Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Main Street Board meeting minutes March 5, 2018


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, March 5, 2018

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday March 5, 2018 at the Greentown City Building Town Council room. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge, Liesbet Patrick, Drew Reed, Ron Simpson, Garry Hill and Katie Regan.

Directors absent with regrets: Mark Lantz

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The minutes of the February 2018 meeting were approved as printed with one correction of the spelling of the Hy-Red Station.

The Treasurer's report for February was read and filed for audit.

Organization

Membership – 40 paid memberships and 1 exchange membership was reported.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – No report

Facebook Page – Jolene has been adding events to the facebook page and has had a lot of activity. She asked everyone to keep sending her information to post.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins

Revitalization Planning Grant- Katie Regan reported that her committee is focusing on Grants and meeting the deadlines. Jolene asked if Clifford Sign was ready for us. They needed to get approval from INDOT it make our signs. Drew said he would check and also see if there was a backup company to make our signs, possibly a company in Peru IN. April 1st is the next report

It was suggested that we might go to the local businesses that offered money to get started on the Wayfinding signs and get that money collected and send in the vouncher to get ½ of the funding from the state.
  • Town Beautification - Jolene reported that the new town engineer is Michael Mauk.
The old greenery has been pulled out of the pots at the center of town. The pot at the Historical Society corner is not draining well and will be looked at. Will replant the second weekend in May. Kim Patton suggested that ivy be used in the pots and at the fountain to stay green all winter.

Murals and Signage

Jolene suggested that the windows on the West side of the King Chef building would be a good place to paint. It was alsa reported that there is some siding on the Heartland Market west wall and that they took down the unsightly awning. Drew has not received permission to paint the Heartland Market wall.

Garry suggested that traveling to Plymouth IN. to see their murals is worth the trip.
  • Holiday Lights – The lights are down and stored and a check to the fire department has been sent.  

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Mark send a message that he would like to see the slogan “Keep the Green in Greentown” revived.

Century Villa is having an open house on March 22.

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – July 26-Sept 13 7:00 PM. Ads are available for the programs and sponsorships are available for each night. Garry suggested that the committee invite the Northwestern Championship Basketball Team on one of the nights.

MATF Scholorship – The committee is planning to give out their second scholorship to an Eastern High School Senior that will pursue music in college.

Lt. Mike Andry ride – The event will be July 21, 2018. To volunteer contact Rita Hill. The Town Council has approved closing off N. Meridian Street from the stoplight to Grant street on the Friday before the ride at 5 PM thru Saturday midnight. The money raised goes to local charities for kids and local disabled Veterans.

Community Garden – Lisa Stout will invite new gardeners to apply for space in the garden and will give applications to the apartments on Maple St. and Harvey Dr. Flyers have been placed around town.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the date has not been set for 2018 but is usually in August.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil -No report

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker is getting permission from the school to use their parking lot at the administration building again this year. It is still $20.00 for the year and this includes Main Street membership.

Community Rummage Sale Map – It was decided that since there is no chairman for the map that Main Street would set a date for the Community Rummage Sale and let the home owners and businesses plan accordingly. The date is set as Saturday May 19, 2018.

Fall Festival – Drew Reed reported that October 12, second Friday of the month, will be the Fall Festival. This will be at the 4-H fairgrounds. He and his committee have lots of ideas to expand on last years event. All food vendors should have their own permits and liability.

Garry reported that signs could be placed 30 day prior to the event without a permit, but should be taken down promptly after the event.
 

Old Business – None

New Business – None

Comments - How do we get more people involved in Main Street? Some people just need to be asked. They won't volunteer on their own. We have several volunteers but they don't always come to meetings. This is a board meeting and they are not required to come. Maybe look at other Main Streets. Converse? Some people don't understand what Main Street does for the community.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM. The next meeting will be Monday April 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Feb 5, 2018 Main Street Board meeting Minutes


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, February 5, 2018

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday February 5, 2018 at the Greentown City Building Town Council room. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge, Liesbet Patrick, Mark Lantz, Drew Reed, Ron Simpson and Katie Regan.

Directors absent with regrets: Garry Hill

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The minutes of the November 2017 meeting were approved as printed.

The Treasurer's report for November, December and January were read and filed for audit.

The 2018 Budget was up for discussion. $300 was added for Economic Development and there was some discussion what our committment is to the Wayfair signage upkeep with INDOT. After discussion Ron Simpson made the motion to accept the 2018 budget and Katie 2nd the motion. The motion was approved.

