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Business Development Commission
July 23, 2009
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
August 27, 2009
Call to Order
X (arrived @ 4:15)
Mayor Gerry Welch – Council Liaison
Steve Wylie – City Manager
Review & Approval of Minutes
A Motion was made by:
The Motion Seconded
Greg Batcher was not
4. Website Update - Wylie
narrowed down the selection down to 3 web designers for interviews. Welch
stated that they can discuss the 3 candidates at the next meeting. It was
discussed that Boston Creative is no longer a Webster-based web designer.
Holiday Season – Welch explained that the Committee recently met to discuss
decorations and the 3 major districts have money budgeted for decorations.
Richards stated that she recently met with the subcommittee to discuss a
theme. She also mentioned that they had a “rehearsal” to install the
decorations. Welch stated that all of the decorations and theme will be
city-wide and not limited to the districts. She also added that the subcommittee
program will meet next week. White explained Yorkshire’s plans for decorations
and Montgomery Bank wants to participate. Welch said that she was putting
together a calendar of holiday events. Richards spoke about extending shopping
hours for holiday shopping. He requested that Downs allow cards to be placed
on tables at Cyrano’s to advertise the extending shopping hours. Welch
mentioned her plans to work on a marketing plan for holiday hours.
Old Webster & Old Orchard Parking Studies – Wylie stated that the two
studies were recently completed and presented to the Council this week. He
stated that the parking problems were not widespread but localized. He added
that many options were presented and a council workshop was the next step in
addressing the parking issues in both districts. Welch agreed.
Farmers’ Market – Wylie stated that Grow researched local markets and he stated
that it works but wanted the Commission’s response. He added that Straub’s
uses their parking lots for other Farmers’ Markets in the area. Discussion
expressed overall support among the Commission. Welch noted that Roger
recommended the Ross & Beruzzini parking lot as a possible site. Downs expressed concern for Rogers Produce and how the Farmers’ Market might affect their
business. Wylie indicated that staff will continue to do more research on the
subject. The parking deck in Old Webster was discussed as a possible site.
The Commission also discussed a possible day/night that would not conflict with
other local market days/nights.
Future Discussion/Agenda Topics
mentioned is request for additional cooperative efforts (?). Welch stated that
she wants to bring a hotel to Webster. Downs recommended that the Mayor speak
to a local hotel owner in downtown St. Louis. Downs added that he will email
the contact information to the Mayor.