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1. Call to Order
Members Present: Jerry DeGood, Auto Finance; Steve Karrip, Metro Motors; Lisa Golder, City of Kentwood; Gary Ball, B-Quick Printing; Tom Brann, Branns Steakhouse and Grille; Megan Sall, City of Wyoming; Tim Cochran, City of Wyoming; Ben Durian, City of Wyoming Police Department; Brandon Armstrong, Kentwood Police Department;
2. Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Karrip with support from Ball to approve the June DABA minutes.
3. Treasurers Report:
There are 15 memberships and $3,655.44 in the Treasury. Steve said he would go out to collect membership dues. Most of the Adopt a Block fees are paid.
There was discussion regarding:
• J&R Market getting rid of their weeds in yard
• Use of community service for clean up
• Carlos Pizza is going to the Adobe building
• Traffic back-ups due to improvements on M-6 underway
• Grand Rapids has mowed the gateway corner at 28th and Division
• Value of the website—what do we want to get out of the website
• Pictures for the website
• Grants for banners to replace the Rapid banners when they are worn out
There was general discussion regarding the perception of Division Avenue. In the past there has been a perception that there were prostitutes in the area, and that it was not a safe place to shop. DABA's work along with the cooperation from the police departments has helped to change this perception. Aesthetics have been an important part of the perception of Division. The appearance of businesses, including upkeep of parking and weeds contribute to the perception of the Division. DBA has helped keep the perception positive.
There was additional discussion as to why more businesses do not participate in the meetings. Megan Sall, Assistance City Manager had some ideas about how to bring business to the area, such as a Division Avenue "passport" to try the various restaurants along Division, or using social media to promote the area. If you can point to some accomplishments and indicate that business is better because DABA did these things, you would be more likely to get people to become members and to get involved.
Ben said if there were a lot of bad news about Division, like crime, you would have more people because they would have concerns. The fact that people don't come may mean that they do not have concerns.
Jerry said the new flags are in for the gateway area, and the area looks good.
Steve: has not been able to get out to collect money for the DABA or the Adopt a Block.
Brandon: Presented the Kentwood Police report; nothing major to report.
Lisa: Form Based Code was adopted in Kentwood. Now the area will need to be rezoned to the FBC designations. This should be completed in September.
Megan: City Council in Wyoming is going to have their meetings in parks this summer. South Lawn Park is the next location. Ice cream and a meet and greet of Council members will occur from 6-7, with the meeting starting at 7. A new location will be used each month through the summer.
Lisa: said that we are working on the Form Based Code, but hearing for ordinance has been pushed back until July.
Ben: A few burglaries at car dealerships have occurred this month. There are two suspects and this seems to have stopped the burglaries. He emphasized that video cameras help capture the suspects and solve crimes. He also said that there have been $20 counterfeit bills being distributed in the area. There has also been issues with false alarms that have made the number of calls for service seem high for the month.
IMPORTANT DAYS TO REMEMBER:
September 9: Fall Clean Up day scheduled
5. Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Division Avenue Business Association is scheduled for August 10, 2017.