Checking & savings account signature cards: Because Mary Miller is no longer on the board Katie Regan made a motion to take Mary Miller off of the signature card at the bank and have the three names on the account. Lisa Stout, Ron Simpson and Jolene Rule. Rachel Jenkins seconded the motion. With an 8 yea and 1 nay vote the motion was approved.

Organization

Membership – 39 paid memberships and 1 exchange membership was reported.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Will add new members to the Website business directory in February 2018.

Rachel Jenkins requested that the entire membership be included on the website not just the business directory. Lisa will look into this.

Facebook Page – Jolene mentioned that if a Main Street Business member is having an event to send the information to the facebook page. She reminded everyone to like the page so you will get information on upcoming events. Drew Reed gave some instruction on how to tag the Main Street page. There was discussion on Driving Business with Social Media. It was suggested that it might be benificial to our business owners to have classes on the benefits of social media.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins

Revitalization Planning Grant _ Katie Regan discussed correspondence with INDOT and the design firm. Contruction should begin in 2020. Sidewalks are included. A planning meeting to replace State Road 22/35 will be soon. Continuing talks with Duke energy on the expense to move the power lines (or bury them) in the one block radius of the stoplight.
  • Town Beautification - Jolene 
  • Flowers are planned to be planted in May at the trail head, town sign and pots. The town plans to hire someone to water the flowers this year.
Murals and Signage

Wayfinding Signs – Drew is working with OCRA, INDOT and Clifford sign to complete this project.

Murals – Drew reported that Kaley Harness has a job in Indianapolis and Brittany Miller is getting married so he is working with an IUK professor to get the names of students to paint the murals. Heartland Market has not been responsive to giving permission to paint a mural on their building so there were suggestions to move to another location such as the Main Occasions Catering building or the King Chef building.

  • Holiday Lights – The lights are still up and a check to the fire department will be sent when the lights are down and stored for the summer.   

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Mark reported :
  1. Subway has a new general manager and has been told that there has been a delay in their new building.
  2. Century Villa is under new management but has been told that the old staff will stay on.
  3. George Howell passed away. He was an upstanding business owner for many years. There was a large viewing at the funeral home.
  4. NAPA has two new owners from Tipton.
  5. Mark took pictures of all the business store fronts in the downtown area. These can be used for future reference as needed.
  6. He is planning to have a round table meeting with downtown business owners on Monday March 12 at 5 PM at Main Occasions Catering. His intent (among other things) is to discuss the impact their business has on visitors or patrons of their stores and how it affects the image of the town.
A motion was made by Liesbet to fund this event. Drew seconded and the motion passed.
  1. Rachel Jenkins reported that she has purchased the Hy-Red Station and is looking for a tenant.
  2. Discussion on the impact of social media and having a meeting for training. Some thought one on one training might be more beneficial. Others thought a slower class than what the library offers might also work.
  3. Jolene mentioned that Paul Wyman had said in the past that there was money available for small pop up businesses to get them started. This might help to fill our vacant store fronts.
  4. Mark reported that there is a quantity of homes for sale in Greentown. The cheaper homes are more available and the utility bills make a difference for the lower income buyers. 
Promotion

Music At The Fountain – No report

Lt. Mike Andry ride – The event will be July 21, 2018. To volunteer contact Rita Hill

Community Garden – Lisa Stout will invite new gardeners to apply for space in the garden and will give applications to the apartments on Maple St. and Harvey Dr.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the date has not been set for 2018 but is usually in August.

Holiday Bazaar – No report

Farmers Market – No report

Community Rummage Sale Map – We are looking for someone to put together the 2018 rummage sale maps.

Fall Festival – Drew Reed reported that Larry LaRowe of the Lions Club asked him if they wanted to combine the Fall Festival with what the Lions Club does around Halloween. Drew said he would like to do the fall festival earlier in October and welcomed the Lions Club to be a part of it. Last year was good but Drew and his committee are working on making it better this year.

Pinehurst Texas Relief Fund – Mark Lantz reported that he has tried to contact someone in Pinehurst that we could help but isnt getting any response from them. He has tried churchs and schools and even asked for names for Christmas gifts but has had no luck. Therefore, he made a motion that this fund be renamed to Disaster Relief fund and the money be used for future use as needed. Katie Regan seconded the motion and the motion was approved.

Old Business – None

New Business – Correspondence received has been the Historical Society newsletter that is available for anyone interested, and a post card from the Community Foundation with the deadlines for grant applications for 2018.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM. The next meeting will be Monday March 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Main Street Minutes Nov 6, 2017


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday November 6, 2017 at the Main Occasions Catering in Greentown. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge, Garry Hill, Liesbet Patrick, Mark Lantz and Mary Miller.

