Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Board Meeting

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Board Meeting

Here are the minutes from the RDC Board Meeting of February 14, 2007.

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Riverfront Development Corporation
Board Minutes
February 14, 2007


The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Riverfront Development Corporation was held on February 14, 2007 at the offices of the Corporation, Falls Building, 22 N. Front Street, Memphis, TN.

Directors Attending: Rick Masson, Pete Aviotti, John Bobango, Charles Carpenter, Kemp Conrad, Greg Duckett, Lucia Gilliland, Tomeka Hart, Derrick Joyce, Kevin Kane, Scott McCormick, Angus McEachran, Keith McGee, Mary Lynn Perl, John Pontius, Jeff Sanford, Bill Taylor, Tom Volinchak, and Burnetta Williams (by phone).

Directors Absent: Rob Carter, John Farris, Sara Hall, James Holt, William Hudson, Barbara Hyde, Pat Kerr- Tigrett, Robert Lipscomb, Terry Lynch, Lecia Martin, John Pontius, John Stokes, Dan Turley, and Jerry West.

Others Attending: Benny Lendermon, John Conroy, Jay Fuller, Dorchelle Spence, Brenda Adair, Sue Williams, Tom Charlier, and Andy Ashby.

Call to Order: Chairman Masson called the meeting to order at 8:45 a.m. He welcomed two new board members, Mr. Scott McCormick, City Council representative, and Tom Volinchak the new Downtown Neighborhood Association president, and Mr. Masson also extended a welcome to Sue Williams, Friends for Our Riverfront representative.

Roll Call: The Secretary called the roll. A quorum was established.

Approval of Board Minutes: Mr. Masson asked for approval of the minutes of the September 22, 2006 and November 15, 2006 board meetings. Mr. Aviotti's motion that the minutes be approved, was seconded by Derrick Joyce and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

Treasurer's Report: Bill Taylor reported to the board at the last meeting a drop in RDC's parks management contract fees of more than $480,000 for the fiscal year, our approved budget is a breakeven budget that could be upset by unusual changes in revenue or expenses. He reported that the first quarter budget showed a slight deficit of $(40,381), and that RDC was expected to recover during the year.

At the end of the second quarter (December, 2006), Mr. Taylor was pleased to report that RDC has turned this deficit into a slight surplus of $7,393. Revenue is still down substantially from projections due to disappointing concert revenues, but this deficit is offset by under budget expenses in employee compensation and the total of other administrative expenses. Bill Taylor's motion to accept the Finance committee report was seconded by Derrick Joyce and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

Bylaws Committee Report: John Bobango, Chair of the Bylaws Committee and committee members, Tomeka Hart, Charles Carpenter, and Pete A viotti met to review the RDC bylaws several weeks ago. The committee recommends that two sections of the bylaws be revised as outlined below.

REVISION I: The following sentence would be added at the end of paragraph 6 under Article Five, Section 2
.The terms of ex-officio members shall not count as a term of service as to those limited service terms or periods referred to in these By-Laws.
REVISION II: The second sentence in paragraph 7 under Article Five, Section 2 (the second full paragraph on page 4) currently reads: A former member of the Board, who has served two threeyear terms, may be re-elected to the Board after he or she has not served as Director for a period of at least one term (three years). This sentence will be replaced with the following:
A former member of the Board, who has served two three-year terms, may be re-elected to the Board after he or she has not served as a regular Director for a period of at least one year.

Mr. Bobango's motion to adopt the two amendments as presented effective on the date of approval was seconded by Mr. Taylor and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

It was suggested that provisions should be included in the bylaws for phone conference meetings of the board in the event of time sensitive issues to be addressed by the board. Chairman Masson asked the Nominating Committee take this under advisement.

President's Report: Mr. Lendermon gave an update on the Beale Street Landing project. The next major phase of construction is building the sheet pile wall for the site. The project design is complete, funding is in place and is ready for the bid process. After we receive approval from the Tennessee Department of Transportation the bidding process will take place.

