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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 - Mason County Journal- Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, AUyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor Rachel Youngman, 10, dressed as a vending machine, receives candy from Sand Hill Elementary School teacher Molly Johnson on Friday at the school. Sand Hill's PTA sponsored the trick-or- treat night. Herald photos by Shawna Whelan AT LEFT: Sand Hill first-grade teacher Rick Robbers, dressed as a beekeeper, talks about the life cycle of bees in front of a group of children. About 12 teachers handed out candy during the event. ABOVE CENTER: Sand Hill office secretary Barbara Boad, dressed as a purple jester, hands out candy. ABOVE RIGHT: Students dressed in Halloween costumes make their way to Sand Hill. By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com What could your fire depart- ment achieve in five years? The North Mason Regional Fire Authority (NMRFA) is asking its residents to answer that question at a forum to discuss its five-year strategic plan. The forum will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mary E. Theler Community Center in Belfair. "I want it to be a document that people inside the build- ing and outside the organiza- tion can pick up and say ... I can see exactly what the North Mason Regional Fire Author- ity is going to look like in five years," NMRFA Chief Beau Bakken said. Bakken will give a presenta- tion at 6 p.m. He said the rest of the evening will be informal, Bakken and he in- vites area residents to drop in for infor- mation or to provide input on the plan. Bakken said government organizations, such as fire districts, can get caught up in their day-to-day duties. '~/hat we can easily lose sight of is plotting a course for the Fire District ... in the long range," he said. "A plan keeps you on course." BERK has already surveyed a role in the strategic plan, as Mason County Fire Districtemployees and volunteers atwill changes to North Mason 2 in Belfair and Fire District 8 the district to determine what School District's infrastruc- in Tahuya became one entity they would like to see in a stra- ture, such as the completion of,' in January affcer residents ap- tegic plan, Bakken said. its new high school. proved creating the North Ma- Staff said they need bet- "How are we going to navi- son Regional Fire Authority. ter communication within the gate construction?" Bakken Creating the agency was NMRFA, Bakken said. asked. "Improvement in school part of Fire District 2's previ- "We are an organization infrastructure is going to have ous strategic plan, Bakkenof 150 people. We cover 136a huge impact on the local said. square miles," he said. "It can community." The Fire District hired the be a challenging process." BERK consultants will BERK consulting group of Se- Authority staff also report- work to draft a strategic plan attle to handle the process, ed they would like to research based on comments from the The NMRFA's board signed anew technology in public safe- community and the fire au- contract with BERK to pay for ty, such as a computer-aided thority and present it to the its time and materials to draft dispatch system. NMRFA Board of Commis- and research the strategicTransportation concerns in sioners for a vote by February, plan through February. Belfair and Tahuya, such as the Bakken said. Bakken did not have an es-state Department of Transpor- To comment on the project, timate for the total cost of the tation's project to widen state contact Bakken at bbakken@ contract. Route 3 in 2015, will likely play northmasonrfa.com.