Directors absent with regrets: Ron Simpson

Other members present: Ed Hannah, Katie Regan, Jim Miller, Robin Hainlen, Renda Hurst, Drew Reed and Rita Hill.

Guests present: Connie Hannah, Kim Patton, Russell Patton, Ashley Reed, Ray Mumaw and Scott Deyoe

Refreshments were served by Main Occasions Catering

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:24 PM.

Jolene introduced our members and visitors. She thanked the Town Council for assisting Main Street with grants and funding.

The minutes of the October 2017 meeting were presented. Garry Hill made the motion to approve the minutes and Mary Miller seconded. The motion was approved.

The Treasurer's report for October was read and filed for audit.

Jolene mentioned that Main Street is a non profit organization and opens doors for grants. It is a platform organization to do positive things. It is a good vehicle for new projects and events. There are four branches to Main Street Organization, Design, Economic Vitality and Promotion.

Organization

Nominating Committee – Rachel Jenkins presented to slate of those up for nomination to the board for a three year term. They were Jolene Rule, Drew Reed and Katie Regan. Liesbet Patrick seconded these nominations and they were accepted. Rachel also presented the nominations for officers for a one year term. They were Jolene Rule for President and Lisa Stout for Secretary/ Treasurer. Mark Lantz seconded these nominations and they were approved.

Membership – 45 Paid Members, 2 exchange memberships and 6 first year free memberships in 2017. 16 memberships for 2018 have been paid so far before this meeting.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Will add new members to the Website business directory in February 2018.

Facebook Page – Jolene mentioned that if a Main Street Business member is having an event to send the information to the facebook page. She reminded everyone to like the page so you will get information on upcoming events.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins

Purpose of Design Committee:

Supports a community's transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

For the past few months we have focused on:
  • Revitalization Plan 
Plan approved by OCRA and by the Greentown Town Council on September 19. This plan will provide direction and order for downtown revitalization.

Coordination with INDOT and replacement of Main St/22/35 on issues such as downtown lighting design and things that have to be planned for when the street and sidewalks are torn up. The approved Revitalization Plan will provide legitimacy for participation in INDOT planning. Main Street replacement will be a major catalyst for addressing other downtown issues.
  • Town beautification 
Flower containers on the four corners of downtown, fountain in front of town hall. Jolene has addressed maintenance issues and the Greentown Town Council will provide assistance with this.

Murals and Signage

Wayfinding Signs – have applied for a Downtown Enhancement Grant for up to 20k with a 1.5 match. Drew Reed; Brittany Miller and Kaley Harness provided a design for wayfinding signs. This design was approved by the town council
  • Holiday Lights – Mary and Jim Miller replaced the older lights with new snowflakes. The older lights were donated to the Greentown Lions Club for use in the pioneer village.
The replacement of Main Street will be an impetus for other improvements in the downtown area. One of the goals of the Design Committee re: Revitalization is to not let the plan be forgotten. It will be 2-5 years before other parts of the plan can be implemented and in the meantime we want to do things that require little or no money and that can be funded locally or through small grants. This will require all of us to stay enthusiastic about Greentown.

Please sign up to work on a committee. There is a job for everyone.
   

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Mark reported that we need to keep the down town businesses informed of the reviatlization street changes. We need to pull the businesses together to attract more folks to town. We need to pool our resources. There are things we can do to help the businesses here in town. Once we get the customer in the door we need to make a good impression to keep them coming back. We also need to keep the business owners aware of the grant money available and how to apply. We need to be on fire for Greentown.

It was mentioned that Main Occasions Catering and Greentown Flooring have taken advantage of grants for their outside facade. Main Occasions Catering will be adding another sign to their building because of the revitalization plan.

Scott Deyoe mentioned that other businesses that have taken advantage of the facade grants are Greentown First United Methodist Church, The Apartments at Grant and Meridian and Hasler/Stout Funeral Home.

Jolene suggested that you contact Rachel Jenkins for information on historic renovation experts that are available.

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – Ed Hannah gave a review of the 2017 season and is looking forward to the 2018 season. The first event will be on July 26th. They were able to purchase a viola for the school. Ed thanked the town council for the use of the street and the Police Department for their presence. He also thanked his committee and the school.

Lt. Mike Andy ride – Rita Hill reported that they collected $16,000 to be distributed between four charities, The next event will be July 21, 2018

Community Garden – 5 gardeners had plots this last year. Thank you to the town Council for allowing us to move the garden east of town. Lisa Stout will open the garden for more participants in 2018.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the Art Show was well attended and that there were 25 participants with 59 entries. And brought in a profit of $57.56. Thank you to The Greentown Mini Mall for letting us have our event there and thank you to her committee Ronda Eldridge and Barbara Pence.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil, chairman, November 11 9 AM – 3 PM at the fairgrounds.

