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Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
January 28, 2011
Tourism Council Conference Room
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI

1. Roll Call


David Balfour, Chair
Sue Tessier MacKenzie, Secretary
Dave Richards, Member
Moe Rondeau, Member
Keith Fayan, Member
Carl Freedman, Member
Judy Fischbach, Member


Barry Mechanic, Vice Chair
Jaqueline Boudreau, Treasurer
John Lefrancois, Member
Louis Yip, Member
Debra Fournier, Member
Robert Conway, Member
Anthony Capuano, Member
Mark Brodeur, Member
Paul Eno, Member
Helen Moroney, Member
Ted Garille, Member
John Gregory, Member
Richard Murphy, Member
Also Attending:
Robert Billington, President
Natalie Carter, Director of Operations

2. The meeting was called to order at 12:08 pm with a quorum present.

3. Minutes

On a MOTION by Dave Richards, seconded by Moe Rondeau, the Minutes of the Nov 5, 2010 meeting were approved as presented

4. Treasurerís Report

Natalie Carter, Director of Operations dispensed with the Financial Reports dated 1/26/2011 along with the Financial Report from the Polar Express. In addition the Hotel Tax Revenue reports from 1986 through 2010 were presented. (Reports Attached).
A question by Carl Freedman regarding Bank Fees on the Polar Express report was discussed. He also noted the revenue projections were healthy.

There was a MOTION to table the Financial Report until next meeting by Moe Rondeau. There was no Second to the MOTION.
With a MOTION by David Richards and Second by Sue Tessier MacKenzie, the Financial Reports for the Tourism Council were accepted as submitted

5. Presidentís Report and Old Business

Mr. Billington introduced and updated the Board on the following projects and programs:

The 2011 Work Plan for the Tourism Council
The Polar Express schedule for 2011
The Central Falls Landing Project and the recent meeting regarding the Tourism Council being interested in purchasing the Landing
The William Wheat Mill project
The Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry Tree Running Festival
The New Tour Blackstone/Rhode Island project
The Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe

Billington circulated several reports on Tourism Regional Multipliers, The Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe Project, The Urban Mobility Report 2010, Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian Bicycle and Road Infrastructure report.
On a MOTION by Dave Richards, seconded by Judy Fischbach the Board approved the Presidents Report as presented.

6. New Business

Dave Balfour asked the Board to decide on regular dates for our Board Meetings. It was decided that the last Friday of the month would be the preferred date.

March 25, May 27, July 29 etc would be the next meetings

Moe Rondeau suggested a Legal Disclaimer be included on the website for the Tour Blackstone tour project in the event of necessary unanticipated changes to the tours

7. Adjournment

There being no further business before the Board, the Board adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Robert D. Billington

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