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.


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


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.


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.