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Minutes of February 12, 2013 Board Meeting

Eat To Live Food Cooperative
South Side Communications Center
2331 S. Salina St., Syracuse NY 13205

Minutes of February 12, 2013 Board Meeting

Board Members Present: Howie Hawkins, Naqia Kent, Yaschia Kinsey, Baye Muhammad, Shirley Rowser
Co-op Members Present: Joseph Bryant
County Health Department member present: Kathy Mogle

Next board meeting: 6:00 pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

All decisions were made by consensus unless otherwise noted.

1. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the January 8, 2012 board meeting were corrected and approved.

2. Construction Report

Howie Hawkins reported that the construction contract was signed and parts of the foundation have been poured. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Joseph Bryant reminded the board that timing is an issue. The state grant expires December 31, 2013. The co-op has to hire its four employees in order for the grant to be issues by the state. Southside Community Coalition has already borrowed against the grant in order to finance construction.

3. Kathy Mogle, County Health Department

Kathy Mogle runs a program called “Creating Health Place to Live, Work, and Play in Onondaga County.” The program works with child care centers, community gardens, farmers markets, food pantries, healthy cooking programs, and corner stores to encourage health food and physical activity. The board discussed with her how she could support the co-op, including participants in WIC and SNAP to shop at the co-op.

4. New Board Meeting Schedule

With the construction of the building and the opening of the co-op now set for the end of July and with many tasks to complete in that time, the board agreed to meet twice a month, second and fourth Tuesdays at 6 pm, until further notice.

5. Meeting with General Manager Recruiter

The board agreed to meet with Davine Bey, a executive recruiter, to discuss recruitment of a general manager for the co-op at the next board meeting, February 26.

Respectfully submitted,
Howie Hawkins, Secretary

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