BOARD OF MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' PROCEEDINGS
November 28, 2000
The meeting was called to order by Acting-Chairperson Cynthia D. Olsen. Commissioner Mary Jo Cady was in attendance. Commissioner John A. Bolender was absent.
C O R R E S P O N D E N C E
Received 2001 budgets from Fire Protection Districts No. 4, 6, 11 and 17 and the Maggie Lake Water District.
Bellwether Consulting, Inc. urges Mason County to remember the importance of the shellfish industry and the critical need for clean growing waters when considering budget priorities for 2001.
Port of Allyn expressed concern that the right-of-way on Eberhart Street is being blocked by a fence.
Received letter from Dorene Rae, Treasurer, amending her retirement date to 12-28-00.
The Mason County Democrats will hold the selection process for the Mason County Treasurer position at their Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 6 in the library of Hood Canal School. Following the meeting, they will deliver three names to the Mason County Commissioners to choose from.
HOOD CANAL COMMUNICATIONS
Notice received that Hood Canal Communications is in the process of launching its digital cable services and there will be an increase in the basic cable service rate.
FILTER IMAGES AT TIMBERLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY
Received comments from John Diehl and Daniel Frishman regarding the proposal to filter images on computers to those under 18 years of age at TRL. Friends of the North Mason Timberland Library have noted their support of Timberlands position on parent choice for their childs access to internet services.
B U S I N E S S
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AGREEMENTS
Received two copies of the County and DSHS Agreement on General Terms and Conditions for the Chair's signature.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to authorize the Chair to sign the DSHS Agreement on General Terms. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
HEARING EXAMINER HEARING
Bob Fink, Planning Manager, requested the Board set a public hearing to consider the ordinance establishing a hearing examiner office and to assign duties to that office.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to schedule a public hearing on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. to consider an ordinance to establish a hearing examiner office and to assign to the examiner various duties, including hearing permit reviews, administrative appeals, and code enforcement issues. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
Debbie Riley, Health Services, presented the Medicaid Administrative Match Interlocal Agreement between the Department of Social and Health Services and Mason County Health Services.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve and sign the interlocal agreement between DSHS and Mason County, in the amount of $90,000 for four years for the ABCD Project. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
DOH CONTRACT AMENDMENTS
Ms. Riley presented amendment #3 to DOH Contract C08617 for the Board's approval.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve and sign the DOH Contract C08617 Amendment #3 for an additional $12,500 to the Infant/Toddler Initiative program. The amendment also adds requirements, deliverables and due dates. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
Ms. Riley then presented amendment #4 to DOH Contract C08617 for the Board's approval.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve and sign the contract Amendment 4 to Contract CO08617 which adds $8,600 to the Tobacco Supplemental Community Based program. The amendment adds contract requirements, deliverables and due date to the Tobacco Supplemental. It also changes deliverables and special requirements and adds due dates to the HIV/AIDS portion of the consolidated contract. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
OPERATING TRANSFER TO WASTEWATER/NORTH BAY/CASE INLET FUND
Ione Siegler, Budget Director, requested the Board approve a $200,000 Local Economic Advancement Program application from the North Bay/Case Inlet Water Reclamation Facility/Sewer Collection System and a $5,000 Local Economic Advancement Program application from the Economic Development Council of Mason County for telecommunications committee work.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve a $200,000 Local Economic Advancement Program application from the North Bay/Case Inlet Water Reclamation Facility/Sewer Collection System and a $5,000 Local Economic Advancement Program application from the Economic Development Council of Mason County for telecommunications committee work. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded approve Resolution No. 118-00 authorizing an interfund operating transfer of $200,000 from the Mason County Distressed Area Capital Improvements Fund to the Wastewater/North Bay/Case Inlet Fund. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye. Resolution No. 118-00 (Exhibit A)
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
William Hunt - Mason County Sheriff's representative
Lynda Dodge - Mason County Fire Protection District No. 16s representative
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to concur with the recommendations to name William Hunt as the Mason County Sheriff's representative and Lynda Dodge as Mason County Fire Protection District No. 16 to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
TOTTEN LITTLE SKOOKUM CLEAN WATER DISTRICT FUNDS
Harold Fitzwater suggested transferring $11,500 of the balance of funds in the Totten Little Skookum Clean Water District account to the Shelton School District to establish a scholarship fund.
The Board thanked him for his suggestion and will obtain a legal opinion to see if this can be done.
HEARING - Consider testimony for a resolution that proposes filtering visual images on computers in the Timberland Regional Library to those under 18 years of age.
