July 15, 2015

Clarendon Alliance

Board of Directors Meeting

July 15, 2015

Present:  Wade Franklin, Bill Gearhart, Debbie Kaplan, Jon Kinney, Paul LeValley, Casey Nolan, Tyler Schlandt, Stephen Taylor, Adam Thocher, Bill Trahant, and Julie Zalkind; also present, Executive Director Matt Hussmann.

Not present:  Jon Hoffmeyer, Khalil Minor, Ashley Naiman, Tom Petty.

The meeting was held in a conference room at the Church at Clarendon, 1210 N. Highland Street, and was called to order by President Paul LeValley at 6:30 pm.

Two presentations. The meeting began with two presentations.  Brian Scull, representing the Shooshan Company, provided an overview of plans currently going through the County’s Site Plan Review process for construction of a largely residential project on two blocks on property currently occupied by the Red Top taxicab operations and owned by the owner of Red Top.  The plans generally show 6 story residential buildings along most of N. 13th Street, with taller buildings fronting on Washington Blvd. and also south of new 12th Street as permitted under the Clarendon Sector Plan.

Also present was Andy McCall representing Citizen Burger, a new restaurant that has leased space in the Penzance building at the corner of N. 11th Street and N. Highland Street and is seeking County permission for outside seating on the Highland Street sidewalk.

Executive session.  The Alliance Board went into a short executive session to discuss a performance appraisal for the executive director.  The executive director left the room for the discussion.

Minutes of June meeting.  Consideration was postponed to the August meeting.  The minutes have been prepared but not circulated.

Treasurer’s report.  Treasurer Casey Nolan circulated monthly financial data through June 2015, the end of our fiscal year.  As part of the materials he provided adjusted amounts for Alliance events, including Clarendon Day and the Courthouse Festival in which he sought to adjust numbers to reflect personnel and other allocations to more accurately show profits and losses.  In discussion it was noted that weather has been a big factor in the profitability of events, along with the ability to line up major sponsors and participants.

Executive Director’s report.  Matt Hussmann noted that he had previously circulated his report electronically.  Among other things he noted that for the coming Clarendon Day he had lined up new sponsors and registrations include many new participants.  He also said that Richard Brewster, a consultant specializing in non-profit associations retained by the County to help non-profit County-related organizations, would make a presentation at the Alliance’s September board meeting.

Mr. Hussmann also updated the Board on efforts to reach out to local businesses on the County’s proposal to extend parking meter hours.  He said that the County Board was likely to consider the matter in the fall.

Retail Action Plan.  The Board considered the Retail Action Plan, which is on the County Board’s upcoming agenda.  The Board approved a draft letter prepared by Mr. Hussmann subject to revisions that would stress the importance of flexibility and the need to use of hybrid categories along neighborhood edges, and would also note that demand for certain types of retail activity change over time due to market conditions.

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted:


Bill Gearhart