Board Meeting Minutes
July 14, 2016
Bennington Fire Station
The mission of the Better Bennington
is to build, improve, and support a
vital downtown that benefits our entire community.
Jeannie Jenkins, Eric Peterson, Edie Sawitsky, Tracey Schwarz, Heather Maneely,
Beth Wilwol, Keith Carey, Kelley Clarke, Ted Bird, Matthew Harrington*, Michael
Harrington*. Staff: John Shannahan and Diane Perry. Guest: Bill Colvin. *Ex-officio
Absent: Shelley Colvin. Michael Keane, Michael McDonough.
quorum was confirmed by President Jeannie Jenkins who then convened the meeting
Election of Officers
BBC Organization Committee offered the following slate of officers for 2016-2017:
President – Michael McDonough 1st term), Vice President – Eric
Peterson (1st term), Secretary – Tracey Schwarz (1st term),
and Treasurer – Shelley Colvin (4th term). Action/Resolution - a
motion to accept the slate of officers was made by Ted Bird, seconded by Beth
Wilwol. Motion carried unanimously.
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June 2016 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- a motion to approve
was made by Edie Sawitsky and seconded by Ted Bird. Motion carried unanimously.
Director John Shannahan reported on the financials which were reviewed at the
Organizational level. All is in order. Action/Resolution
– John will add a Budget line and will also remove the %, +/- symbols. Action/Resolution-
a motion to approve was made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Ted Bird. Motion
Report Discussion regarding report:
Destination Bennington/ Prosper walk – the website
is completed but old servers cannot access it. Prosper Walk app will be
launched this month. Action/Resolution – create an online Downtown welcome packet
at the Marketing or Org committee meetings.
Park at 336 Fundraising –Moving forward all BBC
Board & committee member’s involvement is critical for success. Action/Resolution-
schedule a special meeting to discuss the overall vision for fundraising and to
determine an action plan to include strategies for asking. Identify BBC
representatives who can get substantial money from specific donors.
Press Policy - a copy of the current policy is
attached to the board packets. An added video recording policy is up for Board
review. A video
recording policy was recently adopted by the Bennington Chamber of
Commerce. As discussed at our recent Board meeting, the BBC would like to
adopt the same policy. Action/Resolution
– John will email proposed policy to Board members. Board members to
respond with their vote electronically whether to accept this policy, as is, or
to continue working on a different procedure.
- Bill Colvin from BCRC gave a recap of the Putnam Block Redevelopment project.
BCRC compiled a Downtown Area-Wide Plan which included development priorities,
development approach, and conceptual redevelopment plans. The vision for the
four acre acquisition includes, but is not limited to, residential, retail
& office space, grocery & restaurants, and vibrant & mixed use of
future ideas. Members of the Bennington Redevelopment Group are considered the leadership equity team and have voting privileges.
This development project is community
enabled development, dependent on federal tax credits, along with state and
municipal support. The redevelopment schedule includes four phases after the
first 120 days evaluation:
pre-development, construction, operation, and re-finance phase. BBC can
help by giving leads for investors & tenants, support the project
publically & privately, and grant support. Action/Resolution- reach out to the
downtown association in St Albans to see what involvement and action they took
towards a similar redevelopment project.
Eric Peterson called for the adjournment of
the meeting at 9:20am. Action/Resolution
- a motion was made to adjourn
by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Beth Wilwol. Motion carried unanimously.
The chair moves to go into
executive session. The BBC Board goes into Executive Session for contracts,
personnel, litigation or
subject matters which premature disclosure could harm either party.