DRAFT MEETING MINUTES
Penacook Village Association
September 13, 2008
11 Penacook Street, Penacook, NH
Attendees: Carol Foss, Lynne Raleigh, Alice Colby, Bill Heinz, Steve Shurtleff, Liz Blanchard, Lois Bradley, Kathy Bush, Ralph Harwood, Peter Dodge, Dottie Dodge, Glenn Geiger, Laura Guimont, Terri Culjat, Phil Latvis, Chris Johnson, Nik Coates of CNHRPC, Matt Walsh from City of Concord, Brent Todd of Concord 20/20, Jennifer Kretovic of Concord 20/20
- WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS:
Brent Todd and Jennifer Kretovic of Concord 20/20 welcomed the group. Brent introduced the Guest Speaker, Officer Ryan Howe of the Concord Police Department. Jennifer Kretovic introduced Nik Coates, a planner with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission.
- NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH:
Officer Howe offered advice on best ways to deter crime. In Penacook, most thefts occur from unlocked vehicles. Utilizing the Department’s Home Check while away on vacation is also helpful to the Concord Police. Officer Howe advocated calling the non-emergency line whenever you have questions and supported the Concord Crime Line.
- TANNERY UPDATE:
Matt Walsh from the City of Concord, provided information to the group for the Request for Proposals on the Tannery Site that are due to the City by September 19th. The City has nine criteria for the scoring of the prospective proposals. Best case scenario, Matt will present to City Council during private sessions in November, and hopefully be able to inform the PVA of the city’s preferred choice shortly after.
- PENACOOK HISTORIC SOCIETY:
Carol Foss updated the group on Baseball History Day scheduled for October 18th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
- TASK FORCE ASSIGNMENTS:
- ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE: Kathy Bush spoke with Attorney Glenn Geiger. Glenn believes the group needs to form a 501(c) 3 Organization. Although not his area of expertise, Glenn is looking for an attorney that will help in that process. Also, the group has not formally voted to accept Penacook Village Association. Laura Guilmont made a MOTION to accept Penacook Village Association as the entity to operate under. Phil Latvis seconded. Motion carried.
- MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE:
* The group reviewed the Business Survey and would like to follow up with a Community Survey. After much discussion, it was decided the Business Survey responses will be used to create a Community Survey that would be in “Check Here” format in an effort to increase response rate. Terri will distribute the surveys over the next two weeks.
* Most everyone had a chance to review the brochure Matt Brown has been working on. Kathy Bush and Laura Guimont offered to gather input from the principals at the schools to approve the school section. Carol Foss will review the history section. It was agreed the best use of the local business panel was to offer this as a sponsorship page to local businesses to help offset the cost for printing, rather than featuring only a few of the businesses. This panel will remain unfilled until printing costs, distribution methods and other logistical details are ironed out so that a reasonable
- FARMERS’ MARKET: Jennifer Kretovic reported on behalf of John Jordan that concern was raised about holding a Farmer’s Market off the main road. The drive by traffic would be important to the vendors for the greatest potential number of sales. The group will investigate 3 options: City owned property, the vacant lot next to Citizens Bank and Beede Electric. All agreed trying to put something together for this growing season would be too hurried and taking the winter months to formulate a strong plan would be best.
- OTHER BUSINESS:
* Peter Dodge reported the August 9th Clean & Weed Day was a great success. 19 people gathered at 6:30 in the morning to clear the weeds, mow and beautify the downtown village. The American Legion Post 31 is hoping to re-start a Flower Barrel Adoption program. There are 18 flower barrels stored at Murray Farms. They would also like to see about hanging American Flags on the utility poles.
* Penacook Elementary School is holding Applefest on October 25th from 10am to 2pm at the school. All are welcome to attend.
* PVA Slogan Contest – the group decided to launch the slogan contest in conjunction with and as part of the Community Survey.
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at Rolfe House.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.