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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
March 29th, 2012
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
April 26th, 2012
-Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
-Staff Liaison-Roger Grow
Pat Richards, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 8:05 a.m. The minutes were reviewed from the prior
meeting. Chalegne O’Brien motioned for approval, with a second from Charlie
Downs. All voted in favor.
Public Relations Update
Joan Jadali indicated that the proposed
Public Relations budget will be submitted in the amount of $19,025 which is a
reduction of $3,000 from the original request of the Public Relations Committee
The Commission also discussed the
brochure and insert and also indicated that they would like to rally the City
to get more people to participate in CVC.
Farmers Market Update
Roger Grow indicated that there
is a Board meeting every other week for the Farmers Market to meet. May 3rd
is the start of the 26-week Farmers Market season with hours from 3pm-7pm.
Roger indicated that he market
had a budget surplus of $3,000 for the current year and the upcoming budget
proposal is about the same as last year. He also indicated that the City’s
budget support for the Farmers Market no longer exists in 2013. There was a
bit of other discussion on personnel involved in the market, market vendors,
and assistance offered by Webster University in the prior market season to set
up the weekly market and provide counts of patrons. Roger also mentioned the
sponsorship levels and the attempts the market master is making to bring in
different types of craft vendors and how the market wants to partner their
market with other City events. Lastly, Roger discussed the Happy Hour
Fundraiser event at Cyrano’s on April 25th from 5:30pm-8:00pm.
Explore Webster Groves
Roger indicated that we will
continue to have people register and update their information on the website.
Roger distributed an Event calendar and discussed some items on it. Discussion
then ensued as to what types of events should be excluded from the calendar.
It was decided to eliminate individual classes that organizations would be
offering, and that it could not be updates for meetings or sporting events
except Turkey Day. Items should be open to the public and have to be in
Roger indicated that Matt Ament
will be taking care of the website and making the necessary updates and responding
to inquiries on posting items to the calendar. The Commission indicated that
they would like to hear about requests for postings from Matt at future
meetings as a meeting update.
Vacant Building Update
Roger indicated that there was no
committee meeting on Vacant Buildings and as a result he doesn’t have an update
for this meeting.
Due to time constraints, all
items on the agenda were not covered. It was recommended that we begin the
next meeting with a Discussion of Doing Business in Webster Groves and Setting
Future Directions and Goals.
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10
p.m. with Charlie Downs motioning for adjournment and seconded by Greg
Bratcher. All voted in favor.