Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Burgh of St Monans and Abercrombie Community Council held on Monday 19 October 2015, at 7 pm.
|V Salvage||V Bland||G Brown (Treasurer)|
|M Ashworth||P Peddie||W Buchan|
|E Hughes||S Tarvit||I Reekie|
|Cllr E Riches
Cllr D Macgregor
|Cllr J Docherty||Elaine Porteous (Minute Secretary)|
Members of the public: 6
|1||Welcome and Apologies
G Brown opened the meeting.
Apologies from: P Copland, R Craib, A Anderson
|2||Declarations of Interest
|3||St Monans Heritage Museum Report for 2015 – I Reekie
The number of visitors has gone down slightly compared to last year, possibly because of the poor summer.
Those who did come to the Heritage Collection were impressed. The comments in the visitors’ book are very, very positive. Much of that would not be possible but for the sterling work by our volunteers. We have a group of loyal, faithful local people who take turns in the morning or the afternoon to welcome the visitors, and visitors do get a very good welcome. The framed photographs taken by
William Easton impress visitors. It is a great record of the village to see the harbour full of the Fifies. William Easton did not travel very far, mainly photography round the village. He was not a professional photographer, but the photographs blow up very well.
The original negatives are kept in the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh. Members of the public can go to the Scottish Archives Section and ask to see them and purchase copies of his photographs.
Mr Reekie again emphasised how very much we owe to our volunteers.
Cllr E Riches asked if more people were coming forward to volunteer. Mr Reekie replied that the present volunteers are excellent, adding that other people in the village would do just as well. He said he keeps asking for more volunteers, but it is a case of twisting arms. However, he said that he would keep asking.
G Brown thanked Mr Reekie.
G Brown distributed copies of the audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015. He reported that the cash management has stayed the same, to within a pound or two.
The Heritage account has gone up £200.
The floral accounts were somewhat skewed by the Chelsea expenditure, but, he said, if you take Chelsea out of it, the bank account is £1,300 less than the start of the year. Each year we are spending more than we are getting. G Brown said that he would go into that more fully in the Ordinary Meeting.
The Cash Flow Account is somewhat skewed by the fact that we have grant money of £1500 for the sign boards which is shown in the Income, with no expenditure to match. The income over expenditure is nil, or next to nil.
We are slowly spending more than we are bringing in. Again, Mr Brown said, I will touch on that more fully in the Ordinary Meeting.
G Brown invited questions. In answer to a question, Mr Brown said that we do have a problem. The accounts appear to show that the money situation is all right, but they are somewhat skewed by the money due for the signs and we also have a defibrillator fund, which makes it look as if we have more money than we do have. (He explained that this is the way we have to present the Accounts for Fife Council.)
|6||Last Minutes and Matters Arising
The Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting of the Burgh of St Monans and Abercrombie Community Council, held on Monday, 20 October 2014 were approved.
Proposer: V Salvage Seconder: W Buchan
|6||Election of Office Bearers
Cllr D Macgregor asked for nominations:
P Copland was nominated by V Salvage; W Buchan seconded.
P Copland was appointed to the position of Chairman.
V Salvage was nominated by W Buchan; V Bland seconded.
V Salvage was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman.
In the absence of anyone putting themselves forward for this position,
Cllr Macgregor asked if a member of the public would like to join the Community Council and come in as Secretary. Brenda Allan agreed to join the Community Council, but as an Ordinary Member, rather than as Secretary. The Secretary’s post was left to be filled at a later meeting.
V Salvage nominated G Brown; P Peddie Seconded.
G Brown accepted the position of Treasurer.
S Tarvit said that he would like to stand down, as he was very busy. G Brown said that it was important to have someone like Mr Tarvit; a younger person, who represents the people in his area. S Tarvit was persuaded to continue with the CC.
Cllr D Macgregor said that he hoped that the CC would find a Secretary.
|7||Close of Meeting|