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Approved RECDC Meeting Minutes
May 8th, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

 Small Town Hall Conference Room

Attending:  Arnold Light, Chairperson – Robert DeFalco,- John Devine,- Paul Levine,- Gus Ryer, – Stephany Sanderson, – Karen Sulzinsky

Guest – Karen’s son – Sam

Arnold Light called the meeting to order. He explained that Gus Ryer, due to illness would teleconference and Paul Levine would be arriving late.

A motion was requested to approve the minutes of the March 6, 2017 meeting. A motion for approval was made by Gus Ryer and seconded.by Karen Sulzinsky  Minutes were approved.

Announcements

  1. Chairman’s Report
    1. A meeting of the first floor retail task will meet on 5/11 at 4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Conference Room. Invited attendees include First Selectman Rudy Marconi, the Chair of P&Z, Rebecca Muchetti, the President of Downtown Ridgefield Billy Craig, the Chamber of Commerce, all members of the ECDC and landlords of properties located in the Village District.
    2. A new website plugin for the ECDC website to facilitate the inclusion of information under the Where to Shop and Where to Dine categories was approved and funded by the town.
    3. The next meeting with First Selectman Marconi will be on 5/10 @10:15.

General Discussion

Bob Defalco presented the month review of the website analytics.  Google analytics show that Visits continue to rise significantly per month. Search rankings continue to rise. John Devine noted the low number of visits being driven by event information that had been posted on Hamlet Hub and Patch. We are getting decent traffic referrals from ridgefieldct.org.

Senior Gold Book. Bob DeFalco noted that Town Hall had received minimal responses to email request for offers from commercial establishments. During the Battle of Ridgefield he solicited numerous businesses with strong responses. He suggested that the Commissioners divide up the town by location and solicit participation.15 to 20 merchants per commissioner would be enough to surpass the size of the Gold Book printed in June 2013.      It was noted that it would also be a good opportunity for all commissioners to meet business owners. Bob noted that having a copy of the current book when visiting merchants was important and that he had 7 new books printed (by UPS), as well as new printed forms available at Town Hall for use by commissioners. Linda will continue to record new participants on a spreadsheet and publish to all commissioners routinely.

Arnold Light noted that the CEDA Meeting on Economic Development is scheduled for June 13 at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall Conference Room.

Personal Property Tax Abatement
Information from other communities is being sought to benchmark a competitive rate proposal by the ECDC to the BOS

Robert DeFalco presented an overview of the ECDC scorecard to date. He also recommended categories for which each commissioner could take ownership during the balance of 2017.

A PDF copy of Bob’s Meeting presentation is attached:
ECDC Coordination presentation  May 2017

Meeting adjourned at 8:38 motion by Paul Levine, second by Bob DeFalco. Motion approved.