Minutes from the Monthly Membership Meeting of the
ATTENDEES: Jim Sanders/County Theater, Jim Wessier /Princeton Mortgage, Colette Hearn/Minuteman Press/Sign A Rama, Chris Mauriello/FastSigns, Paula Frame, David Frame Shop, Ellen Mager/Booktenders’ Secret Garden, Ken Hackman/Happy Snacks, Kris Leidy/Fulton Bank, Ron Martin, RMG Insurance, John Downes/Bucks County Bank, Molly Lowell/Mercer Museum, Chuck Hall/Your Marketing Executive, Joan Doyle/Borough Council, Mark Douple/Resident, Debi Sarandrea/Harmony Clean, Matt Kaminski/Del Val College, Carl Hacy/Bank of America, Rob Lenio/Times Publishing, Lorah Woodson/Hargrove House, Chuck Hall/Your Marketing Executive,
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Joan Doyle ran the meeting in place of Rich Slabinski
The new DBCA mission statement was read to the membership and approved.
The Doylestown Business & Community Alliance is a non-profit, member-supported volunteer
organization that brings an active business community, local residents and government together through activities that preserve and create the pride and spirit that make Doylestown a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Not reported.
The Dart bus committee worked with Bucks County Transport and will provide a free shuttle during the Arts Festival from 10-5. Doylestown Borough has made up 4 huge sandwich signs that will advertise the free shuttle service. The DBCA will split the cost of the signs with the Borough.
There will be free parking at the Bucks County Garage, VIP lot and the Wells Fargo lot after 12.
Membership - Colette Hearn
The current number of memberships is 307.
170 Residential Members
1130 Business, Non-Profit, Professional & Undefined Members
We are finishing up proofing the new map and plan to have it done and available for the Arts Festival weekend. The map will be updated and printed every 6 months. Business memberships must be paid up to date to be included on the map.
The flower baskets will be taken down on Saturday, September 24th. Volunteers will need a 6 ft. ladder and will meet at Starbucks in town at 9:00 a.m.
Merchant Group – Jeanell Morgan
The merchants are working on several things. There is a sign that is near Fanny Chapman that we should be utilizing more to promote our events in town. If you would like to put something up on the sign contact John Davis, Borough Manager.
It was brought up that we need a marketing and PR department to handle getting the advertising out for all of our events. Jeanell stated that her husband would volunteer to help.
The merchant group is encouraging fund raising for the many people looking for donations. We encourage them to shop our businesses on selected days and we will donate a percentage of the sales back to your organization/event.
Midnight Magic will be on December 10th. We are looking at a new name for the event since most stores are not open until Midnight.
There was discussion about having a welcome wagon to welcome new store owners in town and to provide them with a merchant package.
Borough Liaison – Nurit Bland
Stephanie’s is looking to get approved for a new Italian Restaurant and bar that would go in where Chicos was. They were turned down for parking issues but Stephanie’s is working with the new owners of the Red Cross building about leasing parking.
The Justice Center is underway.
The borough would like more holiday decorations and lights. They would like a star to be placed on top of the holiday tree.
5K – no update.
Holiday – no update
Four businesses have experienced thief. Police strongly recommend that windows and doors be locked.
Mercer Museum – Molly Lowell
Savory Sample – October 19th
Revitalization Planning Meeting Board – Matt Kaminski
Working on the 200 year Bicentennial celebration and working on the Memorial Day parade.
Friends of Doylestown Dog Park – construction will start next month and the park should be open next spring.
Doylestown Connect - Chuck Hall
Social Media Event, September 23rd – 25th
$119 to register for all 3 days. To register go to www.doylestownconnects.com
Meeting adjourned at 9:00.