Minutes – February 2015



February 23, 2015

Vice-President Mike Maslaney presided and called the meeting to order. A quorum was attained.

Present were: Karin Grosshans, Kamala Bauers, Jane Cundiff, Michael Maslaney, Jack Wall, John Hopkins, Barbara Pleasant, Mary Wiley, and Dede McGrath.

Minutes: The minutes from January 26, 2015, were approved as corrected.

Treasurers’ Reports:

General Fund: Treasurer Karin Grosshans reported that the General Fund has an account balance of $7329.46. A check was written to LJ Quesenberry for the 2nd survey of the pathway; the dues collected last month have not yet been deposited. Karin also reported that the tax letters for 2014 have not been sent; she is working on them. Dede reported that the SCC annual report was submitted; the fee was submitted late.

The insurance bill for $500 for our liability insurance was received; a motion was made, seconded, and pass to pay the insurance bill.

Karin’s report is attached and incorporated by reference.

County Professional Support Fund: Karin reported that the County Prof. Support Fund has an account balance of $42.50; no change from last month. She reiterated that we need to make a transaction with this account in order to keep it “activiated.”

Old Business:

Trails: Mike reported that we got the final bill from LJ Quesenberry and now have the official plat. The next step is to get the easements drafted and signed; the Board of Supervisors will have to approve the easement language. Once drafted, PFF should attend the signings.

Park Planning Committee Report:

Playground: Jane reported that the Town was excited about the Blue Mountain School pole project for the park; no location has been decided yet. Jane also briefed the Town on Steve’s tractor project. The log that was discussed at the last meeting may already be cut up and gone. It was suggested to talk with Jason Rutledge to see if he can find us another log. PFF would have to get permission from the Town for the log element before it could be put in the park.

KidsZone: No new information.

Earth Day 2015: Barbara reported that Earth Day scheduling was coming along. This year’s theme in “Into the Woods”; date is May 2nd; time 10 am – 4 pm. Dr. Jeanine Davis is set to speak on Ginseng as the main speaker. Discussion was held regarding other possible speaker/demonstrators/booths including: Dana Beegle; Jason Rutledge – Horses and Land Management talk; David Grimsley – Chinese herbs/medicine; Carte Holiday – mushrooms; the young couple from the Farmers Market with exotic mushrooms; possibly the tracker guy for a hike; Gunther – stone oven demonstration; plus other skill shares such as beer and wine making, even a food throw-down – possibly getting the culinary school children involved. It was decided to have the free trees and seed/plant exchange again. The bouncy caterpillar, recycle craft display, and toy exchange will be back again. Vending was authorized. Ellie’s email of Earth Day lessons from 2014 was discussed (attached). Door prizes are needed; newspaper are needed. Duties were set out:

  • Publicity: Barbara, Jane, John Hopkins – sign at Wills Ridge already reserved.
  • Food: Anne, Dede, Karin – will need soups and desserts.
  • Kids Activities: Ellie, Mary Wiley, possibly Cindy Britton (John to contact)
  • Logistics: John Hopkins, Jack, Mike, Ralph, Ellie

It was decided to have the Earthday meetings after the regular business meetings instead of a separate night.

Beaches to Bluegrass Trail: No new information.

Economic Development Summit: This event was very successful, well-attended, with good action and enthusiasm.

New Business:

Painted Cross-Walks: Mike present information on painted cross-walks that are becoming popular. He suggested this might be a possible project for PFF to pursue in the future. Mary also indicated a need for additional sidewalk – like from Town to Jacksonville Center.

Music Flag: It was suggested that a “Music” flag be created for Floyd and flown when music events are taking place in Floyd. this might be a project PFF could possibly pursue.

  • Tour De Floyd: May 16th – Paul Lacoste needs volunteers.
  • Educational Camp – Kamala reported that Sustain Floyd is hosting an educational camp at the Eco-Village Mar 7-14 with kids from St Josephs Catholic College. They are here to learn about the new Appalachia.
  • Farm Day: Wed, Jun 17th at the Eco-Village 10 am – 2 pm, as part of the State of Virginia Crooked Road events

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be Monday, March 16, 2015, at 6:30 pm at Wall Residences.

Respectfully submitted,
Dede McGrath
Recording Secretary