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker sent in a report that they had 5 regular vendors and 2 part time vendors over the season. She is working to make it bigger and better next year.

Community Rummage Sale Map – We are looking for someone to put together the 2018 rummage sale maps.

Pinehurst TX. - Mark Lantz selected at town in similar size to ours to help after the hurricane. Various items were donated and cash was collected. Money was sent to the Home Depot in Pinehurst and items were collected and taken there to aid in their clean up operations. Because they are still hurting we thought we could partner with them for Christmas. He is working to get names of families that we might help.

Fall Festival – October 27th at the fairgrounds. Drew Reed reported that it was well attended. Several businesses were involved. Maybe have it earlier in October next year and have a small carnival. He will try to give more notice for next years event.

Old Business – Other activities in the area that are coming up are:

Dec 9 – Library movie night 5:30 PM

Dec 8 – Movie night – Sycamore Friends Church 6-8 PM

Nov 4 – Chili Cookoff – American Legion 6 PM

Nov. 18 – Library open house. Will wrap gifts. Have beverages and crafts and a wreath auction. Noon – 3 PM.

Dec. 2 – The Library is hosting a bus trip to Nashville IN.

New Business – Jolene took the floor and expressed her thanks to the Town Council for working together to do positive things for Greentown.

She also thanked every Main Street member and board member. She also welcomed Drew and Katie to the Board. She presented certificates of appreciation to Mary Miller for her many years on the board. She has been Past President many times, helping with the Comet trail, many fundraisers and working with the Christmas lights. Jolene read a note from the Greentown Lions Club expressing their thanks for the donation of the Christmas Lights and they will add the name of Main Street to the pioneer village christmas display for many years to come.

Jolene presented a certificate of appreciation to Lisa Stout for her help this year.

Jolene presented a certificate of appreciation to Mark Lantz for his work this year as the Economic Vitality chairman, the logo contest, The Pinehust Texas Project. “He is a very caring and positive person for Greentown.”

Jolene presented a certificate of appreciation to Katie Regan as the revitalization chairman for setting up meetings making phone calls working with INDOT and Duke Energy which is not an easy task.

Jolene was given a round of applause for the work she has done for Main Street this year.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM. Because of the weather and the Holidays, the next meeting will be Monday February 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Main Street Minutes October 2, 2017


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, October 2, 2017

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Greentown City Building. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge, Garry Hill, Liesbet Patrick, Mark Lantz and Mary Miller.

Directors absent with regrets: Ron Simpson

Other members present: Ed Hannah, Katie Regan, Jim Miller, Robin Hainlen

Guests present: Tom Moor, James Hulse, Ron Nearon

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Garry Hill distributed Main Street Business cards to those that had requested them using the logo from Eli Sears. He will make more as needed.

Mark Lantz presented certificates of appreciation to Tom Moor, James Hulse and Ron Nearon for the hours that they worked at the collection site to gather materials needed for Pinehurst Texas and also to drive the Uhaul to Pinehurst and deliver the donations. James and Ron distributed pictures that they took in and around Pinehust and described what they saw there. Mark suggested that we could do an adopt a family from Pinehust for Christmas. Jolene thanked Mark and the Lions Club for doing this project and she mentioned that by giving to one town we could get them exactly what they needed and people are more comfortable donating to a non profit. She also thanked the board for voting to do this project.

The minutes of the August 2017 meeting were presented. With no additions or corrections the minutes were approved as sent.

The Treasurer's report for August and September were read and filed for audit.

Organization

Membership – new member Yoder Grass Fed Angus Beef

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – nothing new to report

Facebook Page – Jolene mentioned that if a Main Street Business member is having an event to send the information to the facebook page. She reminded everyone to like the page so you will get information on upcoming events.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Revitalization Committee After review by the Office of community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), the Revitalization Plan was approved by the Greentown Town Council on at the September 19th public meeting.  Questions from those present included how the Revitalization grant was paid for, number of parking spaces after proposed changes had been made, concern about narrowing Main Street and questions about bump outs.  1st Captain Kevin Breisch of the Greentown Volunteer Fire Company said that the company had made a test run with cones being boundaries for turning and that the proposed space had been sufficient.  It was stated that plans could be changed and the construction grant not happen for at least a year. 

