Selling Blissfield



Michael Sessions, Main Street Manager and Gwen Dusa, project manager from the Main Street Promotions Committee was the sub-committee that worked on a billboard for US23 at Exit 5. They worked with Pete Baker (a freelance artist from Ann Arbor who donated his time and talent). I was hoping the proposed design would have gone through the Michigan Main Street Design Committee but instead, it was presented straight to the DDA and approved. The old billboard was overly feminine with no correlation to who we are. The new proposed one is an improvement; I have to ask though, is this really the best we can do?


The above design is simple with striking colors. A nod is given to the nostalgic past with quaint scrollwork, a modern grunge type aging and a graceful, script font. Our Village name is further highlighted by a catchy quip.

Gwen’s Measurement of Success: Increase of Facebook ‘likes’ by 10 percent in first month, and increased mention by patrons of business. The measurement of success statement is at the bottom of every work plan a project manager develops. The proposed design (top picture) is masculine, the font is very industrial (I like the pattern detail on the font, although I’m thinking it will look like rivets from the road), the colors are grey with a muddy, brick-red accent, making the billboard look bland, that in turn makes us look bland. I’m aware of the old school, black and white photograph style they were trying to go for, but the look wasn’t exactly pulled off.

I’d expect marketing to the feminine population would be a really important market too,  one not to be ignored.

I was told the decision to partner with the Hathaway House and the Dinner Train was a cost-effective one. Taxpayers have been supporting all the costs up to this point and are paying a third of the costs going forward. The billboard’s supposed to be promoting Blissfield as a whole, and I wonder why just two business were approached for this investment. I feel it’s more right and fair to keep the billboard generic, mostly because advertising for everyone (whether they paid or not its too much information) would result in a messy convoluted message that couldn’t possibly carry out its goal.

Yes design, like art is subjective and it is difficult to extrapolate the same level of appeal from every audience. That shouldn’t stop us from reaching for the basic objective a billboard is supposed to do, which is to get attention. There’s no question the design they came up with would appeal more to men than women. However, there’s no danger of us overselling ourselves. Nice and safe…and mainstream – nothing about it is catchy, different, unique or beautiful. I would prefer our billboard communicate any one of those aforementioned descriptions…even using just one of those words would be good.

Should we be selling black and white industrial or should we sell quaint and lively?

To answer that put your tourist shoes on and also ask yourself what would piqué your interest. How about selling what sells best?

This design could even be 3D, it references the antique market with the added playfulness of including the sun bouncing off and illuminating the antique mirror’s bold and happy color. No matter what the weather is, the sun is always shining on Blissfield.

The creative use of color is the first tool to grab someone’s attention. Decide if any of these designs would jump out at dusk, early dawn or on dreary days at 70 miles per hour. Would they disappear into the background? Nobody will read your message unless you get their attention first.

The billboard bellow is aged with a bold and vibrant color palette. The graphic starkness and minimalist design gives “old and worn” an artsy modern twist – sure to demand notice.

Are there tweaks I’d make with my own designs? Sure. Would I be open to suggestion and popular opinion? You bet I would. For instance, this version has absolutely no aging on “Bliss”, making this part pop more by keeping it pristine.

If you’re stuck on the proposed colors, why not something like this:

Or this;

Check out toxel.com for some Clever and Creative Billboards; my personal favorite is Heineken.

One of the issues we haven’t tackled is branding, we should have already chosen a select few colors that we can associate with our brand (who we are). We definitely need continuity. Promotions have a huge design element, it makes sense to utilize the Design Committee. The committee sports three artists, an architect and an outspoken creative type that has some design experience.

Even if we’re going for the traditional historic look, I want it to be known – they had color back then…just not in early photography, and that only lasted until they figured out how to watercolor it in.

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29 Responses to Selling Blissfield

  1. Gwen says:

    Hi Robin,
    I agree with some points you make in your comments regarding the billboard. Both Michael and I are project managers and Peter Baker did donate his time and talent to create the sign. To clarify just a bit, I never had the opportunity to personally work with Pete, the the proposed sign was discussed at length at a Promotions Committee prior to the DDA meeting and it was not rushed through at the DDA meeting.

