‘r done.”

* May 2, 6:00 PM. Port of Allyn meeting.

* May 5, 8:30 AM. Sheriff Advisory meeting.

* May 7. Belfair Market opens for the summer at The HUB.

* May 14, 2:00-3:30 PM. Mason County Historical Society meeting, local long-time residents share history of North Mason.

* May 20, 6:00 PM. Oyster House restoration meeting.

PUD 3 Commissioner Tom Farmer thanked the North Mason community for communicating to PUD 3 their concerns about not wanting service pulled from North Mason. He also said PUD 3 is installing fiber optic in the Haven Lake and Wooten Lake areas through a “Connect America Fund" for broadband expansion.

The Tahuya store has finally been demolished. Read more about it here.

Next meeting Monday, May 23. Annual meeting

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 5/23/2016.