Nov 1, 2011
Opened meeting at 1 PM. An update on
Bob McCormick from Jerry Eaton. Jerry had spoken with Pat who said Bob seemed better and is in Firlane Rehab in
Bill S. introduced Jim Freed, from Washington State
He teaches forest management throughout Washington focusing
on helping private landowners. He helps people
develop plans for their property to protect forest, wildlife and value. He and
Charley B. are creating a community forest program for homeowner associations .
He intends to hold classes or workshops to build interest and knowledge about
our forests. It has never been looked at for H.O.A.s and he thinks Lake Cushman could become
the model for other communities. George F. asked about homeowners who are reluctant to let anyone tell them “what
to do with my own land”.
Charley gave an example of what occurred in
Greenwater. Jim said a demonstration project is the best way to convince people
of the benefits of managed and healthy land. A good plan is a good insurance
policy against a disaster.
Jim offered to show people with a “in my own best
interest” way how wildlife, trees, plants and soil can benefit the homeowner.
There are 17,000 acres of state forest just to our north extending almost to
Jefferson county and Jim Freed has research areas there.
Treasurer's report presented. After purchase of the address markers and donations our ending balance for
October was $3,782.84.
New business: Deanie S.
reported on the Reader Board idea. Costs range
from $10,000 and up for an electronic sign to a bare unlighted sign similar to
old one at $4800.
The most logical option seems to be unlighted unless
we can secure power.
A good covered sign would probably be around $5000
if not on tall posts
Locations were discussed.
Challenges are securing funds from participating community groups and creating a
system for keeping it up to date. Issue was
tabled awaiting further input from members.
We discussed again what most people consider to be the
“mess” created in the Hoodsport Trail “root rot” logging operation. In future
public needs to be more involved prior to projects that impact all of us.
Ken pointed out that boards and commissions are made up of ordinary people not
Charley and Bill talked briefly about the Evacuation Plan
and the work still needed.
lot is done and few more hours could probably get it almost
It is a template for groups arriving here who know nothing
about the area and need to be given information quickly during a disaster. Ken and others stated that the new Block Watch program could help dispense
information ahead of
disasters, even assisting Firewise.
Reviewed the Hazard Evaluation checklist done at the
Per Charley it will always be somewhat subjective,
but still a valuable tool for homeowners.
There will be no December meeting. We hope to have a class conducted by Jim Freed in January if he is available and
Meeting adjourned at 2:40 PM
Deanie Sostrich, Secretary
October 4, 2011
Meeting began at 1 pm at the LCMC meeting room.
Attending were Rick Donahue, Bob Berger, Jerry Eaton, Bob McCormick, Pat
McCormick, Donna Hellyer, Bill Sostrich, Deanie Sostrich, Ken Weaver
Treasurer reported an ending balance of $4,791.81
(after the donation by Fire Dist Auxilliary of $500.00 and
$35.00 donation for an address marker).
Per Bill S. Fire Dist 18
Chief Mike Mott has indicated Firewise can invoice the Dept. for $500 toward new
order of markers and they will make that contribution.
On that topic we ordered and have received 50 address
markers, plus reflective strips and 3 packages of numbers.
We have not received a bill as of this date.
Question put to group was whether to renew bulk mail
permit at a cost of $190.
If we mailed over 700 pieces we would break even.
It was decided to put on hold at this time.
A second discussion centered on the best ways to inform
and educate our community. Suggestions
A bigger and better reader board to be shared with
other community groups.
Ken Wesver reported that Mike, owner of
Lake Cushman Grocery was opposed to the Fire Dept placing
a new board.
He owns the property, but the reader board was part of his
More information needs t gathered.
Door-t-door visiting to acquaint resident with our
Promotion of free property assessments by Firewise.
New and labeled information boxes.
Completion of the emergency evacuation plan needs to be a
priority during the next few months.
It was suggested working more with the Fire Dept and LCMC on that project.
The Fire Dept has the updated addresses from Mason County.
Bill mentioned that driving of every street and just
observing conditions will go a long way toward the plan.
It was decided to invite James Freed from the WSU to our
to discuss the University training program for
creating a healthy community forest. If it seems to
meet our needs and will save us money we will probably want to participate.
Bill pointed out that if any grants were awarded to us,
the first step would be to have a forest plan.
Members would like training on how to do property
That should be done as soon as possible.
Please indicate your first and second choices for the
following dates: Oct.
12th, Oct 25th or Oct. 26th .
Ken has volunteered his house as a “training” property.
Raffle drawing was held. Charlotte
Elkins drew Eileen Fisher's name. We will decide on a date with the Fishers (and enlist George's help).