    I think you have a valid point about the particular design chosen, but the two businesses (they contacted us about their interest in the billboard, we did not contact them) that are defraying the costs for this sign liked it and it met the approval of both the Promotions Committee and DDA (which includes chairpersons for each committee).

    Note: The Promotions Committee is investigating other billboards (perhaps on 223 or going North on 23) with sponsorship from other businesses in the community.

    I like your idea of collaborating with the Design Committee for this project. Thanks for the suggestion and the samples of what could be put on a billboard. Hopefully we’ll have the chance to put all the talents from the Design Committee you mentioned to good work 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Hi Gwen,

      Thanks for checking in and providing your information, I really appreciate it. I also appreciate your willingness to work together, I thought it was a great idea. However, Michael Sessions is adamantly against it. Essentially, in all his training MMS has the Design Committee focused on only two things. We’re in a narrow little box, this is what the box looks like – Design: Targets Infrastructure and building improvements that lay the groundwork for a physical transformation that will be both functional and attractive.

      I’m aware that Art Weeber has been asking for awhile to pay for and get the Hathaway House on “the Village” billboard, I’ve heard him mention it. He also asked if he could get the Village to remove snow from his business parking lot. Although I understand why he tries, someone’s got to weigh the answer with fairness to other businesses before those that want to say yes, actually say yes. Unless he is special of course and warrants special privilege, including getting whatever he asks (determining that to be so, everybody else operating a business here would also agree). What else could it be? Cronyism?

      Is it plausible that Dobronski just unexpectedly decided to ask for the same thing at the exact right time? In addition, no other business in town even entertained the idea of getting their name on the US223 billboard. Who benefits the most? Weeber, pays a third, the Village (taxpayers) pay a third and Dobronski’s Dinner Train (the Hathaway House just happens to provide the dinners for the dinner train) pays the last third.

      We haven’t spent enough on advertising for the Village. We have our little tri-fold brochure and we had the billboard. I agree with sponsorship to be listed on the brochure but not on the billboard. The more information you are required to put on a billboard, the more it detracts from the design. I hope you agree the color and design is what prompts someone to take notice and read it.

      Given all the distractions on the highway, combined with the speed of driving by you only have seconds to sell yourself, if at all. Further disadvantages include the fact this billboard is not lit, it’s far from the road and deep in the shrubbery and trees. These factors raise the importance of having something eye-catching, colorful and containing minimal information (important to begin with). It should be something generic that’s selling Blissfield and that’s why this is one of those times where everybody should pay for everyone to equally benefit.

      Did I mention both businesses that got their names on the billboard are not even in the Michigan Main Street district?

      It would be nice to have billboards both northbound and southbound on 23 and billboards in less desirable locations could be up for sponsorship for local businesses to pay. The Village shouldn’t pay for any of those but they could still be helpful.

      Normally a designer will mock-up more than one design for the client to choose from. Who did work with the designer personally?

  2. fairplayer says:

    I think the color scheme of the approved billboard may be somewhat problematic. Gray-blue background against a predominately gray-blue mid-western sky will effectively negate the ‘pop’ factor a “see for a second” highway ad needs. A red border matching the center ball would’ve helped or maybe a sepia background with the ball area tending toward a richer red-orange-yellow. This color scheme would evoke historic and quaint associations in the minds of passers by. I also have a bone to pick with the naming of only one restaurant when Blissfield has at least 10 at last count. I understand the politics of the squeaky wheel getting the grease and the bigger the wheel the more money he can trade for grease, but in this instance I think it would have been in the town’s best interest to let travelers know there is a variety of food available for any taste-bud and pocketbook.

    • Robin says:

      The experts on billboard design say you only have half a second to attract someone’s attention, the more cleverly done, the more memorable it will be. Also, Blissfield has 15 eating establishments, truly something for everyone. I agree the sepia and orange shade of red would have been a better color choice with more “pop”.

