Date: September 3, 2014
Location: St. Edith Stein Church
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
6:00PM | St. Edith Stein Church
Present: Scott Dwyer, President (Dwyer’s Glass); Greg Belcher, Treasurer (Waitt Funeral Home); David Lynch, Vice President (Lynch’s Towing); Nelson Fernandes, Board (JJ’s Caffe); Rich Gowell, Board (Gowell’s Candy); Rob Chestnut, Board (Keller Williams Realty); Jeff Chrzanowski, Board (Spark Street Auto Body); Allen Davis, Board (BAR Automotive)
Quorum present: Yes
Present: Shelley Clough (Crescent Credit Union), Bill Healy (Brockton Police), Vincent Colarusso, Nick Giaquinto (Office of the Mayor)
Guest Speaker: Gary Leonard, Main Street Manager
Meeting called to order at 6:00pm by President, Scott Dwyer
Officer Healy from the Brockton Police updated the concern with the traffic issues on the corner of Oak Street and N. Main Street. The traffic coming from Avon to Brockton have been creating an illegal lane. BPD has been monitoring the problem and have stationed officers at Howard School during rush hour.
Financial Report provided by Greg Belcher, Treasurer:
– The current balance is $3,722.77.
– Belcher has been campaigning hard for the Association by reaching out to past members and outstanding balances. Some members require pick up of the checks.
President’ Report provided by Scott Dwyer, President:
– Montello Business Association attended the Zoning Board Meeting in regards to Father Bill’s/MainSpring proposal to build permanent housing for the homeless located at the former Catholic Charities Building on N. Main Street and Ames Street. The proposal has been postponed for at least 1 ½ years due to the Zoning Board voting to uphold the Building Inspector’s previous ruling that the parking lot across from Catholic Charities must remain a parking lot and can not be built on.
– The minutes for the monthly meetings have been delayed. Scott asked for a volunteer to take on this task and upload the minutes to the new web site. Board of Directors member, Nelson Fernandes, volunteered to take the monthly minutes and upload them to the web site.
– A moment of silence was held for the two recent tragedies that involved children in Brockton. In relation to these tragic accidents, it was mentioned that the City is looking to rezone the truck routes. This is a city with limited access for the trucks to go, which causes them to go through residential areas.
Guest Speaker: Gary Leonard
– Gary Leonard is the newly elected Main Street Manager. This position created by the Brockton 21st Century Corporation and the Brockton Redevelopment Authority using federal grant money. Leonard’s duties will include, to name a few, promoting Brockton businesses, locate underutilized property along the Main Street Corridor (Montello Street, Main Street, Warren Ave, from Avon to West Bridgewater). It involves rezoning Brockton, which will better position the City moving forward.
– Leonard is planning an event for Labor Day 2015, whereby the City would shut down a stretch of Main Street pedestrian traffic only (from Oak Street to Plain Street). Every tenth of a mile will feature some sort of entertainment.
– A hayride is being planned for next October 2015 at DW Fields Park to raise money.
– The city would like to use the Ganley building for a satellite campus, a joint operation between UMass Boston, Bridgewater State University and Massasoit Community College.
– There is no city ordinance regarding pan handling, however this is in the process of being changed.
– There will be a function at Club Morabeza on 581 Main Street on October 9, 2014. All three business associations will be invited to attend as well as multiple organization in the area.