Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Main Street Board meeting

The September meeting was cancelled due to the Holiday. The next meeting will be October 1 at 7:00 PM at the City Building.

August 6, 2018 Main Street Minutes


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday August 6, 2018 at the Greentown City Building Town Council room. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Ron Simpson, Garry Hill, Mark Lantz, Liesbet Patrick, Ronda Eldridge, and Katie Regan.

Directors Absent with regrets: Rachel Jenkins, Drew Reed

Guests present : Zachary Houghton and Mike Sanders.

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

The President appointed Mark Lantz and Katie Regan as the nominating Committee to nominate members to the board for 2019. This would be a three year term. Those board members up for re-election are Ronda Eldridge, Ronald D. Simpson, Lisa Stout and Rachel Jenkins. Also the committee would nominate the next President and Sec/Treas for 2019 which is a one year term.

The minutes of the July 2018 meeting were approved as printed.

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

A question was asked if we had enough money to fund all the wayfinding signs. The answer was No. With the increase in aluminum and the fact that we can not use the town in kind donation to install the signs and will have to pay $950.00 per sign to install. Because these signs will be on 22/35 they have to be installed to INDOT standards which have to have special equipment that the town does not have. We are approx. $1624.00 short.

Organization

Membership – Added 1 businesss Hometown Restaurant.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Lisa reported that she will get the new member added to the website business directory and also to the post office banner.

Facebook Page – Jolene reported that the facebook page is doing well with lots of likes and events posted.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins

Revitalization Plan
Katie reported that ½ of the money has been sent to Clifford Sign to begin construction of our wayfinding signs. Two signs will be to the High School, the Comet Trail and the Performing Arts Center. Two signs will be to the fair grounds, City Hall and Glass Museum. Plans for two more signs would be to the Fairgrounds using Maple Street.
We can not use the Town Council in kind donation for installation of the signs but we might be able to use it to store the signs when INDOT tears up the road. We will take down the signs and leave the post. Indot will put the post back where they want them and we will put the signs back up.
Meeting with INDOT regarding redoing 22/35 through town. - INDOT said all sidewalks and curbs might not be replaced. Katie wants to get a guarantee that all sidewalks and curbs will be replace. Jolene reported that bump outs are not wanted by the town or the fire department. Indot is looking at curbs that are more user friendly.
Also at this meeting the topic of burying the electic lines in the downtown area to have nicer light poles and eliminate the wooden poles. Mr. Lovell suggested that the lines that can not be buried should be moved to the alley. This would be in our best interest and would be to the Electic Companies advantage. He will talk to the electric company on our behalf.
Murals and SignageSome painting has been started on the West outside wall of Main Occassions. The students that had originally designed the murals are no longer available. Some ideas were discussed as to finding volunteers to do the painting and the Interurban design might still happen on this wall.
Historic Designation - Rachel Jenkins.
Rachel sent in the following report.
The Indiana State Historic Preservation Review Board vote July 18, 2018, to list the Greentown Commercial Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The vote concurrently placed the district on the Indiana State Register of Historic Sites and Structures and the NRHP lising will be made official by U.S. Department of the Interior within approximately 45 days.
Town Beautification – Jolene Rule
Jolene reported that the flowers are being watered by the town and are doing well.
Christmas Lights – Jim Miller 

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Mark reported that a new business is looking for property in the Greentown downtown area. He reported that Subway will not be moving soon. The company is changing the model and look of their buildings so construction of the new building has been delayed. Garry Hill reported that all the utilities are changing underground and Subway is waiting on the new locations.

Brad Howell Ford (BHF) building will be the new Dirt & Turf building after BHF moves into Kokomo.

Mark reported that Heartland Market, Dollar General and Family Dollar are all doing ok. There had been doubt that Greentown could support all three businesses but so far things are going well.

Mark told about some flags he had noticed in a town he traveled through that had WWI and WWII Veterans on them. These flags were sponsored and paid for by the verterans families. He thought they were nice.