  3. Gwen says:

    Hi Robin and Fairplayer,
    I do appreciate your comments and you both have some good points regarding the billboard; some of which were discussed at both the Promotion Committee and DDA meeting. It was recognized that Blissfield needs to be promoted and that is being done. Remember, we are a new committee and are “getting our feet wet” along the way. Will we make mistakes? I’m sure we will. Will we make everyone happy? I’m sure we won’t, but I can assure you we are we making every effort to get the word out that Blissfield has a lot to offer. Give us a little more time, we’ve only been in existence less than 9 months, and with everyone on the committee’s dedication and hard work, we will see some good things happen in the Village of Blissfield.

    • Robin says:

      I can’t speak for Fairplayer. With all due respect, Gwen, I’m sure everyone knows you will make a lot of mistakes, the Promotions Committee doesn’t have much prior marketing or promotions experience unless that’s what you teach in K-12. It’s interesting you’re asking to be given a chance when many members of the DDA and even Michigan Main Street refused to give, and still refusing to give others a chance. The more important aspect is the taxpayers are paying for a tremendous learning curve with no guarantees. The number of unhappy people should be a very small percentage, not the other way around. The same ratio should apply to the mistakes. If your hard work and dedication isn’t a viable solution, you’re wasting your time and energy.

      Dancing around the issues by whitewashing that which has transpired and attempting to spin it in a positive light aggravates the situation. I would appreciate it if you were straight with me. You guys don’t have a clue what you’re doing as far as promotions and design go, the results are clear. I think asking someone that did know, or doing done some research isn’t out of line.

      If the money was coming out of your pocket would your answer be so flippant? If your husband wanted to invest $4,000.00 a year of your money in the stock market without having any prior knowledge, experience or research…knowing nothing about the stock market, how happy would you be about footing the bill?

      It’s not good enough if you’re doing more harm to the community.
      The halfhearted advertising attempt is advertising that Blissfield is a Mickey Mouse community. Halt the presses and back up! Stop the project now, that’s how serious the situation is.

      The remaining issues are: Art Weeber is a shameless, incessant self promoter (good for the Hathaway House – bad for a conflict of interest as a Village Trustee). Did one person on the Promotions Committee or the DDA take into consideration the fairness factor? Did anybody ask how fair it would be to all the other businesses in town? This oversight is not a mistake, it’s a pattern. This is nothing more than cronyism, it’s back scratching. Not only was the move designed to promote the Hathaway House primarily, partially paid by taxpayers, but he got the only billboard the community has. In addition, the billboard (committee/DDA/ Michael Sessions) didn’t even take into account that the promotion is targeting a narrow market. Blissfield’s target market is different than the Hathaway House’s target market.

      Another issue: Michael Sessions was very careful to let me know that fully utilizing the design comittee is out of line with the Michigan Main Street program. Meanwhile, hypocrisy abounds when personal favor often trumps the program. Hypocrisy about the whole premise of the plan being concentrated in the boundaries of the district, for instance. They often talk about boundaries but what they (MMS and committees) do is totally different. Furthermore, you didn’t answer some direct questions in my first response to you. I can only assume Michael Sessions was indeed the project manager for the project, even though the link clearly shows you listed as the project manager. I’m betting Michael was the only one who had the opportunity to work directly with the designer. Judging by the workplan (see link as Gwen Dusa in the post) Michael Sessions had more responsibility than either of you wish to admit. Hence, the reason my question was ignored.

      The problem I have is not only with the dishonesty, but if you remember the Board of Directors Training Michigan Main Street did, their publication and powerpoint presentation defined the Manager’s roles and responsibilities as assisting. I have documentation that states,
      The Program Manager does not:

      • Have authority over committees
      • Implement the committee’s activities
      • Take the lead on organizing projects or completing reports
      • Boss the volunteers
      • Run meetings or take minutes
  4. Concerned foreigner says:

    I have to agree that the lack of lighting and the height of the trees will make any sign, and particularly a black-and-white one, difficult to see while travelling on a highway. Many drivers (like myself) would want to know how far out of my way a destination is without having to squint.

