FALMOUTH EDIC OPEN MEETING: Feb 14, 2017
Town Hall, Selectmen’s Meeting Room
Michael Galasso (C), Chris Langlais (T), Brooks Bartlett, Chris Simmler (Clerk), Chris Land
ABSENT Susan Moran (V-C) and Jim Fox
CALL TO ORDER
The chairman called the meeting to order having established a quorum.
The chairman asked if there was anyone that would like to speak to the board about anything that was not on the agenda. There was no one.
Guest Speaker – India Rose - C.E.O. (Creative Entrepreneur with Opportunity) (www.iamaceo.org)
- India goes over history of C.E.O. Year and half ago India brought idea to organize it as a 501 (3) (C).
- She handpicked the board members and started programs.
- They do education and networking for mostly women and have programs for youths. K thru 8 program called Lemonade Program that focuses on business plans and strategies.
- 9-12 program called a Lobster Program, this one includes mentors as well as working on business plans. They are now including a job fair this year, especially seasonal and coverage.
- They are expanding to the Cape, mostly in Falmouth, called CEO Cape Cod.
- They are acquiring another 501 (3) (C) and will have their first paid staff and office space.
- What to explore different ways to prevent people from growing their businesses to the cape that into entrepreneurs and current businesses.
- Work to build a co-working space that hopes will to trickle it to the cape, help to thrive without the brick and mortar.
- They do referrals to SCORE.
- Ready to start certification program this summer. India will provide a proposal to work with CEO and will contact Mike Reposa. Also think about creating a maker space in the high school and set up a fair.
Guest Speaker - Katy Paul - Cape Cod Can (www.capecodcan.org)
- They work with disabled students and provide art opportunities.
- June they will have an art show at Chanty in Hyannis.
- They have a mosaic displayed at the Hyannis Transportation Center.
- Hopefully working MSPA to do a totem pole.
- Would be great to have Falmouth support them.
- Would like to have the three pieces displayed at Falmouth Station which is 12 ‘x 4’ Would like it to be a permanent display and have an unveiling ceremony.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: FALMOUTH STATION
- We have made several changes on the interior of the building after meeting with historic committee.
- We will be using all $1.4 million and now putting things back in the project.
- Chris Langlais states money spent, scheduled to by done by May, before Memorial Day weekend.
- Falmouth Station Citizens Advisory Committee – has not met, Chris solving minor conflict of interest area.
- Bikeway / Station Connection Project Update – N/A.
- Divide the landscaping, take down the growth, and put down a cover. We would break it down into three components.
- Asked how accessible for all – it will be totally accessible by everyone. We will check on button at front door.
LANDFILL SOLAR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Jim Fox was absent. Waiting for EverSource to hook it up.
Phase Two Status Update – changes are being made, because we only built 4 and need to do 6, now not getting all benefits because there was a bill change.
Community Solar Project Update - Jim absent
Need to add a person to this project.
- George attended meeting to discuss the potential of an audit needing to be done by the town.
- He was approached by Chad Clark and Tony Rolassi, they are the auditors for the town of Falmouth.
- Auditors asked for a balance sheet and discussed that the EDIC is a component unit of the town of Falmouth (part of the town of Falmouth).
- We file 1099 but town considering us a branch of town because we are now getting reimbursements from the state, as decided by the auditor.
- George does not know what Clark and Rolassi will do with this information.
- This will be a cost to the EDIC.
- Since we have larger projects with state money they (auditors) are questioning whether audit is needed and filing is needed to be done under the town of Falmouth.
- We need more background in how they concluded that we might need an audit.
- The town of Falmouth would pay for audit, the incurred cost should be the towns responsibility
- George does the bookkeeping.
- 2017 Operating Budget – work in progress.
- Warrant – he presents assets and financial statement. Motion made to approve the warrant, all approved.
Chris needs guidance on signage and tech park budget. Given budget, solar powered, landscaping around it, marketing needed, all land taken.
Meeting yesterday, Alexandra met with Brooks yesterday, Brooks gives details of doing contest and need to pick the date, need to talk to H.S., Cape Cod April, school schedule and Cape Cod Markers Fair - end of April, Land can do it in June.
HOUSING DEMAND STUDY UPDATE
Got the study early this morning.
EDIC ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS
The minutes of the January Board Meeting were approved. The EDIC Office Use and Rent Payments may have a conflict of interest that needs to be solved. Alexandra Caine, Administrator, is leaving her position to take a FT role. The retreat was a success.
Retreat Update - Project Management Skills article presented by Chris Simmler, working with the senior center and summer employees.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion to adjourn regular session - all approved.
Consider possible real estate acquistions and negiotations on the use of EDIC property - Cancelled.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion to adjourn executive session - all approved.
March 14, 2017, 8:30am
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