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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
Please vote in the store for your favorite two candidates:
Voting will end August 15th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kent Natural Food Cooperative
(operating under Council Rock, Inc.)
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