“Keep the Green in Greentown” decals were discussed. The colors were questioned but the design was approved. Katie mentioned that this is something positive that we can do before construction begins on the road to keep enthusiasm up. Ron made the motion to spend up to $135.00 for 50 decals. Liesbet seconded and the motion passed.

Mark stated “ Invest in your own town. Town prices are affordable”
 

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – Jolene reported that MATF has been well attended. The town Marshall and Deputies have been there to oversee traffic . We have some good sponsors. The Mustang Club had a show last week. Main Occasions sold peach shortcake, Hometown Market sold chicken wraps. Down on Main Street is planning to come out onto the street and take orders. This is a good opportunity to let those attending get familiar with our restaurants.
 

MATF Scholorship – As long as there is money available the scholorship will continue.
 
Lt. Mike Andry Ride – The event was held on July 21, 2018. It was a rainy day. 31 bikes participated. Money was raised for varios charities. Lisa read a Thank you Note from the Lt. Mike Andry Ride Committee, and a check for $100.00 was received. 


Community Garden – Nothing new to report.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the dates for the show will be Aug 4, 9-11, 16-18 at the Meridian Street Christian Church. 10 AM – 3 PM each day. The show has been judged and is now open for viewing.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil -November 10, 2018 at the fairgrounds. Letters have been sent out to previous Holiday Bazaar vendors.

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker - Going well, New vendors are welcome. Only $20 for the entire season.

Community Rummage Sale – Fall date is September 15, 2018. Robin Hainlen has agreed to chair this committee and to assemble a map if the interest is there.

Fall Festival – Oct 5 is the date for the Fall Festival. Drew is working to get his committee together. Last year was successful and they have more time to plan for this year.

Old Business – None

New Business – November 5 will be the Annual meeting at Main Occasions Catering.

Comments – Katie has taken tours of several towns and historical buildings and has seen a lot of possibilities for Greentown.

Jolene took pictures from around town for the website.

Our guest Mark Sanders, a new deputy in Greentown, introduced himself and told us about himself.

There was discussion about Fireworks in town late at night and the need for a Fireworks ordinance.

With no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

The September meeting is canceled because of the holiday. The next meeting will be October 1, 2018, 7 PM in the Town Council meeting room in the City Building.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Main Street Board Minutes June 4, 2018


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, June 4, 2018

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday June 4, 2018 at the Greentown City Building Town Council room. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ron Simpson, Garry Hill, Mark Lantz, Liesbet Patrick and Katie Regan.

Directors absent with regrets: Drew Reed and Ronda Eldridge

Guests present : Regina Poe, Ed Hannah, John McCarthy and son, Zachary Houghton, Maci Weeks and her guests.

Before the meeting Ed Hannah intoduced Maci Weeks who is the 2018 Music At The Fountain Scholorship recipient. She will be attending Wheaton College in Illionis in the fall to study broadcast journalism, music theater and play softball. She sang two songs for our enjoyment.

Jolene Rule called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM.

The minutes of the May 2018 meeting were approved as printed.

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

Organization

Membership – No change from last month. 43 paid memberships and 1 exchange membership

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Lisa reported that she gets several phone calls monthly from people who get the contact number from the website.

