KEARNEY AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
May 8, 2015
Roll Call: Chip Glennon presiding, Kim Murphy, Joe Wilmes, Dave Hinck, Chris Shipley, Jim Eldridge and Larry Pratt. Guests: Shawna Searcy, Dillon Eckstein
Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Kim Murphy and seconded by Dave Hinck to approve the minutes of the April 24, 2015 meeting as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: The Bank balance is $83,374.04.
Dave Hinck presented a bill for Fair Point for $13.89.
A motion was made by Kim Murphy and seconded by Joe Wilmes to accept the Treasurer’s Report and pay the bill as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
MoDOT FUNDING UPDATE: Shawna Searcy presented a copy of the letter of support that we submitted to our State legislatures asking them to support funding to MoDOT.
Shawna Searcy said the State Senate did pass a bill for two cent gas tax for one year. She said there is still time to pass something but it doesn’t look real promising.
INNOVATION UPDATE: Shawna Searcy said they had met with Ron Cowger about the detention pond. He will give us two or three proposals at the May 22nd meeting.
Chris Shipley said he will do an analysis for the detention pond and try to guide us in the best direction.
INCENTIVES DISCUSSION: Shawna Searcy presented a new copy of the Incentive Package. She explained the small business tools. She said we need to decide if this is enough for small businesses expanding. She said we can create our own loan program but she said she didn’t think we were ready to be doing that.
Joe Wilmes said Platte Clay Electric has a program like this. Jared Wolters said it doesn’t get used very much. He said there is usually some money there if someone needs it.
Shawna Searcy said Mainstreet Revitalize committee may be looking at sources of funds to improve the downtown area.
Shawna Searcy said she visited with Dr. Nicely and he gave his approval to go ahead with this proposal.
INCENTIVES DISCUSSION-CONT: A motion was made by Kim Murphy and seconded by Dave Hinck to approve the Competitive Business Incentives subject to approval by the City of Kearney and the School District. The motion carried unanimously.
Shawna Searcy asked if it was alright to go ahead and put it on the website. Everyone was in agreement to put it on the website.
GUEST Shawna Searcy introduced Dillon Eckstein. She said he has been doing digital work on the traffic flow into the City and it is available to anyone who can use the information.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES REPORT
WEBSITE UPDATE: Shawna Searcy said she is still working on the website. She said her brother was going to try and do a photo shoot this weekend of the community if the weather permits. She said she needs to get a picture of each board member to put on the website. She said we will try to do pictures in front of City Hall at the first meeting in June.
MARKETING: Shawna Searcy said the hold up with the marketing piece is at MARC. She said she hopes to have the information from them soon so she can get the brochure done.
MAIN STREET UPDATE: Shawna Searcy said the Main Street Committee will be making a presentation to the Mayor and the City at 11:00 A.M. today.
ICSC MAY 16-19TH: Shawna Searcy said she will be leaving for Las Vegas next Saturday. She said she has a lot going on in the next month.
STATE OF THE COUNTY: Chip Glennon said he wanted to thank the City for inviting him to the State of the County. He said it was remarkable how the talk was always about Kearney.
JAY T BELL AWARD: Chip Glennon said he wanted to announce that Jim Eldridge received the Jay T Bell Award for the top City Administrator in the State of Missouri.
HOUSING UPDATE: Chip Glennon handed out a Local Market Update for March 2015. He said there is a low supply of housing at the present time in Kearney.
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be May 22, 2015 at 7:00 A.M. at Kearney City Hall.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 8:00 AM, a motion was made by Kim Murphy and seconded by Larry Pratt to meet in closed session and that all records and votes, to the extent permitted by law, pertaining to and/or resulting from this closed meeting be closed under Section 620.021, subsection (3), RSMo, for the purpose of discussing legal and personnel matters. Voting for the motion: Chip Glennon, Kim Murphy, Joe Wilmes, Dave Hinck, Chris Shipley, Jim Eldridge and Larry Pratt. Motion carried by a seven to zero vote.
There was no action taken in executive session.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business on the agenda, a motion was made by Joe Wilmes and seconded by Jared Wolters to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously.