6:30 P.M. January 27, 2010
Mike Warhold, Marv Levin, Lisa Goodyear, Brad Johnson, Marian Randazzo, Nancy Kovach, Russ McKibben. Others in attendance: Thomas C. Hartswick, Lori Miller (recording).
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Mr. Levin motioned to approve the minutes of the CSRC Board Meeting of December 16, 2010; seconded by Ms. Kovach; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick opened the nominations for the 2010 Board of Directors. Mr. Levin nominated Mike Warhold for president; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor.
Mr. Warhold opened the nomination for vice president. Ms. Kovach nominated Mr. Levin for vice president; Mr. Johnson seconded; all in favor.
Mr. Levin nominated Ms. Goodyear for treasurer; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor.
Mr. McKibben nominated Ms. Kovach for secretary; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor.
A CDBG granted was submitted for $50,000. Grant approval was received for $30,000. Mr. Levin motioned to make an expenditure of $37,500 on the marketing strategy and assessment plan; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor. Mr. Warhold stated that we need a committee to work with the consultant to give them the CSRC's vision for Castle Shannon. The committee continued to discuss funding, i.e. borough's revitalization budget funds, expected grant funds, and funds in the revitalization checking account.
Mr. Hartswick presented the proposed RFQ (Request for Qualifications) which addresses the South Hills Area Council of Governments and county's requirements. The committee discussed the RFQ project description. The services to be provided section will address the revitalization corporation's concerns for their vision. The time frame is nine months, which can be extended if necessary. Mr. Levin motioned to accept the RFQ; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor.
Kevin Kirkland, a real estate editor for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, would like to purchase the Fisher building at sheriff's sale. Mr. Levin stated the basement has water problems. Mr. Kirkland plans to renovate the building with green materials for rentals.
Ms. Goodyear would like to place volunteers into the appropriate committees. The board members and volunteers will be invited to a meeting on February 10, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for a meet and greet session. Ms. Goodyear asked each board member to provide her with one name of a volunteer to invite. The board meeting will be scheduled for 6:00 p.m. that evening. Ms. Goodyear will give description of each of the committees and their goals. Mr. Hartswick will prepare a short abbreviation dictionary with common definitions for committee information, i.e. TIF, TRID, RFQ, RFP, etc. Ms. Kovach suggested that the volunteer meeting should be low key and conducted as a social occasion instead of a board meeting. Paul Dujak, our local historian, would be interest in assisting.
The committee discussed a proposed farmer's market and the best location for the event and parking. Proposed locations were the Ice Castle/PAT lot, Dr. Royer's parking lot, or along the street at Park Avenue. The committee agreed it would be best to keep the market in the business district. Mr. Levin discussed marketing strategies. Ms. Goodyear has a vendor who will participate, and Mr. McKibben can provide the vendor information from Dormont's market. The farmer's market should start the last week in April or the first week in May.
Ms. Goodyear stated that she has a contact person who will coordinate painting the mural on the PAT wall on Willow Avenue. Mr. McKibben suggested on checking the zoning ordinance for this type of project. The committee wants to have input as to the design.
Mr. Warhold announced a meeting is scheduled with Jessica Mooney, Allegheny County Economic Development, on February 2, 2010. GAP financing through the county with low interest will be discussed. Mr. Warhold has met with Jack Machek, who will contact the county about our Allegheny Together Application.
Mr. Warhold met with people from the Mon-Valley Initiative and conducted a short tour of the Castle Shannon downtown district. Mark Smith is interested in working with Castle Shannon to bring the downtown district to its historical vision. At this point in time, we do not have the funding to hire him.
Regarding the TRID district application procedures, Mr. Hartswick attended a conference in Carlisle where is was stated that the stated does not have funding for Main Street or Elm Street programs for this budget cycle. Funding is available for TRID designation studies. The committee should try to apply. The TRID allows us to establish a tax capture district in a circumference around the overall TRID development area. The extra tax funds could be designated for certain downtown area projects. Once the TRID designation was made; a TIF (tax increment financing) was offered to businesses coming into the area.
Mr. Warhold discussed the grant of $533,000 from Congressman Tim Murphy earmarked for the Grove Road Bridge project. The borough cannot use these funds unless the project is coordinated through Penndot, which would increase the cost and delay the project. Discussions were initiated with Congressman Murphy and Lou Gorski of SHACOG to reallocate the funds to the CSRC when the streetscape is prepared. The necessity of linking Willow Avenue to the Shannon Station project via a stairway was discussed.
Mr. Warhold discussed his disappointment in the borough's newsletter because the publication is only produced twice a year, and the information is sometimes outdated. Publishing a revitalization corporation newsletter was suggested with articles about the community garden, Shannon Hero's program; the 501(c)(3) designation, etc. Harry Munson believes a newsletter could be published and mailed for approximately ($5,000), which would include free advertising for the downtown businesses.
Mr. McKibben suggested getting a domain name with a URL for people to be able to donate to the corporation online.
Mr. Levin motioned to have a booth at the 2010 Castle Shannon Community Day; Mr. McKibben seconded; all in favor. Ms. Goodyear added that the booth at the library's vendor sale was a huge success.
Mr. Levin motioned to adjourn; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Submitted by Lori Miller
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