Members Lexxi Haddock, Cindy Mason, Susan Stoll, Duane Roderick, and Mike Nicolas
In regard to moving forward with the Food and Beverage Tax, it was discussed that Duane Roderick would send another letter to Sharon to make sure we’re on her radar since it is the first week of the legislative session.
The Small/Jarvis lot is officially included in a file for bankruptcy, and it is unclear what happens next. Duane Roderick will reach out to legal counsel to see if we can get some direction.
Duane Roderick and Cindy Mason went to Delphi (Carol County) to meet with Laura Walls. Delphi received the Stellar Communities Project grant, and she is very receptive to sharing contacts and information to help our city. They plan to meet with her again in the future.
It was proposed that we make the February 7th meeting a combined meeting with planning and economic development to discuss a plan for our agenda items of long-term planning of land use, infrastructure, future downtown building design, and the review of zoning ordinances. Duane Roderick will reach out to Tom O’Connor so that we can have the ordinance prepared to review at the meeting.
Duane Roderick reached out to Tom O’Connor and he has been working on the economic development job description. He should have it within the week, and they do plan on making it contractual. Duane also reached out to Brian Craft to see if he had any interest in serving on the economic development committee, and he agreed to do so.
Talk of alley/street art was tabled.
Lexxi Haddock shared that she wanted to make sure alumni weekend was included on the billboard advertising. Cindy Mason confirmed that the billboard was a joint effort with the school; they have been using it the last couple of times since Main Street is sort of in its off season.
Duane Roderick filled us in on the acorn street light progress and noted that 8 lights have been put up as of the evening of the meeting, from the bridge to Dollar General.
Susan Stoll shared that there is a facade grant with a February deadline that could be used for the hotel. She also shared that other possible grant options for future projects are SIA Capitol Funding, ADA, and DNR.
Mike Nicolas informed us a park 5-year planning meeting that will take place on February 23rd at 9 a.m. Talk of doughnuts was thrown around. Anyone interested in helping shape our parks’ next five year should plan to attend.
Event dates for 2019:
- Twilight Music Series on June 16th
- Twilight Music Series on July 21st
- Fourth of July Celebration on June 29th
- Twilight Music Series on August 18th
- Spirits in the Park September 7th
- Rock into Fall Festival October 5th
Final thought: what businesses could we bring in to support business we already have?
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, January 24th at 7 p.m.