SOUTH MAIN PRESERVATION SOCIETY
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING – FEBRUARY 17, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by President Holly Haddox. There were 18 present. Holly introduced Sally Faith, candidate for Mayor. Ms. Faith spoke about her background & vision for the city in “getting productive”, with the mayor as a leader but not micromanager, accountability of money, supporting hiring of an economic development director & assist established businesses as well as promote new business. In response to concerns expressed by the group about specific South Main issues such as code enforcement, bar trade, live music, branding, she stated she would listen and try to help. In response to the question, what do you think is St. Charles’ #1 tourist attraction, she responded South Main Street, which has it’s “special personality”. She stated she was hosting Saturday morning coffees from 8-10 at her home and invited everyone to stop by if they wish to discuss any topics.
Mary Ann Ohmes, candidate for Ward 1 then introduced herself. She spoke
about her qualifications & platform of transparency & accountability in the City. She expressed an appreciation for Main St. and willingness to help with issues. She is an attorney, lives at 4th & Monroe and has been on the park board for a year. She views Frontier Park as a passive park and stated there are discussions about moving some of the park activities farther north to city property near 370.
Gene & Cindy reported that David Rossenwasser responded that the request
funding for the plantings would be made from Ward 1 & 2 council discretionary funds. They also stated that in appreciation for SMPS’s support of the Fife & Drum Corps, the group has offered their volunteer services for a project such as a beautification day.
Holly stated that Rendezvous in St. Charles is a great promotion tool and can help everyone especially with all the links. It is hopeful that our funding request to Arts & Culture will be approved at their next meeting for the concert series which is intended to promote shopping & dining as well.
Sharlotte Worthington reported that the plaque project is proceeding. She is reviewing all information available on the buildings and is developing a detailed spread sheet before proceeding with discussions about funding & locations. Barb Stiegemeier has volunteered to help and Sharlotte invited anyone else that would be willing to assist with the project.
Holly stated that SBD is beginning discussions about purchase of benches along Main St. She showed the picture of the St. Charles signature bench Dan Satterfield had developed some time ago made of cast iron with wood slats and it was agreed that this design would be SMPS’s preferred choice.
Mimi reported that approx. $22,500 funding by the CVB for Heritage Days was in place and plans were proceeding. However, flooding in the park was predicted and alternate plans were being made, if necessary.
Jean Dryden gave the treasurer’s report showing a grand total amount in all accounts of $10,856.23 (copy attached). It was mentioned that $25 dues for 2011 is payable. Venetia made a motion that the overdue penalty be waived for March and Gary seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Since we had to vacate the meeting room for the Lewis & Clark group, a special meeting was called for the following Thursday, February 24, to discuss the City’s branding project that is being formulated.
Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Karen House, recording secretary