General Membership Business Meeting
Friday, May 11, 2007
The Maine Community Development Association held a joint meeting with DECD’s Office of Community Development on May 10 and 11, 2007 at the Lucerne Inn in Holden.
Christopher Spruce, President
Jim Gulnac, Vice President Town of
Don Keiser, Director own of Houlton
Rodney Lynch, Director City
Joella R. Theriault, Secretary NMDC
Paul Bernier Town
Suzie Paradis Town
Al Smith City
Ron Harriman, Treasurer Harriman Associates
Mike Bush Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Gail Chase KVCOG
Mary Walton, Director City of
Cyndy Carney CEI
Amanda Simillien Town
I. CALL TO ORDER: MCDA Meeting called to order on May 10, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.
II. REVIEW OF FEBRUARY 16, 2007 MEETING MINUTES: Motion by R. Harriman; seconded by D. Keiser to combine notes taken by T. Levesque and C. Spruce and accept as the official meeting minutes. All in favor.
III. TREASURER’S REPORT: R. Harriman presented the following:
Revenues this month: $256.00 Expenditures this month: $1,359.00
Net Loss of: -$1,103.00
Account Balance: $5,859.00
Motion by J. Gulnac; second by M. Walton to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. All in favor.
IV. DISCUSSION OF OCD/MCDA PLANNING MEETING: J. Gulnac made a motion to ratify last evening’s decision to vote up to $2,500 for this meeting; seconded by D. Keiser. All in favor.
Motion made by T. Levesque and seconded by M. Bush to submit recommendation to OCD opposing the word “contiguous” under the 2008 CDBG proposed program changes, Item H2.(e) Restriction of Grant Awards. All in favor.
Motion by T. Levesque and seconded by J. Gulnac to support other changes made, specifically changes from last year as well as the timeline. All in favor.
Discussion revolved mainly around the economic development programs. Specific concerns were with application deadline dates, time between Letter of Intent and application, rounds of funding is not beneficial for businesses in need of immediate assistance, task force should be formed to work with OCD to try and improve the economic development program. Members interested in joining the task force include Jim Gulnac, Duane Walton, and Mike Bush. C. Spruce will make the appointments.
Following this discussion, J. Gulnac made a motion to recommend to OCD to move the economic development program deadline dates to March and May; seconded by D. Keiser. All in favor.
R. Lynch moved to recommend to OCD to insert Phase II planning as part of an eligible activity; seconded by C. Carney. All in favor.
D. Keiser moved to recommend to OCD not to have set-aside funds such as the money now earmarked for the Home Repair Network; seconded by R. Harriman. All in favor.
V. MCDA ACTIVITIES RELATED TO 25TH
ANNIVERSARY OF STATE CDBG PROGRAM: Moved by M. Walton and seconded by
VI. MMA CONVENTION PLANNING: C. Spruce will be attending a meeting with MMA next week. Suggestion by J. Gulnac to hold a follow-up meeting of the Housing TIF program.
VII. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
VIII. OTHER BUSINESS:
· Nominating Committee consisting of Tony Levesque, Al smith, Mary Walton and Rodney Lynch will work with MMA to contact new CDBG grantees to boost membership of MCDA.
· D. Keiser reminded members that joint MCDA/Downtown meeting will be held in Houlton on May 31, 2007. The joint meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Governor’s. Anyone who has not previously registered, should do so as soon as possible.
The next meeting is scheduled for May 31, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at Governor’s Restaurant in Houlton. The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.
Joella R. Theriault