ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
Thursday, October 5, 2006
The Maine Community Development Association held their
annual meeting at the
Tony Levesque Town
Don Keiser Town
James Gulnac Town
Thaxter Trafton DECD
Orman Whitcomb DECD
Peter Lyford Community Outreach & Development Consulting
Ray Mersereau Town of Mars Hill
Isaac Wagner Washington Hancock Community Agency
Rodney Lynch Town
Jason Simcock City
Jef Fitzgerald City
Mike Baran DECD
Al Smith City
Stephen Dyer Edwards & Kelcey
Keith Trefethen Town
Suzie Paradis Town
Terry Ann Stevens DECD
Darryl Sterling Town
Mary Walton City
Paul Bernier Town of Frenchville/St. Agatha
Jayne Wakefield Depres Town
Chris Shrum EMDC
Mike Duguay City
Deborah Johnson DECD
Sharon Thomas DECD
Susan Bolduc DECD
Tammy Knight DECD
Bill Burney HUD
Mary Ann Hayes
Brian Bowdoin Town
I. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS:
President Isaac Wagner called the MCDA Annual Meeting to order at 12:40p.m.
II. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES FROM AUGUST 18, 2006:
Moved by Tony Levesque and seconded by Jim Gulnac to approve the minutes as presented. The vote was unanimously in favor.
III. TREASURER’S REPORT:
Treasurer’s Report for the Nine Months Ending September 30, 2006 as follows:
Income This Month: $ 77.00 Year-To-Date Income: $9,231.00
Expenses This Month $663.00 Year-To-Date Expense: $ 7187.00
Net ($586.00) $2,044.00
Fund Balance as of 09/30/06: $7,879.00
Moved by Mike Baran and seconded by Don Keiser to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. The vote was unanimously in favor.
IV. OFFICERS NOMINATION COMMITTEE REPORT:
Members expressed appreciation to Tony Levesque for his work on the nomination committee and Tony presented a proposed slate of officers See Attached Election of Officers Ballot.
V. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
Tony Levesque moved to cast one ballot for the election of officers; seconded by Al Smith. The vote was unanimously in favor.
Vice President: James
Gulnac, Town of
Treasurer: Ron Harriman, Ron Harriman Associates
Member at Large, 2nd
Year: Mary Walton, City of
Member at Large, 2nd
Year: Rodney Lynch, City of
President: Mathew Eddy, Town of
Member at Large: Donald
Keiser, Town of
Member at Large: Stephen Dyer, Edward & Kelsey, Inc.
VI. RECOGNITION OF MCDA SERVICE:
Tony Levesque presented Isaac Wagner with a plaque for his services as president of MCDA.
Isaac stated that he had enjoyed his time as MCDA
President and as a Board member, but would like to take a moment to inform the
Board of his recent decision to resign as MCDA President as a result of a change
of employment and leaving the State of
X. SET DATE FOR 2007 ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING:
Tony stated that Chris Spruce had recommended that the 2007 Organizational Meeting be held on December 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Eastern Maine Development Corporation (potential location). Chris Shrum stated that he would get back to Chris Spruce as to the availability of the conference room at EMDC. Motion to approve the time, date and location, depending upon availability was made by Mike Baran and seconded by Don Keiser; and unanimously approved.
VII. CDBG 2007 PROGRAM REPORT FROM ORMAN WHITCOMB:
Orman Whitcomb introduced Thaxter Trafton, DECD Deputy Commissioner and Susan Bolduc, a new OCD staff member.
Orman stated that the 2007 Program Statement was now
available on the OCD website, along with the 2007 applications; however the
Economic Development applications would be a little late getting posted to the
site. He said that to date there has
been no change in expected 2007 funding allocations, even though the House and
Senate have sponsored legislation that would increase CDBG funding. Orman stated that the
Orman mentioned that the criteria for the Community Evaluation Factor was now included in the Program Statement and OCD had contracted with Frank O’Hara to compile the data.
Mr. Burney asked if the Distress Factor had been considered and Orman replied that those components had been factored in and some information had been modified as a result.
Isaac mentioned that for those interested in tracking House and Senate funding that the Housing Assistance Council website was very informative and contained Federal Budget info.
VIII. UPDATE FROM COSCDA CONVENTION:
Mike Baran and Mary Walton attended the annual COSCDA
Convention on September 16-20, 2006 held in
Mike reported that both he and Mary felt that
Highlights of the Conference included:
1) Open Session on Rural Community and Economic
Development – talked about the problem across the country relating to illegal
immigrants, especially in the
2) State of the State – Senior HUD officials were there to discuss the proposed across-the-board cuts anticipated after the election vote and stated that it could be as late as April before the Federal Budget was passed. They also talked about the new Performance Measures that have been put into place for government and other officials to report how the programs are doing.
3) CDBG Program Reform – there are a few items that
COSCDA opposed as a group, i.e., sanctions for States/Communities; reformation
of program where Entitlement Communities/States get 30/70% split and the
ramifications of that change. Some
states would gain. Some would lose;
4) Mobile Workshops where the group visited the City of
Orman pointed out that in relation to sustainable
performance measures being put in place, that one year ago, the State of Maine
was 39th in expenditures; this year we were 2nd. Mike mentioned that the State of
Tony stated that he would like to volunteer to be the
MCDA representative to attend the 2007 COSCDA Conference in
IX. OTHER BUSINESS:
Tony stated that he felt that the joint retreat held between OCD and MCDA this year had been very successful and valuable and hoped that we could repeat the effort in 2007. Mike replied that OCD had ˝ of the cost of last years’ retreat budgeted ($4,000) and that perhaps MCDA could form a committee to work with OCD on putting it together. Isaac stated that it would be appropriate for the Professional Development Committee to work on it with OCD. Jim Gulnac stated that he felt that MCDA should co-sponsor the event and provide financial resources to fund it.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mary Walton and seconded by Steve Dyer and unanimously passed. The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Mary Walton for
Joella R. McBreairty