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Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Advisory Committee

MEETING SUMMARY - Approved
Wed., 21 JAN 09, 4:00 PM at the COG Forum Room

1.         CALL TO ORDER & ROLL CALL: (14 out of 16 Appointed Members)

              Dr. Rick Marboe, Chair                   Dr. Rob Brooks     Mary Alice Graetzer          Don Epp
              Jennifer Shuey, Vice-chair               Kathy Matason    Alan Sam               Mark Henry 
             Jackie Melander                        MJ Kitt             Holly Fritchman
              Robert Ayer                                     Diane Kerly       Mark McLaughlin 
              CRPR Staff:        Molly Hetrick

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MEETING SUMMARIES

            - 15 Oct 08 and 17 Dec 08 Summaries approved: Motion by Bob Ayer, Second by Mark McLaughlin

3.         2009 COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION

• Reappointed committee volunteers were welcomed!

Jennifer Shuey

Steve Maruszewski

Kathy Matason

MJ Kitt 

Holly Fritchman

Jackie Melander  

Dr. Rob Brooks

Mary Alice Graetzer

Dr. Rick Marboe

Diane Kerly

• Review of 2009 Draft Committee Rosters (final copies available at Feb mtg.)

• Approval of 2009 Meeting Schedule: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 4 PM

            • Election of Officers for 2009

The committee re-elected Rick Marboe as Chair, who has served as Chair for 2008 and Vice-Chair for 2005-2007 and re-elected Jennifer Shuey as Vice-Chair, who served as Vice-Chair for 2008 and Chair for 2005-2007. Motion by Kathy Matason, Second by Bob Ayer.

            • Confirm membership of subcommittees for 2009:

Thompson Woods Subcommittee (includes Stan Yoder Preserve): Todd Litzinger, Bill Hilshey, Carolyn Mahan, Greg Roth, Alan Sam

Building Subcommittee: Rick Marboe, Kathy Matason, Steve Maruszewski, Molly Hetrick, Greg Roth

Facilities & Finance Subcommittee:  Rick Marboe, Holly Fritchman, Diane Kerly, Rob Brooks, Jen Shuey, Mark McLaughlin

Program Subcommittee: Mark McLaughlin, Jen Shuey, MJ Kitt, Molly Hetrick

 4.         OPERATIONAL REPORTS:

• Winter / Spring Program Report: Molly

Molly reported that winter programs are in progress and shared winter MMNC photos that were taken by Dr. Brooks. Molly also shared the Jennifer Watts-Mattise will not be returning for 2009 as the Program Coordinator, so advertising has begun for her position. Spring programs are open for registration and Summer Camp registration will begin on February 2. Molly has been visiting with Bellefonte and Bald Eagle School District teachers and was able to schedule some of their classes for Spring 2009.

            • Facilities Update: (no report)

 5.         BUSINESS ITEMS

•2009 Fee Policy: Molly

Advisory Committee members made individual recommendations via email to endorse the 2009 Fee Policy for Authority action. An official motion and vote is requested. This item is included from the December 08 Meeting because there was no quorum. Motion by Diane Kerly, Second by Jackie Melander.

6.         CAPITAL PROJECT

 • Building Subcommittee Report (14 Jan 09 Meeting): Rick

Rick summarized the meeting for the committee, including discussions about the layout of the building and the need for an elevator to be included in Phase 2 construction since the building plan will be over 3,000 feet. He also discussed the roll up garage doors planned for the lab and concern voiced by the engineers about the merit of these doors and heating/cooling issues that might arise. Discussions have started with College Township regarding the site development plans and what items are required for their review and approval. Also, Steve Maruszewski may be able to assist with a basic LEED certification for the building because his staff are being trained on LEED review, so this would be an excellent example project for them. The schedule for reviews and permits is very tight but the Subcommittee is committed to moving forward as quickly as possible.

7.         ADJOURNMENT     Next Meeting: Wed., 18 Feb 09 at 4 PM at the COG Building

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