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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
October 25th, 2012
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
November 29th, 2012
Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
Staff Liaison-Mara Perry
Call to Order
Pat Richards, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.
Review of July Minutes
The minutes were reviewed from
the September meeting. Sue Sullivan motioned for approval with a second from Chalegne
O’Brien. All voted in favor.
PR Committee Update
An overview of activities
currently in process with the Public Relations Committee was presented by Mayor
Welch. She updated the committee on the Murdoch Bridge communication. Mayor
Welch also indicated that the Public Relations Committee is looking at various
communication efforts for the future, but have agreed to focus on the holidays
right now. She discussed radio ads being placed with 102.5 from the week
before Thanksgiving through Christmas as well as the reindeer that the Parks
Department is working on to spruce up the holidays.
The wreaths for the Webster
Wreath Walk were discussed. Joan will send out a list of current participants
to the group. Efforts to involve the Crossroads Business District in more City
activities was also discussed in length.
Business Communications –
How do we reach our businesses?
The discussion of how to market the
City led directly into the concerns about how the businesses communicate with
one another within their districts and between districts and how there is no
method of sharing or bridge building between the business districts. A
suggestion was made to have another City-wide meeting to invite all of the
districts and continue to involve them in communication.
Mara Perry updated the commission
on the process and what her goals are to get a coordinated list of contacts.
She will work with Joan Jadali to get this addressed during the time that we
issue business license renewals.
As a part of this discussion, we
have decided that we need to determine exactly what we want to communicate as
city-wide communication efforts and in what ways we should do this (paper vs
Mara Perry will research this
further. We can also ask businesses what they feel is the best way to
communicate with them when we have our next city-wide business meeting with
Goals for the BDC
better communication between businesses
contact information for both electronic and hard copy distribution to the
various members of all the organizations that is kept up to date
how to get messages out
networking among businesses
Chalegne O’Brien indicated that
she would like to keep as an agenda item the property tax appraisal process and
will look into more information on this process for a future update to the
commission. Mayor Welch indicated that on November 8th, the City
Council and Webster Groves School District will be meeting with the Assessor’s
Office to discuss how commercial property is assessed.
Rebecca Olson shared highlights
of the upcoming Santa on the Run activity on December 1st. She
indicated that area businesses that want to participate in the program and want
to offer discounts or other items to support the participants can place a
“Santa Stops Here” sign in their business window.
Wine Tasting at Garland Wines
Last Farmers Market of the year
is this week.
The Fireworks display will be on
December 31st at Memorial Park in the evening.
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05