BRYN DU COMMISSION
Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Members present: Candi Moore, Chair, Reed Fraley, Keith Myers, Stewart Dyke eand Bruce Cramer, Exec. Dir. The meeting was called to order at 7:14.
Public Comments: None
Minutes: Keith moved to approve the February 25, 2015, Minutes. Reed seconded the motion, the motion carried.
Financial Report: Reed reviewed the financial report for February, 2015. Keith moved to accept the February financial report, and Stewart seconded the motion, the motion carried.
Executive Director’s Report: Bruce reviewed his report for the month. The opening for the Bryn Du Art Show was well attended. In addition we have scheduled seven area school groups Amy Mock co-coordinator of the Bryn Du Art Show is currently working on a grant from Ohio Arts Council. The grant would provide larger prize money for the show which would enhance and expand the show bringing in more artists. The Lincoln Day dinner was held here with Senator Portman in attendance. He awarded Bryn Du with a proclamation to acknowledge the first 150 years of Bryn Du’s contribution to the community of Granville. Phil Claggett has had someone else finish items on the Carriage House punch list. The back porch has been paved, the ash tree down by the formal garden is gone and the GSVA furnace has been fixed and mouse traps have been installed, as they are having a rodent issue. Play Polo LLC will be here for the season playing the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of each month along with two fifth Sundays and the Art and Wine weekend. Mr. Stilwell and Bruce met regarding 2015 Proposed Projects for the estate and Mr. Stilwell has said that capital projects that address safety issues, paving, lighting, etc. are supported by the Village. The porch swings now have new cushions, and the swings will be refinished hopefully by mid-April, this project was made possible by a generous grant from the Granville Foundation. Finally, Bruce has again heard from Andy Wildman and they have requested two more possible fields, they discussed either putting them in on the northwest end of the Lawn or doing an overlay on current fields. The Board decided the overlay would be the best option, because of other activity uses at the Mansion and Bruce stated once again that scheduling with other activities is a challenge.
Old Business: Candi stated that she would be drafting a follow up letter to the GRD in response to their letter to the Board from the February meeting.
New Business: Master Plan Update discussion: Candi reviewed some of the projects of the last ten years and their effects on the mission of Bryn du. The Field House continues to offer a successfully working space supporting various groups. The former Terrace House is home to the GSVA. The Carriage House first floor has been redone and is renting well. The second floor of the Carriage House still needs renovated as well as the 2nd floor of the Mansion. The possibility of turning the old tennis courts into a community garden area is still being considered. The old pool area will be filled in and redesigned, Bruce is gathering quotes now. The Spring House is used as storage for the garden equipment and the Gardeners Cottage is storage for sporting equipment. It has been briefly discussed that the Laundry house could be used for artists in future. The conclusion presently is that we may be at a plateau for new projects and that further discussion on larger projects will have to take place.
Other: The meeting opened with discussion about the progress the Board and Bryn Du have made. We celebrate 10 years since the first major renovation of the property. Through the Board’s stewardship, Bryn Du has been improved yearly and has increased its financial stability to become a true asset of the community enjoyed by many varied users including many tax based community organizations. The Board Members themselves have come from the community creating special involvement in the property. We were honored to receive a special Proclamation from Senator Portman at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner in February. The Board further discussed how the Carriage House has been busy since its opening in August. Bruce was asked by the Board to talk to Chuck Peterson at the Sentinel about doing a new comprehensive article on Bryn Du updating the community on what has accomplished in the last ten years.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00p.m.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 22nd, 2015