Yorktown Indiana Chamber of Commerce
May 21, 2019
Mellott Family Center
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Keith Gary, Maureen Walby, Joyce Acuti, Daniel Flanagan, Greg Hinshaw, Rick Yencer, Lon Fox, Bonita Ramirez, Chris Day, Fran Bullock, Joni Farmer, Tim Williams, Carly Acree-King, Leslie Baim, Kristi Ingram, Tony Miller, Rich Lee, Dale Vold, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Mark Goodpaster, David Riggs, Torey Cook, Matt Anderson, Kallie Sulanke, Ed Armantrout
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you do for Memorial Day to honor veterans? Most members honor and acknowledge veterans through recognition in their families or participation in activities that honor all veterans.
BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Oak Tree Ministries – Fran Bullock and Joni Farmer – Oak Tree Ministries is a non-profit Christian education foundation that provides Bible studies, correspondence Bible studies, Christian items, including cards and gifts. The organization has been in existence for 25 years, and through the Seeds of Kindness Program, also provides assistance to veterans in need.
SECRETARY REPORT: Approved as submitted.
TREASURER REPORT: Ed Armantrout – Approved as submitted.
FOUR FOR THE 4TH: Chris Day – Preparation for the event is moving along well, with sponsorships at or above last year’s numbers. There are 345 pre-registered, with 44 days until the event. Pre-registration is 44% ahead of last year, which could potentially result in approximately 1,500 participants. The design for the shirts is nearing final approval, as well as the design for the new medals. Volunteers are still needed, with registration for volunteers and for the race on the Website at fourforthefourth.run.
SCHOOL REPORT: Greg Hinshaw – The school year is coming to a close and has been a great year. Construction projects are on schedule and are coming along well.
PROGRAM: Town of Yorktown – Dan Flanagan, President, Yorktown Town Council – The downtown redevelopment project is progressing on Canal St. and the town hopes to announce the purchase of two more properties within the next few months. Infrastructure construction involving utility relocation, new sidewalks, streets, and streetscapes will begin soon.
Although the enterprise the town was hoping to partner with downtown did not work out, the town is continuing to look for other opportunities.
Town Hall project is moving along on schedule with completion set for October despite the weather. The project continues to be within budget.
The new Civic Green behind the Town Hall will be open for bids at the end of May. The town hopes to award the contract in June with construction to begin in July, with projected completion in the late summer of 2020. This will be a changeable/programmable space for activities such as the Farmer’s Market, ice cream social, movies and other events.
Downtown façade grants have been awarded at the former Old National Bank Building, which will include three new office suites, the Hideout, and possibly Ingram’s Carpet and Flooring.
A sale is pending on the Marsh Warehouse building, with hopes of getting the building back in use.
Tiger Bridge will be open to two-way traffic in July with estimated date of completion July 27. The project remains within budget. The Nebo sidewalk/pedestrian enhancement on the east side of Nebo to connect to River Road trails to Highway 32, is scheduled for the end of summer 2020. Construction should be done with little impact to traffic patterns.
Nebo/River Road roundabout construction project to relieve traffic congestion will begin in 2022 with approximate 90-day completion.
The town is finalizing details with River Road trails project and hopes for some work to begin during 2019.
The town received $990,000 in Community Crossing dollars for preservation and paving of roads.
Flanagan praised the school corporation for their upgrades to the school buildings and expressed the town’s appreciation for the continuing, positive relationship with the schools.
The town is looking at replacement of three cars for the Police Department, as well as upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Flanagan expressed appreciation to the Yorktown Chamber for inviting the town to present the program and updates to Chamber members.
MISCELLANEOUS CHAMBER NEWS: Yorktown American Legion, Post 321, Veterans’ Golf Outing will be held June 2, with five teams still available, hole sponsorship is $25.00. For information, contact Dale Vold – 765-716-2178; June 14 is Flag Day, with flag retirement ceremony to be held June 15 at 3 p.m.; LifeStream Services annual Aging Well Conference will be held June 6 at the Horizon Center, with Loretta Swit as guest speaker. For further information call LifeStream at 765-759-1121; Farmers’ Market now has twenty-five vendors and will be held at Morrow’s Meadow every Friday 4-7 p.m.; UPS Store has new printing equipment and new printing capabilities.
TIPS FOR THE MONTH: Mark Goodpaster – Thank you to Fran Bullock and Oak Tree Ministries for breakfast sponsorship; Tips included using a paint brush to dust light bulbs, and using a lint roller to dust lampshades; 409 Cleaner can be used to get rid of wasps and hornets; remove rust with Coca Cola on a sponge; drink two glasses of Gatorade to relieve a headache and chewing Altoid mints will relieve a stuffy nose.
NEXT MEETING: June 18, 2019 – BRING A GUEST!