Better Bennington Corporation
 Board Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2016
Community College of Vermont

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

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

Call to Order
                    A quorum was confirmed by Vice President Michael McDonough who then convened the meeting at 7:35AM.

                    The March 2016 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Ted Bird and seconded by Keith Carey. Motion carried, with one abstention.

Financial Report
            Director John Shannahan reported on the financials which were reviewed at the Organizational level. All is in order.  Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Eric Peterson, seconded by Edie Sawitsky. Motion carried unanimously.

Director’s Report Discussion regarding report:

  • EXPOsion- this event is scheduled Wednesday, April 20th. Key note speaker is Stephen Perkins, Executive Director of Vermont Historical Society. Action/Resolution - Board members are encouraged to attend.

Old Business

  • Park @ 336 Funding Strategy – in today’s paper the Banner has an article covering the park. Kelly Clark is now chairing the fundraising campaign for Park @336.  SPARC is the new packaging representing a long time initiative to create and unite Bennington’s green spaces. The basic concept is to position parks or green space throughout Downtown and Bennington and to encapsulate the bigger picture of green spaces. SPARC stands for spaces, parks, art, recreation, community. Park @336 has been a leading inspiration for the fruition of this initiative. This is a strategic long-term collaboration between BBC Design committee, Centerline Architects, and the Chamber. The BBC can now focus on the park systems and the potential that it represents to Downtown. Today there will be 500 promotional flyers to distribute throughout the community and also a two minute video available for use as promotion. The fundraising campaign will incorporate the efforts of the entire community including individuals to corporations. Action/Resolution – keep this as part of our daily commentary, telling people the story of the park.  If anyone has fundraising ideas please contact John. Present SPARC, parks presented as a unit, to the Select Board.

New Business

  • BBC Board Elections –Some members will soon be up for reelection, and all are interested in remaining on the Board for another term.  A motion to elect Kelly Clark to be on the BBC Board was made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Michael Keane  to fill a portion of a term of a vacant seat.  Motion carried unanimously. Action/Resolution - John Shannahan will ask Kelly Clark to become a BBC board member, effective immediately. The Organization committee will determine absentee board members status.


  • Downtown Area Wide Plan – the meeting informed the public of analysis results of the Greenberg property. Not all BBC board members have seen the public presentation. The BBC can be a catalyst moving forward on the property. Action/Resolution - approach Bill Colvin about presenting the BBC board with its own viewing. BBC Board will discuss appropriate involvement.


Michael McDonough called for the adjournment of the meeting at 9:03am.  Action/Resolution - a motion was made to adjourn by Ted Bird, seconded by Michael Keane. 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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