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Board Minutes

November 27, 2012


Board members in attendance:  Donnie Rodgers, Lorry Myers, Jim Blankinship, Catherine Simmons, Jeff Grimes, Barry Stevens, Jason Shackelford.


Welcome:  Barry Stevens called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.


Program:  Board member Catherine Simmons introduced Steve Shaw of the Audrain Emergency Management office and Major Ton Reddin from the Boone County Sheriff Department.  Shaw talked about an emergency business recovery plan for small businesses in case of a major disaster that would shut a business down.  He also handed out printed material that showed what to have on hand in an emergency kit for a business and a family. Major Reddin talked about the Boone County Sheriff department and how its deputies support Northern Boone County.


Minutes:  Motion made by Rodgers seconded by Shackelford to approve the minutes from October 23, 2012. Motion passed unanimous.


Treasurer’s Report: Myers reported account balance as $2074.00.


Purchase with a Purpose Committee:  Shackelford gave the board a recap from the kickoff and volunteered to create a written explanation for the media kit that will go out to businesses.


Enhanced Enterprise Zone:  Mayor Grenke reported that the EEZ policy has been approved by the County and the City Administrator hand carried the application to the State for approval.


Web Site Status:  Drew Yokum discussed updates to the website and the Facebook page.


501(c)3 update:  Stevens reported that the Gerding group in Columbia will help with re-filing the application and we will wait to file our taxes until we determine the status of our application is determined.


Credi planning session:  Discussion on the contents of the letter requesting funding from the City of Centralia. Grimes volunteered Myers and himself to write the letter and submit it to board members for approval.  Hiring a director who would be responsible for creating a fundraising program, search for applicable grants and create a marketing piece for Centralia are the goals that will be included in the request letter to the City.


New Business:  Stevens reported that a grad student from MU is interested in working for CREDI during the spring semester. Motion by Shakelford, seconded by Blankinship that President Stevens to meet with and interview the intern candidate and because of the limited time frame, be able to hire the intern at his discretion.  Motion passes unanimous. Stevens invited board members to attend the interview process.


Public Comment:  Mayor Grenke invited the board to his military ceremony.  Christmas parade was announced and Open House in the Centralia museum.


Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn by Blankinship, seconded by Grimes.   Meeting adjourned at

8:35 pm.  Motion passed unanimous.


No meeting in December