Chair Demaree called the meeting to order at 7:02PM. Members present included Rebecca Demaree, Richard Parks, Greg Dalling, and Wade Laubach; Aimee Dawson was absent. Administrative Manager Bush was present, as well as the following members of the public: Eleanor Stone and Jessi Gerdes.
Administrative Manager Bush presented the February meeting minutes. Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the February minutes. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.
Administrative Manager Bush presented the financial statements for the month, including a Recent Transaction List and the Profit/Loss statement. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the monthly financial statements. Secretary/Treasurer seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.
Chair Demaree updated the board regarding the open seats on the board. There were three seats open and three people running, therefore, no election will be needed. All three candidates (Rebecca Demaree, Richard Parks and Eleanor Stone) will be sworn in at the May meeting. Chair Demaree shared that she will be moving outside of the District sometime in June and will therefore need to step down. Jessi Gerdes was introduced as a possible replacement. Jessi was involved with the Resort District at the very beginning, thus has some background regarding the Tax Ordinance. Secretary/Treasurer Parks suggested notifying the public that there will be a vacant Board seat; the District is not required to do so and may choose to name a replacement. Chair Demaree also volunteered to remain as an outside consultant if needed and to continue managing the District’s website if the Board would like her to do so. Chair Demaree updated the Board on the Penny Tax. An email was sent out to determine if other Resort Tax Districts were interested in pursuing another legislative push to add the additional 1%. She only received two responses (West Yellowstone and Virginia City).
Chair Demaree updated the Board on the upcoming External Audit. Rosie Brandt will be here in Gardiner on May 8thto complete the audit. She may need to meet with some board members and will work with Manager Bush throughout the day. She will present her findings to the Board that evening at the regular monthly meeting. Chair Demaree updated the Board on the appropriation contract with the Gardiner School. Superintendent Russell stated that a formal decision is still pending but he anticipates approval from his Board of Trustees in the near future. They have contracted with an architectural design company to oversee the Roof Replacement project.
Chair Demaree called for public comment. Jessi Gerdes stated she was willing to join the Board to complete Chair Demaree’s term. She explained her role working with Park County at the origin of the Resort Tax and mentioned that she has some experience with websites and social media.
The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8that 7:00 PM at the Gardiner Visitor Center. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 PM. Secretary/Treasurer Parks seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.