Facebook Page – Jolene reported that the facebook page is up to 155 followers. She encouraged everyone to invite their friends to like the page and promote Greentown businesses. If you have an event coming up send her the information.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins
Revitalization Plan
Michelle Loveall, INDOT Greenfield District Project Manager for 1593231,  and Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT) design consultants hired by INDOT will meet with designated Town Council and Main Street reps to talk about the Main Street replacement project and answer questions.  The meeting will take place on Thursday June 19, 10:30.  at the Greentown Historical Society Building. Katie has asked for an engineering report but has not received one yet.  
Murals and Signage – per Drew Reed, Pat Clifford sent an official quote on Wayfinding Signs.  This report is being reviewed.  Pat Clifford is also working with  INDOT engineer Luis Laracuente. It was reported that 6 signs are in the original plan.  
Jolene Rule – A joint meeting with representatives from the Town and the Main Street Design Committee has been scheduled to discuss revitalization projects that can begin before the actual construction grant process. Examples are: Parking lots and brown fields, Design guidelines, Town Hall courtyard.  The meeting will be held Monday, June 11, 2018, 1:00 pm, Library Community Room.  INDOT agenda will also be discussed.  It is important that the committee has a cohesive vision of our plan. We need to all be on the same “page”. The meeting will last about 1-1/2 hours.
There are things that can be done ahead of the road construction of 22/35 Main Street . There are grants to redo brownfields , to cover them over with asphalt. We can start doing some things ahead of time 
Historic Designation Spreadsheet request - Rachel Jenkins.
Rachel reported that back in 2015-2016 the town applied for a Historic District designation. The Historical Society paid for half of the expense and Indiana Landmarks paid for the other half. This designation will be called the Greentown Commercial Historic District and will cover 1 block west and 1 block E of Meridian Street and 1 block North and 1 block south of Main Street. With the inclusion of the Meridian Street Christian Church. Letters will be sent to all businesses involved. This area will be available for certain grants and possible tax relief to private property.  
Town Beautification – Jolene Rule
Katie mentioned that the planters at the stop light are beautiful.
Jolene reported that the flowers have been planted and the town is watering them on a regular basis. She praised Mike Mauk (Utility Superintendent) as an asset to Greentown.  
Christmas Lights – Jim Miller 

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

June 18 will be the next Business Owners meeting 5:30 at Main Occasions Catering. Mark is looking to include the school and church leaders. On the agenda is the perception of each business, What does each business have to offer other businesses? How can we work together? There will be no speaker for this meeting.

Mark reported that Brad Howell Ford's building will be Dirt and Turf and large farm equipment when they move to Kokomo. He also reported that Mike at Heartland Market said that his awning should be coming soon.

Rachel Jenkins reported that her Hy-Red Station has been rented by a photography business that specializes in newborns and children.

Mark reported that the fairgrounds has a lot going on. It was suggested that the Lions Club needs to promote their events more such as Dog shows etc. Also what about tennis tournaments? Could they be promoted better? Century Villa and the Library work together on some events. You don't always have to create an event you can add on to an existing event.

If you see something interesting in town take a picture of it and post it to our facebook page.

A large hurdle is convincing those from out of town that Greentown is not far away. Buy local when you can.

Dr. Begeman will be closing his dental practice in June. He is retiring.

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – July 26-Sept 13 7:00 PM. Ed Hannah reported that anyone having an event that they would like to have on the program to get the details to him a week in advance. The sponsorship letters will be going out soon. He has received permission to close off Meridian Street to Grant Street for the MATF season. He has requested the school for the PAC as a rain location.

Ed showed the posters for the current season and pass out cards with the MATF schedule (save the date cards) sponsored by Century Villa. He said a Mustang Show is scheduled for August 2. Gary Buckley is working on this.

There will be Face Time to Century Villa for each event. There will also be flyers printed each week with upcoming events and sponsorships.

Regina Poe is working on having local food vendors to sell downtown on Thursday nights. She thought extra trash cans would be a good idea and is asking the vendors to have food that would not use spoons and forks to generate less trash. She also invited everyone to Hometown Restaurant for free coffee on Mondays from 6 AM – 8 AM. Centruy Villa is paying for the coffee.

MATF Scholarship – As long as there is money available the scholorship will continue.

Lt. Mike Andry Ride – The event will be July 21, 2018.

On June 7th there is a Hacienda day. 20% of your total meal will go towards this event. Be sure you have a coupon to get this donation.

Jolene mentioned that this event is not only for motorcycle riders. It is for the entire community. There will be good food, & music downtown after the ride, and also a silent auction. Money raised goes to local charities

Community Garden – Lisa Stout reported that three gardeners have planted. The Fire Department has filled the water tank.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the dates for the show will be Aug 4, 9-11, 16-18 at the Meridian Street Christian Church. 10 AM – 3 PM each day. Lisa has entry forms and rules available, Also there will be space during the show for businesses to have their business cards or promotional items for distribution.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil -November 10, 2018 at the fairgrounds

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker - Starts Saturday June 2, 9 AM – 1 PM. School administration building parking lot. For $20 to join Greentown Main Street you can set up a booth each week thru September at no other charge.

