Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Meeting

May 15, 2018

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME:     Steve Perry, Maureen Walby, Sarah McCord, Keith Gary, Chris Day, Carolyn Grieves, Nicole Kaplan, Mike Baker, Alan Baker, Barb Baker, Debbie Brammer, Kallie Sulanke, Matt Anderson, Christy Moore, Mark Goodpaster, Patti Decker, Megan O’Connor, Mary Ann Stroeh, Rich Lee, Laura Mickler, Rick Yencer, Leslie Baim, David Sturgeon, Rachel Tucker, Fran Bullock, Lon Fox, Gay Nation, Pete Olson, Cameron Grubbs


QUESTION OF THE DAY:  9 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018 groups of people will be meeting at the Veterans Administration Cemetery in Marion, IN, to place flags on the graves of fallen soldiers and veterans. All are invited to meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Meijer in Muncie, to caravan to Marion for this event. The question is this: What do you do over the Memorial Day holiday to honor veterans?  Many responded that have family members and friends who are veterans and they honor them; some placed flowers on the graves of veterans, many thank veterans for their service.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR:          Steve Perry, with Steve Perry Enterprises, presented a poignant video interviewing local veterans who presented recollections of their military experiences.


SECRETARY REPORT:             Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:             Approved as submitted.


COMMITTEE REPORTS:          4 for the 4th – Chris Day reported 50 days remaining until the event, with twenty-percent more registrations than last year with expectations of more than 1,000 participants. Sponsorships are still available at a cost of $500. Volunteers are needed for water stations with registration to assist on line; also assistance needed with distribution of the information packets on July 3 from 4-7 p.m. Awards will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on July 4th.


SCHOOL REPORT:                   David Sturgeon reported that eight days of school remained, with high school graduation to take place on June 10. Yorktown schools received four county titles for sports and ranked eighth in Indiana Schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.


BRE:                                         Matt Anderson – Reported that the Lunch and Learn Series will continue with dates and topics forthcoming. The group is looking for someone to lead this endeavor.


PROGRAM:                             Rich Lee – The state of the Town of Yorktown – Lee stated that Yorktown is moving forward with downtown redevelopment. He addressed issues about why people leave the area and what can be done to attract younger people to the community.  Lee indicated that Yorktown has a great deal of greenspace, with connectivity of the trail system, with numerous parks including, Morrows Meadow, the Lions Club Park, and the Sportsplex. Lee stated that the plan was to bring more people into the downtown area as the town moves forward in the next five years. Ground will be broken in July for the Town Hall building. Plans are in the works for attracting new business to the downtown area.


Currently negotiations are underway to bring a new IT company to Yorktown, with the creation of 50-70 new jobs. Plans are underway to create additional parking with a potential parking garage which offers ground floor retail space. Lee showed the rendering of this building. Yorktown in beginning to attract medical companies to meet the needs of the nearly 15,000 residents in the area. The town is continuing to look at coffee shops, restaurants, fitness companies with sports programs for community growth and development.  There are currently two businesses who are looking at the Marsh warehouse space, with others looking at Park One for a possible cold-storage unit.


Capital projects include the following: trail expansion – continuing trails down River Road, Woodland Trails to Nebo Road, possibly up County Road 500 to Westbrook Addition, and repairs to the Tiger Drive Bridge, sidewalks from Nebo Road to State Road 32, a roundabout at River Road and Nebo Road. The trail at County Road 500 has been seeded.


MISCELLANEOUS CHAMBER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: YCON Festival May 19 at the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene -12 noon – 7 p.m., Westminster Village hosting an event at 2 p.m., featuring Ball State University President, Geoffrey Mearns and his wife, Jennifer Mearns; Mary Ann Stroeh, with Reach Ministries, thanked the community for its donation of more than 8,000 lbs. of food to its food pantry. Volunteers collected and sorted the donations with thirteen teams participating.


TIP OF THE MONTH:              Mark Goodpaster – Steve Perry Enterprises thanked for participation as the breakfast sponsor. Tips of the day included – creating space under the sink by hanging spray bottles on a curtain rod, tighten screws by placing rubber bands in the hole, use WD-40 to remove crayon marks on computer or phone screens, keep marshmallows or bread in container with brown sugar to keep it from hardening, glue a piece of sandpaper under the lid of a jar for storing matches to have a striking surface, cook corn on the cob in wet paper towels in the microwave.




NEXT MEETING:                     June 19, 2018 – BRING A GUEST!