Board of Directors Meeting
December 21, 2011
Present: Bill Anhut, Bill Gearhart, Debbie Kaplan, Jon Kinney, Tom Petty, Dale Roberts, and Julie Zalkind; also present was Executive Director Matt Hussmann.
Not present: Kathy Dalby, Greg Cahill, Adam Thocher, Sue Pyatt.
The meeting was held in the Alliance office on North 11th Street and was called to order by Alliance President Tom Petty at 6:30 pm.
The minutes of the November 21, 2011, Board meeting were approved as amended.
President’s report. Tom Petty noted that several new businesses had recently opened, including a bakery on North Irving Street, and that the new businesses were listed on the Arlnow.com website.
Financial. Matt Hussmann noted that about $8000 in old checks are still outstanding and it was agreed that he and Treasurer Bill Anhut should try to determine whether the amounts reflected had already been paid through replacement checks or in fact reflected outstanding amounts. Mr. Hussmann also said that he had asked County Board member Mary Hynes whether the Alliance might be made eligible for higher matching funds, such as the $40,000 available to CPRO, as compared to the $20,000 available to the Alliance.
Mr. Anhut said that our accounting projections are currently showing a negative cash balance in coming months. The Board proceeded to discuss our dues structure and collections. Mr. Anhut expressed the view that the Alliance’s dues structure is appropriate, and that we instead need to make an effort to bill and collect dues. No change was made to the dues structure.
Executive Director’s report. Mr. Hussmann noted that he had received a letter about towing practices in Clarendon and had responded. He also noted that he had received an RHI survey on the economic value of entertainment districts. He said that plans were well underway for the Alliance’s annual meeting, which is to be held at Northside Social on January 23 beginning at 5:30 pm. He noted that new County Chief of Planning Peter Katz is scheduled to speak and that the Alliance’s County Board member liaison Mary Hynes will also be present to say a few words. Finally, he noted that the Mardi Gras parade is set for 8 pm February 21.
Bylaws changes. The Board proceeded to discuss possible changes to the Alliance’s bylaws, including with respect to the commercial areas covered. The Board voted to consider expanding the area covered by the Alliance to include the areas covered by the Clarendon, Virginia Square, and Court House sector plans, by a vote of 6-1. The Board also agreed that the bylaws should include a special provision for non-profits but should otherwise retain the same membership categories.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 pm.