Suggestion was made to have a Firewise program for the 8th
graders at Hood Canal School. Also could
invite Shelton High School seniors to complete their required community service
project by participating in one our projects.
Bill requested $25.00 to help with the Web hosting cost of
the Firewise site.
Request was approved.
Deanie will contact the Mason County Journal about doing
an article n our Firewise program. Bill will do
some online research into reader boards.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
Firewise Meeting: Minutes
September 6, 2011
Meeting began at 1:03 pm. Bill Sostrich
asked if members wished to change the day and time of monthly meetings.
It was decided to keep it the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm.
Donna, Treasurer reported an 8/31 ending balance of
$4256.81. Out net cost of
the Ice Cream Social (after donations and sales of
ice cream) was $96.53.
So far only $80.00 (plus $10.00 purchased at meeting) in
raffle tickets have been sold for the “three hours” labor by Firewise.
It was decided to continue raffle through October Booster Club and hopefully be
able to sell a lot more tickets. Lorna Bergwin
volunteered to sell at Saturday Golf Tournament. After Bill
spoke with Jan Anderson though, we don't know if that will be allowed.
Address Markers: We only sold
2 in August leaving us with a total of 8 remaining.
After discussion it was decided we would purcase 50 more and put on the
reflective material ourselves to save money. We have
submitted requests to the LCMC Board, Booster Club and Firefighters Assoc. for
donations to Firewise.
We will also submit a request to the Fire Dept.
Property Assesments: Bill
passed around property assesment forms for everyone to look at.
The form is quite detailed and a great check list. Discussed the
assesment he had done for lady in Div 12. He recommended
we all do assesments of our own property. It can be an
Bill brought up the WSU Forest Education Program.
The director will come to our Oct. meeting.
The cost of class is quite reasonable and might be
something for us to consider. We are unsure
training compares with the one Charlie Burns introduced
last month. That one will take place some time in October.
Ken talked about Firewise being advocate for projects
effecting Lake Cushman.
Example, the recent logging on Port property.
Many people are unhappy with what was done and the way public was misled about
how it would be done.
Ken stated it is very important for us to attend
commissioners, port and other meetings to give imput.
That imput could be very valuable as most boards do not get any public
Ken stated past weekend was the busiest “fire” weekend
Because of heavy brush in many areas, it would be good for
Firewise to follow up after fires with homeowners nearby.
We could make recommendations and be a
positve influence on cleaning up fire hazards around homes.
Meeting ended at 2:10 pm.
Bill and Ken went to look at property on Duckabush Drive that had a fire over
Firewise Meeting Minutes
Firewise Meeting an>August 2, 2011
Deanie Sostrich, Secretary
Meeting called to order at 1 PM.
Members present were Mike Burgwin, Bob Berger, Rick Donahue, George Fisher,
Donna Hellyer, Bill Sostrich & Deanie Sostrich.
Advisors: Charlie Burns –
Ken Weaver – FD18
Visitors Dave Anderson and Tami Close were introduced.
Bill Sostrich reported Bill Weed and George Fisher attended
one of the organizational meetings for the Block Watch program, of which Tammy
is a member.
Tammy reported they are at the final phase prior to launch
of this neighborhood wide awareness program in Lake Cushman.
The organization is designed to provide “eyes and ears” to increase safety.
Block Watch captains will visit
residents door to door to introduce themselves and the program. Block Watch
wants to partner with other community groups like Firewise. Next meeting of
Block Watch will be August 23rd at the Fire Station at 5 pm.For
information contact Tami Close or Carlos Garcia at 877-6153 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer's Report: July ending
balance was $4,053.34.
Through August 2nd
with deposits balance is $4,148.81.
The Ice Cream Social was a big success.
We scooped over 200 bowls and cones of ice cream. The Fire Dept.
gave children rides on the fire truck and handed out goody bags including fire
hats. DNR attended after coming from putting out a wildfire. They brought their brush truck..
It was suggested by Deanie that the September drawing be
modified since we have not been able to sell many $5.00 tickets.
It was decided and approved by vote, that we sell tickets at 3 for $5.00 or
Those already purchased will be adjusted at lower rate and
we will continue to sell tickets through early September.
A discussion followed about our Address Marker program.
We only have 10 markers left. We need to be certain we want to continue program
as purchase of 100 will cost well over $2500.00. The
Firefighter's Association has expressed an interest in helping with the
purchase, but there are legal requirements they need to meet.
We will also approach the Fire Axillary and Booster Club to see if they want to
help with Firewise programs. More discussion
followed on markers and appearance and aid to Fire Dept.
