BESB: Business Enterprise Managers' Committee 2006-2007

 

Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors FY 17

 

Keith Haley, Chairman

Rich Braccia, Vice-Chairman

Brandy Altergott

Mark Dombkowski

Amos Fatorma

Frank Roberts

Zach Shaham


Steve Hillyer, First Alternate

James Ferguson, Second Alternate

  


BESB Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors Meeting Dates for 2017:

March 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. (teleconference); May 18, 2017 (Special teleconference meeting at 4:00 p.m.); June 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. (teleconference); September 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at BESB Office (annual meeting); December 5, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. (teleconference). Contact Edward Owens at (860) 602-4198 for additional information and teleconference instructions.

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Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors

Draft Minutes of the June 6, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.

Quarterly Meeting

 

Attendance:


Committee:

Keith Haley             Rich Braccia          Frank Roberts 

Brandy Altergott    Amos Fatorma        Jim Ferguson                       


Bureau:


Brian Sigman         Ed Owens               Nick Faenza                               


Everyone introduced themselves. 


The minutes of the 3/7/17 and 5/18/17 were brought up for action.


Motion made by Rich Braccia to accept the minutes as presented.


Seconded by Brandy Altergott


Vote: Yes – 4, No – 0, Abstained – 0


Vote count is 4 as two members joined the call after the motion was voted on. 


Chairman Hailey updated the Committee on his trip to Washington, DC to attend the Randolph-Sheppard Fly-In. Meetings were set up with Congressional Representatives   to discuss issues affecting the program. The topics included the award of contracts at Defense Facilities to Ability One without the recognition of the Randolph-Sheppard priority; the lack of opportunities offered by the Veterans’ Administration to Randolph-Sheppard; and the proposed commercialization of the interstate rest areas. 


The participants of the fly-in sought greater communication between the Department of Defense and the Veterans’ Administration with the Department of Education which oversees the Randolph-Sheppard Program.

On the topic of the commercialization of the rest areas, the facts were presented of how this proposed change would negatively affect entrepreneurs who are blind as well as many other small businesses located in the vicinity of the rest areas. The Committee members thanked Chairman Hailey for his involvement in this important effort.  


Ed Owens stated that the recently released Presidential budget includes an allowance for the commercialization of the rest areas. 


Mr. Owens reported that the vending sponsorship payment from Coca-Cola was received. Vocational Rehabilitation, which has been a source of funding support to the BEP has had a budget rescission and funding is very tight. The Legislature will be going into special session to address the state budget for FY18.


Mr. Owens advised the Committee that Coca-Cola, as permitted in their contract, is requesting a 2% increase in the cost of product sold to BEP facilities. A price sheet with the specifics has been requested. The Department of Administrative Services is handling this request. New prices will take effect in July. 


Mr. Owens also spoke of the partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop healthy recipes for over the counter facilities. BESB has already set the standard with vending partners to have 30% of items offered in vending machines to be in the healthy options category. 


BESB’s cooperation with DPH dates back several years. This commitment has been recognized and BESB staff were invited to participate in a recent webinar with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in a presentation of how to engage agencies in other states which oversee the Randolph-Sheppard Program to become a partner in the healthy choices initiative. 


Mr. Owens spoke of the open Insurance Enrollment period. The options planner was sent to all of the facility managers and a new co-pay rate will begin as of July. 


Motion made by Rich Braccia to adjourn.


Seconded by Brandy Altergott


Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0, Abstained – 0


Meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m. 


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Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors

 Minutes of the May 18, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.

Conference Call

 

 

Attendance: Committee:

Keith Haley             Marc Dombkowski         Frank Roberts

Zac Shaham

                       

Agency:

Brian Sigman          Andrew Norton               Ed Owens

                               

This meeting was called to review the waiver previously issued to the New Haven Parking Authority for the concession operations at Union Station due to expire on June 30, 2017.

 

After a review of the status, the following motion was made.

 

Motion made by Marc Dombkowski to waive the concession operation at Union Station, New Haven but to retain our rights to all vending machines.

Seconded by Frank Roberts

Vote: Yes – 4, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

Chairman Haley then reviewed the efforts made in contacting state legislators to advise them of the Committee’s position on the budget proposal which would close the rest areas.

 

The topic of proposed federal legislation which would allow for the commercialization of the highway rest areas was also discussed. Chairman Haley will be going to Washington, DC to discuss with members of Congress the potential impact this proposed legislation would have on the Randolph-Sheppard program. He will update the Committee at their June meeting.

 

Motion made by Frank Roberts to adjourn

Seconded by Marc Dombkowski

Vote: Yes – 4, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

Meeting adjourned at  4:40 p.m.

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Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors

 Minutes of the March 7, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.

   Quarterly Meeting

 

 

Attendance: Committee:

Keith Haley             Marc Dombkowski          Zac Shaham

Amos Fatorma        Frank Roberts               Jim Ferguson

Brandy Altergott     Rich Braccia

                       

Agency:

Brian Sigman          Andrew Norton               Ed Owens

Nick Faenza

                               

Everyone introduced themselves.

 

The minutes of the 1/10/17 and 2/8/17 were brought up for action.

 

Motion made by Brandy Altergott to accept the minutes as presented.

Seconded by Amos Fatorma

Vote: Yes – 7, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

The Transfer & Promotion sub-committee presented their recommendations to the full committee for action. Chairman Hailey noted that the sub-committee followed the criterion as stated in the regulations regarding eligibility for transfer or promotion.

 

Motion made by Marc Dombkowski to accept the recommendations of the Transfer & Promotion sub-committee as presented.

