North Mason Community Voice
APRIL 23, 2018

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk

Attendees: 20

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 and everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report Margie Benson

* Approval of March 26 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 and there is $1,129.44 in the bank account.

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

Other Business

* Reminder to renew yearly membership ($10).

* Nominating Committee update. The following board members' terms expire this year: Bob Harris, Joe Morris, Jennie Rice and Ken VanBuskirk. All except Ken have agreed to continue to serve.

-- NMCV Bylaws state the board shall consist of seven members. Reduction of the current board level of nine members shall be by attrition. Current Board members may run for re-election when their term expires, but shall not be replaced if they resign or choose not to run for re-election, until a Board of seven members is attained.

* Linnie made an announcement regarding the Evergreen Garden Club (EGC). The small garden area and Blue Star Park at the corner of SR 3 and SR 300 (by Dairy Queen) has been cared for by the EGC since 1943 (the state owns the property). There is no water at the site and the plants are hand-watered, with the water provided by Dairy Queen. The EGC has a plant sale fundraiser Saturday, May 5 at the John L. Scott parking lot. On Sunday, May 20, they will rededicate the Blue Star Park and the public is invited to attend. Also, EGC is raffling a wheelbarrow full of garden supplies. Tickets are $2 each.

* Lee announced that the May meeting will be the annual meeting, and he and Mary will be moving to Idaho sometime this Fall. He is willing to serve on the board until departure.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.


Mendy Harlow, Executive Director of Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group at the Salmon Center. gave an update on proposed local multiple benefit projects. The project elements include a Union River preserve trail, Sweetwater Creek/Waterwheel Park, SR 300 flood risk reduction, Romance Hill Trail and Lower Hood Canal Discovery Trail.

* The HCSEG/PNWSC is forming a Community Advisory Committee to assist them in developing these projects. Mendy encouraged the audience to serve on this committee.

* A damaged levee on the Theler Trail needs to be fixed or changed. There are four proposed alternatives:

-- Replace the existing culvert with a new plastic culvert. This would not be acceptable to the Army Corp of Engineers or WA Fish & Wildlife.

-- Replace the trail with a setback levee and new trail. This would be very expensive, but easy to fund with state and federal grants.

-- Construct a setback levee and replace the culvert with a bridge. This is also very expensive and has a net wetland loss of .75 acre.

-- Install a 48 culvert with a 21 orifice control. This alternative would be difficult to get grants to fund.

-- Install a 72 self-regulating tide gate and a 72 HDPE culvert with a concrete headwall.

* SR 300 flood risk reduction. This is not just a road issue but a habitat issue too.

* Sweetwater Creek Water Wheel Park. This has a habitat restoration element along with a recreational opportunity. It would cost about $800,000 for the park and salmon passage.

* Romance Hill Trail. The trail would start at the Water Wheel Park, go up the hill, over to Romance Hill Road and down to SR 3. About 1.7 miles of trail would be added. Since there are already existing roads, it would be a low project cost.

* Lower Hood Canal Discovery Trail. This would be a bike- and pet-friendly trail from the Theler Trail to Belfair State Park, about 4.7 miles one way. This trail would be dependent upon completion of the SR 300 flood reduction.

* There were many questions from the audience.

* Don Cady summed up the presentation, saying trails and ecotourism are the future of Belfair and will bring a huge tourist income to this area.

For the Good of the Order

* Tuesday, April 24. SR 3 and Log Yard Road Roundabout meeting at The HUB at 5:30 PM.

* Tuesday, April 24. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 board meeting at 7:00 PM. They are celebrating 9 years of the clinic being in Belfair.

* Monday, May 7. Port of Allyn board meeting at 6:00 PM.

* Don Cady announced that his sister Mary Jo Cady will run for Mason County Commissioner, District 3. She served 6 years as county commissioner, first elected in 1998.

The next NMCV meeting will be May 21. Annual meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV board 5/21/2018.