October 4th, 2014
Meeting called to order at 9:00am
I. Teri Maxwell introduced herself, welcomed everyone and informed us that she’d be running the meeting in Kathy’s absence.
II. Teri informed everyone that the Board of Directors met on September 29th, 2014. The following important dates were announced:
- November 15th, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @ Boudreau Square beginning at 10:00 a.m.
- December 3rd, Tree Lighting begins @ 6:00 p.m. with Santa / Music & Refreshments.
- December 13th, General Meeting: Rail Trail Presentation
- January 10th, P.V.A. Annual Meeting @ MVHS cafeteria with our traditional breakfast buffet.
III. New Business:
- Teri introduced our guest speaker Officer Kristy Spaulding of the Concord Police Department. Officer Spaulding presented a slide show presentation of Burglary Prevention Tips for Penacook Neighborhood Safety.
- Safe Routes to School Walking School Buses update: Michele Horne, Chair of the Safe Routes to School Committee, reports that there were 5 Walking School Bus Thursdays last spring from the Alice Dr. neighborhood with up to 20 kids and 6 adults. This school year there's been a Walking School Bus every Thursday with 8-10 kids and 3-4 adults. The PCC also has a Walking School Bus with 4-5 adults and 25-30 children.
- Penacook Farmers Market: At our 9/29 Board Meeting, the Board voted to fund the Farmers Market for the 2015 season. Rick Jaques, our Farmers Market Manager reported that average attendance for the season was 181 customers. The highest traffic count was on July 21st with 306 people in attendance. Attendance was down after September 1st. Rick stated that vendor left happy and there seems to be much promise for them to return in 2015. A vendor survey is being put together by Kathy & Rick Jaques, our Farmers Market Manager.
- Poulin Park Gazebo Update: The Association was informed that Bill, Ray and Alan met at the newly configure Poulin Park and mapped out the location of the new Gazebo which will be the same size as the previous one (14’ x 14’). Ray showed a sample of the 4x8 Brick Paver that will be the primary fund raiser for the project. The engraving on the Pavers will be sandblasted. The following brick sizes will be available for the corresponding donation:
- 4”x8” Brick = $100 Donation: Allows for 3 lines of text with up to 18 characters per line.
- 8”x8” Brick = $250 Donation: Allows for 6 lines of text with up to 18 characters per line.
- A Four Brick “Array” = $1,000 Donation: consists of four 8”x8” Bricks allows for business logo and larger font print.
- An Eight Brick “Array = $2,000 Donation: consists of eight 8”x8” Bricks allows for business logo and larger font print.
The Friends of Poulin Park are in the process of creating Posters and Order forms which they hope to post with local merchants to help promote the fund raising campaign. There is currently an order form online at http://penacook.org/PoulinParkGazebo.
- Teri passed around and reviewed our 9/30/14 Balance Sheet.
- Tree Lighting: Liz Blanchard will be chairing this year’s event & is looking for anyone interested in joining her committee. The first meeting will be at Liz’s home (61 Washington Street, Penacook) on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m.
- Alan Herschlag state that “In Town Concord” is creating a survey of what residents would like to see in Concord that they currently have to leave town to shop for. He suggested that we contact them to ensure that the Village of Penacook is included in the survey.
- Liz Blanchard recommended that we investigate joining the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Someone else mentioned that membership would cost us about $300 and would allow us to network with local business owners in Concord to see if we could create interest in the possibility of some opening satellite businesses in the Village of Penacook.
- Ray announced the Contoocook River Improvement Society was hosting a Pot Luck supper at the Riverhill Grange on Saturday October 15th at 5:00 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Rick Jaques, President of the Penacook Historical Society who will be doing a presentation “The Contoocook River Beginning to End”. Please bring a covered dish, salad or desert to share.
- The upcoming Concord Planning Board meeting on October 15th, at 7:00 in the City Council Chambers was mentioned as the subject of the controversial PSNH Line 317 is on the agenda. The line will run from the Manor Substation across to Borough Road, through Primrose Lane to River Road, across the Rolfe Canal to the public boat landing on the Contoocook River Island where it will cross the Contoocook River go up to and cross Elm Street continuing its route to the substation in Davisville.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:11am
Raymond Miner, Board Member