North Mason Community Voice
March 27, 2017

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

Attendees: 22

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

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

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of February 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 $1,007.10 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* Bonnie Knight and Judy Scott went to the Heritage Caucus this month to request funding for the Sargent Oyster House historical restoration project. Both Senator Jim Honeyford and former Secretary of State Ralph Monroe support this project.

* The NM Chamber is offering a free Entrepreneur program, with a business loan of up to $25,000 to graduates. For details call Stephanie at the Chamber, 360.275.4267.

* Rotary is holding a comedy night on Saturday, April 22. Tickets are $25 each.

Other Business

* Time to renew membership ($10)

* Annual NMCV meeting May 22. Jennie Rice, Bob Harris and Mary Swoboda volunteered to serve on Nominating Committee, for the purpose of electing board members. Currently, the board is made up of nine members. The following board members' terms expire this year: Lee Swoboda, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott and Linnie Griffin.

* The Bylaws may only be changed at the annual meeting. Suggested changes should be submitted to Lee Swoboda no later than the April meeting.

* May 6 is the annual Garden Club plant sale, which will be by the John L Scott building starting at 9:00 AM. Contact Linnie for more information.

* There will be a rummage sale to benefit the North Mason Community Voice at the end of May. No magazines, clothes or shoes. Contact Linnie for more information.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM


Guest speaker: Kevin Shutty, Mason County Commissioner. Shutty, the newest commissioner elected last November, is the current Chair. MasonWebTV recorded the event, which may be viewed here.

* The big issues are public health, public safety and public works.

* Mason County has a limited amount of resources. Our best resource is our employees. Have been asking them how we can prioritize county priorities better.

* The budget is probably the most important job a county commissioner has. In the early summer staff starts working on it. Shutty is interested in creating a biennial budget, which he believes would empower staff to be project managers.

* Mason County currently has a two-bottom-line budget: Operation costs and Wage & Benefits costs.

* There are code enforcement issues in Mason County, with a 2,000-case backlog on problem properties. The county is working with the sheriff’s office on people who are combative. Laws must be enforced, however, poverty and mental health issues are involved and we need a comprehensive conversation on those issues.

* While the current county commission inherited the Belfair sewer problem, every commissioner is fully committed to solving the problem. There is no solution yet, but obviously additional ratepayers are needed to help alleviate costs. Growth would help solve this problem. The commission is looking at areas to expand the sewer system and is having continuing conversations with the Departments of Commerce and Ecology, looking for partners at the federal, state and local levels.

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

* Thursday, April 6. Sheriff’s Advisory meeting, 8:30 AM.

* Tuesday, March 28. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 board meeting, 7:00 PM.

* Saturday, April 22. Annual DNR Tahuya Forest cleanup.

* A bird feeder was auctioned by Linnie, with the proceeds to benefit the NMCV and help pay the rent at the new location.

Next meeting Monday, April 24.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 4/24/2017.