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  June 8th, 2017
Meeting Minutes [click to download PDF]

1. Call to Order
Members Present: Jerry DeGood, Auto Finance; Steve Karrip, Metro Motors; Lisa Golder, City of Kentwood; Mark Rambo, City of Kentwood; Jim Alston, Kelloggsville Public Schools; Ben Durian, City of Wyoming Police Department; Ed Peterman, South Godwin Neighborhood Association; David Rodriguez, LMCU; Megan Pluymert, City of Kentwood

2. Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Rodriguez with support from Karrip to approve the April DABA minutes.

--Motion Carried--

3. Treasurers Report:

The DABA took a ride on the Silverline yesterday observations made included:

• Ridership seemed good—the bus was full, in part because of all our group riding but there were also others riding
• People getting on and off
• Speed of the ride downtown
• Saw person on crutches, families, strollers, students
• Parking lot at 60th had cars in it; although not as many as there used to be on work days
• Hard to tell whether someone had purchased a ticket or not

There was discussion on enforcement of people not purchasing tickets, whether students use the bus at Godwin and Kelloggsville, cost of ticket, cost of fines, enforcement, the regular buses versus the Silverline buses.

WKTV was there to film the event and they did some interviews.
There are 300 bus drivers employed by the ITP.

Jerry said he is trying to get the Wyoming flag for the gateway area. He will try to do within the next few days.

Steve: has not been able to get out to collect money for the DABA or the Adopt a Block. He said that he has been getting two people a month to help keep things clean along Division. He cut down some brush at the gateway corner. He asked Jerry to contact someone from the city of Grand Rapids to turn on the irrigation at the gateway. The boulevard along Division in Grand Rapids have had landscaping replaced, but the city also needs to maintain them.

There was discussion regarding the next clean up; we may try to do it on September 9 to coordinate with the 28th Street cleanup efforts.

Police Appreciation on May 11th went well. There were about 60 people there. Lisa asked if any pictures were taken that could be placed on the DABA website.

Megan: was impressed with the Silverline and the benefits provided to the people served. She was able to interact with some of the people riding the bus.

Lisa: said that we are working on the Form Based Code, but hearing for ordinance has been pushed back until July.

Mark: Concert series starts June 15, with the Crane Wives, Celebrate Kentwood is also. Woodland Mall redevelopment project continues. We are starting to update our rental inspection ordinance, trying to incentivize the owners of rental units to participate, and to minimize violations so that a rental unit can go a longer time without having to have a re-inspection. City is still willing to work with Division Avenue on visioning, marketing plan for corridor, or to look into the use of a Corridor Improvement District, Business Improvement District, etc.

Jerry explained how Newago does their rental inspection program, which appears to be similar to the city's proposed system.

Mark also mentioned that the Ramada Inn is being rebranded into a Marriott Delta. While the work is being done there have been some issues with the renovations and keeping the hotel open/safe for guests. Portions of the hotel cannot be occupied because their renovations have not been approved, causing issues with hotel patrons.

Ed: related that he had been scheduled for a seminar at the hotel and it had to be relocated to another hotel because the building inspector had not approved the room that the seminar was located in.

Jim: Kelloggsville's last school day is June 16th. There will be construction at the middle and high schools over the summer. Grand opening event for the school will be in the fall. They are working on moving the trailer for newspaper recycling. This area will be used for more parking.

Ed: National Night Out event for South Godwin Neighborhood Association will be finalized by the next meeting. He is working on a bottled water donation from McDonalds.

Ben: Has already discussed some car theft issues with Steve and Jerry-these do not affect the car dealers. There was a drug related robbery at the Rich Station. There has been issued with counterfeits of 10 and 100 dollars bills; now there are counterfeits of 20 dollar bills.

Dave: Construction on LMCU is underway. A car crashed into the bank; an exterior wall was affected. No one was in the building. At the same time, the sign is being replaced but the credit union is still open for business. New branches are opening in Lowell, Saginaw and 84th Street. Also in Fort Meyers. There was an incidence of check fraud but that has been resolved.


September 9: Fall Clean Up day scheduled

5. Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Division Avenue Business Association is scheduled for July 13, 2017.

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