Better Bennington Corporation Board Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2015
Bennington Fire Station

The mission of the Better Bennington Corporation
 is to build, improve, and support a vital downtown that benefits our entire community.

Present: President Jeannie Jenkins, Michael McDonough, Eric Peterson, Edie Sawitsky, Michael Keane, Heather Maneely,  Beth Wilwol, Ted Bird, Keith Carey, Milt Surdam, Michael Harrington*, John Shannahan and Diane Perry.*Ex-officio
Absent: Tracey Schwarz, Shelley Colvin.

Call to Order - A quorum was confirmed by Jeannie Jenkins who then convened the meeting at 7:33AM.

Minutes - The November 2015 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Michael Keane, and seconded by Beth Wilwol.  The motion to accept was carried unanimously.

Financial Report -
Director John Shannahan reported on the financials which were reviewed at the Organizational level. Action/Resolution-   a motion to approve was made by Ted Bird, seconded by Beth Wilwol. Motion carried unanimously.

Director’s Report - Business Roundtable- the discussion was hosted by CAPA upon invitation from Tom Jacobs. One significant sentiment that most participants commented on and agreed with is the purchase of the Greenberg property by the Town of Bennington. The Board is eager to work with the many partners that would be crucial in the fruition of that complex venture. The Board is also respectful in its understanding of the many roles and responsibilities that it requires from multiple organizations in order to gain ownership of the property. The question remains as to who or which organization should lead and take action to forge forward with the property ownership. Action/Resolution – draft a letter to Tom Jacobs regarding the BBC’s position on meeting. Action/Resolution – if the group becomes formal, the Board will invite members from the business group to a Board meeting in order to encourage communications and possible partnerships.

Committee reports - Work Plan Updates

         Design- Centerline Architects has agreed to provide services in conjunction with 336Park, following up on the pro bono services           provided independently by Kelly and Ryan.  First steps will be to meet with the construction team and determine the level of detail               needed on drawings for the cost estimation phase, with a target of January for completion of drawings. The Town of Bennington and    the BBC have agreed that funds raised for the project will be administered by the town.    Action/Resolution- January discussion           regarding funding.

Marketing – General Discussion. Action/Resolution- continue work plans which include a marketing brochure, completion of new website.

EDC/ R&R– General Discussion. Action/Resolution- continue work plans.

Organization-  Working with the Town on BBC’s 2016-17 budgets before publicly presenting it in front of Select Board.             Action/Resolution – continue working with the Town on how best to move forward with the budget.

Membership - General Discussion and Update. Action/Resolution- continue membership drive. John Shannahan will prepare formal membership numbers for the next Board meeting.

Downtown Statistics - A possible new business owner met with John Shannahan this week who said he found an available location through the BBC’s website. Action/Resolution – continue available property listings on the website.

Adjournment - Jeannie Jenkins called for the adjournment of the meeting at 8:50am.  Action/Resolution - a motion was made to adjourn by Michael Keane, seconded by Ted Bird. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Eric Peterson, Secretary
Better Bennington Corporation

Bennington Downtown Alliance
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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