Date: January 7, 2015
Location: St. Edith Stein Church
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
6:00PM | St. Edith Stein Church
Present: Scott Dwyer, President (Dwyer’s Glass); David Lynch, Vice President (Lynch’s Towing); Greg Belcher, Treasurer (Waitt’s Funeral Home); Richard Gowell (Gowell’s Candy); Allen Davis (BAR Automotive); Nelson Fernandes (JJ’s Caffe)
Present: Fred Fontaine (Office of the Mayor); Shirley Asack (Ward 7 Councilor); Officer Kevin Amaral (Brockton Police); Officer Bill Healy (Brockton Police); Stanley David (Brockton Police); Shelley Clough (Crescent Credit Union)
Meeting called to order at 6:08pm by President, Scott Dwyer
President’s Report – Scott Dwyer, President:
In lieu of a Guest Speaker, President wanted to recap items from the previous year and focus on further developing the Association’s membership. President recently met with the owners of Tinray’s Cafe (9 Winter St.), Contract Decor (637 N Montello St.) and Mattress Maker (200 Montello St.) in an effort to grow the membership base. The Association is proud to welcome David Teixeira, owner of Mattress Maker as its newest member.
Currently there is no Brockton Police Officer on the Code Enforcement Team, which consists of representatives from various City departments, however, the Association has been notified that this is a very temporary status. A Brockton Police Officer will soon be assigned to visit businesses with the Code Enforcement Team.
This year’s Christmas Parade is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever and the Downtown Brockton Association is seeking an even bigger involvement from the business community to help ensure the success of the Parade. The Montello Business Association is proud to support the parade and will reach out the membership base.
In December the Brockton School Department hosted a dinner at the Shaw’s Center for 268 families who are currently homeless and living local hotels. Toys were given out to the children that were collected from local businesses leading up to the event. President is seeking additional assistance with this year’s Toy Drive in order to more effectively administer the project. Suggestion was made that we provide the collection boxes to local businesses in September to allow for more time to collect toys. Suggestion was made that the Toy Drive should be noted that the toys will be donated to families in the Greater Brockton Area which may encourage more participation from the community.
Mayor Bill Carpenter visited the meeting to present Scott Dwyer with an Official Citation from the City of Brockton in recognition for all his hard work with underprivileged children in Brockton. Inscribed:
Be it known that the Mayor of Brockton hereby extends his congratulations to Scott Dwyer in recognition of your work on behalf of underprivileged children. Scott has dedicated his time to underprivileged children with the selfless dedication in spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the City of Brockton. Thousands of children in the City will enjoy gifts that will brighten their day.
Ann Beauregard (Brockton Library Foundation) will be the Guest Speaker at the next meeting presenting an program which provides free mediation at the courthouse.
Michelle Dubois (State Representative, 10th Plymouth District) was officially sworn in today at the State House. She will also be speaking at the next meeting to discuss/ask what she can do in her new role to help support the Association.
President asks Association members to assist in handing out membership applications to local businesses for the Membership Drive.
Shirley Asack, Ward 7 Councillor will continue working on Porter Street, home to abandoned cars and drug deals. She is also working to get the street light turned on at the end of street which will help curb crime, however the street light is on the property of Greenwoods (formerly Battles Farm) and will need written approval from Greenwoods management. Councillor is in touch with Greenwoods management to get the written approval and will notify the Association when completed. Officer Bill Healy will also follow up with the Greenwoods management since he’s in contact with them on a monthly basis. Councillor is also working on getting a street light enabled on Price Street and Eagle Avenue. Councillor Asack has also been appointed to the Traffic Commission.
Greg Belcher (Waitt Funeral Home) asked once again what can be done to prevent two lane traffic in front of his business. The southbound lane of North Main Street is only one lane and cars whizzing by on the wrong side of the fog lane is very dangerous and may present problems in the future. Suggestion was made that the crossing guards help teach kids how to use the actuator for crossing the street safely.
Officer Amaral informed the Association that jaywalking is illegal in the City of Brockton. Brockton Police have been issuing tickets for jaywalking but for some reason they are not being upheld outside of BPD.
Officer Bill Healy met with Traffic Commission with Shirley Asack in November regarding placing Crime Watch signs along North Main Street. Once the locations of the signs have been determined by the Association the Traffic Commission will approve them and get the signs put up. Beat cops are not out on the street during the winter but should be back in the Spring.
David Lynch (Lynch’s Towing) mentioned his company can provide No Parking/Tow signs at no cost for business and residential property.
Financial Report – Greg Belcher, Treasurer:
The Association hosted its annual Christmas Party at Tommy Doyle’s Pub (235 E Ashland St.). The Christmas Party cost $342.19 bringing the current balance to $3401.59. The Association has also colected membership dues from new member, David Teixeira of Mattress Maker (200 Montello St.).
Meeting adjourned at 7:13pm.