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KNFC Building Expansion Update

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.

Sincerely,

The Facilities Committee
Kent Natural Foods Co-op, 151 E. Main St. Kent, OH 44240
330-673-2878
www.kentnaturalfoods.org
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June 2014 Board Minutes

Attending: Jeff Ingram, John Gargan, Fred Pierre,  Elizabeth Ryan, Sheila Harko, Jen Cline, Anne Reid, Eric Hutzell

Absent:  Hayley Bennett

Member/Staff:  Amber Myers, Ashley Hendricks

The meeting was called to order at 7:50 and Fred ran the meeting.

Minutes were approved with one small change. The agenda was approved as listed.

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Welcome New Board of Trustees 2014-2015

Elected:
Jennifer Cline
Anita Gontkovsky
Heidi Horvath
Jeff Ingram
Amber Myers
Fred Pierre
Elizabeth Ryan

Returning:
John Gargan
President, Hayley Bennett

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Vote today for the KNFC board of trustees!

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.

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Amended By-laws, June, 2014

 

By Laws

Kent Natural Food Cooperative

(operating under Council Rock, Inc.)

Revised 7/12/98, 10/25/98, 6/28/09, 5/23/10, 6/27/10, 6/26/11, 6/24/12, 6/23/13, 6/22/14)

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Vote for Board Members at Store through July 27th

VOTING IS ON for KNFC Board Positions

Seven Board Positions open.  Eight Candidates Running.  Voting takes place at the store.
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 Treasurer, former Board Secretary)
8.  Elizabeth Ryan (staff)
Election will run from June 26, July 27, 2014

Ballots and Candidate Statements are at the store.  Ask a clerk.

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April 2014 Board Minutes

Attending: Jeff Ingram, Hayley Bennett, John Gargan, Fred Pierre,  Elizabeth Ryan, Sheila Harko, Eric Hutzell

Absent:  Jen Cline, Anne Reid

Member/Staff:  Amber Myers

Guests: Murali Shanker, Jennifer Bruder

The meeting was called to order at 7:20.

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KNFC Annual Membership Meeting – June 22nd

Fred Fuller Park:

497 Middlebury Dr., Kent, OH  (Outdoor Pavilion #2)

6pm – 7pm    Potluck

7pm – 9pm   Meeting

 

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Proposed Bylaw Changes

Proposed Bylaw Changes for KNFC Annual Member Meeting – June 22nd, 2014

1. Eliminate the following language, Article 5, 3d:  There will be a limit of three (3) consecutive terms.  After three (3) consecutive terms, a member must be two years off the board before another term of office.

2. Change the following language, Article 5, 4f:  The Board shall not sell real estate or assets in excess of $5,000.  Remove $5,000 and replace with $10,000.

3. Change the following language, Article 5, 8a:  A quorum of a least 7 must be present for decisions.  Remove 7 and replace it with 6.

4. Add the following:  Article 5, 8d   Voting may done using electronic communication.

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Board Minutes March 2014

Attending: Jeff Ingram, Hayley Bennett, John Gargan, Fred Pierre, Anne Reid, Elizabeth Ryan, Sheila Harko, Jennifer Cline

Absent:  Eric Hutzell

Member/Staff:  Amber Myers

Guests: Roger Muzia, Project Architect

DECISIONS:

We approved the phase I plans of the expansion as presented.

We approved a proposal to plan a fundraising pasta dinner at the Unitarian Universalist  church on May 31st, to including a silent auction.

 We approved the hiring and training of two new staff members.

 We appointed a by-law committee consisting of Haley, Sheila and John to recommend by-law changes to bring to the June member meeting.

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