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July 27, 2021

Present: Joe Sarnicola, Claire Lovell, Sarah Dibble, Pete Cramer, Chuck Mason, Glenn Thomas

  • Call to Motion at 5:41 pm
    • Tim made the motion and Glenn seconded.  All approve.
  • Approve Previous Meeting’s Minutes 
    • Sarah made a motion to approve.  All approve.
  • Resignations
    • Dan has moved to Buffalo and regretfully resigns.
    • Joe is resigning as of October 1.
  • New members
    • The commission needs to attract new members, including a treasurer and social media director.
    • Tim suggests the Leadership Cayuga graduating class.  He has a list of the members.
  • Budget Update – Joe
    • The City gave us our $5,000 budget for the year.  
    • Our bank balance is $13,504.08.
    • David Homick has been paid out for the website- $76, retroactive to January.  The BID has been paid $500 for sponsoring Founders Day.
  • Permaculture Park Update – Pete
    • One of the fenced-in trees was busted by a storm.  It may regrow. 
    • The willow structure is growing well!
  • Social Media Update – New Social Media Director
    • Sarah shared the ABC Google Drive with Claire, who will add the minutes to the website.
    • Sarah suggests a professional group out of Cayuga BOCES. 
    • Claire suggests that the group first discuss the intended audience and hopeful objective for any PR efforts and social media work.
  • Casey Park Plywood Figures Update – Joe
    • The Finger Lakes Arts Council had a few successful days with painting efforts to refurbish the plywood figures. 
    • They’ll also bring 3 or 4 to the Tomatofest (there are 16 in total).
  • Historical Signs repainting – Glenn
    • Glenn purchased the paint but hasn’t yet begun taking the signs down to repaint.
    • He plans on starting at Lake Ave and Camp Street.
    • Chuck reiterates his recommendation for Real Deal Dollar Store on Grant Ave for Glenn’s paintbrushes and wire brushes. 
    • Glenn will let someone know when he’s going in order to get photographs.  ABC will need to get before and after pictures.
    • Joe suggests the sign on the Auburn Public Theater next.
    • Glenn will save his receipts and turn them into Joe.
  • 2021 Projects -Prioritize / pick dates
    • Clean-up nature trail in Fleming/Dunning Ave
    • Clean-up West-End of Genesee Street
      • All the Department of Transportation, so we’ll leave this.
    • Clean-up of Y-Fields / Clifford Park       
  • Rescheduled to Tuesday, August 10
  •  Routine riverwalk cleanup
  • September 25th  (Art in the Park is September 18th)
  • Routine Buonocore Park cleanup, Market Street Park, and Freedom Park 
  • The BID has a new maintenance employee, Chuck Weed, who’s doing a good job in these parks.
  • All of the parks are going to have new signage through the City’s comprehensive plan.
  • Tim asks if Chuck will ask Mike Talbot to replace the Owasco River sign on the Genesee Street bridge.
  • Planting/Maintenance of triangle at the welcome to BID District – near St. Mary’s
  • Chuck asked A&M Graphics what the price of a new, nicer sign like the sign at Seward Park, on Genesee Street, and Lake Ave.
  •  Adopt the corner flower garden in front of Wild’s on Genesee St.  – Cigarette butt holder
  • Claire has weeded throughout the summer.
  • Adopt the garden on Exchange Street between APT and Next Chapter Pub
    • Chuck personally adopted the space there, where he’s planted some basil and mulched.
  • Welcome to Auburn sign on Lake Ave
    • The tech teacher at AHS is going to measure for the missing W.  Sarah will check in on him when school starts up again.
  • Crocus planting throughout playgrounds and parks
    • 2,000 bulbs for $289
    • They’d have to be planted in the fall before the ground is frozen
    • Sarah makes a motion that we purchase the bulbs.  Tim will second.  All approve. Sarah will buy them.

  • 2021 Fundraising
  • ABC Tent at ERHC? Chuck to keep us updated
    • ABC is welcome at any of the Saturday markets.  We’ll just have to fill out a form.  The last Saturday is September 4.
  • Founders Day – Saturday, August 7
    • Chuck and Tim will both be busy on Founders Day. 
    • It’s 9 am to 4 pm.  Be there by 9 am.  Chuck will set up the tent and two chairs.
    • Sarah will put together a gift basket of Lowes gardening equipment and Joe will put together a gift basket.  Visitors to our tent can enter the raffle simply by giving us their email address (to sign up for emails) or potentially volunteering. 
  • Rummage sale – when safe from COVID – location? dates?
    • Probably not feasible.  Not for 2021.
  • Scarecrow contest – Dates?  Start planning now
    • Stephanie at the BID was very supportive.
    • Sarah hasn’t heard back from the woman in Batavia.  In Batavia, there’s a $20 entrance fee, for which they got some (unknown) supplies.
    •  We could just open the contest up to the community, but we’ll need to have people sign themselves up so we know who’s participating.
    • The scarecrows can go up in mid-September through October 31, at which point ABC will do the judging
  • Other Business  – Claire
  •  ABC Awards
    • “Great job” awards – just take a picture and post it online with accolades
    • Something like the Bouck sign
    •  Medians on Lake Ave
    • Could have a handful of these signs made.  Note that they shouldn’t be removed.
    •  “Nominate your neighbors.” 
  • Garden Tours
    •  For 2022.
    • Tickets, planned tours.
  • Bulletin board
    • Tim suggested finding sponsorships for an external bulletin board.  He’ll find details and more information.

Next meeting Tuesday August 10, 2021 @ 5:30pm at Clifford Park on Mary Street.

  • Tim made a motion to adjourn.  Pete seconded. Adjourned at 6:41 pm

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