Mr. Lendermon updated the board on the Grand Carousel. Several months ago, the Memphis City Council passed a resolution recommending the relocation of the Grand Carousel to the Mud Island River Park. In the resolution, the City Council requested a formal presentation from RDC of a public/private partnership for the restoration and relocation of the carousel. RDC suggested the need for additional security and insurance for the carouse, and organized a visit to the International Museum of Carousel Art in Portland. John Bobango, Scott McCormick, Kemp Conrad, and City Council Chair, Tajuan Stout-Mitchell attended the trip. The Executive Committee created a fundraising committee chaired by John Bobango, and the committee devised a fundraising plan and met with several corporations about funding. However, the City of Memphis began reconsidering the amusement park options which included the clean-up and restoration of the LibertyLand site with the carousel remaining and new operators. At this time, the Executive Committee decided not to move forward with any efforts to raise funds for the renovation and relocation of the carousel until a decision was made by the City administration on the carousel's final location.

RDC continues to recommend to the City that the carousel should be dismantled and properly stored to eliminate any future deterioration and theft concerns. RDC has offered to provide assistance in getting the carousel crated and stored under contract with the City of Memphis.

Dorchelle Spence announced that the Mud Island River Park will open Saturday, April 14th. Staff is planning to have hot-air balloon rides, a live band, bikes, canoes and kayaks for rental, and duck races for the children. The Mud Island River Mississippi Museum will also be open.

Ms. Spence presented new advertising concepts. Advertisements will be printed in the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau publications, Grace Magazine, Memphis Downtowner Magazine, Memphis Redbirds Yearbook, and several others. Ads will also be featured in Guest Link--an inroom hotel distribution. RDC will also introduce a new advertising campaign this year using full page ads with color and unique headlines. Four billboards will also be used to bring attention to the Mud Island River Park and museum. Plans are to rotate the billboards every eight weeks that will be located throughout the city.

In addition, a new towboat pilot house gallery will open in the Mississippi River Museum, and audio tours will be available for the first time ever in the museum allowing visitors to move through the exhibits on their on.

Mr. Lendermon also noted that four of the eight concerts are confirmed for Mud Island River Park this season, and we are in the final steps of executing contracts with several new organizations to help sponsor the concerts.

New Business: Rick Masson announced that the Executive Committee is planning a full board retreat. The retreat will be an all-day session in the summer.

In the absence of John Stokes, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Mr. Masson requested board members to submit names of any potential new board members to be reviewed by the nominating committee.

Mr. Masson also stated that last week RDC along with Outdoors, Inc., the Community Foundation, and several other entities co-sponsored a meeting called ""Greening Greater Memphis" to increase support of the WolfRiver Greenway, a 13-mile walking/biking trail on the CSX right of way, and Shelby Farms. The Speaker was Alex Garvin who was the second featured speaker during RDC's luncheon series.

Adjournment: There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned 9:25 a.m.

Angus McEachran
Assistant Secretary

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Board Meeting

Here are the minutes from the RDC Board Meeting of November 15, 2006. A quorum was not established.

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Riverfront Development Corporation
Board Minutes
November 15, 2006


The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Riverfront Development Corporation was held on November 15, 2006 at the offices of the Corporation, Falls Building, 22 N. Front Street, Memphis, TN,

Directors Attending: Rick Masson, Pete Aviotti, Rob Carter, John Farris, Lucia Gilliland, William Hudson, Kevin Kane, Terry Lynch, Mary Lynn Perl, John Pontius, and John Stokes,

Directors Absent: Greg Duckett, John Bobango, Charles Carpenter, Kemp Conrad, Sara Hall, Tomeka Hart, James Holt, Barbara Hyde, Derrick Joyce, Pat Kerr-Tigrett, Robert Lipscomb, Bob Lundy, Lecia Martin, Angus McEachran, Keith McGee, Rickey Peete, Jeff Sanford, Bill Taylor, Dan Turley, Burnetta Williams, and Jerry West,

Others Attending: Benny Lendermon, Jay Fuller, Dorchelle Spence, Brenda Adair, Hite Mclean, Karl Schledwitz, and Andy Ashhy.

Call to Order: Chairman Masson called the meeting to order at 8:40 a,m,

Roll Call: The Secretary called the roll. A quorum was not established.

Approval of Board Minutes: Mr, Masson stated that since a quorum was not established, the minutes from the previous board meeting (September 22, 2006) were not presented for approval. An error in the 9/22/07 minutes to be corrected was also made. The correction is Kevin Kane seconded the motion to approve the May 16, 2006 board minutes,

Treasurer's Report: John Pontius reported that Watkins Uiberall, PLLC has completed the RDC financial statements for FY2006. No Discrepancies or irregularities were found, and no changes were made

Mr. Pontius also reported that as a result of a drop in RDC's parks management contract fees by over $480,000 for the year, the approved budget is a break-even budget that could be upset by unusual changes in revenue or expenses, Revenue for the first quarter was below the expectation by $97,940 The primary factor was concert revenue. However, on the expense side, there were enough surplus line items, notably landscaping, advertising, equipment repair, and employee compensation to offset the drop in revenue, As a result, the first quarter budget shows a slight deficit ($10,381), which we expect to recover during the year.