Cmmr. Cady read aloud the proposed resolution which strongly encourages the Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees to implement default filtering on all computers in the system which provide Internet access to minors under 18 years of age unless written parental consent is given to allow unfiltered and full access to the Internet.
Louie Grinnell, Shelton, stated that outside of books, the Internet is the best defense against intellectual tyranny and group think for both children and adults. He believes that it seems unlikely under the present Timberland policy, that any child, whose parents requested a filter, will be able to receive impure thoughts from an image on the Internet. He believes the library would better serve society if they had refused to place any filters on the computers. He suggested the Board reconsider recommending any further restrictions on the use of the Internet by anyone. He believes the Internet will become the technology of individual freedom. He asked that if the Board won't recommend a no filter policy, at least support the present Timberland directives.
David Clark, Fawn Lake, stated he teaches security awareness and is a certified instructor for "Internet and Your Child Program". He believes filtering systems are unreasonable and do not work. They can easily be bypassed. He noted chat rooms and e-mail are not filtered. He believes education is the best source, censorship is not the way to go.
Cmmr. Cady noted that the filtering system blocks only the visual, any adult that wanted the block removed could request that. She stated there is a filtering system in the Tacoma library system.
Helen Timm, Union, stated she was on the TRL Board for 10 years and said they agonized over what should be available for children. She agreed children need to be protected. She commented that everybody has different moral standards and to restrict access is dangerous and she urged the Board to not encourage filtering. She believes it is the parent's responsibility.
Cmmr. Cady stated decisions have already been made to filter certain publications from being available in the library. She stated the issue is if the Internet should be completely accepted, with public dollars.
Peggy Johnson, Shelton, believes a function of government is protection and protection of children is very important. She believes the parents need to know their children are safe when they are at the library and not able to view pornography. She supports the resolution.
Pat Tostevin, Shelton, believes the filtering should be up to the parent.
Cmmr. Cady stated it isn't only the issue of the children having the access as much as the children seeing what the adults are looking at.
Ms. Tostevin pointed out there are filters on the monitors that allow only the person sitting directly in front of the monitor to see the images.
Cmmr. Cady stated she wants it filtered so the image doesn't reach the computer, such as Tacoma is doing.
Mike Wessells, Timberland Regional Library, Grays Harbor resident, stated Grays Harbor Commissioners considered the resolution and tabled it without action. He explained the Tacoma Public Library has created a program that interacts with a commercially available program called Cyber Patrol. The material that Cyber Patrol flags, comes in and their program deletes the images and lets the text come through to the user.
Cmmr. Cady read a document from the Tacoma Public Library regarding Internet use. ..."The library's acquisition of Internet material to be made available to library patrons does not include graphic materials depicting full nudity and sexual acts which are portrayed obviously and exclusively for sensational or pornographic purposes." She stated those are the things she would like filtered out.
Jim Tostevin, Shelton, stated the filter must be based on key words from Web sites. He expressed doubt about such a program working.
Tim Mallory, TRL Shelton Librarian, stated he understands from the manager of the downtown branch of the Tacoma Library that they block specific URL's when they receive a complaint and block specific sites.
Jim Tostevin asked who makes the decision to block if there is a complaint. He cautioned the Board to be careful on how this would be administered.
Sue Gorin stated that from what she understands the filters do not differentiate between what it is explicit and what is not. She asked what if a child wanted to view sites regarding breast cancer sites.
Cmmr. Cady stated the parents can let the library know to let the child have unfiltered access.
Ms. Gorin stated it sounds like the resolution isn't needed because the library is already taking care of it.
Adelheid Krohune, Shelton, on the TRL Board, stated she grew up in a country with censorship and finds it very difficult to accept here. She believes what is available on the television is worse than some nasty pictures.
Thelma Kruse, Director TRL, talked about the current plan. It allows parents to choose the access level for their children and they try to prevent inadvertent viewing. They also conduct Internet training. They have sent letters to all parents of children who have a TRL library card.
She pointed out that several libraries that have restricted access have been legally challenged and have lost. She stated Tacoma hasn't been challenged in court. Materials are selected by the library and they are not restricted. They view the Internet as a subscription. They have an optional filter on every public computer and adults have the ability to choose filtered or unfiltered. In the designated children's area they filter the computers, that doesn't mean the children are restricted to that area. They use Websense for filtering which restricts sexually explicit material. The Internet subscription is about $760 a month for the entire TRL system.
Bill King, Shelton, supports the resolution.
