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1. Call to Order
Members Present: Jerry DeGood, Auto Finance; Steve Karrip, Metro Motors; Ben Durian, Wyoming Police Department; Brandon Armstrong, Kentwood Police Department; Lisa Golder, City of Kentwood; Mark Rambo, City of Kentwood; Gary Ball, B-Quick Printing; Jim Alston, Kelloggsville Public Schools; Marge Wilson, Marge's Donut Den; Donna Kuba, Instant Cash Advance; Laura Tanis, Kelloggsville Public Schools; Sterling Massey, State Farm Insurance; Ed Peterman, SGNA; Lee Groth, SENA; David Rodriguez, LMCU
2. Approval of Minutes
A motion was made with support to approve the January DABA minutes.
3. Treasurers Report:
Gary said that the weed bill has been paid. For the $2m261 paid to Tuff Turf, the will spray for weeds along the corridor 5-6 times per year.
After the billing, the balance is $2,411.49.
Jerry DeGood discussed membership. Marge said that the 28th Street Association has binders with welcome information to new businesses and business cards to encourage participation in the Association. Steve said that a group of church pastors is getting their congregation involved in the cleanup. They will clean up their own areas, but it will be on the same day as the DABA cleanup. Since the normal day for the spring cleanup would be April 15th, and this year this is the day before Easter, we are going to move the cleanup date until the next weekend, or April 22nd, rain or shine.
Jerry said that Sharon had gone to a local businesses to ask what topic could be discussed that would interest them enough to come to a meeting. It was suggested that a text reminder of the meeting time would help get people to the meetings.
4. Roundtable Discussion:
Jerry said the banners are holding up well. We need three of the green light poles to replace those that have been knocked down.
Sterling Massey said he is an insurance agent at 54th and Division.
Brandon Armstrong provided a graphic of calls for service in the past month; no major issues to report.
Jim Alston: said that the high school is being renovated and that part of the project will be done by spring break. There are also renovations being done at the middle school, and the shed on the property will be torn down. High schools will have an open house when everything is completed. There was a question asked about cardboard and other junk being placed in the newspaper trailer.
Marge said that there is also going to be a group of businesses that are working with a number of kids from Wyoming Public Schools. They are going to tour the businesses and talk to business leaders. The businesses are chipping in to provide lunch for the students. The event will be held March 23 and will start with a meeting of the students and businesses at Marge's.
Donna: regarding the event with the Wyoming mentoring event. There will be about 6-8 students and 17 businesses involved in the event.
Laura said that the old courtyard at the Kelloggsville High school has been turned into classroom space. At the School Board meeting on the 13th there will be a tour of the space to see all the work that has been done so far. All of the work will be done for the school opening in the fall of 2017. The new entrance will be off 48th Street at the light which will allow straight access into the high school. The school has purchased 2 homes to make room for the project. In other schools they are doing projects such as replacing gym floors, upgrading windows, etc. They were also able to complete a new entrance to the football stadium. The tour of the renovations at the high school will take place on Monday at 6:30PM.
Lisa said that the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the form based code for Division Avenue on the 14th of February. From there it goes to the City Commission and then there will be hearings on the rezoning. She said that Mark Rambo from the city has access to Survey Monkey, so that a survey can be sent to everyone on the mailing list for DABA meetings, and we could find out what may make people come to meetings more often.
Mark indicated also that the city has a public relations firm that is working on rewriting the promotional piece about the benefits of joining the DABA.
Lisa said that February starts the 50th Anniversary celebration for the city and that there will be events throughout the year.
Lee said that Ed Peterman is the new SGNA President. He discussed the Winterfest event.
Mark Rambo said that there was a press release regarding the new anchor store for Woodland Mall—it is a fashion retail called Von Maur. He also said that information on the events for the city's 50th anniversary can be found at www.kentwood50.com
Ed Peterson said that SGNA is working on getting together activities for the summer and fall, including the trunk or treat. He is looking for new people to join the association but are finding many rental that are only in the neighborhood for a few years. SGNA will have a table at Winterfest.
Ben: averaging about 2 calls a day which is normal for Division Avenue. He noted that there was a compliant regarding a stolen vehicles at a stolen vehicle report.
David: LMCU opened a new location at 68th Street. The Division location has been updated with new signage. He discussed counterfeit bills and how to identify them. He said he can bring so example counterfeit money and show people what to look for.
Jerry: said the Annual Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce meeting has taken place and was a good event. Jerry is working on getting a speaker from the Rapid (ITP) to an upcoming meeting.
5. Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Division Avenue Business Association is scheduled for March 9, 2017.