|Attendance: Lois Bradley, Teri Maxwell, Steve Shurtleff, Terri Culjat, Laurie Rauseo, David Rauseo, Ellen Langlais, Kate Langlais-McNutt, Alice Colby, Rick Jacques, Jean Clark, Sumner Goldman, Marge Goldman, Brent Todd, Mike Cotton, Pete Dodge, Liz Blanchard, Ed Bush, Kathy Bush, Mark Coen, Lynne Raleigh.
Treasurer’s Report: A balance of $508.67 was reported.
Foot traffic is down like most of the markets in the area. Vendors have expressed mixed reactions to the lower attendance. New signage is needed. The last market day is October 10. Next year a marketing committee should be formed to regularly promote the market. Reusable shopping bags with the PVA logo were suggested along with a CSA concept.
Concord 2020 Donation
Prior to dissolving, Concord 2020 asked for input from several organizations, including PVA, to justify receipt of some part of 2020’s remaining funds. PVA was selected as one of the recipients based on a project wish list developed by Teri Maxwell and presented by Steve Shurtleff. Concord 2020 was instrumental in the creation of PVA and has provided long term support. The approximately $20,000 donation is to be used for community development but is not restricted to the initial wish list. Missing items need to be identified and the wish list prioritized.
Notes for the August 10 committee meeting are available on the website. Priorities were discussed including:
• Possible uses of Concord 2020 donation
• Build Business Membership
• Pilot Program for Filling Available Space
The committee is scheduled to meet on September 15 at 6:30 pm.
Penacook Make a Difference Day
Scheduled for October 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, PVA efforts will focus on cleaning up the hillside stonewall along Village Street where weeds and ‘volunteer’ trees have taken over. Traffic control issues will be investigated and landscaping expertise for replanting will be sought. Ralph Harwood will research the history of the wall. Teri Maxwell will register PVA so that we can take advantage of the marketing aspect.
• Teri Maxwell has registered PVA’s “Beautify Penacook New Hampshire's Historic Stone Wall” with the national Make a Difference Day program. This will help with advertising the effort.
• The City Council approved Steve Shurtleff’s request to close Village Street to traffic on October 22nd from 9 am to 3 pm.
The 501(c) 3 application process is being held up by the lawyer’s review. Submission is due at the end of September.
At least three new board members are being sought in anticipation of the next annual meeting. Contact Kathy Bush if you wish to volunteer or if you wish to nominate someone.
Exit 17 Update
David and Laurie Rauseo shared updates on the EDAC recommendation to lift the covenant to allow for retail space exceeding 8,000 sq. feet. They will meet with the Planning Board in October. Wetlands are being relocated and replanted with native plants so that the first phase of the project can begin as soon as permits are in place. A 33,000 sq. feet food market is being proposed.
Proposals to help raise funds for the Merrimack Valley High School Band Boosters were discussed. The band will be participating at Disney World in April.
Penacook Historical Society has rescheduled their last 2011 Back Porch Concert to October 23 at 4:00 pm. CJ Poole and the Sophisticated Approach will perform music from the 30’s and 40’s. The concert is free. Bring your own chair. Refreshments will be available.
October 8, 2011: Guest speaker Deb Cuddahy, Executive Director, Penacook Community Center
November 12, 2011