Call to Order
1) Roll Call—Matt Souza, George Van Horn, Tom Vujovich
2) Absent—Steve Champion, Rich Stenner
3) Guests—Sharon Renfro and Paul Minnis
4) Contract with Christopher Burke – Consistent with the 1st garage, we want Christopher Burke available for any issues that may arise for any site engineering issues. Terry Corriden does not have any issues with this. There are no issues that we currently foresee we would just like to have him available if needed. He would represent our interest and not the general contracts interests. Motion to approve the contract with Christopher Burke under our professional services was made by Matt Souza and seconded by George Van Horn. Motion was approved.
5) Market analysis – We will be providing $3,500, the developer, Michael Grant would provide $3,500, and the Heritage Fund Foundation would provide $300. They have identified 3-4 sites within the downtown area. It is believe to be in the north end of downtown. They reinforce the Strategic Development Plan. The Heritage Fund Foundation wanted to support. If we identify something that is important to us yet do not have the funds for it they typically help fund it. The company who is looking to come here hires and directs whoever performs the analysis. We would own the results to the market analysis. We would like to archive everything. Motion on request for funding to participate in the market analysis was made by Matt Souza and seconded by George Van Horn. Motion was approved.
6) Claims – Motion to approve was made by George Van Horn and seconded by Matt Souza. Claims were approved.
a. CDI – General tenant buildout. Funded by bond
b. Koetter Kim – garage and commons – Funded by bond and grants
c. Columbus Downtown Inc – for build out of tenant space – funded by bond and TIF proceeds.
d. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – administrative assistance. Paid by grant.
e. DCI – assistance on housing. Funded by TIF
f. Winston Terrell – funded by grants and TIF
7) Riverfront District – we have been able to gather all the information we were looking for in other communities in Indiana. We will have a public meeting Monday, January 26, 2009 at 5:30 in Council Chambers. We would like to be able to come back to the commission with a recommendation at the meeting on the 2nd of February and then go to the City Council on February 17th with a recommendation for an ordinance establishing the Riverfront District. From the first public meeting many people wanted to know how they could help participate in it and support it. Many restaurants were supportive to have additional opportunities in the downtown area. Some people did question it but most supported it. The concern was how this would affect existing restaurants with the liquor licenses. The recommendation will include the boundary of the Riverfront District and the rules that will apply to the district. The Redevelopment Commission would be reviewing the applications for people who want to open a business in the district that would require a liquor license.
8) Annual Report – has more graphics. Intended to be done by the end of the month. Sharon is working through the issues on the projects downtown.