Board Meeting Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 9:00 am
at The Rellik Tavern, 726 First Street, Benicia, CA
The Downtown Benicia Alliance is a partnership of our Businesses that, together we will promote the common interests of and improve advocacy for our downtown.
Celebrating Local Merchants Every Day.
Notice to the Public:
You are welcomed and encourage to participate in this meeting. Public comment is taken (3 minutes maximum per person) on items listed on the agenda when they are called. Public Comment on items not listed on the agenda will be heard at the meeting as noted on the agenda. Comments on controversial items may be limited and large groups are encouraged to select one or two speakers to represent the opinion of the group. The order of Agenda items is listed for reference and may be taken in any order deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. The Agenda provides a general description; however, the Board of Directors may take action other than what is recommended.
Brown Act Notice:
Government Code Section 54950 (The Brown Act) requires that a brief description of each item to be transacted or discussed be posted at least 72 hours prior to Board Meeting. Action may not be taken on items not posted on the agenda. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance to participate in the meeting, notify:
Mario Giuliani at 707-746-4289 at least 24 hours prior to this special meeting.
Board of Directors for 2018:
1. Robert Nelson, Gallery 621
2. James Morgan, Sailor Jack’s
3. Eileen Stern, Re Max Gold Real Estate
4. Eric Hoglund, Estey Real Estate
5. Brian Hodgkinson, Kinder’s Meats Deli BBQ
6. Suzanne Joncoaltz, Heritage Pantry & Spice
7. Thomas Hamilton, The Rellik Tavern
8. Carl Lucca, Lucca Restaurant and Bar
9. Second Floor Business (vacant)
Mario Giuliani, Economic Development Manager, City of Benicia
Board Meeting Agenda:
Call to Order:
Public Comment: Members of the Public are invited to comment on any item related to the affairs of the Downtown Benicia Alliance. Each member has up to three minutes to address the Board. The Board is not allowed to discuss matters brought up during public comment.
Approval of Agenda: Giuliani will seek approval of the Agenda. Only items already on the agenda may be discussed. Approval of the Agenda allows for adjustment of the order in which items are discussed.
Approval of Minutes: Giuliani will seek approval of the December 12, 2017 minutes (below). The minutes should be approved if they adequately and accurately reflect the decisions and action made at the previous meeting. If a Board Member was absent for a meeting, they should abstain from voting, unless their vote is necessary to make a quorum, at which point they may vote on the item.
Selection of Officers (Chair, Vice Chair/Treasurer, and Secretary): Discussion, Board Action and Vote.
Approval of 2018 Meeting Calendar: April 10, 2018; July 10, 2018; October 9, 2018; Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Elections December 11, 2018. Discussion, Board Action and Vote.
Treasurer’s Report: Discussion, Possible Board Action and Vote.
2017 Annual Report: Discussion, Possible Board Action and Vote.
December 12, 2017
The Rellik Tavern, 726 First Street
Present: Leah Shelhorn, (Chair), Carl Lucca, Tom Hamilton (VC/Treasurer), Tom Gavin, James Morgan, Suzanne Joncoalitz, Jeanne Steinmann
Advisor: Mario Giuliani
Others present: Steve Young, Gordon Grey, Jerry Pollard, Robert Nelson
Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by Leah Shelhorn at 9:02 AM.
Public Comment: None
Approval of Agenda: Approval of agenda was moved, seconded, and the motion carried.
Approval of minutes: Approval of minutes was moved, seconded, and the motion carried.
Second and Final Reading of the proposed Changes to Article V of the bylaws: We discussed lowering the number of board members to 7, and the elimination of the requirements for equal representation among the three zones. Board and public comments were unanimous in support of keeping the board at 9 members, given the number of new applicants for vacant board positions. A motion to keep the 9 member board and soften the language around the zone requirements was seconded, and the motion carried.
Treasurers Report: Jerry Pollard presenting. P&L sheet as of 10/31 was presented. We are running at an approximate $11,000 for the year. Our assets are roughly $3,500 as of 12/12/2017.
Nomination Applications Reviewed and New Board Members Elected: The following applicants were selected to serve on the DBA in 2018
– Robert Nelson – 1 year term
– James Morgan – 2 year term
– Eileen Stern – 2 year term
– Eric Hoglund – 2 year term
– Brian Hodgkinson – 2 year term
Officers will be selected in January. We discussed giving preference to applicants who were not selected, should a space open in 2018. We have a strong pool of qualified applicants.
Update on Noise Ordinance for the Downtown: Tabled in the interest of time. Steve Young says that this issue is on the City Council agenda in January.
ABC Lead Training: Tom Hamilton and Suzanne Joncoaltz volunteered to take the training on February 6, 2018.
Upcoming Board Meetings: Second reading of the bylaw change will be at the final meeting of the year 12/12/17
Heritage Pantry & Spice