General Meeting Minutes
August 9, 2017
Colts Neck Library
In attendance: Sue Fitzpatrick, Patty Vollherbst, Dino Nicoletta, Sheila Olt, Anna Appolonia, Glen Dalakian, Bob Gasaway, Alison Antenucci
Sue called the meeting to order at 8:12 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Gasaway.
Sue thanked Perkins for providing the coffee and muffins each month and to Bob Gasaway for picking them up.
Bob Gasaway made motion to approve July minutes. Art Raskin second. Motion approved.
Dino gave the Treasurer’s report. CNBA has $13,920.96 in Investors Bank, $728.98 in PNC checking, $2891.81 in PNC money market and $2905.86 in Pay Pal account. Total $20,447.61. Rich Yaeger made motion to approve Treasurer’s report, Paul Wilde second. Motion approved.
Introduction of officers followed by introduction of members.
Justin Lotano, Pres. Of the CN Lions Club spoke about their plans to expand the Challenger Playground at Dorbrook Park. While the playground presently meets the needs of children with disabilities, they would like to include an area specifically geared to children with visual disabilities. They are holding a Pancake breakfast in October with the funds going toward this project. They have also applied for several grants which would help toward their goal of raising $125,000 for completion of the work.
The CNBA board voted to appropriate a donation of $2500 which was presented to the membership at this meeting. Bob Gasaway made motion to make the donation and Jacki Berman second. A vote was taken and the appropriation was approved by a vote of 28.
Glen spoke about the new county program called Suburban Urban Schools Health Initiative. Ten 5th graders from Colts Neck and ten 5th graders from Asbury Park will be selected to make visits to a farm in Wall Twp. They will learn farming, how to grow healthy goods, and even monetize their product. They will take their knowledge and skills back to their respective schools and share it with their classmates. While the county is funding most of the project, they are also asking for support through donations. The board voted to donate $1000 to the effort and presented the information to the membership. Rich Yaeger made motion to donate $1000, Art Raskin second. Motion approved with 22 votes. Brian Kuderna asked if the CNBA had designated funds set aside each year for community projects. It was pointed out that we do not set aside a specific amount of funds for these projects but rather handle them individually as they are presented to us.
Sue mentioned that Mike Tormey has resigned from his chairmanship of the membership committee. Because his business is located in Ocean county and he also resides in that county he felt it was time to leave the position he held for the past nine years. Sue extended her appreciation for his dedication and hard work and for all of his contributions.
Due to Mike’s departure, Sheila and Dino will be stepping in to handle the upcoming Pig Roast which will take place on Tuesday Sept. 26th at Bucks Mill Park at 6 p.m. The date was changed from Wed. Sept. 20th when it was discovered it was the first night of Rosh Hashanah.
The deadline is approaching for ads for the map which will be coming out in September. Sue mentioned that the map is distributed at many local events, such as the Fireworks, the LaCrosse tournament and Apple Fest in the fall. She asked that any business interested should speak with us or visit our website. Cost of an ad is $100.
Due to much interest and demand, we will again be distributing mugs to all of the participating merchants. A rendering of Montrose School will be featured on the next mugs.
Glen gave an update on the “Shop Local” ad campaign with the Journal magazine. He said that 8 businesses will be featured in the first spread, which will run from the Sept. edition through the Nov. edition. He said it may be expanded in the future if it is well received.
Presently the ads will cost$295 to each participating business and the CNBA will provide $1500 per month to defray some of the costs.
Our third Roundtable is scheduled for Monday Sept. 18th. We have invited Lillian Burry to speak to the guests about the upcoming construction at the Rt 34 and Rt 537 intersection. Work is scheduled to being in the fall so it is hoped she will be able to give information and answer questions that the local businesses may have.
Dino will be attending the next township meeting tonight at 7:30
Wed. August 16th is the next card exchange at Trump. EIPA will be joining us for this event.
Sue asked any members interested in running for a position on the board to let us know, as the slate needs to be presented at the October meeting.
The signs for the Crossroads at Colts Neck will be ordered by Dino this week and it was decided to stay with the original design.
Dan Fenski asked about the status of the distillery which was proposed for the property adjacent to Delicious Orchards. It appeared to be a financing issue so the site is now back on the market.
Patty introduced Pastor Chris Durkin from Colts Neck Community Church who was our scheduled speaker for this month.