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Minutes Old Webster
Special Business District
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Members Present: Don
Baumstark, Ron Clipp, Phil Lindwedel, Bill Newhouse, Mara Perry, Jackie
Postiglione, Joe Rath, Kathy Reimelt, and Kerry
Others Present: Mayor Gerry Welch; Shawnell
Faber, Parks and Recreation Dept.; Dan Warner and Ellen Light,
Presiding: Polly Brackman
Meeting began at 8:07 a.m.
Approval of Minutes
• Don moved to approve, Jackie seconded, minutes
for Nov. 27, 2012, were approved.
KTRS Funding Request
• Matching funds of $2,250 for radio ads; Mayor
will discuss with Business Development Commission, need was expressed to come
back to it, since it is not the time of year to do it.
• Polly also brought up this request at Trade
Association Meeting, general idea was thought good, but she will tell them
timing will be moved up for later discussion.
Report - Mara
new happening with Auto Beauty Specialists.
request for Cinco de Mayo event.
plans to put together new event permit which will pull together all needs;
and make it so we will be given alert when these come in.
Sculpture Park at Kirkham & Gore
funding has been reached for new Catharine Magel piece.
loaning two of Ernest Trova’s creations.
paying for the park—it will become part of the park system.
- Shawnell – Parks & Recreation Dept. Updates
• Shawnell said her Dept. worked about 160 extra
man-hours because of drought.
• Also left containers in place longer than
normal, so there was watering going on longer than usual.
• The reindeer construction was time consuming and
labor intensive, but costwise was also lowest amount of any holiday
• For new budget, we might need to allow for extra
labor costs. She thought we did well with what was done last year.
• Shawnell said we cannot predict weather again,
but there was less done on City parks—which could be the case one year, but not
• Polly noted this meeting was just to get idea
what budget should look like for future.
• Shawnell reminded group that they also do leaf
blowing, which is very time consuming.
• Holiday decorations went well, no reindeer
stolen, plan to use next year too.
• Making plans for spring planting—banana plants
will be used.
• Tree care inventory was done and some tree
replacements are under way.
Dan Warner Presentation
- representing Joe Schwab
• Joe Schwab is taking over Euclid Records (new
location at 19 N. Gore).
• He is suggesting a new music festival—“A Retro
Soul Festival—Webster Grooves;” May 18, 2013.
• It will be in conjunction with Webster U. Film
• He has been very successful in promoting music.
• Joe Rath and Dan Warner will work with him.
• Could become annual event, following in
footsteps of Jazz Fest.
• He is asking for $3K from district; he is
contributing $1K himself.
• He is moving to Old Webster because he wants to
feel part of the district.
Discussion - Planning for the Future
• Polly noted we need to figure out where our
money will be going in the future.
• We don’t want to keep eating away at our
• Polly said we need to fix our four pedestrian
signs; to redo each one is $630.
• Need to make effort to get people to list
themselves on the signs.
• Cheaper to redo whole sign instead of single
panels, one at a time.
• Charge $100-$200 at most…don’t charge those who
already are on listed.
• Don asked about sidewalks. Is business district
partly responsible for sidewalk repair? Property owners were charged for a
portion of repair.
• Don asked about responsibility for parking deck?
Joe said City is supposed to be responsible for that.
• Don’s concern as a Board member is that we’ve
gone from budgeting in the $60K range to the $80K range, now with only revenues
in the $60Ks.
• He mentioned that originally holiday lighting
was coming out of Advertising, then it went to maintenance—which is
appropriate—but then we never adjusted Advertising.
• Although Parks Dept. is doing great job, cost
has about doubled. Look of district is essentially advertising, though we are
not putting it under that category.
• Mayor suggested we discuss what actually brings
people to the district.
• We could also look at ways of increasing
• Don said we (Business Districts) don’t have
authority…it goes to property owners, not business owners.
• Kathy asked about questions businesses like
Provision Living, across the street—are they property owners but not business?
