Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, March 10, 2006
The Maine Community Development Association held an executive committee meeting via teleconference on Friday, March 10, 2006. In attendance were:
Isaac Wagner, President Washington Hancock Community Agency
Board Member City
Board Member Town
Board Member City
Mike Baran DECD – Office of Community Development
Al Smith City
I. CALL TO ORDER
Isaac called the meeting to order at approximately 9:10 a.m. Chris Spruce agreed to take the minutes of the meeting in the absence of the Secretary.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
December 9, 2005: A motion was made by Jim Gulnac to approve the meeting minutes as presented; seconded by Mary Walton. Isaac noted that future minutes should use his correct last name. The vote was unanimously in favor.
III. TREASURER’S REPORT:
In Ron Harriman’s absence and with the lack of an update on the MCDA fund balance, Jim Gulnac moved to table the treasurer’s report; seconded by Rodney Lynch. The vote was unanimously in favor.
IV. REPORT ON THE HOUSING TIF WORKSHOP:
reported that 56 people attended the Housing TIF workshop in
V. MMA ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES CONTRACT:
Isaac said Maine Municipal Association was proposing essentially the same administrative services contract for 2006 as was used in 2005. The cost of the contract went up3%, or $42, to $1,242 for the year. Chris Spruce said he thought it was too far into the year to attempt to look for alternative administrative support and that Isaac should sign the contract. Al Smith said others in the organization who would like to examine other options should take the initiative to do that and report back to the Executive Committee. Jim Gulnac moved that Isaac be authorized to sign the MMA contract on MCDA’s behalf; seconded by Mary Walton. The vote was unanimous in favor.
VI. OCD/MCDA JOINT MEETING:
Isaac said that CD Day at the Legislature was not being conducted this year as in the past, where municipalities and organizations were invited to set up booths in the Hall of Flags. Mike Baran said that a press conference would be held on April 20th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. at which Gov. Baldacci and Commissioner Cashman would make comments on the importance of the CDBG program. Four or five large checks would be handed out and Orman will offer a few remarks. Al Smith asked if the Office of Community Development would still seek resolutions in support of the CDBG program from municipalities. Mike said he will draft a sample resolution for distribution.
noted that every year OCD conducts a staff retreat for program planning and
other matters. This year, OCD is
proposing to hold a two-day retreat and is suggesting that MCDA and OCD meet
jointly during one of those days to discuss the 2007 CDBG Program and related
matters. Because additional significant
cuts are being proposed, he said, it is possible that some programs will be
eliminated. At the joint session, OCD
would go through some scenarios for program changes and ask for MCDA members’
reactions. Additionally, training needs
for 2007 would be discussed. In addition
to the joint meeting, OCD will hold its own session and MCDA would hold a
general membership meeting. The
tentative dates for this event are April 26th and 27th
and a meeting site outside of
PLANNING FOR JUNE 9TH
Isaac said the Maine Association of Planners had invited MCDA to work together on a guided tour of the Brunswick Naval Air Station on June 9th. MCDA has been offered meeting space in the Topsham Public Library, where MAP will hold its annual meeting. Isaac asked for volunteers to assist Matt Eddy in planning the BNAS tour. Al Smith volunteered to help and Isaac said he would ask Cyndy Carney to assist as well. He recommended they contact Jim Fisher of the Hancock County Planning Commission, who is working on the program for MAP
VIII. MCDA SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS:
Given the length of the meeting, Isaac suggested that the committee updates be dropped for this meeting. Mike Baran noted that Mary Walton has done a great job with the Communications Committee, which has been meeting monthly. A brief discussion ensued about the need for articles to be submitted for inclusion in the MCDA newsletter. Isaac said he would complete a President’s Report and submit it to Joella McBreairty. Mary reported that Joella had nearly completed the April newsletter and it should be out soon. Mike suggested that the MCDA newsletter also be posted on the OCD site.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:10 a.m.