Board: Lee Swoboda, Bob Harris, Margie Benson, Judy Scott, Ken VanBuskirk, Jennie Rice
Directors not present: Kaye Massie, Linnie Griffin, Joe Morris
The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 by Lee Swoboda, with a quorum of the Board present.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Secretary's Report – Margie Benson
* Approval of November 28 meeting minutes.
Jennie moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Treasurer's Report – Kaye Massie
* Lee provided the details of the report due to Kaye’s absence. All bills are paid and there is $977.01 in the bank account.
Ken moved to approve the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott
* Judy is a member of Regional Transportation Planning Organization for Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Kitsap Counties - wsdot.wa.gov/partners/prtpo/. A project under consideration will be to build a new bridge over the Duckabush River. More information here and here.
* Reminder to renew membership ($10).
Business meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.
GUEST SPEAKER: Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling of the Mason County Sheriff's Office discussed crimes and crime prevention and answered many questions from the audience. (Chief Spurling commands the North Precinct. He also oversees the department's Evidence and Property system, Animal Control, and is responsible for special projects and grants.)
* Chief Spurling has been in law enforcement for 29 years. Was with the Washington State Patrol for 25 years before being accepted at MCSO.
* From April to December 2016 he served as jail chief until a replacement was hired.
* There is a heroin epidemic in our country, and Mason County is affected. Those who are addicted to OxyContin and Oxycodone have found that it is cheaper to get heroin.
* Later this year 10-digit dialing for local phone calls will be mandatory. This will affect security systems, health alerts and preprogrammed phone numbers without the area code. xo.com/sites/default/files/Western-WA-Overlay-First-Customer-Notice.pdf
* MCSO has one animal control officer who covers the entire county.
* The Alderbrook Polar Plunge is February 4. Chief Spurling will be participating. The fundraiser benefits Mason County emergency services.
* Shared an article about what burglars said were the biggest deterrents, what didn’t stop them and how homeowners can protect their home - wfaa.com/mb/news/investigations/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344367279
* Referred audience to a commentary written by Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan, “Seek understanding before judging police” - kitsapsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/12/22/seek-understanding-before-judging-police/95712476/
Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings/For the Good of the Order
* January 24, 7:00 PM. Mason County Public Hospital District #2 meeting¬.
* February 2, 8:30 AM. Sheriff’s Advisory meeting.
* February 6, 6:00 PM. Port of Allyn meeting.
A new trail map for the Tahuya State Forest has been published. It can be viewed online at http://northmasonchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017_TahuyaTrailsMap_FULL.jpg
Next meeting Monday, February 27.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.
Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 2/27/2017.