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Council Extends West-End Lease; Begins General Manager Evaluation Process

Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:47

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 11 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar, with twelve of fourteen Council Members, five employees, and one member-owner present. Council has had a full contingent of fifteen members until recently, when Angela Zhang resigned for personal reasons. We will miss her contributions to Council, but as you will read later she has applied for a Member-at-Large seat on our Finance Committee, where she has served for the last two years.

After agenda review and announcements we received the General Manager's monthly report from our GM, Brandon Kane. Brandon informed us of the schedule for the transition to the new central kitchen facility. We have received the Certificate of Occupancy for the building, and staff will be training on new equipment, then moving into the new space very soon. We expect that obtaining the needed licensing for the Community Room/Space @ GreenStar will take a few more weeks. By May we should be able to rent the Space out for events. Brandon also reported that the work being done by staff doesn't stop there, as plans are being made for renovating the Classrooms and then reconfiguring the Dewitt Mall store and the Deli/former classroom area of the West-End store.

Brandon updated us on the Open Book Management implementation progress. He reported that staff members across departments are engaged in the necessary financial training, and the weekly meetings have fostered a positive understanding of the relationship between departments and of their labor and financial differences. The report also showed the continuing success of the FLOWER program and the well-received U-Pick 10% Off member appreciation day.

We next received the GM's B.1 4th Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial report. We accepted the report as being in compliance with policy. The report showed that GreenStar is healthy and stable even with all of the renovations, kitchen design, and furnishing expenses. We ended 2013 with gross sales of $18.25 million. Job well done, staff.

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Council Approves Joining Business Coalition of Gas-Free Seneca; Welcomes Member at Large

Friday, 28 February 2014 15:55

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar for our monthly meeting. After announcements and amending the agenda to include an application for a Member-at-Large seat on one of our committees, we received the monthly General Manager's (GM) report.

Our GM, Brandon Kane, reported that the renovated Space @ GreenStar and the Central Kitchen are on schedule for a mid-March move-in. The Space is currently housing the Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays from 11 to 2, and visitors have been very appreciative of the renovations. We also learned that the National Cooperative Bank closed on a loan to GreenStar and that those funds are now available to us for the renovation projects; further, the process for acquiring all of the licenses and permits for being able to rent out The Space is underway but likely to take some weeks.

Brandon also told us that the placement of How Good product-rating tags at the West-End store is about 25 percent complete, delayed by a busy beginning of the year, and that the change to a U-Pick 10% Off day has made everyone happy and less stressed on the tenth of each month (though I do miss the themed costumes of the staff).

Our next agenda item, which was approved, was a change to our Annual Council Calendar to move all four yearly B.1 quarterly and year-end financial reports back a month. The financial reports prepared for Council have become more detailed and are often difficult to prepare on time for the agenda packet. For the 4th Quarter and Year-End 2013 financial reports, we will have the reports go to our Finance Committee first and then come to Council for a vote, rather than having Council refer the reports to committee and receive them back the following month.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    
Council Member and Governance Committee Chair

    ballot-boxOnce every year, GreenStar's member-owners have the opportunity to select people who will represent them by serving on the Co-op's governing body — which we call the Council. The annual Council election — which fills at least one-third of the seats on the board — occurs throughout the month of April, and member-owners can vote at either store, by mail, or in person at the Co-op's Annual Meeting on April 25.

    This year, there will be six candidates on the ballot — including three incumbents running for re-election (designated with asterisks below) and thre...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 8,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Classrooms @ GreenStar
(Former Enterprise Building)
702 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:

 

  • Receive Raw GM Evaluation Statistics
  • Monitor Policy C.3 Council Calendar 2013-14; 
  • Receive President's Proposed Council Calendar 2014-15
  • Proposed Revisions to the 
GS Operational Budget 2014
  • Proposed Amendments to 
Meat Referendum #2 Interpretations
  • Proposed Termination of Membership for Those with Long-Due Outstanding Debts to the Co-op

NOTE: Agenda is tentative and subject to change. To confirm items, see actual agenda posted here and at the stores six days before the meeting.

 

Upcoming Council Events

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Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 29, 05:30 PM

MAY
01

Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday May 01, 05:30 PM

MAY
05

Governance Committee Meeting
Monday May 05, 06:00 PM

MAY
08

Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday May 08, 05:00 PM

MAY
13

Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday May 13, 06:30 PM

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