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.


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.


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.