Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the January 15, 2019 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: or Mason County’s website ( You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

Commission Chambers – 9:00 a.m.
411 North Fifth Street, Shelton WA 98584
January 15, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
  4. Correspondence and Organizational Business
    4.1 Correspondence
  5. Open Forum for Citizen Input (5 minutes per person, 15 minutes time limit)
    If you wish to address the Commission, raise your hand to be recognized by the Chair. When you have been recognized, please step up to the microphone and give your name and address before your comments. The Mason County Commission is committed to maintaining a meeting atmosphere of mutual respect and speakers are encouraged to honor this principle.
  6. Adoption of Agenda
    Items appearing on the agenda after “Item 10. Public Hearings”, may be acted upon before 9:15 a.m.
  7. Approval of Minutes – January 8, 2019 Regular meeting minutes
  8. Approval of Action Agenda: All items listed under the “Action Agenda” may be enacted by one motion unless a Commissioner or citizen requests an item be removed from the Action Agenda and considered as a separate item.
    8.1 Approval to have the Chair sign the USDA Loan Resolution and approval to have the Clerk of the Board certify the Loan Resolution for the Beards Cove Water Meter Project in the amount of $107,400. This amount is in addition to the loan resolution the Board passed in 2018 for $166,000.
    8.2 Approval of the 2019 Court Commissioner Professional Services Agreement with Robert Sauerlender for a salary of $117,348.28 or as increased by the Washington Citizens Commissioner on Salaries.
    8.3 Approval to adopt the resolution updating the Commission’s Operating Guidelines.
    8.4 Approval of Warrants & Treasure Electronic Remittances
    Claims Clearing Fund Warrant #s 8061865-8061904 $ 72,098.41
    Direct Deposit Fund Warrant #s 55752-56113 $ 664,423.06
    Salary Clearing Fund Warrant #s 7004144-7004182 $ 950,639.71
    Treasure Electronic Remittance for December 2018 $ 3,294,432.60
    8.5 Approval to reappoint Joshua Luck to the Veterans Advisory Board for a two year term ending January 15, 2021.
    8.6 Approval to sign the Bond Resolution and approval to have the Clerk of the Board certify the resolution for the Beards Cove Water Meter Project.
    8.7 Approval to set a public hearing on February 5, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. to consider a rezone request for parcel #31929-32-00020 (Kennedy Creek Quarry) from Rural Residential 5 (RR5) to Rural Natural Resource (RNR).
    8.8 Approval to set a public hearing on February 5, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. to consider the annual update to the Capital Facilities Plan.
    8.9 Approval of sub-contract funding from Division of Behavioral Health Resources (DBHR) contract #2018-2019 #SA1 for Community Prevention & Wellness Initiative, and Parenting education services in the amount of $40,000.
    8.10 Approval to nominate Abe Gardner to the Thurston Mason Behavioral Health Organization Advisory Board.
  9. Other Business (Department Heads and Elected Officials)
  10. 9:30 a.m. Public Hearings and Items Set for a Certain Time
    10.1 Public hearing to consider adopting a Public Benefit Rating System in place of the current Open Space Program. Continued from December 18, 2018. Staff: Kell Rowen
  11. Board’s Reports and Calendar
  12. Adjournment

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  1. Allow me to clarify exactly what happened in the hour and ten minutes it took the commissioners to pretend that an Open Space Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS) was ever going to be enacted in Mason County:
    1) Commissioners Neatherlin and Shutty stalled the PBRS issue from a vote until commissioner Drexler (the sponsor of the new policy) was out of office.
    2) The commissioners thought nothing of wasting about a year of staff time and money, not to mention all the hard work by the citizens of PAC.
    3) All the talk of how each property owner should pay their fair share of taxes went out the window the moment Neatherlin and Shutty recognized there would be political consequences to moving ahead with a PBRS.
    4) The assertion that the new assessor was willing to do what the former assessor was just a fabricated excuse to kick the can down an endless road.
    5) As long as these three commissioners are seated, there will never be an Open Space Public Benefit Rating System enacted in Mason County. Not now, not ever. So get used to paying someone else’s taxes.

    Now you know how our commissioners operate, and it only took ten minutes to tell the truth.

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