Friday September 8th Jolene, Rachel, Michael Mauk met with Donnie Alexander, Duke Energy Business Development Sales Manager of the Midwest Lighting Group to discuss lighting and line options for Greentown during the INDOT construction phase in 2020.  Mr. Alexander is setting up a meeting with a Duke engineer who will provide more information. 
A meeting between Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the DES1593231 Project Manager, Michelle Loveall, (mloveall@indot.in.gov, 317-467-3438) will be set for late October to discuss planning for the 2020 construction.  INDOT will include Greentown representatives in planning meetings.
    Town Beautification – Jolene Rule reported that flowers will be removed from the Comet Trail head and the downtown planters. In the past we have had a difficult time getting people to take care of some of the planters. The Town Council plans to hire someone next year to do the watering and maintenance. We will still be responsible for the planting.
   Murals and Signage – Drew Reed & Brittany Miller, On October 3, we will meet with Project Development Spec Jennifer Santos, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council to work on the application for the Downtown Enhancement Grant from OCRA.  INDOT has indicated that the design submitted could be used on Main Street.  Every effort will be made to meet our grant application deadline.  Our submission is due to him by the end of next week.  The grant is a 1.5 match, with a 50% coming from the Council or others and .5 from in-kind contributions. 
Wayfinding Signs: The Town Council approved the drawings as presented by Jolene Rule at the July Council meeting.  Luis A Laracuente, Greenfield District Traffic Engineer.  INDOT will provide information on installation methods and materials. 
Brittany sent a note that the Indian mural is not being abandoned. She is working on a new designfor the Heartland Market building and also a Greentown Glass Design.
Christmas Lights – Jim Miller reported that the lights are ready to put up. 

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Greentown Flooring and Main Occasions Catering did facade work with Town Grant money. They both held an open house on September 21st. Radio station Z92.5 came out to Greentown and did several remotes at various Greentown businesses. Refreshments were provided by Main Occasions Catering.

We need to get more business owners involved in the grant money available.

Subway ground breaking will be next year sometime.

Just a reminder that Down on Main Street is now smoke free.

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – Ed Hannah read a card from Rick King, a performer from the summer season, thanking Main Street for inviting him and he would like to return if the schedule is right.

All MATF bills are paid. 2,022 people atended. We need to use the program more to promote what Main Street is doing. It was a good season

Community Garden – No report

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the Art Show was well attended and that there were 25 participants with 59 entries. And brought in a profit of $57.56. Thank you to The Greentown Mini Mall for letting us have our event there and thank you to her committee Ronda Eldridge and Barbara Pence.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil, chairman, November 11 9 AM – 3 PM at the fairgrounds.

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker sent in a report that they had 5 regular vendors and 2 part time vendors over the season.

Community Rummage Sale Map – We are looking for someone to put together the 2018 rummage sale maps.

Fall Festival – October 27th at the fairgrounds. Contact Drew Reed if interested in helping. 

Old Business – Annual Meeting at Main Occasions. Nov 6

New Business – Other activities in the area that are coming up are:

Oct 7 – Wine tasting at the round barn sponsored by the library

Dec 9 – Library movie night 5:30 PM

Dec 8 – Movie night – Sycamore Friends Church 6-8 PM

Nov 4 – Chili Cookoff – American Legion 6 PM

There was discussion as to having a parade in town on the 4th of July. One concern was How can we compete with the Haynes Apperson? Mary suggested that we enter a Greentown float in the Haynes Apperson parade.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM. The next meeting will be Monday Novemeber 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM. at Main Occasions Catering. Be sure to send in your RSVP to Jolene.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Main Street Board minutes Aug 7, 2017


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday August 7, 2017 at the Greentown City Building. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge, Garry Hill and Liesbet Patrick.

Directors absent with regrets: Ron Simpson, Mark Lantz, Mary Miller.

Other members present: Ed Hannah, Katie Regan, Renda Hurst, Angela Horton

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The minutes of the July 2017 meeting were presented. Ronda Eldridge moved to accept the minutes and Garry Hill seconded. The motion passed.

The Treasurer's report for July was read and filed for audit.

Organization

Membership – Lisa reported 4 new members from the Farmer's Market. Elizabeth Sanders ( M & B Orchard), Abby Henning ( Abby Craft & More), Justin & Trisha Moore & Family, Brian Kunstman.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – The latest updates have been made.

Facebook Page – Jolene reported 100 followers so far. She would like to see more Greentown events posted on this page. Just another way to advertise your event.

Jolene also asked about using our new logo on letterhead and business cards, etc. Garry Hill volunteered to try to make up some samples for the next meeting. It was by unanimous consent that Garry moves ahead on this.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman
Revitalization Committee – The Revitalization Public Hearing date is set for August 15, 6:30 PM at the Town Council Meeting room. This may not be a firm date.

