Minutes (Most Recent Meeting)
Monday, 18 March 2013 19:12
Snowmass/Capitol Creek Caucus Board Meeting
March 18, 2013
Present in person: Chelsea Congdon Brundige (via phone), John Clark, Rick Heede, Jan Martin (via phone), Roger Nicholson, Dave Nixa, Seth Sachson, Lesa Thomas, John Zabriskie and Frieda Wallison
Absent: Emily Smith, Ken Smith, Anne Forre-Covers and Sherri Spykerman
Also present: Tim McFlynn, Sue Helm, and Tom Danis (via phone)
Frieda Wallison called the meeting to order at 7:12 pm.
1. Budget Discussion
Tom Danis discussed ongoing fundraising, Caucus efforts and the need to inform all who are impacted by disappearing water. He suggested that an educational piece explaining how this issue impacts property values and water availability along with an awareness campaign is necessary. Further, there are uncertain requirements that will be necessary and that funding is imperative. He suggests forming a new 501(c)(3) organization for the purpose of educating and raising money. He offered to reach out to others to raise the necessary funds.
Tom Danis suggested that the purpose be:
Tom stated that this effort is not intended to duplicate other efforts of the Caucus Board. He offered that a reason to have a new entity is that using a separate name and identity assists with branding and buy-in. The name Snowmass Creek Conservancy was offered.
- To inform others about Snowmass Creek issues
- Gather support from those who are affected
- Be responsible for professional communications
- To raise funds
A long discussion among board members ensued regarding whether another organization should be established or whether the Board should appoint a committee of the Board for the same purpose, which could consist of both Board and non-Board members. Jan Martin stated that she supports the idea of having a committee of the Board, but not a new 501(c)(3). Tim McFlynn, Roger Nicholson and John Zabriskie support the idea of a new name and new people to support this cause.
Tom Danis said he is happy to help and to develop a specific plan.
Frieda Wallison reiterated that it is necessary to engage in focused fundraising efforts with a dedicated group to raise funds in advance to meet the goals to preserve the minimum in stream flows of the Creek. It was suggested that instead of a new 501(c)(3) a committee of the Caucus Board be formed led by Tom Danis and that such committee be allowed to make decisions and report to the Board and that the Caucus can delegate authority to this group.
Rick Heede said that to be effective a unified front must be presented with common goals. Tom Danis could raise the money and is the progenitor of the idea. He could make major changes and make fundraising successful. More discussion took place related to the responsibilities of the Caucus Board imparted by the County Charter.
Lesa Thomas moved that the Caucus Board form a committee of the Board called the Snowmass Creek Conservancy chaired by Tom Danis with the purpose of fundraising for an adopted budget restricted to the health of Snowmass Creek. John Zabriskie seconded. After some discussion the motion passed with Rick Heede in opposition.
John Clark moved and Dave Nixa seconded that the minutes of the February 18, 2013 meeting be approved as presented. Unanimously approved.
3. Treasurer’s Report
Roger Nicholson presented the Treasurer’s report. There have been no donations received since the last report. Bills paid since the last report totaled $2,947.56. There are no unpaid bills. The bank balance is $30,829.97.
4. Solar Checklist
Rick Heede reviewed the solar checklist. John Zabriskie moved and Roger Nicholson seconded that the checklist be circulated via the Caucus’ website. Unanimously approved.
5. Fundraising Event
Frieda Wallison asked Seth to move forward with the planning of the fundraising event and asked Lesa Thomas to assist. Seth discussed the plans to date.
6. Other Business
Dave Nixa brought up traffic speed on Snowmass Creek Road and requested that the County be asked to paint a line on the road to divide traffic, especially on the straight away. This would help keep traffic on the correct side of the road. Additionally, it was suggested that there be more of a police presence. Seth Sachson offered that G. R. Fielding would be a good place to start. Frieda Wallison asked that Roger Nicholson write a letter to the County about the speed and lane usage issues on Snowmass Creek Road.
Upon completion of all business to come before the Board, a motion to adjourn was made by John Clark, seconded by John Zabriskie and unanimously approved at approximately 8:40 pm.
Lesa Thomas, Secretary