January 22, 2013
The agenda was full for the first 2013 meeting of the Deltaville Community Association last Thursday. Carolyn Schmalenberger has returned for a second term as DCA president, assisted by Vice-President Keith Ruse, Treasurer John Koedel and Secretaries Theresa Lynn and Kris Scherer.
The first order of business was a discussion about formalizing membership for the DCA. In the past anyone in the community was considered a member; there has never been an application or dues. The board felt that is would increase the influence of the DCA if they had a known membership. Also, by creating this membership, the board would be able to communicate with individuals in the community more easily. Agreeing that “dues” would be nominal, the board was asked to think about this change and bring ideas back to the February meeting.
The board next considered sponsorship for the 4th of July fireworks. In the past, the DCA has sponsored and supplied any shortfall for the purchase of fireworks. This year a majority of board members voted against taking money from the general fund for this purpose. “We all love the fireworks,” noted President Schmalenberger, “but in these hard economic times we need to consider how best to spend undesignated money donated by the community.” The board is asking for another sponsor from the community willing to collect the $4000.00 needed for the fireworks’ display.
After the tornado, the pool, the tennis courts, and the playground have been refurbished, but the basketball court is still in need of serious repairs. Bids have been taken to resurface and paint the court. Members noted how often all the above facilities are used by children and adults in the area.
By the end of March, Lew Grimm will finish installing new security cameras to monitor the DCA property. The cameras are meant to create a more secure environment for visitors and to help protect the buildings and grounds.
Although the goal of the DCA has always been to improve the quality of life in Deltaville, the actual mission statement for the organization will be broadened. Board members will be working on a new mission statement to be used in grant applications as well as in publicity materials.
For the last year, members of the DCA board have been working on projects to attract additional customers and tourists to our area. We would support an economic development/tourism director for Middlesex County, should this be considered. We believe it would be extremely helpful to insure the success of economic development efforts and tourist attraction endeavors.
Finally, the board welcomed a new member. Beth Hurd, our representative on the Board of Supervisors for the Pinetop district, has agreed to serve on the DCA board.
Plans are just beginning for activities at the pool, the ballpark, and for Heritage Day on July 6, 2013. Get in on the fun! Come join the DCA and help make your community the best it can be.
For additional information, go to our website www.deltavilleva.com or call Carolyn Schmalenberger at (804)776-9211