Dorchelle Spence reported that the RDC Annual Report for FY2005 and FY2006 is completed and ready for distribution. This year, the 2005 and 2006 annua1 reports were combined into one report, Ms. Spence stated that the report highlights many of RDC's accomplishments to date, such as Beale Street Landing, RDC's work with the University of Memphis Law School, the Riverwalk connecting Tom Lee Park with Ashburn Coppock and Martyrs Parks, and the Mud Island Traffic Circle The report also includes financial statements for both years.

Carousel Exploratory Committee Report: Mr. Lendermon gave an update on the Grand Carousel in the absence of John Bobango, Chair of the Carousel Exploratory Committee. Since the last board meeting, the City Council has adopted a resolution stating it wants the Grand Carousel relocated to Mud Island River Park. They also requested RDC to present, within 90-days, a proposal of how the relocation could be accomplished. RDC staff and many others are working to accomplish the request within the timeframe.

John Bobango and the committee are also working with the City of Memphis to implement a security system for the carousel. Currently, the Parks Services' staff is providing 24-hour security7 days a week. The City is also looking at providing insurance for the carousel during the storage and renovation stages. In addition, under the leadership of John Bobango there have been several meetings regarding restoration funding for the Grand Carousel from the private sector. Committee members are John Stokes, Kevin Kane, Mary Lynn Perl, and Pat Kerr-Tigrett.

President's Report: Dorchelle Spence gave an overview of the Mud Island River Park Season. She reported that the Island had a great season with the second highest attendance since RDC assumed management. The primary reason for the attendance being slightly down is because there were fewer concerts this year. Museum tickets sales were up, in addition to the percentage of visitors to the Island. Halloween at the Island was very successful with 3,200 visitors. This year, RDC was fortunate to gain the support of a media sponsor, Clear Channel, which brought more publicity for the event. We also had a corporate sponsor, Hope Presbyterian Church provided volunteers for the event.

Mr. Lendermon reported that each year, the Center City Commission (CCC) participates in the International Downtown Association Conference which was held in Portland, Oregon October 7-9. The CCC was recognized during the conference this year, and received The Downtown IDA Achievement Award for Minority Outreach. Jeff Sanford, Rickey Peete, and Barbara SwearengenHolt were attending the conference representing the CCC, and Mr. Lendermon recognized that this was also a great opportunity to visit Portland's waterfront. Mr. Lendermon and RDC board members, Kemp Conrad, John Bobango, City Council members, Tajuan Stout-Mitchell and Scott McCormick also attended conference, and toured the International Carousel Museum in Hood River. Mr. Lendermon stated the visit to the carousel museum was very educational. The Memphis carousel is ranked in the top 10 of carousel in existence.

Mr. Lendermon reported that recently the new Tom Lee Memorial dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, October 19 at 10 a.m. in Tom Lee Park. In addition to the unveiling of the memorial, an original song was performed by the Overton High School Choir. The lyrics written by former Tennessee Poet Laureate Helen Thomas Allison and the score by Elizabeth Rogers, was arranged by Ken Eichholz. Memphis City Council Members, Barbara Swearengen-Holt and Rickey Peete, and a representative from The United States Coast Guard made remarks at the ceremony. Members of the Lee family and David Alan Clark, the artist who design the memorial, also gave remarks.

Lendermon reported that a lighted Christmas Tree will be constructed on the south tip of Mud Island River Park, and the cobblestone walkway lights will be changed to red and green for the holiday season.

Mr. Lendermon also informed the board that Tajuan Stout-Mitchell, Chair of the Memphis City Council contacted RDC about hosting a joint Christmas celebration with City Council. The event will be held at the River Terrace Yacht Club at Mud Island River Park on Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Lendermon also noted that the cost of the party will be a 50-50 split, and RDC's cost will be paid by private contributions made by board members. No public funds will be used by RDC.

