CA Minutes May 18, 2016

Clarendon Alliance

Board of Directors Meeting

May 18, 2016

Present:  Wade Franklin, Bill Gearhart, Debbie Kaplan, Paul LeValley, Tyler Schlandt, Tom Petty, Megan Pierce, Natasha Ungerer, Linda Martin and Jennifer Weiss; also present, Executive Director Matt Hussmann, Clarendon restaurant owner Joe Corey, and County staff member David Patton.

Not present:  Jon Kinney, Tom Moriarity, Casey Nolan, Adam Thocher, Bill Trahant.

The meeting was held in the meeting room of the Church at Clarendon and was called to order by Board President Paul LeValley at 6:39 pm, with a quorum present.

Approval of meeting minutes of February 17, 2016 Board meeting and minutes of 2016 Annual Meeting.  The Board approved the minutes of the meeting of February 17, 2016, as presented as well as the minutes of the Annual Meeting held at the American Tap Room on March 28, 2016.

County staff presentation on possible new bike racks on extended sidewalk in front of Boulevard Woodgrill.  County staff member David Patton presented sketches of a possible extension of the sidewalk at the corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Fillmore St. to accommodate additional bicycle racks.  Mr. Patton said that the project was at the preliminary stage and the funds for the project would come from funding for community improvements from another project in Clarendon.  In discussion, Joe Corey, the owner of the Boulevard Woodgrill, which fronts on the sidewalk at issue, questioned the appropriateness of the project at this location, given the busy sidewalk and the likely loss of an on-street parking space to accommodate the expanded nub.  Mr. Corey also noted that most patrons at his and other restaurants in Clarendon generally come by car or other conveyance but not by bicycle.  In discussion, Board members expressed general support for the adding of more bicycle parking, but also suggested that County staff examine other possible locations, including on N. Garfield St. and in County controlled property in front of 3033 Wilson Blvd.

Treasurer’s report.  In the absence of Treasurer Casey Nolan, Executive Director circulated updated financial information.  He noted that the data were presented in a new format and that they continued to show the Alliance to be in good financial shape.

Bark in the park event.  Mr. Hussmann noted that a “Bark in the Park” event would again be held in June, with the Alliance one of the sponsors.  He noted that the event would held at an earlier time this year – 3 to 6 pm – to address noise complaints last year, rather than between 4 and 7 pm as was done last year. [The event was rescheduled to Sunday, June 12, because of rain.]

President’s report.  Mr. LeValley indicated that he and Mr. Hussmann had recently become aware that small office spaces would soon be made available on the second floor of the 3100 Clarendon Blvd. building in the center of Clarendon.  He made a motion, which was seconded, that he be authorized (along with Mr. Hussmann) to negotiate a lease for space in the 3100 building, under the understanding that the lease would be month-to-month, with the rent not to exceed $1250 per month.  The vote to approve was 8-2.  The two opposing Board members indicated that they supported acquiring office space, but were of the view that the Board should have more information about the terms, cost, and other details of the lease before authorizing the organization to enter into an agreement.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:41 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Bill Gearhart