Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Chamber Meeting

April 19, 2016

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Al Baker, Barbara Baker, Marty Ballard, Pat Smith, Kelly Shrock, Doug Baim, Leslie Baim, Melissa Bucur, Niccole Mansker, Mary Ann Stroeh, Brendon Comp, Rich Lee, Rick Yencer, Starr Manning, Keith Gary, Eric Peterson, Steve Perry, Maureen Walby, Ollie Wirick, Michelle Deaton, Lela Boucher


QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you spend your discretionary income on and where? Going out to eat, family, grandchildren, traveling, sports. Many spend in Delaware County and surrounding areas.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Westminster Village, Michelle Deaton, Admissions Coordinator. Westminster Village has just completed its renovation which includes a year-long process of renovation and additions. The new rehab to home wing is complete with 62 private rooms. Renovation includes a new wellness center, wider walking paths, fine dining, casual dining, and a state-of-the-art therapy center at the new Cooper Vista Rehabilitation Center. An open house will be held April 28, 2 – 6 p.m., to showcase the completed project.


SECRETARY REPORT:                       Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:                      Approved as submitted.


PROGRAM:  Rich Lee began the program by saying that Yorktown is in “great shape.” He indicated that the budget was on target and increased funding would be available in May. Delaware County has released their road plan which will include two sections of repair and resurfacing for Country Road 725. Lee believes that efficient preservation of roads is a result of crack sealing which can extend road life for as much as ten years. The new well is up and running. Lee commended A. Neff for his great job with the sewer department. He further indicated that repairs and upgrades to the system will be needed as the community continues to grow. New housing starts are up with a shortage of available housing in the area. The town has hired a new assistant town manager, Todd Blevins. Blevins served as an intern for the town of Yorktown and has just completed his Master’s Degree at Ball State University. Blevins will be working with marketing, policy and media as well as other areas as needed.  Work on the new roundabout is on schedule and will facilitate closing of the Nebo/Jackson location from June 1 to August 1. Trail construction is progressing. Lee encouraged participation in the Four for the Fourth celebration and related events.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Indiana Run for the Fallen, sponsored by the AMVETS, a three-day event beginning on May 13 in Ft. Wayne. Twenty runners will be participating in the run to its destination to the War Memorial in Indianapolis. Runners will be coming through Yorktown on May 14, around 1:20 p.m., and people are encouraged to be along the route from the old Warner Gear building through the town of Yorktown to cheer them on; May 14 postal workers will be collecting canned goods for the food pantry; Kids In the Meadow will begin the first Monday in June from 5-8 p.m. at the pavilion in Morrow’s Meadow; The MInnetrista Farmer’s Market will begin May 7 and run through October at the Orchard Shop area at Minnetrista Cultural Center; YCON Festival will be held May 14, 12 – 7:30 p.m. at Yorktown Church of the Nazarene; The League of Women Voters will host a public forum at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, April 23, 10 a.m. to discuss ISTEP; Boy Scouts Troop #69 will host a spaghetti dinner, April 22, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.,  Yorktown United Methodist Church; Yorktown Endowment Fund applications are due by May 1; Prime Trust will be sponsoring Fill-the-Truck to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Drop off at Prime Trust Locations on Saturdays through April 30.


TIP FOR THE DAY: Mark Goodpastor shared by video.  When we have obstacles to tackle that there are always resources to help solve the problems. The resources are out there and all we have to do is tap into them.




NEXT MEETING – May 17, 2016 – Bring a Guest!