Present: Alicia Miller, Terry Eisenhauer, Ken Brown, John Gorman, Joe Mackley, Steve Patterson, and Lee Royer
Staff: John Miller, Michael Christopher, and Clint Rock
Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:32 pm
Meeting Minutes The Minutes of the October and November meetings were approved on a John Gorman/Ken Brown motion. Vote was unanimous.
Treasurers Report/Annual Report Michael Christopher presented the January Treasurer’s report, specifically noting recent donations. The treasurer’s report was approved on a John Gorman/Ken Brown motion. Vote was unanimous.
Fundraising Alicia Miller discussed member dues and whether they should stay the same in 2014. It was decided to keep the rates at their current cost on a Lee Royer/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous. Board appointments and officer nominations were discussed. Alicia Miller, Lee Royer , and Charlie Strausbaugh would have terms expiring as of this year. Alicia and Lee stated that they would like to remain on the board, if nominated and Mike Christopher spoke on behalf of Charlie stating he would like to remain on the board. Nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer were all accepted by Alicia Miller, Terry Eisenhauer, Gary Muller, and Charlie Strausbaugh, respectively. It was also stated as a reminder that the annual meeting will be March 20.
Events Alicia Miller noted the upcoming event of the Spring Fair to be held March 15th at the Blue Ridge Summit Fire Hall. John Gorman said that he would represent the FMPB, Inc. at this event.
Property Renovations Lee Royer gave an update on the construction status of the interpretive center. He stated that the plumbing, electrical work, and stone masonry are lined up for the near future and also discussed HVAC and an alarm system, for the building. He added that he would like to have a work day, on site, on January 25th Michael Christopher stated that the building and property are insured, but the FMPB, Inc. will also need insurance for the board and liability insurance for events off of Township property. Steve Patterson and Lee Royer noted that the Access Agreement with the neighboring property owner has been presented but there has been no response, as yet.
WTMA Property Michael Christopher stated that the WTMA property and the Maria Furnace Road have been placed on the Pennsylvania At Risk list for 2014
New Business Michael Christopher noted that the Washington Township Supervisors will be holding their annual all day meeting on January 31st and have asked Lee Royer and John Miller to attend and provide updates on the building and upcoming events and programming for 2014.
Alicia Miller suggested that the FMPB, Inc. purchase several copies of John McClellan’s book to have readily available for orders placed online or through the FMPB, Inc. as the current process makes the shipping process very slow for buyers. The board agreed.
John Miller spoke about Park Cleanup Day, which is an event hosted by CWT. Parks register and are then put on CWT’s website and volunteers sign up to help with any site work that needs completed. Park Day will be April 5th and Monterey Pass Battlefield Park has been registered.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.
Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller