Minutes January 19.2017

Attendees: Darla Hamlin, Thaddeus Day, Holly Day, Maddie Day, Leslie and Rob Taisey, Michael Babin, Alan and Karen Morrison, Margie Hansel, Cindy Decker, Link Merrill, Donna Thurston (guest)

Guest Speaker: Rod Duckworth, Committee Member, “Living Well in North Yarmouth”


Meeting called to order by President, Darla Hamlin, 5:45 pm at Toddy Brook Cafe.

Treasurer Report: Account balance of $2,643.91

12/15/2016 meeting minutes motioned, seconded and accepted.

Darla announced that there is an Economic Development Meeting on January 23 from 2-3 pm at the North Yarmouth Memorial School. She encouraged participation to have some representation of the North Yarmouth Businesses.

Leslie will be retiring as Treasurer effective June 1, and is encouraging someone to step-up so she can assist with the transition. She recommended moving the accounting to Quick Books Online to the $30/month program which allows for recordkeeping, deposits, bill paying and report summaries. The board voted on this and approved.

Our printed directory project continues as a work in progress.  The town’s website directory project is moving forward.  All businesses will be included unless requested otherwise.  Darla suggested that everyone check their information in the directory to make sure it’s accurate. If there are any errors, please notify her as soon as possible.

Karen is still working on the Member Survey and will have a draft survey by the next meeting. The purpose of the survey is to generate input on how the NYBA can be more useful to the businesses and how to encourage new membership. Please send any questions that you think should be included in the survey to Karen at meeinc@maine.rr.com.

Darla’s holiday initiative of eight Christmas Stockings was very successful and made several town residents very happy. We raised $3,200 in cash and in-kind contributions to fill the stockings, and a donation of $175 that came in late is going to be given to the “Keep North Yarmouth Warm” program. Thanks to everyone who assisted with the effort!

The Town is putting together twenty (20) welcome packets for new residents. Anyone wanting to give pens, keyrings, magnets, or other business promotional items should get them to Town Office as quickly as possible.


New Business:

The North Yarmouth Memorial School has been reserved for April 1, 2017 for the NYBA Annual Community Trade Show. Some members expressed concern about having the show on a Saturday and feel it might generate less participation. A committee for the trade show was formed with Darla, Cindy, Karen, and Margie and the first order of business will be to discuss the pros and cons of the date.

Member Notables:

  • Linc gave an update on the status of the new Patriot Insurance building on Route 1 in Yarmouth.
  • Margie is busy pruning. She has completed nine of the 150 trees she owns.
  • Rob Taisey mentioned that the PUC will be making a final decision about the net-metering soon and encouraged anyone considering solar panels to get their applications in immediately. If net-metering changes, existing systems may be grandfathered.

Guest Speaker: Rod Duckworth, Living Well in North Yarmouth

At 6:30, Rod gave a presentation about the North Yarmouth Aging in Place Program, renamed “Living Well in North Yarmouth”.

The Committee, charged with developing the North Yarmouth program for Aging in Place, is chaired by Steve Palmer.


The present Committee: Steve and Donna Palmer, Priscilla and Dick Brobst, Ginny Vandyke, and Rod Duckworth.


The North Yarmouth program is called: Living Well in North Yarmouth. The committee envisions the program to initially target only the Senior group!!! They further envision creating a program that is all inclusive – meaning all ages.


Their mission is to foster an “all for one and one for all” feeling and camaraderie among our North Yarmouth Citizens and to bring spirit of community and a positive and meaningful feeling that it truly is: Living well in North Yarmouth


Current and future activities to date include:


  • Met with AARP and SMAA representatives.
  • Completed a survey that is going out January 24 to gain information from our Senior Citizens.
  • On the basis of the survey and discussions with AARP and SMAA, they will decide what programs are needed
  • They will complete an inventory of what programs and services are currently available to our North Yarmouth Senior Citizens and present the results of their plan to the Select Board

Next Meeting: 2/16/2017 5:30 pm, Toddy Brook; Combined Dinner / Business Meeting.  Guest Speaker: Representative Paul Chace.


Respectfully submitted

Karen Morrison