1st Capt. Kevin Breisch with the Greentown Volunteer Fire Dept. has expressed some concern with the bump outs that could impeed the turning of the fire trucks from N. Meridian to W. Main. The plan consultants and Main Street will continue to work with the Fire Dept on this issue. Indiana Department of Transportation says that the replacement of 22/35 Main Street is scheduled for construction beginning in 2020. Also there will be a meeting with Duke Energy to discuss lighting and line options available to us during the 2020 construction.

Town Beautification

Murals & Signage – Katie reported that they met with Steven Ray, Executive Director North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council to discuss applying for Downtown Enhancement Grant from The Office of Community and Rural Affairs. (OCRA). This is a 1.5 matching grant with a 50% match coming from the Council and .5 from in- kind contributions. A Community Foundation grant is also being considered.

The Town Council approved the mural designs and the wayfinding sign designs. The next step is to get the approval of INDOT. Some questions were. Where will they be located? And What destinations will be on the signs?

Jolene talked to Drew Reed who said that the Indian mural designed for Heartland Market has not been approved from The Eiteljorg Museum so the design will be scratched. The Main Occasions Interurban design is still moving forward.

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman. - no report

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – Ed Hannah reported that the last two weeks they have had to go to the Performing Arts Center. New London Sound had aprox. 121 in attendance and Sally Duke had around 171 in attendance. Rick Allen King will be the next performance and then on August 17 Ed would like for some to bring extra chairs to accomadate his out of town classmates.. The Historical Society was open before the last performace and 7 people attended.

Community Garden – No report

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the Art Show has started at the Greentown Mini Mall and invited everyone to attend.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil, chairman, has set the date for November 11 at the fairgrounds.

Farmers Market – will run June thru September , Saturday mornings 9 AM – 1 PM. Racheal Parker reported that all are welcome.

Community Rummage Sale Map – The fall sale will be Sept 16.

Greentown Night Kokomo Jackrabbits game –The Eastern High School Band performed the National Anthem and Lisa Stout threw out the first pitch. It was a nice night but sadly a loss for the Jackrabbits.

Christmas Walk – There is no chairman so this event will not happen.

Old Business – Annual Meeting at Main Occasions. Nov 6

New Business – Jolene suggested some ideas that would need a chairman to happen. Others in attendance added their ideas as well. Some of them were:

Christmas walk Discussion groups

Town Park Excercise programs

Pocket Parks Programs for the elderly

Extend the Comet Trail Computer classes

Festival – Glass Festival/ Fall Festival Game Night

Weekend downtown street events with a theme Line dancing

Movie night – at the PAC/ Library Community Room /at a church/ at the block building. Quarterly?

Progressive Christmas Walk from Library- Historical Society – American Legion – Lions Club

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM. The next meeting will be Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM. in the Town Council meeting room at the City Building.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Main Street Board minutes July 3, 2017


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, July 3, 2017

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday July 3, 2017 at the Greentown City Building. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge,Ron Simpson, Mary Miller, Mark Lantz and Garry Hill.

Directors absent with regrets: Liesbet Patrick

Other members present: Ed Hannah, Racheal Parker , Katie Regan, Zeb Parker

Visitors : Kaley Harness, Brittany Miller, Drew Reed.

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The minutes of the June 2017 meeting were presented. Garry Hill moved to accept the minutes and Rachel Jenkins seconded. The motion passed.

The Treasurer's report for June was read and filed for audit.

Murals & Signage - Brittany & Kaley reported that they have been in contact with Scott Shoemaker from the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. They were referred to him by the Miami Indians in Peru Indiana. They presented a more authentic design and are asking for his approval. After some discussion Mark Lantz made the proposal that, If Mike Huffman from Heartland Market gives his approval and Scott Shoemaker from Eiteljorg Museum says it is an authentic design then it will be ok to begin painting the mural on the Heartland Market west wall. If either one of them says no then we will start over. Garry Hill made a motion that we accept this proposal, Mary Miller seconded and the motion passed.

The budget for this mural is $700.00 and the money will come from the Town Beautification funds. This will include good quality paint and the upkeep. They will be working under the Main Street Association insurance.

A second mural could be funded with a Downtown Enhancement Grant for Murals and Wayfinding signs by Steve Ray which opens in September. Rachel Jenkins made the motion that we move forward with the Downtown Enhancement Grant. Mark Lantz seconded and the motion passed.

Wayfinding Signs – Clifford Signs in Kokomo has been approached for a quote on signs with solid arrows, the stained glass design and different colored strips. The strips will not be removeable but will have vinyl letters that will be able to be removed and replaced as needed. They will be reflective letters. One question was, Would INDOT and the Town Council have to be contacted to place these signs? Garry Hill said it would depend on where the signs were located if we would need to go thru the Council or just the building permit system. Location is a factor.