Community Rummage Sale – Fall date is September 15, 2018 unless someone wants to make it a different day.

Fall Festival – Sometime in October. Possibly Oct 5

Old Business – None

New Business – None

Comments –

Regina Poe invited everyone to the Family Fun Day at Century Villa on August 11 from 10 AM – 3 PM. There will be a car show, games and free food. Police and fire vehicles are expected to be there to look inside. Because soccer leagues will be going on that day there is a need for golf carts to shuttle people from the fair ground parking to Century Villa.

Regina also mentionted that the Black Light Zoom Bus is a tentative event.

Mark reminded everyone about the Fresh Flower case at Heartland Market.

Jolene thanked Heartland Market for the donation of all the flowers to the town for planting.

With no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM. The next meeting will be July 2, 2018 7 PM in the Town Council meeting room in the City Building.

Friday, June 8, 2018

May 7, 2018 Main Street Board meeting minutes


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, May 7, 2018

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday May 7, 2018 at the Greentown City Building Town Council room. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ron Simpson, Garry Hill, Mark Lantz, Liesbet Patrick and Katie Regan.

Directors absent with regrets: Drew Reed and Ronda Eldridge

Guests present : Regina Poe and Ed Hannah

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

Jolene thanked everyone for coming and also for all each one does for the community.

The minutes of the April 2018 meeting were approved as printed.

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

Organization

Membership – No change from last month. 43 paid memberships and 1 exchange membership was reported. Regina asked “How do we find out who is a member? Reply was: go to the Greentownindiana.org website and look on the business directory or the Main Street tab.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Updates for 2018 have been made. It was mentioned that the Farmer's market phone number is incorrect and needs to be changed to 480-2150.

Facebook Page – Jolene reported that the facebook page is doing well. She said she has visited several places in town and encouraged others to do the same. If you have an event coming up send her the information.

Regina invited the ladies to the Ladies Day Out at Century Villa on June 13. This is a partnership with the Greentown Public Library and will include several vendors. It is from noon to 3 and reservations are required. Space is limited. Then on May 18 there will be a Veterans Luncheon at noon. No cost to Veterans.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins

Katie reported that we are moving ahead with Clifford Signs. We are waiting on the approval by the engineer to get started. Letters have been sent to the Lions Club and the Howard County Commissioner to collect the pledges they made for these signs.

No contact has been made this month with Michelle Lovell, our contact at INDOT, for the 22/35 project. Katie sent an email to set a date to meet in Greentown with her and our design consultant. There were some questions on tree removal in the 100 block of East Main Street.

Regina reminded the committee that there is a room available for overnight guests at Century Villa.
  • Town Beautification - Jolene reported that flowers have been ordered from Heartland Market and they will plant this weekend ( May 12 – 9:00 AM) Areas to be planted are the City Building “fountain”, the trail head, the town sign, the four planters at the stoplight. Bring your gloves and trowels.
It was reported that Jefferson House of Flowers now has a cooler inside Heartland Market for fresh flowers.

The wooden stakes along Main street are from core samples taken in the street. We need to make sure that the State has our revitalization plan.

Jolene reported on Brown field properties -This refers to a property that is contaminated but could be used as paved parking lots. There will be a webinar on Wednesday May 16 at the Century Villa conference room at 2:00 PM about this program. All are invited. We have some brownfields here in Greentown.

A new roof was put on Larry Hinesly's building.
 
Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Mark and Jolene met with Dr. Richie, new school superintendent concerning the town, school and Main Street working together for the good of the town. This meeting was very positive.

June 18 will be the next Businessmen's meeting 5:30 at Main Occasions Catering. Mark is looking to include the school and church leaders. He is also looking for a speaker.

Mark attended a public meeting regarding the repaving of Harrison St & Harrison Ct., It included the architect, engineers and pavers. They stated that they want to inconvenience the home owners in that area as little as possible during that time and promise to always get them in their homes at night no matter what it takes. They will start work on this project right after graduation and plan to have it completed before school begins in the fall. Mark said this meeting was well attended.

