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Council Approves 2014 Council Budget; 
Appoints Member to Serve on GSCP Board

Friday, 01 November 2013 14:18

By 12th Moon,

Council President

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the "Just Be Cause" Not-for-Profit Development Center at 1013 West MLK/State Street. We're hoping that our meetings will be held on GreenStar property in the future, as Enterprise Rent-a-Car moved to their new location in mid-October, allowing us to transform that building into meeting and classroom space.

General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane presented his monthly GM report as our first item. Brandon informed us of the plans to renovate the former Enterprise building and that the Central Bakery/Kitchen and adjacent community room project are on schedule. The community room should be completed in time for the Winter Farmers Market starting in January and the Bakery/Kitchen should be ready to move into by February. Brandon also told us that the Co-op's Managers and Assistant Managers are preparing to implement Open Book Management (OBM) at GreenStar for 2014. The basic idea behind OBM is to have departments look closely at their contribution to our co-op's success on a regular basis and with a large degree of investment in the outcomes. This kind of staff-driven department management has been gaining momentum in the co-op network on a national level.

Brandon also told us that shelf tags from the Non-GMO project are in place at both stores, and the addition of the How Good shelf tags, as well as a kiosk at the West-End store, is progressing. In addition to the kiosk, which provides additional information on product ratings, there is a downloadable app for smart phones that provides access to the same information.

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Appoints Member to Serve on GSCP Board

 

Council Finalizes Wording of Bylaws Change for Membership Vote; Cast Your Vote this Month

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:37

By 12th Moon,
Council President 

11-5-12thMoon-72dpiCouncil met at the Human Services Building at 320 West MLK/State St. on Sept. 17, the third Tuesday of the month, because the 10% on the 10th sales day fell on the second Tuesday in September. Our General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane was in Seattle at a national co-op GM conference, so Sara Paulison, Operations Manager, presented Brandon's monthly GM report. We learned that the construction projects at our warehouse property were on schedule and that the Enterprise rental staff plan to move into their new location by mid-October, so we'll be able to use that building for classes and meetings by November. Our newly renovated public gathering area at the north end of the warehouse building should be completed in time for the Winter Farmers Market in January; the central kitchen and bakery should be ready for occupancy by February. With help from P.J. Hoffman, the Business Development Director for the National Cooperative Grocers Association, staff will develop an expansion plan for both the West End and Oasis that will capitalize on the space and capacity gained by the central kitchen/bakery project. The improvements at both stores will happen in early to mid 2014 and are being incorporated into the proposed budget for next year, a year that will also see a living wage increase from $10.70/hr. to $11.80/hr. Brandon also reported that starting in January of 2014 he will institute Open Book Management, a way of involving staff in the Co-op's finances on a much deeper level, which will not only increase transparency but also draw more engagement from all concerned.

Our next item was a revised GM's B.1 1st Quarter Financial report, which was necessitated by the discovery of a mistaken inventory count from the 1st quarter. The report was approved and we next received the GM's B.1 2nd Quarter Financial report, which was accepted and referred to our Finance Committee for review and a report back to Council at our October meeting.

A proposal to use $7,000 of the Co-op's savings to purchase a share in the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) was tabled until next month after many questions were raised. Staff was asked to provide more rationale and more background. NCB has already agreed to loan us as much as $700,000 to complete the central kitchen/bakery project if needed.

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Next Council Meeting

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

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

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:

 

  • Officer Elections
  • Revised 2014 Stores Budget
  • GM’s B.2 Financial and Business 
Planning Report
  • Council Policy Book Update

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

JUL
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Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Tuesday July 29, 05:30 PM

JUL
31

Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday July 31, 05:30 PM

AUG
04

Governance Committee Meeting
Monday August 04, 06:00 PM

AUG
12

Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday August 12, 06:30 PM

AUG
14

Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday August 14, 05:00 PM

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