March 27, 2012– Meeting Minutes

NEW BUSINESSES OPEN IN THE RAD!!!

INTEGRATIVE FAMILY MEDICINE OF ASHEVILLE–Brian Lewis from Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville  Grassroots healthcare model, affordable healthcare

FAST LANE ELECTRIC BIKES–362 Depot (website coming soon)

BENBROW and ASSOCIATES–372 Depot Street

AGENDA: Membership Meeting—March 27, 2012

The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot Street, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Meeting Items:

Approve Minutes to Feb Meeting

Treasurer’s Report (Tripp Howell)

If you haven’t paid your dues, please see Trip or find the membership form on the website.

Membership Dues/ Membership Forms (Matt Sprouse)

Please see www.radbusinessassociation.wordpress.com and look under membership

Dues are $100/year starting July 1–this allows members who can vote.

Statement to City Council (Matt Sprouse)

We will write up a letter to let City Council know that we exist.  Membership review it in April.  Matt can present it in May.

RADA Report (Brandi Clements)

Second Saturday-fill out form online to participate in Second Saturdays (even if you’re just open) http://ashevillerad.com/2ndSaturdays.php

This will go to RAD Newsletter (2500), RAD Facebook page, Blog on RAD.com website

Correct spelling: Second Saturday (not 2nd Saturdays)

Talk with Brandi for more talking points.  www.AshevilleRAD.com

Studio Stroll will stay same weekends in June and November for 2012.  Not sure what they will do in 2013.

Get Executive Boards together before the June Stroll.

Have a rep from RADA and RADBA at each others’ meetings.

June 5: Fundraiser at Grey Eagle (Tim Schaller)

Ribbon Cutting 6 p.m.

Show at the Grey Eagle to support One Neighborhood and Green the RAD Fundraiser afterwards

Thinking about a silent auction at the event

11 total contributions for Green the RAD, and this fundraiser is a way to spread it out

Raise the money first and then go from there

Adama Djembje may play the event

Mountain Housing would be happy to sponsor the event at $500.  Any other larger businesses who want to sponsor the events, please contact Tim Schaller (timschaller60@gmail.com)

June 5–Ribbon Cutting for Clingman Ave. (Pattiy Torno)

On the Mayors calendar

May be a City-sponsored event

Contacted MHO and help them do this event to get the street ready for the parade

WECAN neighborhood association

Hillcrest Steppers may be in attendance

Mark or Joel from ACT will write

RADA is on board

FLS Energy may be on board.  Pattyi is in contact with them about using their parking lot

Use Darren’s flatbed truck

AOB will participate and allow us to use sound system

Brandi and Megan will help to design One Neighborhood event and do PR

What do we call this event?  Ideas?  Send them to Pattiy <pattiytorno@gmail.com>

Want to help?  Get in touch with Pattiy <pattiytorno@gmail.com>

Talk with Kitty Love about putting the event together

Committees

Benefit/ Fundraiser  Committee –contact Tim to participate (timschaller60@gmail.com), Brandi Clements is on this committee

Development Committee–contact Matt to be on this committee (msprouse@siteworkstudios.com), Tim and Matt are on this committee

Clingman Streetscape Parade Committee–contact Pattiy to participate (Pattiy Torno) <pattiytorno@gmail.com>

Update on RADTIP project (Stephanie Monson)

Economic Development office for the City

River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project–part of Wilma Dykeman Riverway Project

Think of it simply–redesigning of the roadway (like Clingman is now) all the way from Hill Street to the RAD

Public feedback over the last 1.5 has guided the process of the design of this new roadway.  City has chosen to support the route that the River Development commission preferred.  It’s multi-modal.  Main change in the roadway is to eliminate the curve in front of Curve Studios.  It will go toward the river.  12 Bones will be on your left (rather than your right as it is now)

The curve is a real challenge.  Looking to put a sidewalk across the railroad tracks.  Traffic is only going to increase.

Timeline–in analysis stage now, then go to City Council (in Sept), City Council needs to approve it and then they can apply for funding to construct within 6 years (has to be within 6 years)

Have $50,000 to put toward feasibility analysis right now

Connect Buncombe–Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation (Lucy Crown)

This is the Buncombe County greenway initiative.  Their goal to connect existing greenways in cities and towns within Buncombe County with each other.

Partners: municipalities within the county (Black Mountain, Asheville, Montreat, Woodfin, Weaverville, MPO, Blue Ridge Parkway)

Greenway: a pathway or park that connects places and people to one another

Connect Buncombe–public outreach campaign

Mission: to connect the entire county with safe pathways for transportation and recreation

Upcoming Family-friendly Priority Area Unveilings:

Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services are unveiling the preliminary county-wide greenway plan maps with a series of drop-in public meetings in May. The maps show the proposed priority areas of the county-wide Greenways and Trails Master Plan Update.

At these meetings across Buncombe County, they will emphasize the most locally relevant focus areas of the plan, as well as take more public feedback.  Part of the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan Update is to provide greenway access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and parkway representatives will be on hand to discuss trail heads to the parkway within the Asheville Corridor.

The Connect Buncombe “Greenways, Please” photo booth will be on-site to help you show your support for a county-wide greenway system by taking a photo (see attached). Families and participants of all ages are welcome.   Light refreshments will be served.

The meetings will be held from 5:30-7:30 at the following dates and  locations:

May 14: Weaverville Town Hall  30 South Main Street Weaverville, NC  28787

May 15: Skyland Fire Department  9 Miller Rd  Skyland NC, 28776

May 21: AB Tech Enka campus  1459 Sand Hill Road  Candler, NC  28715

May 22: NC Department of Cultural Resources    176 Riceville Road  Asheville, NC  28805

MORE INFORMATION: www.buncombecounty.org/connect and find them on Facebook

Economic Development: For every dollar spent on a greenway, $9 are returned

Submit Your Greenways, Please Photo Campaign photo here.  This is how we’re telling our elected officials that we want greenways. http://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Parks/SubmitPhotos.aspx

If you’d like to partner with Connect Buncombe as a business, contact Susanne Hackett with Pollinate Collaborations–pollinatecollaborations@gmail.com

Connect Buncombe will recognize you on their Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Connect-Buncombe/191679437546196

and on their monthly e=newsletter if you come on as a contributing partner

They will be fundraising when the plan is approved.  There may be a video sponsorship opportunity in the next month.

Looking for stakeholder partners.  Contact Lucy Crown lucy.crown@buncombecounty.org

City of Asheville TIGER II Funding for Clingman Forest and Town Branch Greenway (Matt Sprouse)

This is transportation money.  It’s to plan two greenways–Town Branch Greenway and the Clingman Forest Greenway (both are in this neighborhood)

Will connect this neighborhood to other parts of the city

NEW BUSINESS

Green the RAD–$250 per month to maintain Clingman Streetscape.  Contact Susan Roderick at Asheville GreenWorks to adopt a month. http://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/

Website for RADBA –purchase www.RADBA.org

Mountain Housing Opportunities is getting started on the Glen Rock Hotel renovations this summer.  22 apartments on upper two floors (rentals); special plans for the first floor that will be announced later

April Meeting: April 24, 2012 4 p.m.

Send April meeting agenda items to Matt Sprouse, President by April 16, 2012 msprouse@siteworkstudios.com

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