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – July 26-Sept 13 7:00 PM. Ed Hannah reported the 2018 schedule.

July 26 – Sally Duke & Matt Gerhard

Aug 2 – Pastime (formerly Old Dudes Rock ) Brad Howell Ford will sponsor with a possible Mustang Car show.

Aug 9 – Aimee Romero

Aug 16 – Spittin Image

Aug 23 – Four on the Floor

Aug 30 – Rick King – Former EHS Grad now living in Nashville

Sept 6 – Eastern Connection

Sept 13 - EHS Presents at the performing Arts Center

Ed asked that anyone having an event that they would like to have on the program to get the details to him a week in advance. The sponsorship letters will be going out soon. He has received permission to close off Meridian Street to Grant Street for the MATF season. He has requested the school for the PAC as a rain location.

There was discussion on what to do in case of a tornado. Where to send everyone? Suggestions were the basement of the City Building, the Meridian Street Church basement and the Methodist Church basement on South Meridian.

Ed invited anyone with an event planned to announce their event at each performance.

MATF Scholorship – Scholorship forms were given to the school. Only one applicant this year. Thoughts for next year will be to open it up to all the arts.

Lt. Mike Andry Ride – The event will be July 21, 2018.

On June 7th there is a Hacienda day. 20% of your total meal will go towards this event. Be sure you have a coupon to get this donation.

Jolene mentioned that this event is not only for motorcycle riders. It is for the entire community. There will be good food, & music downtown after the ride, and also a silent auction. Money raised goes to local charities

Community Garden – Lisa Stout reported that three gardeners have placed applications for the 2018 season. There has been no response about moving the shelter from the old garden to the new location so Lisa asked if we could give the shelter away instead of the school tearing it down. Liesbet made the motion to give the shelter away and Mark Lantz seconded. The motion was approved.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the dates for the show will be Aug 4, 9-11, 16-18 at the Meridian Street Christian Church.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil -November 10, 2018 at the fairgrounds

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker - Starts Saturday June 2, 9 AM – 1 PM. School administration building parking lot. For $20 to join Greentown Main Street you can set up a booth each week thru September at no other charge.

Community Rummage Sale – May 19, 2018

Fall Festival – Sometime in October.
 
Old Business – None


New Business – None

Comments – Liesbet suggested Main Street get a decal for members to post on their front window.

Mark mentioned that the Kokomo Jackrabbits called him to ask if we wanted to do a Greentown night at the park. He said no for this year. Last year was not the promotion that we thought we would get.

With no other business the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM. The next meeting will be June 4, 2018 7 PM in the Town Council meeting room in the City Building.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Main Street Board minutes April 2, 2018


Greentown Main Street Association Minutes
Monday, April 2, 2018

The Greentown Main Street Association met on Monday April 2, 2018 at the Greentown City Building Town Council room. Those in attendance were:

Directors present: Jolene Rule, Lisa Stout, Rachel Jenkins, Ronda Eldrodge, Ron Simpson, Garry Hill, Mark Lantz, and Katie Regan.

Directors absent with regrets: Drew Reed and Liesbet Patrick

Guests present : Regina Poe

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

The minutes of the March 2018 meeting were approved as printed with one correction of the spelling of the Michael Mauk's name.

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

Organization

Membership – 43 paid memberships and 1 exchange membership was reported.

Fundraising – Is in need of a chairman.

Website – Updates for 2018 have been sent to the webmaster. A request was made to change the logo on the website to our Main Street logo.

Facebook Page – Jolene reported that the facebook page is doing well. She said there is a visitor post button to click on to add your event post to the page.

Design - Katie Regan -Chairman

Committee Members: Drew Reed, Jolene Rule, Rachel Jenkins

A meeting was held for the Downtown Enhancement Grant to discuss who would do what, deadlines and who pledged funds. A letter was sent to those pledging funds. Town Council ($5000 plus in kind ) Howard County ($2500) Lions Club ( $200) Greentown Family Church (?) and Main Street has set aside $1444 for this grant.

