June 19 Board Meeting (Budget Meeting)
Notes written by Beth Hoops
Board Members in Attendance: Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Taylor Bodine, Dave Perry, John Durnell, Marilyn Morris, Billy Tomber, Christopher Schwarz, Beth Hoops
Discussion of Project Proposal (PRT) – Jay Gibbs
Discussing vacant lot at 9th and Soulard by iTap (plus 901 Soulard house, also purchased)
Same group building 1001 Russell looking to develop this lot.
3 different versions - mixed use building (1st floor commercial; 3-4 floors total, including potential 4th floor restaurant w/ rooftop)
3 potential issues, per Jay: parking density, 4th story, iconic NOLA-style balcony
If 4th floor restaurant, valet service would be hired (utilizing city lot by Soulard Market Lofts / Pieces)
Taylor Bodine asked Jay Gibbs (and PRT) for advice on ‘something great in the neighborhood’ vs honoring neighborhood’s strict building and historical codes
Neil Putz discussed finding old examples of similar iron work, visual examples
Group decided to hold an additional meeting (in the next few weeks) for the purpose of discussing this project – w/ PRT committee and Board members invited; developer offered to also attend. Date TBD
CID – Lisa Otke
As of last week, CID petitions turned in (51% turned in)
Hearing upcoming on July 2 at 10am
Lisa Otke requested letter of support from SRG Board
CID would go toward non-safety improvements (SBD already makes money for safety) – i.e. historic lighting, beautification, etc.
CID will have a 7 member board. One member will be a SRG appointee (Lisa offered names of SRG members already interested; up to SRG Board to appoint someone). Appointee will need to go through a background check and must be a Missouri resident (residing in the CID district). Will either be a 2 or 4 year term.
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Board discussed potential names: John Durnell, Bill Clendenin
Christopher Schwarz nominated John Durnell; Billy Tomber seconded; Board voted unanimously.
Treasurer Report – Christopher Schwarz reviewed 2018/2019 profit and loss report
Old/New Business –
Scott Plackemeier sent SRG letters of support for Nice Ice and Eclectic Taste
MGI Board appointment – Scott Plackemeier announced re-appointment of Billy Tomber to MGI Board
Scott Plackemeier appointed Taylor Bodine to the Board as Director
Chris Schwarz motioned to dissolve the decorating “twinkle lights” ad-hoc committee; Billy seconded. Board unanimously approved.
John Durnell mentioned Soulard Station landscape lighting attempted theft; inquired about insurance, getting an electrician to re-install. Scott Plackemeier to follow up with Jim Price about insurance claim. John Durnell getting electrician quotes (connecting with Tracy Laxton / Station Committee). Once bids received, police report to be filed.
PRT – presented by Christopher Schwartz
Group discussion about updating historic standards
Station Committee – presented by Tracy Laxton
Tracy Laxton passed out new slides with updated goals and budget
Goals include refreshing interior / exterior of Station, securing the building, promoting membership of SRG through rental of station to SRG members only, developing communication / booking / utilization process for Station, and increasing membership of the Station Committee
Tracy Laxton discussed pros and cons of to rent or not to rent the Station and reviewed expense, as well as projected income, estimates
Tracy Laxton, after questions about what the Station may cost without renting it to SRG members, said maintenance, repair and cleaning of the building would still be $23,530 (not including beautification / grounds maintenance)
Tracy Laxton reiterated Station Committee recommendation of renting to voting SRG members
Board discussion on ‘what is the purpose of Soulard Station?’
Christopher Schwarz moved to approve non-rental budget. Billy Tomber seconded. Board approved.
Billy Tomber recommended tabling addition discussion about the purpose of the building until July Board meeting.
John Durnell recommended talking to Marybeth Wallace about getting city appraiser to determine the worth of the building.
Beautification Committee – presented by Richard Eaton
Richard Eaton provided some CPA contact info and recommended non-for-profit audit
Goals include maintaining green spaces and pots, installing watering system at Soulard Station, make improvements to Pontiac Square Park (electrical, water service, addtl trash containers, 10th/Shenandoah park entrance), and producing successful Art in the Garden Tour, as well as Molly’s fundraiser (moving to the fall)
After discussion, Beautification budget amended to $18,000 (net loss -$4,500)
Safety – (no representative present)
Membership – presented by Julie Price
Goals include increasing membership (in particular by visiting new apartment complexes), honoring those who contribute to SRG, and planning special events to engage active / current members (new ideas)
Membership budget submitted at $10,450 (net loss -$6,250)
Residential Promotion – presented by Luann Denten
Christopher Schwarz noted that the budget approved last year for the Historical Signage Tour was not all spent; there is $9000 already approved that will roll over (Res Promo requested no additional funding for signage beyond the 9000 roll over).
Goals include continuing Res Promo and fun events (improving existing events) and finalizing phase 1 of the Historical Signage tour (total of 28 signs) to include brochure and online version
Christopher Schwarz made a suggestion that SRG members get a special ticket price (effort to maintain neighborhood feel, SRG connection); Luann said she would discuss with committee
After discussion, Res Promo budget amended to $26,100 (net loss -$2,600)
Communication – presented by Beth Hoops and Billy Tomber
Goals include digitizing Renaissance, surveying membership on how they get their news, and being more consistent with social media
Beth Hoops noted that the $425 (approx) per issue previously paid directly to the editor-in-chief will now be going to the SRG instead, creating an approx $1600 income for Communication Committee
After discussion, Communication budget amended to $2,030 (net loss -430)
Parlour Tour – Christopher Schwarz on behalf of Jeanne Kirby
Goals include maintaining the quality and integrity of the tour while attempting to increase sponsorship and developing a Soulard Ghost Sign brochure for self-guided exploration
Parlour Tour budget submitted at $11,736 (net profit $11,454)
Fundraising – Christopher Schwarz
Goals include recruiting committee members, developing merchandise program, continuing volunteer shirt program, bringing back wreath sales with new provider and growing Soulard Concert Series (with goal of creating a Soulard Blues Festival)
Fundraising budget submitted at $23,850 (net profit $16,900)
Executive Board –
Board reviewed 2018 goals
Board to discuss and decide upon 2019 goals at the July Board meeting
Christopher Schwarz motioned the Board allow a continuation of approved funds for ongoing projects (Soulard Concert Series, etc.) and to continue to pay utilities, expected bills, etc. until General Membership approves 2019/2020 budget. Billy Tomber seconded. All board approved.
Billy Tomber motioned to adjourn meeting; Taylor Bodine seconded.