Wellington Town Trustee Meeting- June 25th, 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. This update is for the months of May and June.
Item 1: Consultation Services provided through DOLA
- Market Leakage Analysis and Opportunity Assessment: The presentation was held on May 13th at 7:00pm at the Leeper Center, and was well attended. The report is available upon request.
- Community Builders Workshop and focus session: May 7th and May 8th. The executive director took a couple board members and a chamber member to a workshop held in Platteville on the 7th, and then the consultant came to Wellington on the 8th and held a workshop that was very well attended. We had representatives from all areas of Wellington, including Main Streets, Chamber, Town Trustees, Town employees (Cody, Bob, and Jenny), CDOT representative, DOLA representatives, and downtown business owners. The discussion was about the needs of the downtown street, and a report and action plan was put together and shared with the group. This was a DOLA funded consultation service.
- We are looking into consultant services to provide education about DDA’s and other related funding opportunities for downtowns.
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. May’s article was about the history of the Wellington Grill and Papa’s Table buildings, who both turn 100 years old this year. June’s article was about Downtown Beautification Projects. July’s article will be about the 4th of July celebration.
- Mural projects:
- Historic Train Depot Mural on the old Lumberyard building, 8141 First Street: The historical Wellington Train Depot mural, which is on the West end of the two buildings, facing the railroad tracks. 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 project will likely be complete end of June or early July, and there will be a ribbon cutting celebration.
- Knaack of It Automotive mural: Mural Artist Joe Hamman will begin work on the ‘Reclaimed by Nature’ mural, that will go on the east facing side of the Knaack of It Automotive building. Commercial Coatings Inc. is donating the paint and supplies. The artist will be paid for through Brewfest funds. The mural is called ‘Reclaimed By Nature’ and is of an old truck in a native flower and front range landscape theme. This mural will be complete early July. The artist is the same one who did the mural on Sol De Jalisco.
- Downtown Flower Planters: Flower planters are planted and out. Cottonwood Landscapes is volunteering services to fill the self watering water planters, Main Streets has hired a women, Tammy Cameron, to do the watering of the tops of the flowers, and the town of Wellington is helping with irrigation to the planters that have irrigation access. A lot of volunteer hours have been put in to get the planters out and planted. There are 24 in total, and we obtained sponsors to pay for the flowers and watering, and used grant funding to pay for the 12 new pots.
Item 3: Events
- .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 300 attendees and $2850 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 was a huge success, with a great turn out. A little over $8000 was raised. 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 are finishing up accruing sponsors, were granted the Bohemian Foundation grant, and will have promotional material out by the end of June.
Item 4: Other:
- Organizational updates: Kallie Cooper was hired as a part time up to 10 hour a week administrative assistant. Kallie comes with skills in the area of design and promotion, and has taken over management of the website and facebook page.
- Changes in board members and officer positions: Board Secretary Kate Clifford resigned from the board in May. Gary Green step in to take the Secretary position, and Trustee John Jerome took the open board seat and will serve as our trustee liaison. Thank you John! Our board is currently full and sitting at 9 members.
- The Executive Director is out of the office at the time of this trustee meeting, so is unable to attend in person.
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.