Mike Burgwin has submitted letters to the LCMC Board stressing
how important the program is and Bill has asked them for assistance. More discussion followed on where to place markers and what role personal
The matter was tabled until September meeting.
Charlie Burns talked about the possible grant.
After he and Jane drove the Dow Mtn and Mt Rose divisions it was decided the 70
plus homes in Mt Rose would be the best “bang for the buck” to provide
defensible space. The prior grant request will be re-worked. He feels he has
good support and a good chance of receiving up to $150,000 in July of 2012.
Charlie is working on the Evacuation Plan for Mt Rose
Firewise needs to get the word out .
We need matching funds.
He stated that the Lake Cushman master Forest Plan
accompanying the lease needs to be updated.
He also reiterated that the training by DNR of citizen
groups to coordinate and award grants be treated as one group to lesson costs.
More to follow. There will be a statewide Firewise meeting in October in North
Bend. Exact dates to be determined.
adjourned at 2:30 PM
July 5, 2011
Meeting opened at 1:10 p.m.
Present were Donna Hellyer, Jerry Eaton, Bill Weed, Ken Weaver, George Fisher
Mike Burgwin, Mike Fain, Deanie Sostrich and Bill Sostrich
Treasurer reported June ending balance of $3853.34 with approximately $125 to be
Bill Sostrich reported e mail
correspondence with Charlie Burns as follows:
“Jane and I are working on a couple of
grant proposals for Lake Cushman CWPP area to be submitted in Sept.
Also I would like to see if Lake Cushman
stakeholders are interested in participating in a WSU extension/DNR Forest
Stewardship Coached Planning short course on putting together your comprehensive
forest management plan? “
After discussion it was agreed that the community approach to Federal Grant
monies would be something our group is interested in. Also several members are interested
in attending a course on forest management planning.
Bill indicated Charlie was using parts of our grant proposal submitted three
years ago for submission in September.
DNR would mostly be focused on the north end of Lake Cushman and Dow Mtn. Areas we know are of concern.
Bill Weed reported that FR 24 has been re-graded and a bridge over washout
replaced. More gravel is also
supposed to be put down. He was able to talk to right person and the response was very timely.
We have 13 address markers left after the 5 still needing to be placed. One will be placed for an owner who
has a need, but not financially able to help.
Terry Brazil will contribute $20 toward that marker. Since Firewise cannot afford to buy
another 100 a discussion followed on whether to continue with program. Ken Weaver felt most people who
would buy already have or have an old marker.
It was suggested by Mike Fain that we approach various community groups
to help with purchase (the LCMC, Firefighters Assoc., Booster Club and others). Motion was made and accepted. Bill
S. agreed to write letter to the LCMC . Mike Fain said from Fire Dept
perspective the address markers are very important and more need to be placed
even if homeowners can't or won't buy them. He also suggested we use the reader
board to promote the markers.
County regulations are not specific on house numbers, especially in a private
Our ongoing drawing to raise donations for Firewise was discussed. We will continue to sell tickets at
$5.00 through the end of August.
Winner to receive 3 hours labor on their lot making it firesafe by team of
Firewise volunteers. Drawing in September and work to be performed before end of the month.
The Ice Cream Social will be held at Fire Station on July 30th. It looks like we will have
participation of the Fire Dept. the EMTs
and hopefully DNR. Public can view the equipment, get blood pressure, checks and eat Olympic Mtn ice cream. There will handouts for the children
and Firewise literature for homeowners.
Deanie will buy the ice cream and supplies a couple of days prior to
event. George Fisher will handle
publicity with flyers and reader board.
Cary from Fire Dept. will talk with Bill regarding the Fire Dept.
Bill S. will attend the Commissioner's meeting on 7/7 to discuss the possibility
of the Fire Department participating in the purchase of the address markers.
Recap of fireworks over the 4th weekend. Security issued 5 citations of
$1,000 for illegal fireworks. It
was felt most people didn't hear as many explosions in the neighborhoods as in
past. Donna reported there was a
problem in Div 2 on Saturday.
Discussion of the “no fires on beach” rule. This is from Tacoma, although a law regarding this can't be found.
Hopefully the sign and visits from Tacoma security will be a deterrent.
June 18th Stump Dump had about 20 vehicles. Hopefully we will be able to offer a
chipper day at the stump dump next year.
Meeting adjourned at 2:20 pm.
Firewise Meeting Minutes
June 7, 2011
Meeting opened at 1 pm.
Officers present: Bill Sostrich, president,
Deanie Sostrich, secretary, Donna Helyer treasurer.
