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September 2018

Darrington Strong General Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2018

President Martha Rasmussen opened the meeting with introductions & Steve Somsen gave the treasurer’s report:

  • Grand total of three accounts at Coastal Community Bank:   $19,845.93

  • Membership:  37 members (17 business, 14 community & 6 non-profit)

Martha gave a short recap of our core values:  Demonstrate leadership, inspire optimism, foster collaboration and promote well-being.   She also highlighted the importance of reaching out to other organizations to better understand their needs, welcome partnerships and offer support when needed.

Guest Speaker:   Dawn Erickson informed us on the formation and activities of the Darrington Outdoor Club.

Division Reports:
  • Friends For Public Use (FFPU):  Martha told us they were supposed to brush out Peekaboo road but it had already been done.  The next task will be filling potholes on the Suiattle River road. They are speaking with the USFS about reopening the White Chuck road by volunteering to do the work.
  • Friends of North Mountain:  Paul Wagner said that they have had to very successful work parties and got a lot of work done.  The secured hatches seem to be keeping vandals out for now. Having a presence of bike trail workers there has also helped to dissuade vandalism.  Potholes on the road need to be filled and brushing the road will help on the blind corners and pull-outs.

Committee Reports:
  • Darrington Events:  Joanne Milton updated us on the “Trunk or Treat” event coming up on October 31.  She also passed the calendars around and will be selling them at local retailers & the proceeds will benefit future Darrington events.  Gordy Beil said that the “Harvest Festival” will be held at the Mansford Grange on October 20 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Management of the Christmas parade was also discussed.
  • Visual Impact:  Martha discussed fall bulb orders for Dot Community Park.  She also solicited help to plant bulbs in the planters on Darrington street.  
Other Reports:
  • Mudslide Memorial Project:  Martha discussed the upcoming dinner and auction at Rhodes River Ranch.  The paving of the Whitehorse Trail through the slide area will begin in November.  That portion of the trail will not be opened until the paving is completed. Naming of the highway through the slide area is being considered.  There will be a public status meeting on November 8 at the Oso fire hall and everyone is encouraged to attend.
  • Nominations:  Next month are elections so nominations were made for the Darrington Strong board of directors.  Asheley and Nels have volunteered to head the nomination Ad hoc committee.
  • Darrington Collaborative:  Mathew Medina reported that they received a second grant from DNR for $100K and another $25K from Hampton Lumber that will go to activities from North Mountain to Segelson.  He and Paul Wagner elaborated the details.
  • Darrington Fire Dept:  Drew Bono reported that there were 409 calls so far this year, mostly routine medical calls and a few serious automobile accidents.  It was a busy summer for them and volunteers were kept very busy. Remodeling of station 38 was discussed as well as the Whitehorse Community Center on Swede Heaven road.  They want to put together a task force of community members to be involved in the planning of the new community center building and they hope to have the first meeting by the end of this year.  A newsletter will be coming out shortly. The levy passed by 14 votes.
  • Darrington Library:  Asheley Bryson detailed upcoming events and activities and announced that Lois Thompson will be the new executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries and will start her tenure on December 3.  There will also be some staffing changes at the Darrington library
  • Oso Women’s Auxiliary:  Marla Skaglund said the dinner & auction was a huge success and they will be doing it again next year.  

  • Mansford Grange:  Gordy Beil announced upcoming activities.  
  • Darrington Internet Users Association:  Drew Bono announced that Jacob Kukuk has tendered his resignation from the DIUA, citing a new job & twins on the way.
Meeting Adjourned:
Next meeting October 16th, at the Darrington Library Meeting Room

In attendance:
Asheley Bryson
Drew Bono
Gordy Beil
JoAnn Milton
Ken Milton
Marla Skaglund
Martha Rasmussen
Paul Wagner
Rick Knight
Nels Rasmussen
Ron Wolff
Stephen Somsen


Dawn Erickson