Organization

Membership – Lisa reported 47 members

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Some additions were requested and Lisa will work to see that they are made.

Facebook Page – Jolene has set up a Greentown Main Street Association facebook page, She would like for everyone to like the page and invite their friends to like the page. Also if any member or business is having a sale or event that they would like to post on the page please send the information to her.

Design - Katie Regan has agreed to be the chairman of this Design Committee. She will be assisted by Rachel Jenkins who is our expert on historic design and has contacts to answer questions on design.

Revitalization Committee –The Steering Committee met on June 14 at the library. 20 people attended. We want to make Greentown a nice place to live and visit. With good sidewalks and green spaces. We need to rescue our empty buildings to keep them from deteriorating. Some of the plans have changed. The bump outs have been pulled back and do not stick out into the streets as far. There has been attention placed on bicycle and pedestrian loops around the town. August 22, 2017 is the Town public hearing at 6:30 PM where the final plan will be presented to the public.

Town Beautification – The fountain in front of the City Building has been leaking so the decision was made to turn off the water and fill it with dirt and flowers. This has been completed. Other improvements to that area are being discussed.

Road Trip to Delphi – Rachel, Jolene and Katie made a trip to Delphi Indiana. It is a Stella City which is a project of OCRA( Office of Community and Rural Affairs). Greentown could someday qualify.

With the money they received they have been able to restore their Opera House and have been able to use it for many events and rent it out. This produces business and revenue. They have changed all their stoplight thru town to 4 way stops.

It was reported that INDOT has raised the 22/35 project thru Greentown to active status for 2019/2020.

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz has agreed to Chair this committee.

Mark reported that the boat ramp west of town by the bridge has had a lot of activity lately. Could benches or lighting improve this area. Garry mentioned that this property belongs to INDOT as a bridge right of way.

Mark also mentioned that Music at the Fountain is a captive audience to promote businesses in town.
 
Promotion

Music At The Fountain – Ed Hannah mentioned that the program hand out this year will have more information on it to make it more valuable for the sponsors and will help to get our programs and events out to the public. He said there will be an ad in the Kokomo Park Band Program promoting MATF. Macedonia Church will give out free water again this year. Sponsorship letters have been sent out and the sponsorship money is coming in. Ed took the time to thank his committee and express his appreciation for them. He also mentioned that the Glass Museum and the Historical Society will be open on Thursdays before the program.

Community Garden – The Garden shed, water wagon and picnic table have been moved and 5 plots have been planted.

Lt. Michael Andry Memorial Ride – A check for $75.00 was received from the profit from the ride. This will go into the general fund to go towards the insurance payment.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the Art Show will be in August 5, 10-12, 17-19 at the Greentown Mini Mall. Entry forms are now available.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil, chairman, has set the date for November 11 at the fairgrounds. She will send out vendor forms in August. Last year the Health Inspector questioned the water quality. Jodi has found out that the block building at the fairgrounds is on city water and this should not be an issue for this upcoming event.

Farmers Market – will run June thru September , Saturday mornings 9 AM – 1 PM. Racheal Parker reported that there should be an egg vendor this next weekend and she is looking for other vendors. She has made up a facebook page to attract some interest. Be sure to like it and invite your friends to like it too. Some discussion was had on food permits both Howard County and Indiana regulations.

Community Rummage Sale Map – The fall sale will be Sept 16.

Greentown Night Kokomo Jackrabbits game – Mark Lantz – the date is set for Saturday July 29. It was suggested to wear green. Still looking for some little league player as a bat boy, The Joel Matthew's Band will play the National Anthem. Also looking for someone to throw out the first pitch. Mark encouraged everyone to get their tickets and come out for a fun time at the ball park.

Christmas Walk – Nothing new to report

Old Business – Annual Meeting at Main Occasions. Nov 6

New Business – Jolene suggested that a Fall Festival in the Pioneer Village at the fairgrounds would be fun. If anyone is interested in putting this together let her know.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM. The next meeting will be Monday August 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM. in the Town Council meeting room at the City Building.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 5, 2017 Greentown Main Street Association Minutes


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday June 5, 2017 at the Greentown City Building. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldridge, Liesbet Patrick, Mark Lantz and Garry Hill.

Directors absent with regrets: Ron Simpson, Mary Miller,

Other members present: Ed Hannah, Angela Horton, Renda Hurst.

Visitors : Kaley Harness, Brittany Miller, Elyse Younger, Tricia Adair, Kaitlin Adair, Rob Adair.

