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KNFC Special Annual Meeting July 26, 2015
start time 7:06PM, end time: 8:06, mtg minutes recorded by Than H.
Attendees: Jeff Ingram, Rick Feinberg, Nancy Grim, John Gargan Jr, Sam Brandon, Amber Myers, Carys Bobbitt, Than Hedington, Jennifer Cline, Isaac Cline, Fred Maier, Carol Maier, Jess Taylor, Jared Taylor, Sheila Harko.
Courthouse is office space. Right now we are staying at current location, with a 20ft. Expansion out the back, with a basement beneath the expansion, flush with Dr Reeves. New entrace to be flush with the sidewalk. Funds amount to $110K for construction, and 40k for equipment. store will have to close for a few days, 5 to 7. Gravel leveling in the back.
Addition of a garden wall, south facing on the front (approx 4ft tall) for plants. Plans for the front will be converted to a cafe-like area are debated. City wants to put a supermarket downtown, and a “west side market” as a year-round space for the farmer’s market, near the pufferbelly, both of which could be a threat to the KNFC. However, the KNFC has been continually growing for several years. Because of lack of space, KNFC growth has diminished.
Better management ability would be good. Better co-operation is a wise course. Continue to develop the KNFC niche as a local, hometown, wellness, specialty store. Increased publishing and advertising is currently working.
We have joined the chamber of commerce, which has helped give us opportunities, especially with the newspaper and other medias.
Jeff proposes the plan of expansion with an amendment that a basement be present if the cost is not prohibitive. The basement would be halfway dug by the time the foundation for the expansion would be built anyway.
OFFICIAL: Jeff Proposal “That The General Membership Approves The Architectural Plan That Has Been Presented By TANYA LIPTON For The One Floor Expansion, with the proviso that we add a basement under the expansion as long as the board finds that is fiscally responsible.” Fred M. seconds the motion
Motion passes unanimously!
Welcome new Board Member, Keara Gleason!
At the Board Meeting last Sunday, September 27, officers were elected. Here’s the results:
President: Fred Pierre
Vice President: Anita Gontkovsky
Secretary: Jennifer Cline
Treasurer: John Gargan
There are plenty of committee positions that need filled. Please contact Board Member Jeff Ingram (330-673-2878), if you’re a member and would like to serve on one of the following committees.
Facilities, Personnel, Membership, Outreach, Finance
August 19, 2015
The votes have been counted.
John Gargan and Keara Gleason have been elected to serve a two year term. Welcome Keara! and Welcome Back John!
The Current Kent Natural Foods Board
- Elizabeth Ryan
- Amber Myers
- John Gargan
- Fred Pierre
- Keara Gleason
- Heidi Horvath
- Anita Gontkovsky
- Jennifer Cline
- Jeff Ingram
Thanks to all who stopped by the store and took time to vote!
The Next Board Meeting is Sunday, September 20, 7pm at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Downtown Kent. All Co-op Members welcome.
Thursday, September 10, 6-9pm. Presentation, Question and Answer. Reception with Cash Bar and light hors d’ouvres. Northeast Ohio Medical Center(NeoMed) Ballroom. State Rt 44. Rootstown, OH
Friday, September 11, 11am-3pm. Presentation and Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse Tour. Starts at KIVA Auditorium, Risman Plaza. Kent State University. Then proceeds to the Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse behind Cunningham Hall.
This Special Event is a Fund Raiser for the Kent Natural Foods Co-op Expansion Project
More Info: 330-673-2878
To the Co-op Membership,
There will be a special annual meeting on Sunday, July 26 at 7pm at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Downtown Kent.
Items on the agenda.
1. Expanding the 1st floor of the Co-Op store according to Board approved plans.
2. Examine future expansion plans near the old courthouse.
3. Discuss a letter to Dr. Reeves about a possible future purchase of his property adjacent to our current store.
Kent Natural Foods Co-op presents
WHAT: An Evening At The Venice
-A Fundraiser for the KNFC Expansion Project
-Music by Roger Hoover and The Hurt with Randy Horvath
-A Beverage featuring an herb or produce item from KNFC
-Fun Presentations about Herbal Remedies
WHERE: The Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie St.
WHEN: Friday, March 13, 7-10pm
ADMISSION: $20. 21 & Over
-Tickets Available Online @ http://kentnaturalfoodscoop.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2d2650d903c737c2aa9ca14b8&id=896adad5b4&e=05014a5c8a
-Tickets Available at The Door
We’re getting closer to expanding the store. Construction Bids are due by
April 1st. We would like to break ground in June and be done by September 2015.
The more we raise on our own, the less we have to borrow.
Thanks to Roger and Ysabel Hoover for creating and organizing this special event!
Hope to see you there!
Kent Natural Foods Cooperative
151 E. Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44278
Expansion Postponed until May, 2015.
Dear Members and Customers,
Due to higher than expected construction bids and increased requirements from the city, the expansion plans have been altered and delayed. The initial expansion plans included a second story, but due to significantly higher than anticipated steel costs and more stringent fire code requirements, the architect has modified the Expansion plans to include only one story. We have submitted the new plans to several contractors and are still waiting to hear back from many of them.
This delay will allow us to receive additional and more economically feasible bids. The previous bids received for a two story expansion would have required the co-op to borrow more than twice the amount originally budgeted, thereby placing a significant financial strain on the co-op.
By postponing the expansion, we will allow ourselves more time to generate additional
funds for our needed improvements, thereby reducing the amount we need to borrow and placing less financial risk on the co-op. Fundraising efforts will continue. Additionally, by postponing the expansion until May, we will bypass our busy season until the slower summer months, creating less inconvenience for our members and other customers.
In summary, we still plan on expanding the store. We expect to add an additional 800 square feet off the rear of the building. Once that portion of the expansion is completed, our parking lot will be reconfigured so that rainwater will flow away from the building instead of toward it. The new parking lot will also eliminate the rear steps and provide an ADA, handicap accessible entrance.
The interior expansion plans will include improved check-out lanes, a new larger walk-in cooler, a new produce cooler, a new freezer, and an expanded line of products. We also plan on installing a rooftop garden that will provide herbs and produce for the store.
Our final phase of the expansion will include creating a new front entrance to the store, which will be funded by utilizing City of Kent’s Facade Improvement Program.
Kent Natural Foods Co-op is doing well and is happy at our current location. We are excited about the expansion and we greatly appreciate all of your continued support.
President, Hayley Bennett
VOTING IS ON for KNFC Board Positions
Seven Board Positions are open. Eight Candidates Running.
Voting takes place at the store.
The candidates are:
1. Jennifer Cline (staff)
2. Anita Gontkovsky (regular volunteer)
3. Sheila Harko (staff)
4. Heidi Horvath (staff)
5. Jeff Ingram (staff)
6. Amber Myers (staff)
7. Fred Pierre (former staff, former Board President, former Board Secretary)
8. Elizabeth Ryan (staff)
Election will run from June 26 through July 27, 2014
Ballots and Candidate Statements are at the store. Please ask a clerk for assistance.