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Business Development Commission Meeting Minutes



Meeting Date:

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Meeting Called to Order:

8:05 a.m.

Meeting Adjourned:

9:25 a.m.

Next Meeting Date:

Thursday, July 26th, 2012







Pat Richards



Chalegne O’Brien



Julie Campbell



Lee Moss



Greg Bratcher



Mittie Bond



Sue Sullivan



Charlie Downs



Rebecca Olson





Also Present



-Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch



-Staff Liaison-Planning Director



-Staff Liaison-Joan Jadali



-Matt Ament, Senior Planner





Call to Order

Pat Richards, Chair, called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.


Review of May Minutes

The minutes were reviewed from the May meeting.  Charlie Downs motioned for approval, with a second from Julie Campbell.  All voted in favor.


Vacant Building Ordinance Update

The Commission discussed concerns that Council had with this ordinance as well as Realtor Association concerns.  The Commission with unanimous approval recommended that guidelines be established stating that the time frame for addressing the basic issues outlined in the ordinance could be reviewed and modified by the Building Commissioner.  The Commission also indicated its desire was to have just basic safety issues addressed inside and out of vacant buildings; the intent was not to force the owner to bring the vacant building up to code.


The Commission members were also encouraged to attend the Council meeting on July 17th and to express their reasoning and logic for supporting this measure.


The Commission will have a meeting on July 11th at 8am to work on their presentation and communication points.



Re-cap of City-Wide Meeting

Pat Richards indicated that people were represented from throughout the community at the city-wide meeting held at the Recreation Complex on June 12th.  A lot of positive feedback was gathered from the surveys that the attendees completed.  Pat suggested that the Commission works on certain items that are pointed out as necessary improvements such as communication.  Discussion ensued regarding an Ambassador for new businesses and a Mentoring Program.  Rebecca volunteered to call and welcome new businesses.  A Welcoming Committee was formed, including Sue, Pat, Mittie, Rebecca, Julie, and Joan.


Calendar Proposal

Matt Ament discussed the request for posting Webster University items to the Explore Webster Groves website.  It was determined that they would be added as a business listing under Education.



Julie spoke about Public Art and needing an identifier for Crossroads.  She further discussed T-shirts for the 4th of July that will be placed in all store windows in the district to show continuity. 


The Holiday Committee was also established: Sue, Mittie, Insight Marketing, Pat, Julie, Matt and Gerry.



Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.



The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m.