    The sign is clearly a plug for the two businesses mentioned (and shown) on it, and for the sake of the rest of the village, I hope that they are a big draw.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks for weighing in Concerned Foreigner, the more opinions the better. Adding to your point about squinting (if you can’t read it you might as well leave it out), my husband and I have done extensive travelling. Blissfield will already lose the point “A” to “B” travelers that have needs while on the road. If it’s not right off the exit, they won’t venture ten miles to get what they need. We have to put it in their memory banks, filed for another time when time is available for exploring.

      You’re right about black and white, in order for a black and white to work anywhere, it has to be done brilliantly.

      The Hathaway House and Murder Mystery Train Tours are high dollar venues; their target market is an upper echelon tax bracket. Most businesses in town would target everything below that market. Even if the two businesses on the billboard do draw big, the crossover is highly unlikely. The Village is essentially subsidizing the advertising budget of two businesses that do business together. The House also caters the dinner train.

  5. citizen against cave people says:

    Well it looks like The Hathaway House wins. I was looking at bills paid by the Village which comes out of the taxes collected and I see that the Village wrote The Hathaway House a check for $1,342.50 to cater the library celebration. I wonder if this catering job went out for bid or did they just decide at a meeting he could have the job? I think this catering job came close to paying half of Art’s cost for the billboard. What a great deal for The Hathaway House. I also think it may be wrong for The Hathaway House to receive any type of gain from tax payers dollars since he is an elected official.

  6. Peter Baker says:

    I thought I might chime in here as the designer of the billboard. I grew up in Blissfield, lived all of my pre-university life there, and come from a family of lifelong Blissfield business owners. I only bring that up to allay any fears that I’m some “outsider”; I know Blissfield. But, I also know what it’s like outside of Blissfield, and what it might take to get someone to visit there.

    As most any professional designer will tell you, the absolute worst thing for a design project is to try to “design by committee.” Everyone has an opinion, everyone has a style they’d like to see, everyone has a different message. My job as a designer and marketing professional is to take my clients needs and opinions and distill them in to a cohesive and meaningful result. That doesn’t always make everyone happy, it never will.

    “I feel it’s more right and fair to keep the billboard generic, mostly because advertising for everyone (whether they paid or not its too much information) would result in a messy convoluted message that couldn’t possibly carry out its goal.”

    I think this misses the point of a roadside billboard. We weren’t looking to advertise Blissfield as a place that has “dining” or “shops” or anything else generic that every other town has, or even a unique state of mind and sense of community (that every other town would like to think they have); the billboard is to draw tourists, and the three biggest, unique things Blissfield has going for it tourism-wise are the Hathaway House, the Dinner Train, and the many antique shops.

    There’s a reason Cabela’s is on the water tower in Dundee (besides the fact that they paid for it), it’s because they draw visitors to town, and the Dundee coney island is happy to be there when they do.

    “Normally a designer will mock-up more than one design for the client to choose from.”

    Not always the case (even though I did). Designers get hired for their expertise, in listening to what the client needs, researching who the audience is, and using what they know as a professional to create the best solution.

    And, to be frank, since I was doing this for free, there was a limit to how many variations I was willing to do.

    “One of the issues we haven’t tackled is branding… We definitely need continuity.”

    Agreed, but at that level of work and commitment, the village needs to be ready to pay for it, professional design work costs money and takes time, just like any other profession.

    “You guys don’t have a clue what you’re doing as far as promotions and design go, the results are clear. I think asking someone that did know, or doing done some research isn’t out of line.”

    That’s what they did, by asking me; a professional graphic designer.

