March 21, 2007 Minutes

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Pittsfield Economic Development Committee
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Meeting Minutes – 03/21/07
1) Meeting called to order at 6:05 pm. In attendance: Eric Bahr (EB), Lester Firstenberger (LF),
Merrill Vaughan (MV), Ed Vien (EV), Ellen Barbasso (EBa), James Hetu (JH), Daren Nielsen
(DN), Pat Heffernan (PH), Karen Vanderpool (KV), Matt Monahan (MM) representing the
CNHRPC. Also attending were: John Weinhold (JW), Scot Palmer (SP), John Lenaerts (JL),
Marion Lenaerts (ML).
2) Minutes of 03/14/07 reviewed and approved at the end of the meeting. There were no
3) EB’s letter to Wayne Gallup regarding his resignation reviewed and approved.
4) RSA’s
a. Noted that all three EDC supported RSA’s passed at Town Meeting
5) Bond
a. The EDC needs to know what our actual Bonding authority is and settle on a figure.
b. We need to figure out who will administer the funds
c. We should figure out who our opposition is and bring them to the table for discussion
d. Schedule a Town Meeting 6-8 weeks out as an open forum to get voters comfortable
with the Bond idea.
e. Bond will enable EDC to pursue projects as they arise
f. Bond will enable EDC to take advantage of matching funds
g. Bond will allow us to Improve, Acquire or Eliminate as needed
6) MV provided a copy of the 1999 Design Charrette for comparison purposes
a. Failure of Charrette due to lack of funds
a. MM provided information on Brownfield Program
b. MM distributed memo regarding Initial Review of Site Plan Regulations
i. To be reviewed by EDC members during the week for discussion at next
c. MM suggested if we had a good analysis of what is available on Rt.28 we could
develop a Parcel Build Out List.
8) Meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.
Submitted by: ________________________________
Karen Vanderpool