Thursday, June 24,2010
The Lower MerionAcademy
Present: JerryFrancis, Denise Francis, Ted Goldsborough, Sarah Bonnice, Max Buten, PhilEidelson, Ross Mitchell, Joanne Murray, Steve Salinger, Jack Hagner, BruceReed, Ann Bagley, Doug Bagley, Bobbie McElroy.
Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.
The Minutes of the January 21, 2010 Executive Board Meetingwere unanimously approved as written.
The Minutes of the April 18, 2010 Annual Meeting wereunanimously approved as written.
Cynwyd Train StationStabilization (Phase 1).
The ejector pump and sewer line, which is SEPTA’s responsibility, remains an open issue. SEPTA has recently decided to pursue the formal public bidding process on their Electronic Procurement System with a turnaround of anywhere from 2 to 8 months. SEPTA said that they would try to speed up the process and possibly have the project completed by October 1st, but there is no guarantee. The anticipated cost to SEPTA is in the ballpark of $60,000.
The motion was made by Ross Mitchell and seconded by Ted Goldsborough to authorize Bruce Reed, our solicitor, to contact Tom Ellis, et al. and ask for their help in expediting the installation of the sewer system. The Board unanimously approved this motion.
Cynwyd Train Station Caretaker
Cynwyd Train Station Office Area (Phase 2) Jerry has met with and given a tour of the station to Heidi Tirjan (the Township’s Retail Coordinator) and Dave DeLuca (a commercial real estate agent) about what business would be best suited for the first floor office space. Whatever business moves in, it should support the nearby Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
Cynwyd Train Station PennDOT Grant (Phase 3) PennDOT has awarded a $325,000 Grant to SEPTA for improvements to the station platform and the connection to the Township’s Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Jerry showed a sketch that was done by Dan Russoniello of Archer & Buchanan Architecture that illustrated these planned improvements.
Cynwyd Heritage Trail Update:
Preserve America Grant:
October 2nd Banquet: Ross Mitchell is chairing a committee to develop plans for this fund raising event.
Direct Mail Campaign:
Statement of Financial Position as of May 31, 2010: Jack Hagner presented the Historical Society’s Statement of Activities and Detailed Expenses for 5 months, ending May 31, 2010 with notes for each of the statements. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, as presented, was unanimously approved.
2009 Financial Review:
Public Relations/Publications: Arcadia Publishing has agreed to publish our book “Lower Merion and Narberth” by October 4th. Jerry hopes that they will agree to push back the date, to before Oct. 1st, to accommodate our Banquet.
* Upgrade to the HVAC in the Archive Room - A commercial de-humidifier was installed in the Archive Room on June 14th. The unit is able to maintain a better humidity.
* Repair of the fireplace in the attic – on hold until the leak around the chimney flashing is repaired.
* W. Robert Swartz Collection – this collection is being reviewed on a time available basis.
* Repair and re-installation of the Lancaster Avenue Milestones #5 located near St. Charles Seminary – nothing to report at this time.
* Removal and re-installation of the Lancaster Avenue Milestone #9 located in front of Ludington Library. This stone has been moved to storage at Ashbridge Park until completion of construction on Ludington Library.
The Meeting was adjourned at 9:32PM
The next Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the Lower Merion Academy
Bobbie McElroy, Recording Secretary