Good morning DRDC members and other important people~
1. DRDC President Roger Brawn & Engineer Keith Ewing of
Plymouth Engineering announced last Friday the "low bidder" of the
Fossa Building Renovation of "leaking wall" is J. Wilbur
Construction; coming in almost 2/3 less than the next bid and came
in at the approximate price that the Engineer firm 'figured'.
The signing of the contract took place on Wednesday, May 16th.
CDBG Terry Ann Stevens was contacted and it is a go!!! Thanks to
Terry Ann for all her quick responses and help while I am learning
2. J. Wilbur Construction & Roger Brawn and Keith Ewing (and
me) gathered at 8 am yesterday, Wednesday May 16th to sign the
contract. Within a few hours, Jonathan and crew began work and
plans on having the inside wall finished this week and the outside
next week. The roofing company that did our original roof work, is
sub'ing on finishing up the changes done to the roof. So this part
of the project should be done in 2 weeks and we can start the final
3. Keith, Roger and I met last Friday (Jason was unable to attend)
and we went through the plans for working on the Bid package to
finish the project. We also met with Dexter's Code Enforcement
Officer Jana Wood about what she needs from us and to all be on the
same page. We found out that by Dexter's code, we do not need an
occupancy permit but we do need Fire Marshal and all electrical
& plumbing has to be done by Masters of each field.
Keith Ewing contacted QA13, our original architect and they denied the use of the blue prints for
this phase of the project so Keith is doingnew plans to fit our current needs. I am so thankful to have Keith (Plymouth Engineering) on
board!!! He is taking care of us every step of the way. Roger
& I have tremendous faith in his work.
4. Mr. Mike Rollins called from USDA about our $40K grant for the
kitchen equipment. There is now a big RUSH on getting kitchen
equipment bought because current deadline isJune 30th with (maybe) a
written extension if need be. But Mike would rather we use it up
now. I guess I will be busy the next few weeks. Mike talked with
both Roger and myself so we both are on the same page ;)
On a good note, Mike said that the wood or oil fire oven can be
covered under this grant IF it passes the Fire Chief's standards.
5. I met with the knowledgeable Linda Titus last Friday morning at the
store. Linda is with Ag Matters and she teaches about food safety,
GAP, kitchen stuff, and lots more. When the time comes, she will
come and teach some classes that I feel are needed for our farmers: which is especially important when selling wholesale to restaurants,
hospitals, schools etc.
She gave me names of other nonprofits that have commercial kitchens
(one of which I was at in Farmington last month), to get more info
on details of what we need, licensing, etc.
Lauchlin and Linda Titus's company website is at: http://www.agmattersllc.com/
- They are very well know in the Ag world and are a wealth of
I also have been talking with Trish from Western Mountain Alliance
as I told you at our last meeting. The grant for the DBT is not a
fit for us, but she gave me better news and a name to call who may
pay for the whole system. That call is coming up soon. I will let
you know how that goes.
5. I am scheduled to speak at Dexter Kiwanis tomorrow, Friday, May
18th at 6:15 am (yup, me at 6:15 AM is not pretty), but anyway,
they have been after me to do it, so off I go :)
Keep your fingers crossed that I have presence of mind to "talk
in an understandable manner". This will be the 3rd such talk in the
past couple years they have invited me to talk about the Farm
Project. I am inviting them to a tour following the meeting, about
8 am, if anyone would like to stop by. I have conveyed this to the J. Wilbur Construction company and he will make sure things are "picked up" as
he said while they are doing the 'look/see'.
6. I am so sad to tell you that our benefactor Ernestine Fossa (who
she & family donated the store to us) has passed away this
week. I am saddened that she never got to see it open as she was so
excited about our project. I am sure she will be looking over us
and helping us to make it happen anyway. RIP Mrs. Fossa... Her
obituary is at http://www.thedailyme.com/Obituaries/adelaide_ernestine_fossa.html.
She was a wonderful lady!!! Roger and I made an executive decision
yesterday to make donation in her name.
That is it for now.... I am probably forgetting a lot, but call me
with your thoughts and or questions.