Mr. Lendermon reported the Beale Street Landing permitting process is still moving. To date there has been traffic and noise studies, an environmental assessment, and a review of building in the floodplain and next to a historical site (the cobblestone) completed and all submitted for comments from the State of Tennessee. The State is in the process of writing a contract for funding that is dedicated for the project. The contract will be executed between the State and the City of Memphis to allow the funds to be spent.

South End Presentation: Terry Lynch, managing partner of Southland Development Partners presented an updated master plan for the South End area. His company is leading the effort to transform this area into a new urbanist community. He presented a plan that request the participation of the area stakeholders including CCC, MAT A, RDC, The City of Memphis as well as private developers. The plan envisions the emerging community being better connected to the public open spaces including the riverfront parks, the river walk as well as Central Station and the South Main Arts district. The initial phase of the public realm improvements center around a major upgrade of the ""gateway" entry in the area along Riverside Drive. The area developers have agreed to a master streetscape plan that will allow for a seamless landscape and hardscape between developments along Riverside Drive. The plan also calls for upgraded signage into the RDC managed parks and a new traffic signal at Riverside and Georgia. This will allow for greater pedestrian access to the parks and help calm vehicular traffic along Riverside Drive.

New Business: Mr. Masson presented the 2007 RDC Board Meeting dates, requesting each member to please put the dates on their schedule. The meetings will start at 8 :30 at RDC on February 14,2007; May 16,2007; August 15,2007; and November 14,2007.

Adjournment: There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned 9:47 a.m.

Brenda J. Adair
Acting Secretary

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Board Meeting

Here are the minutes from the RDC Board Meeting of September 22, 2006.

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Riverfront Development Corporation
Board Minutes
September 22, 2006


The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Riverfront Development Corporation was held on September 22, 2006 at the offices of Hyde Family Foundations, located at 17 West Pontotoc Avenue, Memphis, TN.

Directors Attending: Rick Masson, Greg Duckett, Pete Aviotti, John Bobango, Charles Carpenter, Kemp Conrad, John Farris, Lucia Gilliland, William Hudson, Derrick Joyce, Kevin Kane, Pat Kerr-Tigrett, Bob Lundy, Angus McEachran, Rickey Peete, Mary Lynn Perl, John Pontius, Jeff Sanford, John Stokes, and Bill Taylor.

Directors Absent: Rob Carter, Sara Hall, Tomeka Hart, James Holt, Barbara Hyde, Robert Lipscomb, Terry Lynch, Lecia Martin, Keith McGee, Dan Turley, Burnetta Williams, and Jerry West.

Others Attending: Benny Lendermon, John Conroy, Jay Fuller, Dorchelle Spence, Brenda Adair, Hite McLean, and John Branston.

Call to Order: Chairman Masson called the meeting to order at 8:39 a.m. Mr. Masson announced that the board was very fortunate to have the Hyde Foundation host our board meeting at their facility. Mr. Masson also welcomed two new board members, Charles Carpenter and Mary Lynn Perl.

Roll Call: The Secretary called the roll and a quorum was established.

Approval of Board Minutes: Mr. Masson asked for approval of the minutes of the May 16, 2006 board meeting e-mailed to the Directors. John Farris' motion that the minutes be approved was seconded by Kevin Kane and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

Treasurer's Report: Bill Taylor reported that Watkins Uiberall, PLLC, has completed the RDC FY2007 financial audit. Although an official letter from the auditor has not been issued, we have been informed that no discrepancies or irregularities were found.

Mr. Taylor also stated that RDC is now working under a renewed five-year contract with the City of Memphis for the management of the Memphis riverfront. The contract amount was reduced by approximately twenty percent (20%) for FY2007, and will gradually increase in subsequent years. At the end of the contract, the City will still pay less than in the year 2000.

Carousel Exploratory Committee Report: Mr. Masson gave an update on the possibility of the Grand Carousel being relocated to the Mud Island River Park due the closing of Liberty Land. It was determined that the City of Memphis owns the carousel and it will be relocated somewhere in Memphis, if it is not sold or dismantled. Mr. Masson formed a Carousel Exploratory Committee to determine the cost of renovating and to devise a plan of action to manage and operate the carousel in the event it is moved to the Island. John Bobango, Chair of the Carousel Exploratory Committee reported that Mr. Todd Goings, a carousel restoration expert was hired to evaluate of the carousel. The evaluation included the overall condition and cost options for renovating the carousel. Mr. Goings' assessment also revealed that the carousel is in excellent condition. A slide presentation

detailing the carousel's mechanical parts, horses and other components, including where the carousel would be located in the park was viewed. Following, the Directors extensively discussed the financial aspects and funding needs it would take to obtain and restore the carousel.