• Ron asked if anyone had ever been audited by
City for business license?
• Mayor mentioned bringing Joann in to discuss how
revenues come about.
• Mara mentioned business licenses, sales tax; and
Joe mentioned real estate property tax.
professionals don’t pay, but Jackie said architects do.
though they are also state-licensed professionals.
if it is state mandated that you don’t tax them?
there is a state law because there have been attempts to change that .
• Ron asked about money business pays, how much
comes to our district?
• Don didn’t think the rate has changed in the 25
years this Commission has been around.
• We might do well to check with other side of
• Polly asked if Moody tax rates are different?
• Phil asked about how city spends regarding
• Mara said a representative of each district sits
on decision body—Business Development Commission.
• Jackie asked about trees and Parks Dept.
• Joe said Paul got added tree money to his budget
because many trees needed to be replaced.
• Mara suggested we look at strategy—what we want
to emphasize, more than specific issues on where dollars come from and thoughts
about details of what we need done.
• Mayor asked about Trade Association budget.
they wait until after our budget is done to come forward with their requests.
Open House—they would like that event to be more funded by district than just
the businesses that take part. Mayor suggested they bring funding requests.
Jackie for budget information…Polly noted we used to give $5K for Open House;
Street Dance $3,300 is already approved. (Last year for street dance, Trade
Ass’n. paid police officer $140 because that was in cash, and administrative
expense was $150/mo.).
about future decisions with Trade Ass’n.; Don said sponsorships started because
Trade would fund basics, trolleys, but additional advertising was funded by and
greater “buy-in” brought more people.
meeting is before ours, they can perhaps give idea of what they need ahead of
our budget decisions.
• Mara said next month’s meeting we need to
finalize budget requests for her deadline.
Mara emphasized that the board should decide on
focus, e.g. building lighting? etc.
• Decision to hold extra “Budget” meeting on
Thursday, 7th of February, 8-9:30 a.m.
• Mara can print out some past years’ backup.
• In response to Bill’s question asking if there
is someone that coordinates our contributions with other business districts, we
were told PR Committee is part of Business Development Commission… Mayor, Joann
and Mara are on that. Also have marketing consultants on board.
• Bill emphasized pooling with other districts in
advertising to increase City-wide advertising.
• Ron noted there are things we cannot change, and
the ones we can change are Advertising and Street Maintenance.
• Can we go to the church and ask since our
revenue is decreasing, can we pay you less?
• Don said if we continue to spend what we are
spending, in three years the fund balance will be gone. Gave example of street
trees having 25-year life… time running out on those. Other trees also need to
be replaced…talking $500/tree.
• Polly noted we need to find out if City will be
paying for those.
• Jackie said to look 3-5 years out instead of
looking ahead just one year.
• Mara will get information on Parking Lot
contract, look at Advertising breakdown, and recycling contract. She will also
check on sidewalks from Public Works, business licenses and if they’ve been
audited, taxing percentages of other districts, and street trees.
• Mara said actual amount that comes out from ours
$11,690; City puts in another dollar amount.
• Joe said Futura Properties owns bank parking
• Bill said he didn’t hear complaints this year
about parking during holidays.
• Bill and Ron noted there seems to be better use
of employee parking lot.
• Mara urged focus so we can accomplish a lot at
was expressed to find out amount other districts pay for Parks Dept. work.
• Nothing because it’s too cold.
• We have a nice list which will use all the
budget for coming year.
• Now single stream? Need to let district know,
Mara will tell us.
• Bill asked when we renegotiate again? Mara will
check and let us know.
• Paul repaired! Looks so much better.
• Dr. Jazz closed, but there is definite interest
• Taste of Webster? Restaurant?
• Laser hair removal in Reliable Life.
• Gelato place possibly coming in.
• Jets Pizza in old Starbucks, part of a national
Meeting ended 9:30 a.m.
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 26, 2013