Seconded by Brandy Altergott

Vote: Yes – 7, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

 

A budget update was given. Mr. Sigman advised that a staff member formerly in BEP has been transferred to Adult Services, as the primary service coordination and advocacy needs of the clients served by this employee have changed from vocational to more of an independent living focus over the years. All thing remaining equal the current income is projected to cover program expenses. The Committee was advised that this is a very tight budget year.

 

Two site survey requests were reviewed by the Committee. The first is a request by the Town of Glastonbury for a Vending Truck at Riverfront Park. The second request was for the establishment of a micro-market at New Britain City Hall.

 

The Committee addressed both locations in the following motion:

 

Motion made by Rich Braccia to waive the Food Cart Operation at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury and also waive the Micro-Market Facility at New Britain City Hall.

Seconded by Marc Dombkowski

Vote: Yes – 7, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

Andrew Norton advised the Committee of Senate Bill 796, an effort to incorporate “person first” language throughout existing statutes where there are references to individuals with disabilities.

 

Mr. Norton also indicated that guidance from the Governor’s Legal Counsel has been obtained, affirming the Agency’s position that no legal requirement exists for the Agency to collect a three percent health insurance increase from the BEP Managers, since these individuals are not state employees and do not fall under the terms of the SEBAC agreement.

 

Results of the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to seek other concessionaires at State Parks were reviewed. DEEP did receive one response, suggesting food trucks for various locations, including the locations where DORS operates concessions. DEEP did note that this plan could be easily implemented at parks in which DORS does not operate a concession; however at locations where DORS does have facilities, the statutes would need to be amended. 

 

Mr. Owens gave a summation of the RSA-15 figures for FFY 16.   Program-wide sales were $5.6 million. BEP Manager’s average income was $39,185. Program-wide, managers employed 80 individuals. Program spending increased by $564,314 with the opening of two new facilities.

 

The Committee was advised that the vending contractor has agreed to the implementation of a healthy vending initiative in all vending machines program-wide. The initiative will include clear signage of the healthy selections and each vending machine will offer 30 percent selections that meet healthy vending product criteria.

 

It was noted that going forward all agendas and minutes of the Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors meetings will be posted on the Secretary of State’s web site. Agendas must be posted at least one week in advance.

 

A question was asked if managers are receiving requests to use environmentally friendly containers. There have been some requests made by patrons at certain locations. BEP staff is looking into options. Initial research has shown that environmentally friendly containers have higher costs and are less secure in holding food. More research will be done.

 

It was noted that the current budget proposal calls for the closing of the 7 rest areas that are a part of the vending contract.

 

Motion made by Frank Roberts to adjourn.

Seconded by Marc Dombkowski

Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

 

 


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Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors

Minutes of the February 8, 2017 – 4:00

Conference Call

 

 

Attendance: Committee:

Keith Haley             Marc Dombkowski Frank Roberts

Brandy Altergott     Jim Ferguson

 

Agency:

Ed Owens

                               

This meeting was called to review multiple site surveys. The Committee requested the review of all operations to be considered in one motion.

 

The first location was Minnechaug Golf Course in Glastonbury. This is a restaurant located on a 9 hole golf course in a residential section of Glastonbury. While the course is open April through December the town is looking to have the restaurant open year round.

 

The Fairfield locations were then reviewed. They include: Marine Fuel Dock Concession, Lake Mohegan, Jennings Beach and the Penfield Concessions.

 

Motion made by Frank Roberts to waive Minnechaug Golf Course, Fairfield Marine Fuel Dock Concession, Lake Mohegan, Jennings Beach and the Penfield Concessions.

Seconded by Marc Dombkowski

Vote: Yes – 5, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

The establishment of a Transfer and Promotion Sub-Committee was discussed. Chairman Haley will appoint the members who will review the applications received in January.

 

Keith advised of the opening on the State Rehabilitation Council and the potential for a BEP Manager who is an employer to serve on the Committee. He felt that while he would like to serve, his business needs would not permit him to. Marc Dombkowski offered to have his name submitted to serve.

 

The status of the park locations was discussed. Jim Ferguson stated that he not yet received his contract for the 2017 season. Ed stated that he had requested an update on the status and will follow up. All three park managers were on the call and they requested if we could take a look at their contracts and identify if we see any changes. Ed asked if they received their contracts in electronic format. They said that they did not. They only receive it in print. Ed stated that he will request that they also receive it in electronic format so it will be accessible and they could then share with us.

 

There was no further business to consider for this conference call

 

Motion made by Frank Roberts to adjourn.

Seconded by  Brandy Altergott

Vote: Yes – 5, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:00

 

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Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors

Minutes of the January 10, 2017 – 4:00

Conference Call

 

 

Attendance: Committee:

Keith Haley             Marc Dombkowski Zac Shaham

Frank Roberts        Brandy Altergott             Jim Ferguson

 

Agency:

Ed Owens

                               

This meeting was called to review two site surveys. The first was a request from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for seasonal food service at Burr Pond, Lake Waramaug and Mt. Tom State Park. The Committee reviewed the information and discussed that we had previously operated Lake Waramaug.

 

Motion made by Frank Roberts to waive the locations at Burr Pond, Lake Waramaug and Mt. Tom State Park.

Seconded by Brandy Altergott

Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

The second location was the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich. The Committee considered the location and transportation, the need for a liquor license, the availability of a manager and the start-up cost.

 

Motion made by Marc Dombkowski to waive the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich

Seconded by  Frank Roberts

Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

There was no further business to consider for this conference call

 

Motion made by Brandy Altergott to adjourn.

Seconded by  Frank Roberts

Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0, Abstained – 0

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 4:30

 

 




 

 





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