Saturday, August 29, 2009

Draft minutes of the August 26, 2009 Grand Mound Rochester Horizons (GMRH) Steering Committee meeting

Grand Mound Rochester Horizons
P. O. Box 1162
Rochester, WA 98579

Steering Committee Meeting, August 26, 2009 @ Rochester Community Center

Chair Suzanne Brown called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM

Those present were: Suzanne Brown, Donna Smith, Lowell Deguise, Kathy Deguise, Roy Browning, Marty Paterson, Vivian Eason, Joe Basich, Joy Baisch, and Bill Liddle

Joy Baisch explained about the two meetings on the 2nd of September. These meetings will be with individuals from Northwest Foundations who have provided the funding for the Horizons Projects. One meeting will be here in Rochester, at the Rochester Community Library, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM We then will all move to Mossyrock for the meeting with all Thurston and Lewis County Horizons Projects at 3:45 pm.

Joe also talked about the design team that did the Ritzville Horizons project and said a similar resource can be made available to the Rochester Horizons Project. This would be of great value to the Rochester Community Center courtyard project and perhaps others.

Minutes of the previous meeting were handed out. The Treasurer was not present so no report.

Sidewalks - Lowell Deguise gave us a report on getting funding for the sidewalks along Hwy 12 through town. There is quite a bit of funding available but unfortunately, Rochester is not eligible to receive them for several reasons: we are not incorporated; we don’t have set boundary lines drawn on a map; The entire Thurston County area has a “too high” adjusted income level and has been disqualified to participate in many Federal grants; our “people served to project cost” ratio is too low which eliminates us from consideration on most grants; Thurston County and Wash. DOT have no available funding for safety projects beyond those already in progress.

Lowell said he will continue to pursue grant funding for sidewalks.

Swimming Pools - Byron and Danette Jones were not present but Donna Smith mentioned she had suggested they check with the Tenino Quarry Pool for their cost to maintain their pool. It was also suggested they check into the possibility of a partnership with Thoerbeck’s to provide pool access.

Basic Computer Literacy Classes – Bill Liddle reported the first group of two students finished their course on Monday, August 24th. They completed the 42-hour course in 30 hours of instruction. The next class will begin in October. Suzanne provided the name of an individual who was interested and Bill said he was aware of four others who expressed interest in the course.

Joy Baisch asked for us to consider what types of training we might desire. Lowell wants training for grant writing and Joe indicated there is some available.

The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23rd at either the Rochester Community Center Conference room or the Rochester Community Library.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM

Respectively submitted
Bill Liddle, Secretary
Grand Mound Rochester Horizons Project