Bennington Downtown Alliance
 Board Meeting Minutes

August 10, 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: Pres. Eric Peterson, Ted Bird, Sec. Beth Wilwol, Treas. Shelley Colvin, Jeannie Jenkins, Edie Sawitsky, Keith Carey, and Michael McDonough*. Staff: John Shannahan. *Ex-officio
Absent:  VP Michael Keane, Heather Maneely, Kelly Clarke, and Diane Perry.

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

                    The July 2017 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- Motion to accept the July minutes was made by­­ Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Ted Bird. One abstained, all the rest in favor. Motion carried.  Minutes accepted as presented.

Financial Report
            Treasurer, Shelley Colvin, 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 and seconded. Motion carried.

Director’s Report
Discussion regarding report:

  • ·        Park at 336 – Ted Bird asked for a financial breakdown report.   
  • ·        Board Meeting – Action/Resolution – committee reports will be added back onto the monthly agenda.

 Old Business

  • ·        Mission/Purpose - change wording to add Bennington to downtown. Action/Resolution – a motion to accept the new mission/purpose with the aforementioned addition was made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Shelley Colvin. Motion carried.

New Business

  • ·        Board Structure – Action/Resolution - a motion to reinstate Michael McDonough to the Board as a full voting member was made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Shelley Colvin. Motion carried.
  • ·        Slate of Officers – President Eric Peterson, Treasurer Shelley Colvin, Secretary Beth Wilwol, Vice President Michael Keane.  Action/Resolution – a motion to accept the Slate of Officers as presented was made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Jeannie Jenkins. Motion carried.
  • ·        New board members – see included bio sheet for first term Board candidates. Action/Resolution – Board to send vote to John who will then report the final results.
  • ·        Zirwat has joined the Board in an ex-officio status as the Community Development Director. Action/Resolution – add Zirwat to all Board correspondence and email lists.


     Eric Peterson called for the adjournment of the meeting at 9:00am. Action/Resolution - a motion was made to adjourn by Mike McDonough, seconded by Jeannie Jenkins. 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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