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WACO meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Willow Community Center.

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Linda Oxley's WACO Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM Alaska

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WACO General/Board Meeting Agenda Draft/ZOOM Meeting
Meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 3, 2021 at 7 PM

A. CALL TO ORDER
B. DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
C. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
D. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PAST MEETING
E. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
F. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS
1. Board Officers' Reports – Attached
a. Chair, Linda Oxley
b. Vice-Chair, Tom Wise
c. Secretary, Debbie Cook
d. Treasurer, Al Felt
e. At-Large Representative 1, Wes McClure
1. Review Willow Ice obligations
2. Hockey and more hockey

f. At-Large Representative 2, Chris Stitt
g. At-Large Representative 3, Barbara Ensley
h. At-Large Representative 4, Melissa Himes-McGill

2.. Committee Reports – Attached
a. Carnival
b. Trails
c. Youth Forum (40-acre park)
d. CERT
e. Recycling
f. Lions Club
H. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Scholarship
J. NEW BUSINESS
1. Establish nominating committee for board election
2. Collect community opinion about the proposed changes to transfer site accessibility

K. Community Groups/Clubs
Fire Service Area, Library, Chamber of Commerce, Community Enrichment, WDMA, Lion’s Club, PTA,
WHWF, Garden Club, Willow Ice

L. ANNOUNCEMENTS/PERSONS TO BE HEARD

M. ADJOURN
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Willow Area Community Organization
P.O. Box 1027 - Willow - 99688

MEETING MINUTES

Date: February 3, 2021
Occasion: General Board Meeting

CALLED TO ORDER: 705PM
QUORUM: 7 BOARD MEMBERS – 8 COMMUNITY MEMBERS – BOARD QUORUM REALIZED.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MEETING MINUTES: 11/4/21 – corrected to 240,000.00 reimbursed to fire department and approved.
12/2/21 minutes approved.
1/6/21 minutes approved.

*Gaming permits and comments by Tam and Linda added to tonights agenda.

BOROUGH ASSEMBLY REPORT – TAM BOEVE
New manager started December and hit the ground running. Huge headstart with borough experience and past residency and already very active. Property assessments are out and there is 1 month to submit objections. Assessments have gone up. School bnd reimbursement discussion regarding possible taxes to raise money. February 16 borough agenda has 5 yr timber harvest at Willow Creek for anyone interested. Got some feedback about property taxes going up.

Thanks to all who participated at the 30 January Willow Winter Games events.

NEW BUSINESS
Barb got a full time box over to the Willow Trading Post for gaming. Will get back to the Pioneer about getting pull tabs back over there.
Al advised the gaming miney market acct. has 5800.00 and Barb moved to spend money for 2 new pull tab boxes which could be about 200.00 per box. Al 2nded the motion and it was approved.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Linda advised we are looking at adding ice to the insurance and ways to make better use of the ice if insured. She spoke with the Lions Club regarding insurance from someone from the club would have to be there. We have purchased special event insurance in the meantime.

Wes laying out a course on Emswiler for snow machine events at Willow Lake has not been approved.
Updating flyer to note meet at Emswiler Lake Kiosk.
John Butcher ready for the snow races – prizes have been purchased – spoke to Faith and food truck will be there this weekend. BBQ Girls will not be there but King of the Mountain will. Be there.
Liability insurance this year is very labor intensive – changed companies – sent everything in and waiting for approval.
Fireworks – filling in borough permit – getting info from Doyle – included fireworks in list of activities for insurance.
Justin advised regarding parking. Someone will be there to direct people where to unload or go all the way down to park. Poker Run people can park down in the pit also. – one way traffic. Justin will be plowing the parking lots.
Tom and Wes meeting up to get radios and radar from WCC. Still working on kids games.
Right now we are at 13 kids for the hockey game per Wes. Getting jerseys from Play It Again Sports in Anchorage. Wes finding out about sizes this week and fine tuning details and final number of players. Al will pick up hockey jerseys from Play It Again Sports in Anchorage. On 9 February and drop off check for payment.
Agreed to meet 3 March for further details.
Brenda asked for feedback on scholarship. After discussion, decided to go forward with one scholarship and move finalization to next meeting.
Al advised we may want to be careful with money as we will not be bringing in as much as usual without the Iditarod and we still have our monthly bills. Linda advised she is working with the borough to see if they will absorb some of it since we don’t have access to our building.
Barb discussed possibly renaming website to avoid confusion. This is an ongoing discussion and we will work on ways to improve outreach and communication.
Melissa discussed a neighborhood wanted to know if they could get signs funded to watch for children riding bikes. Approached Lions Club but their funds are gone. Tam advised to check with Steve Charles and Willow Trails.
Julie advised the library got its first wall today for the new library.
Dana – Community Enrichment - currently 3 projects – Memorial Day event for veterans; want to represent all branches of the service and put stories together – Dog Park Social with ice cream and training component – family event to decorate family bird houses.
Shout out to the men and women of the Houston, Caswell and Willow firefighters – started Mon. with a vehicle fire; Mon. night a very large fire by the dump and then a residential fire in Houston all night long.
THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!
COMMUNITY GROUP REPORTS
No other club reports.
Al reminded net proceeds earned in a calendar yet must be used by the end of the following year.
Al also has the permits for the Trading Post but barb advised she has already given them a copy.

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Did any of these events get rescheduled?

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***Note the drivers meeting only applies to the kids snowcross event. Show up and participate anytime at the other events***

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cancelled.....

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Time: Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM Alaska
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Youth Forum
Time: Feb 4, 2021 07:00 PM Alaska
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