Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area
Board of Director’s Meeting
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
- Call to Order
- Review of previous minutes
- Declaration of Pecuniary or Conflict of Interest
- Treasurer’s Report
- Council Report
- Executive Director’s Report
- New Business – Vacant board seat
- Next Meeting Date: Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30pm
Previous Meeting’s Minutes
Downtown Milton BIA Meeting Minutes
Location: Downtown Milton BIA Office
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Attendees: John Da Silva, Colin Best, David O’Connell, Valerie Nicholson, Miriam Dorland-Haight, Sara Bergsma, Laurie Chambers
Regrets: Eric Chabot, Mike Boughton, Margaret Lara
Action Items Summary:
- Laurie: To send out a OBIAA call to find out if other BIAs have financed fully, or part of, infrastructure improvements – such as the bridge behind Carriage Square
- Laurie: To contact Halton Region for Employment and Residential data
- Laurie: To contact Town for current and historical BIA taxation data
Call to Order: 6:44PM
Review of Previous Minutes:
MOTION to accept: Colin, Seconded by: Sara
Declaration of Pecuniary or Conflict of Interest:
Treasurer’s Report: John da Silva
- Budget is looking normal for this time of year
- Nothing requiring boards attention at this time
MOTION to accept Treasurer’s Report: Colin, Seconded by: Miriam
- 13 Charles has officially been approved for commercial use – which is really helpful with the current zoning restrictions
- Victoria Park is now completely under construction – all Summer events have been cancelled
- Condo: Meeting has again been postponed; new date of June 27th
- Public works: Louis St. Laurent road closures
- Allendale Police relocation: a review of property usage. Will serve Halton Hills and Milton
- Carriage Square Bridge: Conservation Authority has agreed not to do anything with the bridge until Councillor Best lets them know what we are able to come up with to save it
- On Average, 29 people an hour use the bridge as a link from the apartment buildings to Carriage Square – namely, Shoppers Drug Mart
- Currently it is the Conservation Authorities recommendation to remove it completely – however our senior community members rely on this bridge to gain an easier access to the pharmacy without the use of a car
- The BIA and the Town would have to take the bridge over completely
- Crosswalks will be installed along Main Street by end of June
MOTION to accept Councillors’s Report: Sara, Seconded by: John
Executive Director Report:
Downtown Milton Street Festival
- One month to go!
- It is busy. So. Very. Busy.
- 160 Vendors have been confirmed – many new, many returning favorites. The street has been mapped out, and the in person vendor meetings have been completed.
- 57 unique performances have been booked; Entertainer cheque requests will be delivered to the Town this week (15K)
- All other cheque requests will be delivered the week after (porta-poties, police, etc.)
We have another sponsor!!!
- Thank-you Val, Laura and Sam at McCuaig!!!! They have come in as a Bronze Sponsor for $750! And are looking at starting a pretty neat tradition: The McCuaig Best In Class Prizes!
- Online registration is up, we have 20 cars already
- Extended Patios are complete
A sneak peek of our beautiful flowers!! They will be going in by the end of the month!
- Kathleen Wynne visits The Downtown Milton BIA!
- Held at the new Sixteen Mile Gallery on Main Street
- 11 BIA members, 4 outside BIA members attended, Mayor Krantz, MPP Indira, and Bill Mann all attended
- Great response from our online, and downtown community
- A wonderfully public event for our BIA Members in acknowledgement of how well Downtown Milton is doing. We are being noticed!
- Big thanks go out to Indira’s office for thinking of us, and assisting in planning
- Had an initial phone conversation with Erik the Watson & Associates consultant who is lead on the market piece of the study. He and I spoke to these themes:
- Downtown Milton’s strengths, weakness, challenges, opportunities
- Trends in the business sector
- Economic health
- Prospects for the future
- Town’s zoning by-law – how well does it align with the needs of your members?
- I invited Erik for a walking tour (which we took May 3rd) for a better idea as to Downtown Milton’s strength and weaknesses
- The report will be available to council by end of June
- 2015 audit process has been completed
Vacancy Rate May 2016:
OBIAA Vacancy Average is 9.7%
New Businesses this Month:
310 Main Street (formally Hot Yoga) is preparing the vacant space to be used by current tenants who have asked for more space.
As Seen on TV/Grocery (Lisa Raitt’s old campaign office)
13 Charles (Colin to report on this interesting development!)
MOTION to accept Executive Director Report: Colin, Seconded by: Miriam
Marketing Committee Update
MOTION to adjourn the meeting (815PM): Valerie, Seconded by: Miriam