Present: Jonathan Blakeslee, White Heron Tea,
Monique Shevlin, Signature Escrow and Title,
Juliet Walker, City of Portsmouth,
Sara Curry, Bikram Yoga,
Jesse Ware, Futuro Construction,
Charlotte Hubbard, Sanford Institute for Savings,
Dan Umbro, Fishnet Media,
Peter Vandermark, PS21,
Pip Clews, PMAC
, Alan Beasley and Jackie Troy, Ricci Lumber,
Marianne Janek, Calli b.,
Wes Tater, EXP Realty,
Kristen Cokines, Great Rhythm Brewing Co,
Mallory Parkington, Mallory Parkington Photography
CROSSWALK UPDATE: Preliminary data shows that the crosswalk at Albany Street appears to be improving pedestrian and cyclist safety. Eric Eby will bring that information and his recommendation to the Board in February.
ISLINGTON STREET IMPROVEMENT PLAN UPDATE: Engineering plans are being finalized. We can expect and update from Eric Eby in the coming weeks. It is expected to go out to bid in 2017 with hopes of breaking ground in 2018.
NEW #WE LOGO AND SNAPCHAT FILTER: Fishnet has been working on a Snapchat filter for the #WestEnd with geotagging. They are also working on new logo for the West End and will bring ideas to the group in the first quarter for review.
ZAGSTER: Zagster is a bike-sharing program the City is working on bringing to Portsmouth. The bike is a light, comfortable, cruiser bike with a basket. You can use the bikes on a daily, monthly, or annual basis. The City is in the process of negotiating fees and usage rules and regulations.
Fees will be nominal with a daily membership around $5 for a day, $12 for a monthly membership, or $50 for the year.
The City will have at least one station in the West End and Juliet is interested in feedback on an ideal location. The footprint is roughly the size of a parking space. Business sponsorships or partial sponsorships of the $10,000 stations are available.
The initial lease will be for 30 bikes and six drop off/pick up stations. The City hopes to roll out the program in May during Bike Month.
The City’s investment in this program is a part of traffic management in an effort to cut down on traffic and parking issues. Fees should cover about 20% of the cost of running the program.
SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION: Have events at your business that you want to share? Email them to our Social Media Coordinator, Devon Boyd.