Joyce Hona, Shelton, believes restricting Internet access will cost taxpayers a lot of money. She sees this as a parenting issue and filtering is a control issue that could restrict information from adults. She doesn't believe filtering will be effective.
Ms. Kruse noted TRL has a policy that states if someone is accessing child pornography, which is illegal, law enforcement will be called. They have had staff training with regard to this. She pointed out it is not a common occurrence and know of only two instances.
Dr. Elspeth Pope, Shelton, retired librarian, wondered if art such as Michelangelo's "David" would be restricted since it is full frontal nudity. She believes it is the duty of parents to teach their children. She doesn't support the resolution.
Peggy Meyer, Hoodsport, TRL Trustee, stated they have listened to the community and legal advisors and they have developed a policy that meets the needs of the people they serve and it supports American democracy. She urged the Board to allow the TRL Trustees to do their job and trust their judgement.
Mike Wessells noted there was a US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, with regard to blocking pornographic cable signals, that states it is not good enough to say that someone can call and ask their rights be restored. You cannot require people to ask for their rights, you have to allow them their rights. As a pastor, TRL has made a lot of progress on trying to protect children from obtaining things mistakenly and they are continuing to take steps in that regard. He likes the fact that TRL has made the decision that what is available and unavailable is by the law. He is concerned about a resolution that is based on an opinion about materials rather than about law. This could then pertain to other materials.
Mr. Tostevin believes this is a small problem with the Internet, although there are dangers. He supports putting the emphasis on education.
Tim Mallory stated that to require a person request unfiltered access would be stigmatizing. He wants the library to be a gateway with no blockades. He believes educating children is the key. He believes by banning these ideas an "attractive nuisance" is created, the best thing to do is to teach the children how to deal with the realm of ideas.
Pat King, Shelton, pointed out there are parents who do not teach their children so it is the job of the community to protect the children. She supports the resolution.
Cmmr. Cady referred to a letter from Art Blauvelt that was addressed to Grays Harbor County Commissioners, talking about free speech issues in public libraries. She still supports the resolution. She believes it is in the best interest of public safety and agreed children need to be involved in safe activities.
Cmmr. Olsen expressed concern that the wording in the resolution May not be appropriate.
Cmmr. Cady stated she May visit the Tacoma Library to see what it is they are doing, how they are doing it and does it really work.
Mr. Wessells referred to COPA Commission testimony who recently gave a report to the president.
Ms. Timm believes this resolution is redundant, the Library is doing a good job dealing with this issue.
Dee Depoe, Shelton, urged the Board to look into Tacoma's system and what TRL has already done, she doesn't support additional filtering.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to table this issue until more information, especially on the technology capabilities, is obtained. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
TRUMAN GLICK ADVISORY BOARD - APPLICANT
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to appoint Jim Frost to the Truman Glick Advisory Board. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD
Special Occasion License for Huerfanitos Internacionales C.B. Club on 12/31/00 at the Mason County Fairgrounds.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded there are no objections to the special occasion liquor license for Huerfanitos Internacionales C.B. Club on 12/31/00 at the Mason County Fairgrounds. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
COUNTY ROAD PROJECTS
Resolutions submitted by Public Works for CRP 1689, County Wide Sign Placement; CRP 1690, County Wide Culverts and CRP 1691, Wetland Mitigation.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve CRP's 1689, County Wide Sign Placement; CRP 1690, County Wide Culverts; and CRP 1691, Wetland Mitigation. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye. Resolution No.'s 119-00, 120-00, 121-00. (Exhibits B, C and D)
USGS GAGING STATION - SKOKOMISH RIVER BASIN
Public Works is requesting the Board sign the joint funding agreement between USGS and Mason County for Water Resources Investigations in the South Fork of the Skokomish River and authorize $3,865 be paid from the Skokomish Flood Control Zone District funds for this project.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve the USGS agreement and authorize $3,865 be paid from Skokomish Flood Control Zone District funds. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye.
MASON COUNTY BRIDGES
A resolution has been submitted by Public Works regarding bridge limits.
Cmmr. Cady/Olsen moved and seconded to approve the resolution imposing limits on Mason County bridges. Motion carried unanimously. B-absent; O-aye; C-aye. Resolution No. 122 (Exhibit E)
The regular meeting adjourned at 9:06 p.m.
Rebecca S. Rogers, Clerk of the Board
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MASON COUNTY, WASHINGTON
John A. Bolender, Chairperson
___________________________________________Cynthia D. Olsen, Commissioner
Mary Jo Cady, Commissioner