    I think what is clear is that you have an issue with any business associated with Art Weeber, so I’m not even going to try and find common ground, but, like you said “The new one is an improvement” so we can agree on that.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks for chiming in Mr. Baker. I’m going to address your last comment first. It would be better/easier/more convenient to assume I have issue with any business associated with Art Weeber instead of admitting and having to deal with the truth. I am not anti-Art Weeber, I’m anti-favoritism! I’m anti-government-picking-winners-and-losers, and by the way the winner in this case, just happens to be a public official!!

      I guess what you’re saying is taxpayers should be giving or paying more to help compensate the most successful businesses that are ironically in the best situation to look after themselves. I firmly disagree. I also feel that a Village Trustee shouldn’t be in a position to personally profit or even have the appearance of impropriety with public funds when in public service.

      Cabela’s not only paid for their name to be painted on Dundee’s water tower but, they paid for the construction of the water tower. A state tourist attraction that brings 6 million visitors a year is hardly comparable to the Hathaway House. The Cabela’s situation isn’t even relatable to this one.

      I sat down and discussed this matter with Michael Sessions, requesting a moratorium on the billboard project and asking to see the other designs. Michael said there was only one design. If Gwen Dusa (listed as project manager) didn’t work with you personally, how could it have been a committee project?

      You weren’t blamed because your client gave you the direction, they advised you with what they were looking for (that’s why they needed to do their research). Many a designer ends up producing bad designs because of the parameters clients have given. Although, you compromised your work and your name by agreeing to do the design free thus limiting the outcome potential, because free only produces so much. Chances are your interest level, passion and commitment to the project would have been greatly enhanced if you were getting paid for the project. That was their first mistake – to expect anything of quality for nothing, somehow we don’t spend money where we should be and saving it elsewhere.

      Something that would have worked out really well was to have a competition for the design and pay the designer for the best one. A competition would have given recognition for those that produced a design and showcased every participating designer’s work while having the opportunity to create a lot of buzz about Blissfield.

      The word “generic” context was doing the fair thing and representing the Village as a whole by not naming individual businesses on the billboard. The word “normally” does mean “not always the case”. I stand by my critique.

      • Peter Baker says:

        I guess what you’re saying is taxpayers should be giving or paying more to help compensate the most successful businesses that are ironically in the best situation to look after themselves.

        I don’t see where I said that at all. Taxpayers happen to be paying less in this situation.

        how could it have been a committee project?

        I didn’t say it was, which is part of why I think it went well.

        That was their first mistake – to expect anything of quality for nothing, somehow we don’t spend money where we should be and saving it elsewhere.

        Fair point, but in this case, I was willing to do it simply to let a town I love have a professionally designed, attractive billboard.

        Besides, you know somebody would have called it a waste of money if they had tried to pay.

        Something that would have worked out really well was to have a competition for the design and pay the designer for the best one. A competition would have given recognition for those that produced a design and showcased every participating designer’s work while having the opportunity to create a lot of buzz about Blissfield.

        This is dead wrong. Spec contests are completely frowned upon in the design industry, with a movement against them (http://www.no-spec.com/about/) that could have actually created bad buzz about Blissfield, and would have hardly produced a worthy pool of choices. Like you said, professionals shouldn’t and won’t work for free (unless they really like their hometown enough to do it).

        But really, this is all just a conversation about you not liking that design; that happens. I, and many others, think it’s a great solution.

        • Robin says:

          “I guess what you’re saying is taxpayers should be giving or paying more …” What made me say that was you being supportive of the taxpayers paying for advertising for Art Weeber and to a lesser extent Dobronski instead of the Village as an entity. You also reinforced that stance when you decided that my not liking 2 select businesses being listed and photographs posted was really attributed to an anti-Weeber campaign. In this case, taxpayers are paying less but they’re also getting less. That billboard was essentially the only thing we spent money on to advertise Blissfield, so essentially it’s screwing every other business that’s not the Hathaway House or the Dinner Train…hmm, that’s all the other businesses in town. Including the 14 other eating establishments that won’t get a visit after the lured tourists eat at the Hathaway House or get catered on the train by the Hathaway House.

