November 2017 Meeting Minutes


McCartee’s Barn. Directors present: Sue Clary, Charlie Duveen, Jay Kerr, Joan Lowe, Laura Mitchell, Chris Preble, Rose Ann Savage, and Angela Sturgis. Members present: Laura Dunham; Jessica Roesel, representing SAW.

As directors arrived, we discussed the 25% rise in our liability insurance policy and Sue Clary’s exploration of the price hike with Upstate Insurance, our agent. Without a specific vote, as insurance is a part of our approved 2017 budget, Sue directed treasurer Joan Lowe to pay the bill.

With a quorum in place, the meeting was officially called to order at 5:05 PM. President Sue Clary called for a motion to approve the October minutes. Joan Lowe so moved; Chris Preble and Angela Sturgis seconded simultaneously seconded. Unanimous approval.

Treasurer Joan Lowe reported $4290.06 in checking, $3510.19 in savings, $346 in signpost fund; $1840 in Crisis Fund. $2500 was sent from saving to Town of Salem for the septic study; an additional $495 will be added to the Crisis Fund from the benefit performance of Route 30 produced at Fort Salem Theater by the Fort and Gardenworks.

Chris moved for acceptance; Angela seconded. Unanimous acceptance. Joan brought in a proposed 2018 budget, which we discussed at some length. We decided to schedule a separate budget committee meeting for Wednesday, November 15 [in which a new budget was hammered out].

Laura Dunham came to discuss her work on the chamber-sponsored Christmas Parade to be held on November 25. She asked that the chamber Christmas trees be uniformly decorated and lit by Friday, November 24. Jessica Roesel reported that Ken Thompson has donated seventeen trees to be distributed to merchants in the Main Street area, which have been cut down and distributed by, among others, Kurt Winslow, Travis Keys, and crews from SAW and the Town of Salem. Thanks to everyone. [It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.]

Speaking of Christmas, we happily note the pop-up artisan store in the Main Street Gallery building, in the space previously occupied by Round Bale store and, before that, the Flower Shoppe@Laura’s Garden and the Artisan’s Gallery.

With a motion to adjourn from Chris, seconded by Jay, and unanimously passed, the meeting adjourned at 5:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jay Kerr, Secretary

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