Members present: Bob McCormich, Pat Mc Cormick, Rick Donohue, Mike Burgwin, Lorna Burgwin
Ken Weaver – Fire District 18
Treasurer, Donna Hellyer reported
balance in checking of $3547.76 as of May 31st.
Several checks for deposit and an expense for numbers to be submitted in June.
Bill S. reported the first “Stump Dump” day was a moderate
success, with a steady stream of “customers” all 4 hours.
Next Sump Dump day will be on June
We will emphasize donations
with a sign. Flyers will go in boxes on June 11th.
Lorna B. reported so far we've only received 19 renewal
She will contact some of last years members.
We have 23 markers remaining (several to be installed with
orders received after this meeting). Mike B.
reported that there will be a “safety” skit at upcoming LCMC Annual meeting
illustrating what can happen if the Fire Dept. is delayed in finding a home in
medical or other emergency. Adequate
marking is essential.
Discussion followed on fundraisers for Firewise.
We could sell cookies at Ice Cream Social. More discussion
of a raffle
for 3 hours labor to clear/limb up a homeowner's lot..Cost
of tickets to be $5.00. Pat M. will talk with Gary Knisely about selling tickets
at Annual board meeting.
Donna will talk with Andersons about selling tickets
at Booster Club.
Drawing could be held Sept 7th
with work to be done before end of month
Discussion on the Ice Cream Social,
July 30th. Pat M.
suggested we hold event at Fire Station (indoors or out, depending on weather).
Then Fire Dept could be present for the community to see equipment and talk with
Perhaps offer blood pressure checks, etc.
Ken W. suggested a joint “community” event with Fire Dept. , Auxillary,
Community Connection. It was suggested George Fisher handle publicity for event.
Ken will talk with Chief and Dorris about use of facility and joint event.
Fire Dept. is increasing their service levels for EMS since
78% of calls are medical.
They now have two IV Techs and have sent an
additional 3 people to EMT school. Their costs have of course have increased and
they have not felt they could ask for more funds via a bond issue.
has created a way to apply for grants under a community
umbrella; with benefits then in solicitation for funds, matchings funds, etc
Meetiang adjourned at 2:20 PM
Deanie Sostrich, Secretary.
Firewise Annual Meeting
April 20, 2011
Three speakers made presentations to the attendees.
Those present were:
Jan Anderson, Gwen
Gadberry, Mr & Mrs. Dave Shelley, Mike Burgwin, Eileen Fisher, Kerry Fraser, Ed
Fraser, Rick Donahue, Ken Weaver, Bob Berger, Jim Mitchell, Bill Sostrich,
Deanie Sostrich, Sandi Kuarstrom, Charley Burns, Donna Hellyer, Carol Murray
Carol Murray, Master Gardener had a slide presentation and
talk on Landscaping with Native Plants, Carol and her
husband are 22 year residents of Lake Cushman. Their family
has been involved in fire prevention and protection for many years.
Some interesting points were that being fire wise involves a balance of proper
water, soil, sun and wind control. Native plants must be planted in proper
location for them to thrive. Bare ground is
an invitation for weeds and depleted soil. Too much bark
mulch can steal nutrients from the soil. Last year's
dead plant material needs to be removed promptly. Salal although
native, can burn very hot if ignited by a wildfire. Some of our
natives don't like a lot of water. Lilacs and Mediteranean herbs for example. A wet winter like we've had this year depletes the soil of phosphorus and
We need to replace with liquid fertilizer (5-10-10 now) or
granular in fall. Tomatoes especially need phosphorus to flower (not high
Carol recommended we check the
following web sites for specific information on Western Washington
WSU Master Gardner
Deanie reported that Mike Bergwin was given Firewise brochures for Security
people to distribute to residents they speak with on their rounds.
Bill S. reported there will be a 2 page Firewise article in the May LCMC
Newsletter. Among other info, our chipper days and ice cream social are
Bill S. announced the National Fire Protection Association is advertising for a
paid part time employee to act as a community spokesperson regarding Firewise.
It was decided that we would not participate in Hoodsport Days.
Submitted by secretary, Deanie Sostrich
Advisors – Ken Weaver – Fire District 18, Charley Burns – DNR
Treasurer reported ending balance of $3419.99
Bill Weed will attend next Community Connection Potluck and meeting.
Meeting called to order at 1 PM.
Donna Hellyer treasurer.
George Fisher audited books for 2010 and reported to Donna they were correct
The West Coast Bank checking account information was updated to reflect three
authorized signers: President, Vice President and Treasurer.
Charlie reported Wildfire Awareness Week is first week of May.
Donna Helyer treasurer.
Jerry mentioned that homeowners should know in advance what their policies cover
in the event of tree damage to their home.