The Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


September 22, 2020


The regular meeting of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s was held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at noon, via conference call due to Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic.

Tim Gooch, Treasurer, presided over the meeting.


The following directors were present: Richard Biery, Terry Bryant, Sabrina Bubeck, Marsha Chesko, Kevin Connelly, Tim Gooch, Terry Hepp, Nancy Stamilio, Karon Swendrowski, Kevin Thomas, and Leslie Wishard


Members: Ashley Frost, Career Link/TREHAB; Haley, Tioga Publishing; Caroline Conte, Develop Tioga; Ellen Bryant, Penn Wells; and Julie Monahan Fist Citizens Community Bank.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Staff: Julie Henry, Executive Director, Jane Shumway, Administrative Assistant.


Minutes: Minutes of the August 2020 meeting were reviewed. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Kevin Connelly, seconded by Terri Hepp and the motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report (Tim Gooch): The difficulties of year 2020 continue. We currently remain in the black and holding our breath to stay there. Membership dues are down $11,000-$12,000 from last year. There is some money in the bank and we anticipate payroll tax credits. We should have enough money to get us over the hump and into 2021. We also have the option of accelerating 2021 dues billing. A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Marsha Chesko, seconded by Terri Hepp, and the motion carried.

Committee Reports:

Chamber Administrative Report (Julie Henry): The office remains very busy with visitors and calls are steady for additional information. Julie applied for County Block Grants for both Wellsboro Chamber and the Wellsboro Foundation. We do not qualify for the Block Grant due to being a C6. The Wellsboro Foundation is C3 and a response is pending.


Dickens (Julie Henry): Dickens of a Christmas plans continue with modifications for food safety and social distancing. The vendor locations have been remapped to accommodate a 6’ space between each vendor. This results in about 1/3 less vendors than normal. Most indoor activities have been cancelled. Hamilton Gibson stroll, skits, and the play as well as the churches’ indoor events are cancelled. With a positive attitude, we are hoping to move forward.  

STPR (Julie Henry): No Report.

Retail & Tourism: (Julie Henry): The Burns Dinner is scheduled for January 24th, 3:00, at Timeless Destination. The event will be held even if at less capacity. Due to a minor flaw, Charlie Messina has been repairing the new flag brackets recently installed on the parking meters. Winter Celebration is on schedule for February 12-14 .The Committee plans to promote Wellsboro businesses and activities with safety being of utmost importance.

Christmas on Main Street (Ellen Bryant): The committee is moving forward with plans for this year’s event. The schedule will be posted on the website this afternoon. There are a number of outdoor activities planned. Social distancing and masks will be required. Please contact Ellen or Marsha Chesko for any other information.


Enhancement Committee Report (Julie Henry): No meeting held. The committee is reviewing the Charleston Street corridor to determine what improvements can be made to make it more esthetically presentable.


Wellsboro Borough (Julie Henry): Sue Keck has announced her retirement for next April. The borough is accepting applications/resumes until the end of September. The Woodland Park project has started and is progressing. If the weather holds, we hope for all grading and storm-water infrastructure to be complete before shutting down for the winter. Community Yard Sales will be held October 16 & 17. Clean-up week will be the week of October 19th. There will be no Halloween Parade this year. Trick or Treating will be held on October 31st from 6:00-8:00 pm. There was discussion regarding safety of trick or treating. Questions and concerns should be addressed directly to the Borough office, as it was their decision to approve the event.

HARB Committee Report (Terry Bryant): No report


GROW Report (Julie Henry): Working with G&W Railroad on 2021 season for Tioga Central Railroad schedule. Planning for the rail trail section beginning in Wellsboro is progressing.

Other exempt Organization Updates:

Wellsboro Johnston Airport (Julie Henry):  FAA mandated obstruction light installed at the 28 end of the runway to accommodate road obstruction. Ramp Pavement Rehabilitation (Design Phase) is advancing with all geotechnical and survey work completed. CARES Act 2020 funding grant awarded ($30,000). This will be applied to expenses already incurred. This will help ultimately with the local share of the Ramp Pavement Rehabilitation project (Construction Phase) application submitted for USDA Rural Development Grant to fund (35%) of the cost for a new Fuel Pont-of-Sale system. Manufacturer is discontinuing support for our existing system. Airport Authority members buried Blue Ridge fiber optic and RF cable to facilitate improved data and communication access at the airport. This will be a big performance improvement and money saver. Installed much needed hangar bottom door seals for two customers. Airport Authority member performed replacement of all required fuel system filters ($600 savings). All required audits have now been completed.

Green Free Library (Leslie Wishard): Masks and temperature checks are still required to enter the building. Curbside service is still available. Patrons can just drive in under the portico. Computer use is available via appointment, however, is limited. Browsing is not yet available. All items are quarantined for 7 days upon being returned. The large bay window is being replaced.

Guthrie Wellsboro (Terri Hepp): Guthrie has a new physician in Wellsboro, Cathy Veach, MD and a new physician in Mansfield, Lindsay Michael, DO. Drive through Covid-19 testing is available at the Mansfield location.

Deane Center for Performing Arts (Kevin Connelly): The outside Free Concert Series will continue with shows being held Saturdays at 3:00 pm on 10/3, 10/10, and 10/17. Donations are appreciated but not required.


PA Career Link and TREHAB (Ashley Frost): Still using Virtual Assistant and virtual workshops. To meet in person requires an appointment. Call the office to schedule. Employer recruitment, virtual and on-site. TREHAB Young Adult (ages 16-18) open meeting 9/29 at 2:00pm via ZOOM. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

The meeting was adjourned by consensus.


Next Chamber meeting will be held on October 27. Location is yet to be determined.


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