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                         Island Housing Trust

Jim Gulnac, Vice President                              Town of Sanford

Don Keiser, Director                                                        own of Houlton

Rodney Lynch, Director                                     City of Rockland

Tony Levesque                                                     Town of Fort Fairfield

Joella R. Theriault, Secretary                            NMDC

Paul Bernier                                                           Town of St. Agatha

Suzie Paradis                                                         Town of Madawaska

Al Smith                                                                  City of Bath

Ron Harriman, Treasurer                                    Harriman Associates

Mike Bush                                                               Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Gail Chase                                                            KVCOG

Duane Walton                                                     Northern Maine Development Commission

Mary Walton, Director                                       City of Caribou

Cyndy Carney                                                      CEI

Amanda Simillien                                                Town of Brunswick


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 S. Paradis to appoint T. Levesque to look into the purchase of a plaque to recognize all past MCDA presidents.  All in favor.  The Nominating Committee consisting of Tony Levesque, Al Smith, Mary Walton and Rodney Lynch will present a slate of officers for the coming year.


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:                                 



·                    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.


Submitted by,




Joella R. Theriault