A copy of the pictures of the wayfinding signs was passed around. At the present time there is money pledged for 4 signs but it is possible that we could raise enough for 6 signs. Cost per sign is $4100 each which includes the post and planting. All signs on 22/35 have to meet INDOT standards and Clifford Sign in Kokomo has been approved to make our signs.

A question was asked “If we only get 4 of the signs how do you chose which 4? The reply was “We hope to get all 6 of the signs funded”

Jolene reported that she has turned in the first quarterly report to OCRA
  • Town Beautification - Jolene reported the tentative date of the second weekend in May for planting flowers has been set. Flowers will be planted at the stop light, the town sign, the trail head, the city building and triangle park. 
Rachel reported that INDOT is doing a roadside clean up for two lane highways on April 13-15. This would include safety training, vests etc. It would be good especially just west of the bridge before you come into town. This area gets a lot of thrown out and blown in trash.

Economic Vitality - Mark Lantz - Chairman.

Mark met with a few business owners on March 19 at Main Occassions Catering. It was a good meeting. Main Occassions donated the food. They discussed the revitalization Plan, Grants availability, Promotions of each other and greeting out guests from out of town among other topics.

They plan to meet on a quarterly basis, the next meeting will be Monday June 18. This meeting is stressing the importance of being organized when they start tearing up 22/35.

Century Villa had their open house. There was a lot of community support. They have a meeting room that is available for meetings and events.

Heartland Market has an awning coming but it is not in yet.

Dirt and Turf could be moving into Brad Howell Ford's Greentown Building when they move into Kokomo.

Mark suggested that we patronize our local businesses as much as possible.

It was suggested that several get together and eat at a local restaurant as a group. Be sure to mention that you are a part of Main Street.

Promotion

Music At The Fountain – July 26-Sept 13 7:00 PM. Regina Poe mentioned that Century Villa is working on getting a band and possibly having a youth band talent show. How many teenage bands are in Greentown? Is there any interest in this activity? They are looking at June 22. Maybe food or crafts available? Mark suggested that Regina reach out to Tom Johnson at the school. He might be able to help her. Teenagers on social media might be the best promotion of this event.

MATF Scholorship – The committee is planning to give out their second scholorship of $500 to an Eastern High School Senior that will pursue music in college.

Lt. Mike Andry ride – The event will be July 21, 2018.

On April 21 there will be a fish fry at the American Legion at 6:00 PM. ,good will donation, to raise funds for this event. Also on June 7th there is a Hacienda day. 20% of your total meal will go towards this event. Be sure you have a coupon to get this donation.

Community Garden – Lisa Stout reported that three gardeners have placed applications for the 2018 season. There is still space for a few more.

The School has asked if we want the garden shelter that is still on the High School property. We would have to get it moved. We have asked Micheal Mauk to look into moving it and where would we put it since it would be placed on town property.

Art Show – Lisa Stout reported that the dates for the show will be Aug 4, 9-11, 16-18 at the Meridian Street Christian Church.

Holiday Bazaar – Jodi Cecil -No report

Farmers Market – Racheal Parker - no report

Community Rummage Sale – May 19, 2018

Fall Festival – Drew Reed reported that the date will have to be changed because of Fall break at the school.

Old Business – None


New Business – Quick Impact Grant information was sent to all members. This grant is thru OCRA for small projects with a 50% grant.

Comments – Triangle Park, the intersection of Carter, Hammer & Grant streets, should be lined with spring flower bulbs. This is a historic intersection. It use to be where the toll booth for the toll road into Kokomo stood and some of the foundation is still there.

The Community Foundation has grants available with specific dates to apply.

Eatsern Howard School Corp wants to put the school logo into the street on Harrison when the town replaces that road. It is expensive so maybe they can get a grant.

Main Street has access to grant writers that are paid thru the state.

Gary Lacey, owner of Holly's Package Liquor is not doing well. It was reported that he is home and getting around better.

With no other business, On a motion from Garry Hill and seconded by Katie Regan the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 PM. The next meeting will be Monday May 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

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.