CDA Meeting Minutes: 03/26/2019

Chelmsford Dog Association

Meeting Minutes

(Private Office) Littleton Rd, Westford, MA 01886

March 26, 2019  6:30 PM

  1. Call to order: 6:50pm
  2. Roll call:
    • a.) Board members present: Will, Joyce, Sarah, Danielle, Paul, Beth, Kathy, Vivian
    • b.) Board members not present: Sandra
    • c.) Guests: None
  3. Approval of minutes from last meeting- Motion to approve minutes from February 7th, 2019 meeting:
    • Presented: Joyce<
    • Seconded: Beth
    • Vote: Four in favor, two abstentions.
  4. Officer Reports
    • Website and Media Report (Will)
      1. CDP Group: 2,437 (2,095 active ) – (331) (1160) (5735)  
      2. CDP FB Page:    
      3. CDA FB Page:    
      4. Location: 9 (4)  4.6 (95)     3.8 (4)
      5. CDA Website: (Mar) 2,926 Visitors 4,807 Reads
    • Treasurer’s Report (Sandra)- Tabled
      1. 2019 Planned Budget
    • President’s Report (Will)
      1. CDA Memberships: 40 Ind / 33 Fam
  5. Committee Reports
    • DPAC
      1. Meeting tomorrow (3/26/19) to approve fencing quotes that Kathy compiled.
      2. Some funds left over from 2017 Stanton Foundation grant to be re-appropriated towards gate locks.
      3. Vivian mentions she would like to start working on an official brochure for the DPAC.
      4. Stanton Foundation Park Maintenance Grant: A wish list for 2019 grant funds to be brainstormed. 2019 is the last year a maintenance grant will be given by Stanton Foundation.
      5. Two “No Trespass” orders have been issued by the town to two individuals.
    • Fundraising/Events Committee Report
      1. Donations- February donations from park collection boxes: $34, and $64.
      2. May Event (10th anniversary party?). – CDA usually holds two major fundraising events a year. Howl’ween and a spring/summer event. Vendor contact- Will to send letter out ASAP. Group decided on a date of June 15th, 2019 from 10-2 for a 10 year anniversary party. Group discussed logistics of which part of the park to use for event.
    • Beth presents motion to use main dog area for the event on June 15th from 10am-2pm
    • Seconded: Kathy
    • Vote: Four in favor, three abstentions
  6. Old Business/Open Issues
    • Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Community Work Program (in process/review) – Will to connect with the coordinator tomorrow.
    • Spring Work to be done:
      1. Sand strip/digging pit
      2. Small tires (move to small dog side)
      3. Large tires (put in main dog area)
      4. Fill potholes & fence edging with RAP
      5. Move parking Blocks back
      6. Gazebo (suggested location change: Middle of park instead of in mulch) – tabled pending information from engineer.
      7. Kiosk for Small Dog side (to be purchased)
      8. Replacement gate locks (purchased)
      9. Replacement gate hinges for All Dog Exit (to be purchased)
      10. Clear brush from front area
  7. New business
    • Joyce addresses if we will be doing pictures with the Easter Bunny at Agway this year. Joyce has reached out for a picture event on April 14th. If no confirmation received by Agway by this weekend, CDA will skip pictures with the Easter Bunny this year.
    • Rain Garden: Danielle brings up topic of former rain garden in the front of the park, which is now ground stone. The executive decision was made by the DPW to apply stone/gravel due to drainage issues. Will remarks DPW is still working on the drainage issue caused by side walk installation.
    • June 1- Muddy Paws 5k
    • April 22- Dog behavior seminar to be held at the Chelmsford Police station
    • Speaker in May for info on service dogs vs. support dogs, vs. therapy dogs
    • Presentation in June discussing caring for senior pets
    • Future speaker ideas: Missing Dogs Massachusetts, pet first aid
    • Kathy/Joyce to look into bingo night as a fundraiser.
    • Paul would like to get awareness out for need of additional trash cans. Would be useful to have more on the small dog side, the all dog side by the hill, and a poop bag dispenser in the agility area.
  8. Next meeting date: April 24th, 2019 6:30pm Chelmsford Police Station
  9. Adjournment: Motion to adjourn by Beth: 7:58pm

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