Bennington Downtown Alliance
 Board Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2017
 Downtown Visitor Center

The mission of the Bennington Downtown Alliance is
to lead and support public and private efforts that promote and enhance downtown
as the vital commercial and cultural heart of the community

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

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

               The June 2017 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- Motion to accept the June minutes was made by Michael Keane, s        seconded by Ted Bird. 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.                         A
ction/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Heather Maneely, seconded by Michael Keane. Motion carried.

Director’s Report Discussion regarding report:

  • Downtown Marketing Campaign – downtown video shots have been taken and are now ready for editing. Action/Resolution – group will meet on Monday to edit footage.
  • Downtown Marketplace – they opened during First Friday at Merchants Park. John will work with Andrea Grimsley on future dates and locations. Merchants Park has a whole agenda for summer activity, which includes Summit Church camps, and a summer movie series. Action/Resolution – John will send the summer schedule to the Town.
  • Southern Vermont Economy Project – this is a developing capacity project organized by Sarah Lang. The Bennington contingents who will be attending include the Community Development Director, Chamber Director, BDA Director, and a BCRC representative. Other community partners are invited to attend. Action/Resolution – John will update the Board on any relative information.
  • Park at 336 – there is a design Application Review Panel meeting held on July 17th at 4:30pm at the Town Office. The ARP will then make a recommendation to the DRB regarding park design.  The DRB meeting will be held on July 18th at 6:30pm at the Fire Station.  Some opposition may be present but a large contingent of support is encouraged to attend. Action/Resolution –all Board members are highly encouraged to attend.

Old Business

  • Retreat Recap - we partner with all organizations but our focus is specifically downtown. Since everything downtown involves us, we are involved with everything. There are many large and time consuming expectations of our organization.
  • The conundrum is that we can’t say yes to everyone but don’t want to say no to everyone.
  • Action/Resolution - review the responsibilities to determine what is successful or not, based on resources, complexity of responsibility, what organizations are involved, and our mission statement. John and Diane will make recommendations.
  • Mission & Purpose- an updated mission and purpose statement has been made based on the recommendations from the retreat. Action/Resolution – the Board will vote on the new version at the next board meeting.

New Business

  • Board structure – it is now time for Board elections. Action/Resolution- a special meeting or electronic vote will be considered. John will first meet with Mike McDonough and Eric Peterson, then contact the Board.


        Eric Peterson called for the adjournment of the meeting at 9:10am. 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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