Yorktown Chamber of Commerce
May 16, 2017
Mellott Family Center
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Mark Goodpaster, Barbara Baker, Al Baker, Sarah McCord, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Kallie Sulanke, Donna Penticuff, Matthew Anderson, Diana Smiley, Leslie Baim, Melisssa Bucur, Patti Decker, David Riggs, Fran Bullock, Ed Armantrout, Rachel Tucker, Brendon Comp, Rich Lee, Starr Manning, Steve Perry, Pete Olson, Keith Gary, Rick Yencer, Brad Warner, Jennifer Groves, Trisha Coulter, Liz Rozelle, Megan O’Connor, Maureen Walby
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Instead of a question, Ed Armantrout invited and encouraged members to participate in placing flags on veterans’ graves at the VA Cemetery in Marion. Those interested in participating will meet in the Meijer parking lot at 8 a.m. on May 27th and travel to Marion as a group.
BREAKFAST SPONSOR: E-Keepers – Dustin Humm – Presented information about E-Keeper’s approach to service, geared to 24 hour/ 7-days a week support for businesses. The organization has geared up to provide services, including not-for-profit agencies, for a flat monthly fee that can be built into their annual budget. Advanced services include monitoring the system, providing updates, spam filtering, remote back-up services, a help desk and disaster data recovery.
SECRETARY REPORT: Approved as submitted.
TREASURER REPORT: Approved as submitted.
SCHOOL REPORT: Sports are winding down and graduation will be in two weeks.
PROGRAM: State of the Town Report – Rich Lee and Pete Olson – Rich Lee began his presentation with much information about the downtown revitalization project which will begin with re-doing Town Hall, then to Lions’ Club Park, with the Police Department to be relocated in the new Lions’ Club building. Industrial recruitment to begin with marketing agreement with Veritas to establish a focus for downtown recruitment and industrial recruitment. Work is being done to establish a business recruitment plan team to assist existing businesses.
Tiger Drive Bridge will be repaired in the spring with plans to widen the sidewalks. One lane of the bridge will remain open throughout this project. The town is in the process of lane reduction at Nebo and 32, with more width for sidewalks on the west side of the road. Plans are being discussed to attach the trail under the bridge and is working with Grace Baptist Church to obtain the necessary space for this project.
The State of Indiana is requiring transportation updates which will result in a new roundabout at Nebo and River Road. Community grants are available for up to $750,000 with community match of $250,000 for road improvements.
Trail expansion is anticipated in the Woodland Trails area along River Road to County Road 500. Retaining walls will be added by the Players Club at the corner of Nebo and River Road.
Sewer improvements including phosphate removal underway in order to meet EPA requirements. Looking for a solution for the overflow issue at Lone Beech and County Road 600.
Pete Olson talked about Four for the 4th – Is a great summer event for the town with other upcoming events planned including Colts Fan Fest, Arts Council’s movies in the meadow, and Paint in the Parks.
Communication has increased with Todd Blevins stepping up the social media. Lee encouraged all to sign up for the town newsletter.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Walk to Learn – 5:45 p.m. at City Hall, programs at the Y and Friday night movie at Morrow’s Meadow, beginning at 7 p.m. with the movie “La La Land” at dusk; June 6, Colts Fan Fest; August 10 – Paint in the Park – $15.00 cost for canvas. Participants can register on Cornerstone Center for the Arts website; Registration for Summer reading program at the library will begin May 26 with a Summer reading kick-off carnival on Saturday May 27 at Pleasant View Elementary School, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friends of the Library book sale will be on June 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library parking lot; Four for the 4th activities include pie baking contest, duck races; Morrison Woods will be hosting a health and fitness event on May 31, would like to invite businesses to provide a $20 door prize; Yorktown Manor hosting National Nursing Home week with activities scheduled daily; Hillcroft ice cream cards still available; Muncie Symphony Orchestra hosting an event on May 20 at 4 p.m., in case of rain, event will be held at Southside Middle School.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Mark Goodpaster – With warm weather bees (the not-so-nice-kind) will be buzzing about and a safe means of removal is to create a mixture of water, Dawn dish detergent and several drops of peppermint oil. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and keep on hand for outdoor activities. The mixture is non-toxic and effective.
NEXT MEETING: June 20, 2017 – BRING A GUEST!