North Mason Community Voice
April 24, 2017

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

Directors not present: Bob Harris, Jennie Rice

Attendees: 16

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. Afterward, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of March 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 $1,036.27 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

* Judy attended a PRTPO (Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization) meeting last Friday. PRTPO covers four West Sound counties that work together to develop transportation plans designed to meet the region's future economic and population growth. Find out more about PRTPO here.

* Discussion about the Mason Transit Authority's Park & Ride that is expected to be built off SR 3 across from Log Yard Road. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is considering putting a roundabout at that location. NMCV member Herb Gerhardt sent WSDOT a letter explaining his opinion of that idea and called for WSDOT to have public meetings before making a decision. Read his letter here.

* The Tahuya Forest cleanup last Saturday was a big success. About 30 people showed up to help.

Other Business

* Time to renew membership ($10)

* Annual meeting May 22.

* Report from Nominating Committee. Both Jennie Rice and Bob Harris were not at the meeting. Linnie Griffin asked the current board members up for reelection if they are willing to run again. They all said yes. If any other member is interested in running for the Board, please contact Jennie or Bob.

* No proposed Bylaws changes have been received.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM


GUEST SPEAKER: Lynn Longan, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Mason County.

* The EDC was formed in Mason County in 1983. Tim Sheldon was the first executive director. Since that time there have been only three executive directors, with Longan being the current one.

* Longan previously worked for the State Department of Commerce for 22 years.

* The EDC is a nonprofit managed by a 20-person board of directors. There is a three-person staff, including Longan.

* The EDC’s number one priority is business retention and expansion. Longan believes everything the EDC does is to benefit the entire county.

* Longan works with our state and federal legislators, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She is part of the core group of the West Sound Alliance. Click here to find out more about the West Sound Alliance.

* Mason Transit Authority (MTA) has a $5.5 million proposal in the current state transportation package.

* Longan cringes when people say Mason County is a bedroom community. We need to get beyond that. That is why she and others are trying to get new businesses and industry here.

* She answered many questions from the audience.

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

* Kim Wilson said Reid Realty has a team for Relay for Life. The new location will be Sand Hill School. The relay is June 9-10. More info here.

* May 6 is the opening day of the Belfair Saturday Market.

* On May 20, the North Mason Regional Fire Authority will be having a training fire at the red house by Irene Creek on Old Belfair Hwy. [Update: Postponed]

* On Saturday, May 27, NMCV will have a rummage sale to benefit NMCV and help pay our rent. Linnie Griffin is in charge. The location will be at Reid Realty, which is next to Taco Bell. Please save items to donate for the rummage sale (but no magazines, shoes or clothes, please). Set-up will start about 7:30 AM so drop off your donations between 7:30 and 9:00 AM that morning. If you prefer, bring them to the meeting on May 22 and someone will store the items until the day of the rummage sale.

* Mary Swoboda presented NMCV membership numbers from 2006 to 2017. In 2006 membership was 38 and steadily grew to around 50 until 2016 when membership dropped to 37. Currently NMCV membership is at 31. Question for the annual meeting: What should NMCV do to increase participation, or should it dissolve itself?

Next meeting Monday, May 22 – Annual meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 5/22/2017.