North Mason Community Voice
October 23, 2017

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

Directors not present: Margie Benson

Attendees: 36

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

* In Margie’s absence, Lee asked for approval of September 25 meeting minutes.

Kaye 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, with $1,088.86 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 are two highway projects for SR 305 and SR 16 that the public may be interested in.

* SR 305 Improvement – https://sr305improvements.com/. State Route 305 is a 13.5 mile highway that connects Bainbridge Island ferry terminal to State Route 3 near Poulsbo, and serves as a vital corridor for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

* SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge to SR 3 Congestion Study – https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/Studies/SR16-TNB-SR3. WSDOT will examine traffic congestion along State Route 16 between the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Gorst, as well as portions of SR 3 and SR 304 in Pierce and Kitsap counties.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM.


GUEST SPEAKERS: Long-time Mason County residents Don Cady, Herm Nelson and Jay Allen related their experiences working in the floral and Christmas tree industry. The forestry and greens industry is of major economic and historical significance to Mason County.

* Logging used to be done with hand saws.

* In the 1970s Christmas tree farming converted from wild trees to plantation trees.

* Market conditions have changed, especially in the 1990s.

* Soils significantly affect tree growth. It takes longer to grow trees in glacial till, which is the type of soil locally.

* Douglas fir used to be king. As time went on, Noble fir became the most in-demand.

* Marketing was a huge part of selling trees.

* There are not many growers left, but it is still a good time for those in the tree business to make money.

* Evergreen huckleberry was the only product picked for many years. Today nearly 97% of the market is salal.

* Many questions from the audience. The audio has been posted at NMCV’s web site, http://nmcommunityvoice.org

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

* October 26, MCPHD2 budget hearing.

* November 3, grand opening of Maddy’s Old Town Flowers by Papa Murphys.

* December 3, Belfair Christmas parade. This will be the 5th year!

Next meeting Monday, November 27. Guest speaker Tara Jackson, Prevention Education Advocate & Volunteer Coordinator at Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center, will discuss Turning Pointe’s services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. http://www.turningpointe.org

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 11/27/2017.