Better Bennington Corporation
 Board Meeting Minutes

 July 14, 2016
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: 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.

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

Election of Officers
The 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.


               Any BBC Board member who is interested in a Chair position should contact John Shannahan.

              The 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.

Financial Report
            Executive 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 carried.

Director’s 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.

Old Business

  • 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.

New Business

  • Presentation - 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.

Executive Session

               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.


               Respectfully submitted,

               Organization Committee
               Better Bennington Corporation

Bennington Downtown Alliance
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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