Ed Hannah introduce Kaitlin Adair and her parents Tricia and Rob Adair. Kaitlin is the first Music at the Fountain scholorship winner. She will be pursuing music at Butler University. Ed asked her to play a song on her violin. She was given a round of applause.

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM.

The minutes of the May 2017 meeting were presented. Garry Hill moved to accept the minutes and Ronda Eldridge seconded. The motion passed.

The Treasurer's report for May was read and filed for audit.

Organization

Membership – Lisa reported 47 members

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Logo Art Contest – In May, Jolene Rule and Lisa Stout presented a check to Eli Sears, the winner of the GMSA logo contest. A picture was taken for the Grapevine. The logo is ready to use and has been sent to Shearer Printing to be used on the MATF programs.

Design

Rachel Jenkins reported that U.S. Representative Susan Brooks was in Greentown today at the History Center to meet with people in her district. There was a good turn out. Rachel also reminded everyone that someone from Rep. Brooks staff is in Greentown the 2nd Wed. of each month from 10 AM – 11:30 AM in the City Building.

Revitalization Committee – Rachel reminded everyone about two dates. June 14 at 5:00 at the Library will be the last Steering Committee meeting to discuss the final plans for Greentown, and June 20 at 6:30 PM at the Library where a representative from Indiana Landmarks will present a program on reuse and revitalization of historic buildings.

Town Beautification – Jolene reported that Community Service Day was May 13th. Jolene, Mary and Jim Miller, Drew Reed and a group brought by Drew were there to help plant flowers and beautify the town. Eastern Cares day was a success . Working with the school, students are assigned jobs in the community to help businesses, the elderly and those on lower incomes to accomplish projects that might not get completed without their help. The two planters by the fountain have been removed and, because the fountain does not work, flowers were planted there.

Murals & Signage – Brittany Miller, Kaley Harness and Elyse Younger discussed the mural project for Heartland Market. They are working with the curator at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis for designs of the Miami Indians headdress to be authentic to this area. They also discussed paint prices. It was reported that Drew Reed has talked to Mike at Heartland Market and he is favorable for the mural. Funding for the mural was discussed. An OCRA Grant that was thought to help is not available. We have money in the town beautification account which could be used. Also we could apply for a Community Foundation grant for future murals.

Wayfinding signs were discussed. Some designs were a Comet, stained glass and a cut out G. After looking at the designs the board expressed favorable towards the stained glass design with different color strips and a solid arrow. Estimated costs were discussed and a better quote will be presented at the next meeting.

Economic Vitality

Rachel Jenkins, Mark Lantz, John McCarthy, Mary Miller and Jolene Rule are learning ways to help the businesses here in town. Rachel has been distributing a letter explaining the options for potential renovation/restoration of their building to local business owners in town. It explains the Town of Greentown grants, a Howard County matching grant, Indiana Landmarks contact person and a Greentown Historic District tax credit. 

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – Ed Hannah sent a letter to Kaitlin Adair congratulating her on her award of the first MATF scholorship. He thanked his volunteers and said that sponsorship letters will be sent out soon. The program is set for 2017, the road block has been approved by the town and a police presence will be there if available.

Community Garden – Lisa Stout reported that the Town Council has approved moving the community garden shed, water wagon and picnic table to the town park on Harvey Dr. The shed will be moved on June 6 by Custom Built Barns at a cost of $200. Mary & Jim Miller have emptied the shed and placed everything in the Christmas lights storage unit.

Lt. Michael Andry Memorial Ride – The ride on June 3 was a success. The money has not been tallied yet and a final report will be given next month.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the Art Show will be in August 5, 10-12, 17-19 at the Greentown Mini Mall. Entry forms are now available.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil, chairman, has set the date for November 11 at the fairgrounds. She will send out vendor forms in August.

Farmers Market – will run June thru September , Saturday mornings 9 AM – 1 PM.

Community Rummage Sale Map – The spring sale brought in $40.00 in profit. The fall sale will be Sept 16. We are in need of someone to put together the map.

Greentown Night Kokomo Jackrabbits game – Mark Lantz – the date is set for Saturday July 29. Flyers and Posters will be distributed and tickets are now on sale. It was suggested to wear green and gold.

Christmas Walk – Dave Turner is putting together a committee to have a downtown Christmas Walk. The date and more details will follow after they have a meeting.

Old Business – None

New Business – Jolene asked everyone to put Nov 6 on their calendar for the Annual Meeting at Main Occasions.

Jolene suggested that Greentown Main Street could be more active in social media and asked to establish a Main Street Facebook page. Liesbet Patrick made the motion to start a Facebook page and Rachel Jenkins seconded the motion. The motion passed.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM. The next meeting will be Monday July 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM. in the Town Council meeting room at the City Building.