Mr. Bobango moved that the Board authorize the Carousel Exploratory Committee to pursue options to: (1) incorporate the Grand Carousel into the operations of Mud Island River Park should the City of Memphis decide to relocate it there; (2) work in concert with the City of Memphis to restore and relocate the Grand Carousel to its original splendor; and, (3) explore ways to develop revenue sources to accomplish the purposes in number (2).

Mr. Bobango's motion as presented was seconded by Kemp Conrad and Pat Tigrett, and was unanimously approved by the Directors present.

President's Report: Mr. Lendermon reported that the RDC is working with The Leadership Academy in hosting The Leadership of Place Making. This is a speakers' series open to the public to hear how cities across the nation are reconnecting to their waterfronts. The first session was held on March 28, and Ken Hayes, immediate past president of RiverCity in Chattanooga, and Ann Coulter, former executive vice president gave a presentation on the Chattanooga riverfront. The second presentation on August 17, featured Alex Garvin with Alex Garvin & Associates, Inc. from New York. The first two series were held at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn and so far, 150 people have attended the lunch meetings.

The Mud Island River Park visitor attendance will exceed the attendance record for the previous season. The park museum is undergoing the largest upgrade in fifteen years. Funds received from the insurance claim for damage to the Memphis Belle pavilion from the windstorm several years ago are being used to upgrade the museum. The audio system will be redone, a new outdoor speaker system along the riverwalk will be installed, and the North Gate entrance will be updated with an automated gate system. Staff also integrated the management of the Poplar Avenue Mud Island Parking Garage into the Mud Island daily operations.

Dorchelle Spence reminded everyone that the Mud Island Halloween Festival will be October 31. Staff is again planning a fun-filled experience for those in attendance. Clear Channel Radio has agreed to be a sponsor for the festival this year, and admission is $2.00 per adult with a child.

Ms. Spence encouraged the Directors to remember the rental facilities available at Mud Island when planning holiday events. In addition, RDC will partner with Ballet Memphis in celebration of their 20th season. RDC will have a link on their web site, and have been offered discounts to performances. It was suggested that RDC should contact Ballet Memphis about holding
performances at the Mud Island Amphitheater.

Ms. Spence announced that staff is planning the dedication ceremony for the new Tom Lee Memorial scheduled Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. During the dedication, the Overton High School choir will perform an original song in honor of Tom Lee, written by Elizabeth Rogers and Helen Thomas Allison. The United States Coast Guard will make a presentation and council members Barbara Swearengen-Holt and Rickey Peete will give remarks. Mayor Herenton and members of the Lee Family have also been invited.

New Business: Chairman Masson explained that normally all park use applications are approved by the Executive Committee, however; due to time constraints, a park use request was presented to the Board of Directors for approval. The Kidney Trust, a non-profit organization requests the use of Torn Lee Park for a walk-a-thon on October 22, from 1 :00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Attendance is expected to be 100-300 participants and the park will remain open during the event. Staff recommended approval.

Mr. Peete's motion to approve the park use application was seconded by Kemp Conrad, and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

Adjournment: There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned 9:56 a.m.

John Farris
Secretary

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Board Meeting

Here are the minutes from the RDC Board Meeting of May 16, 2006.

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Riverfront Development Corporation
Board Minutes
May 16,2006


The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Riverfront Development Corporation was held on May 16, 2006 at the offices of the Corporation, Falls Building, 22 N. Front Street, Memphis, TN.

Directors Attending: Rick Masson, Greg Duckett, Pete Aviotti, John Bobango, Kemp Conrad, Dianne Dixon, John Farris, Lucia Gilliland, Derrick Joyce, Pat Kerr-Tigrett, Tomeka Hart, James Hunt, Kevin Kane, Bob Lundy, Angus McEachran, John Pontius, Jeff Sanford, Bill Taylor, Sally Thomason, Dan Turley, William Hudson, and Burnetta Williams (by phone).

Directors Absent: John Stokes, Rob Carter, Sara Hall, James Holt, Barbara Hyde, Robert Lipscomb, Lecia Martin, Keith McGee, and Jerry West.

Others Attending: Benny Lendermon, John Conroy, Jay Fuller, Dorchelle Spence, Brenda Adair, Robert Spence, Hite McLean, Diana Threadgill, and John Sheahan.