          Doesn’t every other city have a home converted into a restaurant? All the cities I lived in did, it’s not as unique or as much a tourist attraction as the Dinner Train.

          It should have been a committee project and somebody should have known better about many things.

          I have this to say about your spec contests – nonsense. There are design competitions and contests all over the place. Designers and artists need exposure and this is a good way to gain name recognition. To use Art’s favorite phrase, “it’s a win/win”.
          http://www.graphiccompetitions.com/multiple-disciplines/art-moves-billboard-art-competition-2011
          http://competitions.org/
          http://www.commarts.com/competitions/design
          http://www.designophy.com/calendar/competitions.php
          http://www.gdusa.com/contests/apda.php
          http://www.graphicdesignbasics.com/category/competitions-2010/august-2010

          This is really a conversation about you taking my criticism personally, or coming to the aid of Michael Sessions and Art Weeber. I do not like the design, I think my post was very clear about it. Being from Blissfield and being a professional, you should know Blissfield is not an industrial Village but your font choice is decidedly industrial. Industrial reads and feels cold, clean and modern; it doesn’t sell historic. You should know that something cool, catchy and colorful is what will capture attention at 70 miles per hour, not a couple of names and photographs fighting amongst the overgrowth. You should also know that sometimes it’s not the message but how you say it (that’s more important on a billboard than anywhere else).

  7. Peter Baker says:

    Also, to be fair, you’re looking at a pretty crappy version of the billboard image, a better copy is available here: http://d.pr/D3Oz

    • Robin says:

      Thanks for the better copy, I’ll update the post with it, the crappy version was presented to the rest of the Village via Michael Sessions.

  8. Robin says:

    The crappy version that was presented to the DDA and the rest of the community via google docs, wasn’t even the final billboard version. If there was discussion about the design and a formal approval, it sure wasn’t documented in the DDA minutes.

    The “Only Ten Minutes to…” was changed to “Only Ten Minutes to Historic…” Neither of which looks like they would be legible from the distance the billboard sits from the highway. The line and dot detail was changed, the size of the dots have been reduced; it’s not likely those can be seen now. The background color is not grey, it’s green-grey, and also added is “www.blissfieldmainstreet.com” which won’t be readable either.

    The point is; what good is an approval process when what has been approved is changeable or inaccurate in the first place? Why are some people forced to be beholding to the rules when others are not?

    This is not fair. This is not good business practice. This is not professional and this is not acceptable.

  9. citizen against cave people says:

    I have an issue with the billboard. The main issue I have is it doesn’t promote Blissfield as a whole. Instead of using a picture of The Hathaway House and The Train they should of use a picture of the downtown or maybe the Three Bridges. I know that The Train and The Hathaway House paid for a portion of the billboard, but The Hathaway House got a catering job from the village which more than paid for the billboard ($1342.50 is what Art got for the catering job). His portion for the billboard was $1,260.00. There is favoritism for certain businesses and other businesses are left out of the loop. If Main Street manager Mike Sessions can’t promote the downtown as a whole his position needs to be dissolved. I think we need to go back to having a Village Council and pay our Village President a decent wage and have a Chamber of Commerce. I feel our Chamber of Commerce was lead to failure because the DDA wanted the Main Street program instead of the Chamber of Commerce. Things become clearer as time goes on with Main Street.

  10. Gwen says:

    Hi Robin,
    The design by Pete Bake is not/was not a mistake. Write what you may, it went through the proper procedures. It will be printed and put on the billboard shortly.

    Gwen

  11. citizen against cave people says:

    Thanks Gwen for promoting The Hathaway House and The Train and not the town as a whole. If you think you guys done a great job you are wrong. This is why Main Street needs to be dissolved. It’s always about what they want and heck with everyone else. This is also a example of them not listening to other comments or concerns for our town.

