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Minutes: August 15, 2011

Meeting began at 7:00 p.m.

Present

Elmer Platz
Teresa Vihti
Eddie Dunn
Melissa Wiedbrauk
Art Alviene
John Drake
Natalie Buccieri

Previous Meeting Minutes Approved

Teresa Vihti approved, second by Melissa Wiedbrauk.

Chairman’s Report

Believer’s Day Care had a successful grand opening. Dragonflies Hair Salon’s grand opening is scheduled for August 27, 2011. Some committee members toured Camp Sussex last month. Property has numerous barriers to sale and development. Ideas/input are needed to overcome those issues. A “concierge” service/position is in discussion to assist businesses in starting or expanding in Vernon. Eddie introduced John Drake for the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership, who spoke at length.

John Drake

Presented history of SCEDP and their role in the business community.

General Discussion

Town Center

Vernon’s designation has expired; we need to investigate renewal cost and procedure. Financing and environmental issues were also discussed. Discussion of possible tax revenues versus increase in public services was discussed. To proceed a risk assessment should be completed. Open communication with Vernon residents is needed via possible workshops to allow feedback.

Ordinance #10

Ordinance #10 was discussed; this has been in the process for a while. Eddie will discuss with Mayor Marotta and Natalie will assist.

All members agree EDAC website needs updating. Missy to lead website design, she also provided members with Vernon brochures.

Round Table Discussion

Elmer discussed the importance of public transportation, perhaps a bus circuit route. Art stressed the importance of interaction with visitors to our town. Missy brought up the need to update the grand opening information we provided to business owners. Teresa mentioned our need for a business card, and her interest in possibly co-chairing the committee with Eddie.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Motion by Elmer Platz, second by Art Alviene.

Next Meeting: September 19, 2011

Natalie Buccieri, Secretary