North Mason Community Voice
July 25, 2016

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

Directors not present: Lee Swoboda, Jennie Rice

Attendees: 28

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

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

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of June 27 meeting minutes.

Linnie 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 $1,186.31 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* The Sargent oyster house restoration project is slowly moving forward in its permitting process. There was a recent article in the Mason County Life, posted here.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.


Monte Ritter, Arvilla Ohlde and Neal Winders of the Mason County Friends of the Parks talked about the benefits of voting to create a county-wide (excluding the City of Shelton) Metropolitan Park District. MasonWebTV.com recorded the presentation and it can be viewed here.

* The Friends of the Parks has spent years working on researching the possibility of creating a Metropolitan Park District (MPD). The MPD would be a separate taxing entity and have an elected five-member board of commissioners to lead it. It can create regional trails that can also connect with trails in other counties and will bring more tourist money to Mason County. Read overview of MPDs here.

* Other existing and proposed MPDs in Washington here.

* Presently there are no regional multi-use trails in Mason County, but there are multi-use trails in other counties, such as the Clallam County Discovery Trail.

* The candidate filing period will be August 23, 24 and 25. The MPD commission would be elected at-large and would represent all of Mason County. We are looking for dedicated parks and trails people from all corners of the county to file for these positions. Most MPDs across the state are run at-large.

* If approved by the voters, the future MPD commission may use the current and past Mason County Parks and Trails Comprehensive Plans to establish its mission and goals. The 2013 version (166 pages) may be viewed on the county’s web site here.

There will be many more discussions about this ballot issue between now and November. Please watch the one-hour presentation at MasonWebTV.com.


Kaye said the NMCV has received a renewal notice from the North Mason Chamber for $105. There was discussion about whether or not the NMCV should renew its yearly membership.

Herb Gerhardt moved to approve renewing NMCV's membership with the North Mason Chamber at a cost of $105. The motion was seconded and passed by majority vote.

The meeting adjourned earlier than normal. In order to make sure everyone was able to exit the parking lot because of road construction and paving, the last part of the meeting was rushed and no future meetings were announced.

Next meeting Monday, August 22.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 8/22/2016.