Bennington Downtown Alliance
 Board Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2017
 Downtown Visitor Center

The mission of the Bennington Downtown Alliance
 is to build, improve, and support a vital downtown that benefits our entire community.

Present: Interim President Eric Peterson, Jeannie Jenkins, Edie Sawitsky, Michael Keane, Heather Maneely, Beth Wilwol, Keith Carey, and Michael McDonough*. Staff: John Shannahan and Diane Perry. *Ex-officio
Absent:  Shelley Colvin, Kelly Clarke, Ted Bird.

Call to Order
            A quorum was confirmed by Eric Peterson who then convened the meeting at 7:30am.

            The May 2017 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- Motion to accept the May minutes was made by Michael Keane, seconded by Beth Wilwol. All in favor. Motion carried. Minutes accepted as presented.

Financial Report             Executive Director John Shannahan reported on the financials which were reviewed at the Organizational level. All is in order. Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Michael Keane. Motion carried.

Director’s Report Discussion regarding report:

  • ·        TIF - a public, informational luncheon for TIF stakeholders is scheduled for June 21st at noon at the Fire Station. Every property and business owner is a stakeholder and is invited to attend.  This is an opportunity for the Town and it’s consultant to talk about the process of entering into, developing, establishing, and using a TIF district. The BDA provided the Town with all of our member’s email addresses. Action/Resolution – the Board is encouraged to attend.
  • ·        Park @ 336 – the intended project contractor is no longer on the project due to scheduling conflicts. This news came after receiving the grant, and has added complications. There is one particular requirement in the grant that states all monies coming from the grant are subject to competitive bid. That is a VTrans requirement. The committee is in process of replacing the project manager and seeking competitive pricing. There has been some opposition to the park by one individual that is resulting in extra steps, such as applying for permits for the municipal project. The permit policy requires additional drawings for review, so a continuance was requested and a July hearing is now set. Some opposing concerns are noise, design, and community usage. The hearing to review the entire project is on the 3rd Tuesday of July. Action/Resolution - a motion to move ahead as fast as possible on park development was made by Michael Keane, seconded by Edie Sawitsky. All in favor. Motion carried. Action/Resolution –John will visit a local general contractor today.
  • ·        Town garage- Select Board is reaching out for creative proposals for this project. The Design committee will be given a draft copy of the RFP for comment. Action/Resolution – Mike McDonough will share the draft at a special meeting of the Design committee.

Old Business

  • ·        Org planning meeting – June 21st at 7:30am.  Action/Resolution- Org committee to attend.
  • ·        Board planning meeting – June 29th at 7:30am. Action/Resolution- Board members to attend.

New Business

  • ·        Board meeting -next month’s meeting is July 13th. Action/Resolution- all members to attend.
  • ·        Org meeting – next month’s meeting is July 11th. Action/Resolution- Org committee to attend.


     Eric Peterson called for the adjournment of the meeting at 9:00am. Action/Resolution - a motion was made to adjourn by Michael Keane, seconded by Heather Maneely. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Wilwol, secretary
Bennington Downtown Alliance


Bennington Downtown Alliance
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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