Better Bennington Corporation
Board Meeting Minutes
November 12, 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, Shelly Colvin, Heather Maneely*, Beth Wilwol, Michael Harrington*, John Shannahan and Diane Perry.*Ex-officio
Absent: Milt Surdam, Keith Carey, Tracey Schwarz, Ted Bird.
Call to Order
A quorum was confirmed by Jeannie Jenkins who then convened the meeting at 7:43AM.
The October 2015 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Michael Keane, and seconded by Shelley Colvin. The motion to accept was carried with one abstention.
Treasurer Shelley Colvin reported on the financials which were reviewed at the organizational level.
Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Michael Keane, seconded by Michael McDonough. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion regarding report:
Cultural Bennington- the group is focusing on goals for 2016 which include BBC’s “First Friday” and “One Hundred for $100”events. Action/Resolution- set date for the BBC Design Committee and Cultural Bennington to meet with agenda.
Work Plan Updates:
Members of the Design Committee met October 22 with an invited list of construction professionals to discuss their involvement in the Parks Project. They included Dick Cutler - Cutler Construction, Jerry Prue - Prue Electric, Keith Tatro - Tatro & Sons, Inc., Jason Andrick, Bennington Pool and Hearth, and Ron Pembroke, Pembroke Landscaping. The committee presented the design concepts for 336 and Merchants Park. Each of those present expressed interest in the projects, developing cost estimates for each, and their eventual construction. Discussion included design input concerning materials, landscaping and lighting. The level of construction documents needed was identified. Dick Cutler expressed willingness to take on the role of Project Manager. Action/Resolution- John Shannahan will reach out to Gary Corey (Centerline Architects) to determine their interest in assisting with the development of drawings and specifications. Action/Resolution- BBC Board will discuss the BBC’s role and fundraising commitments on next agenda.
BBC Website- the current website is very heavy with information and is membership driven. Marketing is redesigning a more tourist-friendly and destination-driven website. BBC has purchased the domains DestinationBennington.com and DestinationBennington.org which will be used for this website. Action/Resolution- The BBC Board agrees with the Marketing Committees plan to include a marketing brochure and completion of an additional website on their work plan.
Economic Development -
Recruitment – developing a method for more specific recruitment by reviewing available inventory, meeting with landlords, and designating a business that would be beneficial for that location. Recruitment is larger than BBC efforts alone; therefore, the committee is continuing joint recruitment efforts with the BED Partners. Action/Resolution – BBC Board agrees with ED Committee to refine recruitment strategy.
Roundtable – committee will send out a recap of the first meeting to those who attended. Action/Resolution - will host a roundtable as soon as possible.
This subject will be added to the agenda permanently for membership updates.
Downtown Statistics -
The sheet attached to the Board Packets gives abbreviated version of Downtown inventory as reported to the Downtown Program.
Old Business -
BBC Board Member- Jeannie Jenkins nominated Heather Maneely to fill an open seat on the BBC Board, Edie Sawitsky moved to accept the nomination, Beth Wilwol seconded. All in favor. Action/Resolution- John Shannahan will confirm Board Member’s term dates.
New Business -
Discussed 2016-2017 Work Plans, Budget, and Process. Action/Resolution – Work Plans and Budgets are approved with revisions. John will update cover letter and deliver all material to the Town Manager by Friday.
Jeannie Jenkins called for the adjournment of the meeting at 9:03am. Action/Resolution - a motion was made to adjourn by Michael Keane, seconded by Michael McDonough. Motion carried unanimously.
Eric Peterson, Secretary
Better Bennington Corporation
Minutes approved by Better Bennington Corporation Board of Directors 12/10/15