To help you stay informed we will do our best to provide high level summaries for the bi-monthly Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) meetings. These summaries will be fact based with a focus on key items covered in the meetings and summaries of the votes taken. Where needed we will cover important discussions individually.
No items on the consent agenda were moved to the regular agenda during the Executive Meeting prior to the BMA. For those unfamiliar with the consent agenda, it is a mechanism for approving routine business that doesn’t necessarily need to be addressed individually by the entire board.
Below our summary is a link to a video of the entire BMA meeting for your review. We have provided approximate start times for each item.
- Citizens to be Heard (begins at approximately 8:15)
- Four citizens thanked Alderman Barzizza for his years of service.
- One citizen expressed concerns about the GPAC Grove costs.
9. Consent Agenda as listed on the agenda was approved. (begins at approximately 16:33)
- Contract – GPAC (Germantown Performing Arts Center) Grove Outdoor Venue (begins approximately 17:55)
GPAC Executive Director Paul Chandler gave an extensive presentation explaining the design and purpose of the Grove Outdoor venue. The Grove will be a park-like setting with a casual atmosphere. Mr. Chandler described it as a community gathering place for family and friends and an outdoor reflection of the indoor space.
Additionally, there will be a 32-foot-wide high definition video wall at the back of the stage and will allow a simulcast of events inside the venue and events from across the world. GPAC will be the third venue in the United States with such an arrangement. GPAC has raised $2.5M amount toward the $5M project.
Two GPAC Board members spoke in favor of the project. (Begins approximately 29:50)
Discussion began at approximately 36:58 and the contract was approved by a 4-1 vote.