  12. Gwen says:

    I do believe the Promotions Committee and DDA/Main Street made a good decision. We are promoting Blissfield. The Promotions Committee will be putting together a sponsorship program within the next two months. As part of that program, we are researching other signage along 223 and/or US 23. If this comes to fruition, businesses will have another opportunity to promote Blissfield.

  13. citizen against cave people says:

    I still will say your wrong. Again, Main Street is craming things down our throat. All billboards should be promoting the town as a whole not individual businesses. Lets see who will be on the next billboard. I think I can guess that one without mentioning names at this time.

  14. citizen against cave people says:

    One more comment about the billboard. You said the billboard went through the proper procedures. Well, I know Art approached you. It was his suggestion not the promotion committe or Main Street. You listen to him and took his advice. You didn’t listen to anyone else. I know there was discussion about the billboard and about the other businesses in town. You or the promotion committee did not listen to anyone other than Art. This was set in stone and there was no changing your mind about this billboard. As always the F-Troop wins.

    • Robin says:

      Citizen against cave people, I have talked to a couple of people that were at the first promotion committee meeting when there was mention about the Hathaway House being on the billboard. They too protested the favoritism and unfairness to other businesses. They too felt their concerns fell on deaf ears. Not only does this information reinforce what you have outlined here but also, sadly, there’s no stopping an agenda once it gets set in motion.

      It looks suspiciously like the agenda was decided before the committee actually got together for discussion. If we’re capitulating in meetings before the meetings, Blissfield already loses. I’m willing to bet that’s exactly what’s going on.

  15. citizen against cave people says:

    Robin,
    You are correct on everything you say. It is also true that Art At Your Feet was decided on prior to any meetings or discussion. In fact there was no discussion of pros or cons it was like magic, poof it was on the list of events. There were suggestions given about different events but there was no voting for or against any events. It depended on who you were if the event got approved and put on the agenda. I am thinking of starting a committee on dissolving the Main Street Program very soon. I still believe Main Street is a waste of taxpayers dollars. Another problem I have is I can’t believe a group of 5 or 6 people decided for the whole entire town that Blissfield needed to be run by another government entity. What were they thinking. If the DDA couldn’t have done their job without having the State of Michigan take over our town they should have dissolved the DDA and let the council or the chamber take over. Also, if we all of a sudden had all this money which seemed to just magically appear overnight why didn’t the DDA help the Chamber of Commerce. Lots and lots of questions that I am sure will never be answered. Maybe some questions will get answered when I start my campaign to dissolve DDA/Main Street.

    • Robin says:

      Citizen, I think that’s the solution…sign me up for your committee! Could you have sworn they had a meeting before the meeting?

  16. citizen against cave people says:

    Thanks!!!! The committee now has 5 people. I think we need to set a date, time and place for our first meeting. There were a series of events that happened at meetings. At the meeting before the committees had their first meeting, the Art at Your Feet event was mentioned. People discussed how the event failed for two years, we were told by main street officials maybe it was time to let that event go and find something new. Mary Stotler said there’s no sense in beating a dead horse. At the next meeting it was told to us by a person that we were going to have Art at Your Feet and we could improve it by adding things with it. One person didn’t agree with this so they did not come back to anymore meetings. The person said nothing is going to change because the same people are running the town and they aren’t willing to let us have any input. At that meeting 1 potential volunteer was lost.

    When the next committee meeting started Mary put Art at Your Feet on the wish list. No discussion or voting. She asked for a chair for the event and nobody volunteered, so she put Andrea’s name on the event to chair it. I just checked the wish list and Andrea’s name is on it. After that meeting, they lost 2 more potential volunteers due to that and other behavior and favoritism. This is just one of the many reasons why they lost 3 volunteers. Well anyway, I guess we are having the Art at Your Feet event and they are probably bussing kids to town. Nothing has changed in town, nothing new. Also, don’t you think if nobody was willing to chair the event it should have been dropped? I see that Michael Sessions has pretty much taken over this event. Do you know if this is part of his job?

    Were there meetings before the meetings? Probably.

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