Wellington Town Trustee Meeting- April 23rd, 2019
SUBJECT: Wellington Main Streets Program presentation to the Town Trustees and Mayor from Wellington Main Streets Program Executive Director Annie Lindgren
The Wellington Main Streets Program provides monthly updates to the Town Trustees regarding on-going projects, organizational updates, events, and future plans.
Item 1: Consultation Services provided through DOLA
- Market Leakage Analysis and Opportunity Assessment: The presentation will be done via video conference and has been rescheduled for May 13th at 7:00pm at the Leeper Center. The report is available upon request.
Item 2: Current projects
- Partnership with North Forty News to get the word out about downtown Wellington: We have a monthly page in the North Forty News for an article from the Main Streets Program. Check out this month’s article on the history of downtown Wellington, the teenage years. Next month’s article is on the history of the Wellington Grill and Papa’s Table buildings, who both turn 100 years old this year.
- Mural projects:
- Historic Train Depot Mural on the old Lumberyard building, 8141 First Street: We have reviewed the final design for the historical Wellington Train Depot mural, which will be on the West end of the two buildings, facing the railroad tracks. The business owner is very supportive of this project, and has begun work on cleaning up that end of the building, extending the siding to cover the remaining portion of brick on the west end. The mural will take approximately a month to complete, and should be begin in April. It will be 3 dimensional, and cover multiple surfaces including the fence around the southern building. The area will remain covered while in progress. This project is funded through fundraising efforts (from the .5k Fun Run) and through support from the business owner. This will help beautify the western entrance to downtown Wellington tremendously. The image is available upon request.
- Downtown Flower Planters: We are expanding the flower planter program to include the intersection of 6th Street and Cleveland Ave, and extending westward towards downtown. We have found self-watering pots that are commercial grade and come with a 10 year warranty. We are ordering 10 of them: 4 large and 6 smaller. We will use sponsorship and grant funding to pay for the planters, flowers, and watering. We are doing a presentation on this project to the trustees in order to ask for the town’s support of this beautification project.
Item 3: Events
- Colorado Downtown Streets Workshop scheduled for May 7 from 9:30am-2:00pm in Platteville CO at the Platteville Senior Center. Anyone with invested interested in Cleveland Ave. HWY 1 should attend, as it is an opportunity to meet the folks from CDOT and discuss how best to work together in addressing the issues that face our downtown streets. Flyers will be handed out at the trustee meeting.
- .5k Fun Run put on by Old Colorado Brewing Company and Fitness1 was held on April 6th. This event was a huge success, with approximately 250 attendees and close to $4000 raised. Proceeds will go to help fund the Train Depot Mural project. Many local businesses sponsored this event.
- 2019 Wellington Brewfest: Put on by Old Colorado Brewing Company, Soul Squared, MRockCreative, and Cantina Liquor, as a benefit for the Wellington Co Main Streets Program. The event will take place in Centennial Park on June 1st, from 12:00p-6:00pm. We would like to expand the boundaries for the event this year, to allow for more breweries (16 total) and attendees (up to 500). There will be food trucks and live music. Proceeds go to support downtown beautification efforts and promotion of downtown Wellington.
- Well-O-Rama: August 17th from 10:00am-6:00pm in Centennial Park. This is a new event based on an old event that started in the 60’s with the paving of Cleveland Ave, and it will take place of the Summer Concert Series. It will be an all-day music event (bluegrass/country/folk) with fun family friendly activities and other activities with an emphasis on supporting local businesses. We have the bands confirmed, a logo and the start of promotional material, and are working on gaining sponsors.
Item 3: Other:
- Organizational updates: We are working on updating our By Laws, formalizing job descriptions and policy and procedures for employees, and increasing our volunteer pool to build better committees. We currently have an opening for a part time, up to 10 hours a week office assistant, and will be advertising for this. We officially have committee meetings scheduled for all 4 program areas, as well as membership and special event committees, chaired by volunteers.
- Addition of two new board members: Bryan Thomas with Meridian Federal Credit Union joined as Treasurer, and Gary Green with the Wellington Fire Department joined as a general board member. Sandra Wolf resigned. Our board is currently full and sitting at 9 members.
- National Main Street Conference: The Executive Director attended the National Main Street Conference in Seattle at the end of March, and brought back resources and ideas to share with the board and committees.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We welcome your questions, concerns and comments! We would love to hear from the Trustees regarding what they would like to see from this program.