Call to Order: Chairman Masson called the meeting to order at 8:35.

Roll Call: The Secretary called the roll and a quorum was established. Mr. Masson stated that it has been a greet year for him serving as Chairman of the organization. Mason then acknowledged John Stokes for doing a great job in helping to create and lead RDC to where it is today.

Approval of Board Minutes: Mr. Masson asked for approval of the minutes of the February 17, 2006 board meeting e-mailed to the Directors. James Hunt's motion that the minutes be approved was seconded by Angus McEachran and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

Treasurer's Report: Lendermon explained that RDC has operated under a management agreement with the City of Memphis for the past five years. This contract allowed RDC to operate and manage the riverfront at the same cost the City expended in the year 2000: $2,644,830 per year. Since taking over management of the riverfront, RDC has been successful in saving the City millions of dollars, has secured new federal and state funding for riverfront projects, and has acquired matching grants for its operations.

In renegotiating the management contract for FY2007, RDC has reduced the amount of the contract from $2.6 to $2.1 million due to the City's financial condition. Lendermon stated that a 20% reduction in funding would result in adjustments to RDC's operations. Areas affected are riverfront park maintenance, operations of Mud Island River Park, improvement projects, and employee salaries. Lendermon stated RDC remains committed and is confident that Memphis will continue to have a growing and vibrant riverfront. Staff plans are to ensure that the changes made will have minimal effect on those visiting the riverfront parks.

Bill Taylor presented the FY2007 Proposed Budget incorporating the $2.1 million city funding. The break-even budget shows a surplus of $17,000. Taylor said the Finance Committee recommended acceptance and made a motion to approve the FY2007 Proposed Budget as presented. The motion was seconded by John Bobango, and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

Nominating Committee Reports: In the absence of John Stokes, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Jim Hunt was asked to make presentation to the board. Hunt reported that the board has changed almost completely since its inception six years ago. Only five of the original founding board members are still on the board, and three will rotate off as of June 30, 2006: Sally Palmer Thomason, Dianne Dixon, and James Hunt. John Stokes changed positions and in accordance with the bylaws, this allows additional years to serve on the board.

The committee met earlier to discuss recommendations for appointments to the RDC board. Five current members were recommended for reappointment: Rick Masson, Angus McEachran, and Lucia Gilliland each for a second term of three years: and Mr. Taylor and John Stokes, both for one year.

Recommendations for officers of the board are Chairman, Rick Masson: Vice Chairman, Greg Duckett: Immediate Past Chairman, John Stokes: Secretary, John Farris: Treasurer, William Taylor: Assistant Secretary, Angus McEachran: and Assistant Treasurer, John Pontius.

The RDC maintains liaison Board positions for the enhancement of communications and vital working relationships with the Center City Commission, City Attorney's Office, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Neighborhood Association, MATA, MPact, Memphis In May, UpTown Association, and the Shelby County Mayor's office. The nominating committee recommends that these Ex-officio Board positions be continued for the 2006-2007 year. Individuals to represent each of the offices or agencies will be selected by that office or agency.

The committee also recommended candidates to fill three (3) open positions on the Board. The three candidates are Mary Lynn Perl, Charles Carpenter, and Terry Lynch (biographical information attached). The effective date for the new members is July 1, 2006 with three-year terms.

Hunt also presented a list of Standing Committees chairs and members (attached). The By-laws Committee (John Bobango, Chair): Nominating Committee (John Stokes, Chair): Finance Committee (William Taylor, Chair): and, the Executive Committee (Rick Masson, Chair). Special Committee chairs were also presented as follows: Employee Benefits, Bill Taylor: Strategic Financing, John Pontius: Legal, John Farris: and, the Design Review, Kemp Conrad. The Chair and Vice-Chair of RDC, as officers, serve on the Executive Committee and as ex-officio, voting members of other Standing Committees.

Bill Taylor made a motion to accept and approve the Nominating Committee recommendations as presented: the motion was seconded by Jim Hunt and unanimously approved by the Directors present.

On behalf of the RDC Board of Directors, staff, and the citizens of Memphis, Chairman Masson presented a plaque to each outgoing board member for their dedication and hard work. Masson stated how meticulous Dr. Hunt was in developing the RDC Bylaws and how he helped to establish a sound foundation for the organization. Masson commented that Sally Thomason was very passionate about the mission and goals of RDC, and how she so would always step forward and participate in community forums and other areas.

