The Waterville Horizons Community Connections board met at the Singing Hills Coffee Shop in Waterville on Mon., March 14th at 10 a.m. Present were Cindy Kennedy, facilitator; Karen Bauer, blog recorder; David Cummiskey, Jobs Committee and fiscal representative; Jo Snyder and Arlis Wallace, Beautification and Ride Around Town representatives; Diane Munson, Friends of the Waterville Librarary rep; Dallas McIntyre, FOWL treasurer; Bev Brown and Joyce Crow, Barrels of Hope reps. Jane Cummiskey was unable to attend.
Cindy opened the meeting with a call for committee reports.
Dave passed out copies of the cash report from the end of 2010, and the first 3 mo. of 2011. A column has been added for the Friends of the Waterville Library, and one will be added for the Barrels of Hope project when funds are added or paid out.
Arlis has money donated in the past by riders from the Ride Around Town project. There have not been many riders during the winter, and at the present, an employee at Traditions has been taking those people when they need a ride. The money was originally going to be used for entertainment and treats for the people who attended “Senior Dining”, but when that was moved out of the Parkside Apts. it ended. It is hoped that senior dining could be resumed somewhere, but for now it is all handled with “Meals on Wheels”, so the money has not been used. A motion was made by Dave and seconded by Arlis to put $300.00 of the ride money into the beautification project and keep the remainder in petty cash, motion passed. Notice could be made to the public that this is how the money collected will be used.
Dave reported little activity with the Jobs committee, but Jane has been looking into finding helpers through MVAC, and is watching for opportunities for employment for them. He reported that SMIF is suggesting having a store for the selling of local products. It was suggested that Bev from the Barrels of Hope may hear of people who may need help with finding jobs.
Dallas reported on the Friends of the Waterville Library fundraiser that was held in Waseca on Fri., Feb. 25. Close to 1300.00 in profits were collected from donations and silent auction bids. The FOWL will decide on disbursement of the money when it is decided what is needed by the library. Ideas for use of the money include, developing a youth area in the library, computers, a tv. Students would earn tv time by reading. Motion was made by Diane and seconded by Karen, that $1500.00 of the money be moved to the SMIF fund, and the remainder be kept for petty cash in the FOWL checking acct., motion passed.
A funding request motion was made by Bev, seconded by Diane, for funds in the amount of $400.00 for paying the electricity bill for the Barrels of Hope project, housed at the Episcopal Church in Waterville. Motion passed. This is a collection point for clothing, household items, food and cleaning supplies that will be distributed free to anyone in need, regardless of their income. Hours of operation are Mon., 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Xcel will be paid out of the general fund. The acct. number and a copy of the minutes verifying the request are needed for the request to be sent to SMIF.
There was no report from the Sakatah Arts Experience, but Kim has told us thru email that “Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC) board will meet March 24th in Mankato to decide about funding for the Arts and Cultural Heritage funds we applied for. They say they have 86% of the money requested by applicants, which I think bodes very well for us given that ours was a very modest request. Also, the Waterville City Council met last night and I am pleased to say that they granted the request I made on behalf of SAE for $1,100 in matching funds. Thanks to Teresa for help on various aspects of grant-seeking this year. This means that if we receive the PLRAC grant, we will be fully funded according to our proposed budget. With the matching funds from Waterville Community Connections/WCFF and the City, all proceeds from the festival can go toward attracting matching funds for next year.”
Jo Snyder said that a bill for $900.00 was received from the city of Waterville, for watering downtown plants for 2010. There was discussion about the fact we did say we’d pay for watering, but this is the first bill we’ve received. She gave a report on the plants that have been ordered. The barrels will have a variety of plants again, but the hanging planters will have only euphorbia and ivy geraniums, which will require much less maintainance. The smaller planters will have only coral colored geraniums. Jo and Arlis will be meeting with Teresa Hill from the city offices on Mar. 24, in regard to watering for 2011, and for assistance in finding a vehicle that could be used to water plants on the 3 days a week that the city does not do the watering. It should be owned by the city, and used by whoever waters plants.
The community gardens project needs someone to coordinate the project, and get started soonIt is still not known what the project would entail, and if there is enough interest by people who may want their own plot to plant. In some areas the produce is sold at the farmer’s market, or given to the food shelf. Cindy will talk to Lynne in regard to the project.
Cindy will talk to Sue Myers in regard to Bullhead Days. The WCC should have a couple tables downtown and display projects sponsored, such as, Downtown Beautification, Friends of the Waterville Library, Sakatah Arts Experience, Barrels of Hope, etc. We could also have a “traveling” display of volunteers in the area who have helped out with the various projects, individuals and organizations. This will be displayed at events in the city during the year. Karen will collect pictures and organize a display of them to be shown, and will take pictures of various areas where we are involved in the community. Cindy will be collecting names of volunteers to be listed on the display, so if you have someone you want recognized as a community volunteer, let her know.
Jane attended a “Voices of Rural Minn.” event last year, and there will be more events this year.
Dave and Karen will monitor the internet for fundraising and grant opportunities.
Our next meeting will be on Apr. 11, same place. Meeting adjourned