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Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2009

LocationColoma Country Inn
AttendeesBob Dalton, Cassandra Draxler, Mark Hamlin, Deborah Kruse, Emily Ritter, Howard Penn, Spencer Rubin, Craig Sanborn, Marjorie Sanborn
AuthorBob Dalton
StatusApproved November 9, 2009

Call to Order: 6:50 PM

Approval of Meeting Minutes:
June 9, 2009

FINANCIAL
Marjorie Sanborn reported that the checking account balance is now $30,211.54 with two checks needing to be written: $275 to Sutter Center Market for advertising refund and $540 to River Park for storage locker rent. Payment of $800 is due to Emily Ritter for services rendered during the summer.

NEW BUSINESS

Gold Trail Union School District:
Spencer Rubin is back in action after 18 months, having overcome his illness. He asked that the Chamber make a grant of $1300 to the PTO for Gold Trail Middle School and Sutter’s Mill Elementary School to help fund a physical education teacher (Mr. Dunn) position there that has been eliminated by school budget cutbacks. After discussion a motion was made by Howard Penn and passed for the Chamber to send a letter to its members soliciting for donations to this cause and matching total contributions up to an amount of $1000.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park:
Marjorie Sanborn reported on the proposed closure of the State Park as addressed in several recent public meetings with state and local government officials. A public grass roots campaign involving e-mail and letter writing targeting state government officials is underway. Long term economic solutions include fee increases, private fundraising and corporate grants. She suggested private management of the park or a co-operative partnership with state and county governments. Deborah Kruse advocated directly contacting key insiders in state government in Sacramento.

HIGHWAY 49 AND LOTUS ROAD

Highway 49 Beautification:
Report by Deborah Kruse and Howard Penn is due in October.

Gateway Signs:
Deborah Kruse presented typical examples of community gateway signs approved by Caltrans. Keith Richardson is the contact in their Landscape Architecture Division. What is needed to proceed is the scope of project, guidelines, location and size of signs, graphics development, icon usage and funding.

Lotus Road:
Mark Hamlin, owner of the newly opened Eden Vale Inn on Springvale Road, commented on the nearby industrial eyesores on Lotus Road.

MARKETING

Coloma.com website:
No discussion

Weddings:
Marjorie Sanborn is working on marketing the Coloma-Lotus valley as a destination wedding site. She recently registered the domain name colomaweddings.com for a cost of $10.92 and is considering registering other related domain names. Emily Ritter presented a preliminary design for this website and will continue development on it for Marjorie. Charges for links to individual businesses as wells as listings will be made as required by levels. Outside businesses listed must be non-competing, such as, florists, wedding consultants and RV repair. Mark Hamlin suggested that industry specialists should be used for website design, such as done for bed and breakfast associations.

MEMBERSHIP
The position of CLCC Administrator/Membership Coordinator is being vacated by Emily Ritter, who is going to work professionally in San Francisco. Her replacement will require a job description and funding. A motion made by Marjorie Sanborn to budget $1000 for this position for the fall membership drive was approved.

UPCOMING EVENTS
American River Festival: September 11-13
American River Music Festival: September 18-20
CLCC Christmas Party: Early December?

Adjournment: 8:35 PM

Next Meeting: Monday, October 12, 6:30 PM
Location: Eden Vale Inn, 1780 Springvale Rd.