Masson also commended Diane Dixon for the countless hours she volunteered during the Beale Street Landing International Design Competition that included over 170 entries.

Ms. Dixon stated that she will continue to be active and supportive of the development of the riverfront. Ms. Thomason expressed that it has truly been an exciting privilege to be a part of the initiation of revitalizing the Memphis riverfront. Dr. Hunt also commented that he enjoyed his tenure on the RDC board, it was a wonderful experience working towards the redevelopment of the riverfront. Each of the outgoing members also made comments on the professionalism of the organization in the volunteer efforts of the board and staff.

Pat Tigrett announced that she would host a reception in honor of the three members leaving the board at her downtown home Thursday evening at 6:30.

President's Report: Mr. Lendermon reported that the Mud Island River Park opened in April. This season, the park is even better than it was last year, and the year before. As always, we strive to increase amenities to offer to the visitors. Attendance is up 17% compared to last year, and spending per guest is up 34.5% and the museum revenue has increased by 6%.

Mr. Lendermon reported that the Riverwalk extension behind the Rivermark Condominiums is finished. This section extends the walkway connecting Ashburn Coppock and Martyrs parks. Founder's Pointe and RiverTowers at South Bluffs helped sponsor a ribbon-cutting on April 12 that was well attended.

Lendermon presented pictures of the artwork for the Tom Lee Memorial sculpture. The structure is almost finished and after the Memphis In May Festival, we will start construction of the plaza to house the memorial. A committee made up of RDC staff, the City of Memphis, The UrbanArt Commission and Tom Lee's family members participated in the selection process. They are now working with the artist to develop a theme and characterization to tell the historic story. A ribbon­cutting ceremony will be held upon completion of the project.

The Outdoors Inc. Annual Canoe and Kayak Race was held May 6. This is a large event and that takes place in the harbor and ends at Jefferson-Davis Park. Staff is working on ways to work with Outdoors Inc. to help make the event and even greater.

Tennessee Parks & Greenways: Mr. Masson explained that in August 2003, the RDC Executive Committee agreed to create a partnership with the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation as the missions of the two organizations support one another. Masson then introduced Mr. John Sheahan of the Shelby County Conservation Board, and Diana Threadgill, Project Director of the Mississippi River Natural & Recreational Corridor to the board.

Mr. Sheahan stated that the Mississippi River Natural & Recreational Corridor project was formulated and conceived at the Chamber of Commerce to learn ways to employ and retain people in Memphis and the surrounding areas using our biggest asset, the Mississippi River. Packets were presented to the board containing inserts that describe their project and RDC's endorsement printed on the back cover. The Mississippi River Corridor is dedicated to the economic development, and land and wildlife preservation of the six counties that border the Mississippi River along the western border of Tennessee that includes Shelby County, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, Lake and Obion.

The board viewed a video organized by Dianna Threadgill to promote the project. Ms. Threadgill also announced that a 3-day Mississippi River Corridor Summit would take place in October with professional planners and architects. She asked for RDC's participation and will keep us informed.

New Business: The board also discussed the possibility of the Grand Carousel being relocated to the Mud Island River Park and the need for fundraising.

Chairman's Comments: Chairman Masson announced that the University of Memphis Law School move to U.S. Postal building downtown is now official. Masson is convinced that RDC's involvement along with others helped to bring this to reality. This will be a wonderful addition to downtown, with over 300 students learning, living, working and playing downtown. Masson commended the staff and board members for all of the work done in support of this and other projects.

Adjournment: There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned 9:45 a.m.

Angus McEachran
Assistant Secretary

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Wednesday, January 08, 2003

RDC Board Meetings - 2003

Here are the RDC Board of Directors meeting minutes for the entire year 2003, scanned into a single PDF file.


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Wednesday, January 09, 2002

RDC Board Meetings - 2002

Here are the RDC Board of Directors meeting minutes for the entire year 2002, scanned into a single PDF file.


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Wednesday, January 03, 2001

RDC Board Meetings - 2001

Here are the RDC Board of Directors meeting minutes for the entire year 2001, scanned into a single PDF file.


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Tuesday, April 04, 2000

RDC Board Meetings - 2000

Here are the RDC Board of Directors meeting minutes for the entire year 2000 (year of inception), scanned into a single PDF file. The first, organizational meeting occured on April 4, 2000.


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