REGIONAL NATIONAL CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION
P.O. BOX 4221
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 72702
Minutes from the January 14, 2012, Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by President Ron Butler. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Harold Crivello offered the prayer. Minutes of the December meeting were approved. The December 31, 2011, Financial Statement was approved with an ending balance of $37,597.57. There were 10 members present.
Final net proceeds from the 5K race were $6,005.57. Merle expressed thanks to Wes for all the work he did for the race. Roger suggested that for the next race we get a television station sponsorship resulting in additional TV coverage. Ron reminded that the application for Academy Sports sponsorship be turned in as soon as possible this year.
Jake reported for the Nominating Committee that the following 12 names be nominated for the Board. Merle Williams, Virginia Middleton, Aubrey Shepherd, Harold Crivello, Peggy McClain, Roger McClain, Ron Butler, Wes Stites, Budd Saunders, Beverley Swaim, Lorna Sterrett, and Jake Lamkins. The vote was unanimous.
The 12 Board members drew slips indicating their term of service on the Board. They are: One Year Term - Wes Stites, Jake Lamkins, Lorna Sterrett, and Peggy McClain. Two Year Term - Budd Saunders, Harold Crivello, Ron Butler, and Aubrey Shepherd. Three Year Term - Merle Williams, Roger McClain, Beverley Swaim, and Virginia Middleton.
The Board of 12 members then elected the Officers for the 2012 year. They are Ron Butler, President; Merle Williams, Vice President; Lorna Sterrett, Secretary; and Harold Crivello, Treasurer.
CORRESPONDENCE WITH VA
Ron read his letter of Dec. 27, 2011, to Lynn Harrison, Reality Specialist with the VA, with the current status of RNCIC acquisitions and questions regarding contiguous properties and whether or not the VA could help with a grant or funds to purchase properties.
In a telephone conversation of Jan. 10, 2012, between Lynn Harrison and Ron Butler, regarding the acceptance of non-contiguous properties, she confirmed that properties do not need to be contiguous, so the purchase of lots 20 and 20A would be acceptable. It is very doubtful that the VA would provide a grant to the RNCIC; the VA may purchase those properties directly sometime later.
Ms. Harrison said a “Task Order” is being prepared to accomplish the “Due Diligence” for Lots 15-18. This means VA personnel will come to Fayetteville to do an environmental survey, a neighborhood survey, and verify the land titles and survey. No date was given, but it appears it may be sooner than we thought. This is the first step in having lots 15-18 being transferred to the VA. When this part of the “due diligence” is completed, the package is then forwarded to the Department of Justice for their review and action. The time for this action is unknown.
Discussion ensued regarding the next acquisition of property. The motion was made, seconded, and passed to start negotiation on properties 20 and 20A with the Brantley family heirs.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m. If members have any items to be discussed at the February meeting, please notify Ron Butler so they may be placed on the agenda.
Lorna Sterrett, Secretary
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE FEBRUARY 11, 2012, 10:30 A.M. AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 27, 1195 SO. CURTIS AVE., FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS.