741 Colonel Ledyard Highway  
Ledyard, Connecticut 06339  
TOWN OF LEDYARD  
Ledyard Beautification Committee  
Meeting Minutes  
Regular Meeting  
Tuesday, June 4, 2024  
5:00 PM  
Town Hall Annex - Hybrid Format  
I.  
CALL TO ORDER  
The Regular Meeting was called to order by Katherine Kohrs at 5:03 p.m.  
II.  
ROLL CALL  
Committee Member Carol Christiansen  
Committee Member Carol Ann Schneider  
Chairman Jennifer Eastbourne  
Present  
Committee Member Kathrine Kohrs  
Committee Member Jennifer Bingham  
Committee Member Lauren Hawes  
Committee Member Julie Brousseau  
Committee Member Sarah Martic  
Excused  
Jen Eastbourne was present via Zoom.  
Also in attendance:  
Naomi Rodriguez, Town Council Chairperson.  
III.  
1.  
PUBLIC COMMENTS  
Public Comments.  
Councilor Rodriguez reported that the Town Council Administrative Assistant left papers with a  
suggestion that for the month of May the Committee could display banners with Veterans  
pictures and the dates they served in the military. The papers left for review showed large  
banners. The brackets the Committee owns are small, which means larger brackets would need  
to be purchased. Ms. Kohrs said the Committee previously talked about doing something similar  
for either Veterans Day or Memorial Day. Councilor Naomi Rodriguez suggested getting  
banners that would fit the brackets which the Committee already purchased. The Committee  
wondered if using the same size banners would be too small for the photos to been seen from the  
road. Also, one issue with banners is asking Public Works to put them up and to take them  
down. Another possibility is to use ground flags. Would the Committee ask families to sponsor  
their Veteran's flag as is done with graduate ground flags? Ms. Eastbourne said there may need  
to be a lottery to pick which Veterans to display since Ledyard is a large military town and there  
may be too many submissions for the space. Ms. Kohrs suggested that the Committee accepts  
only the first 50 submissions. It was suggested to ask local businesses to sponsor the flags. Ms.  
Christiansen added that the Rotary Club is looking for grant submissions and maybe someone  
from the Committee could present the flag idea at one of their meetings. Ms. Christiansen said  
the meetings are on Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. and she would need to arrange for someone from the  
Committee to come in advance. Ms. Kohrs suggested holding a short ceremony for Veterans.  
Ms. Kohrs said she would write a summary for the Veteran's Day plan and asked how to  
distribute it. Ms. Eastbourne said she could send it to Christina Hostetler, Town Hall Assistant,  
and ask her to distribute it to the Committee.  
Jessica Buhle, Town Councilor was present to discuss the clean up after the Regatta Day festival  
on June 8, 2024. She said that usually people are respectful and there will be plenty of garbage  
cans for use therefore there is not a huge need for a clean-up crew. She added that there is a  
wedding scheduled after the Regatta Day event where guests will start arriving at approximately  
4:00 p.m. therefore one or two people to assist in the clean-up would be great. Ms. Kohrs will  
post a public message to ask for clean-up volunteers starting at 2:00 p.m.  
IV.  
1.  
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES  
Motion to APPROVE Regular Meeting Minutes from May 7, 2024, as written.  
APPROVED AND SO DECLARED  
Jennifer Bingham  
RESULT:  
MOVER:  
Carol Ann Schneider  
SECONDER:  
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Schneider Eastbourne Kohrs Bingham Hawes  
Brousseau Martic  
AYE  
EXCUSED  
ABSTAIN  
Christiansen  
V.  
1.  
FINANCIAL REPORTS  
Ledyard Beautification Committee Financial Reports.  
No changes.  
VI.  
1.  
OLD BUSINESS  
Nomination and election of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary continued.  
Katherine Kohrs was nominated for Chairperson, Carol Schneider as Vice Chairperson and  
Jennifer Bingham as Secretary.  
Motion to APPROVE nominations of Katherine Kohrs for Chairperson, Carol Schneider as Vice  
Chairperson and Jennifer Bingham as Secretary.  
APPROVED AND SO DECLARED  
Carol Christiansen  
RESULT:  
MOVER:  
Lauren Hawes  
SECONDER:  
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2
Christiansen Schneider Eastbourne Kohrs Bingham Hawes  
Brousseau Martic  
AYE  
EXCUSED  
Future Projects Discussion.  
2.  
Veterans Day - This was discussed under Public Comments.  
Mural at Juliet W. Long - Ms. Eastbourne reached out to Mark, Westkott, Juliet W. Long School  
Principal to see if there was any attachments to the current mural or agreements not to change it, he  
said there was none and he would be open to having the mural changed. He added that there are  
other potential areas in the school for a mural. Ms. Eastbourne offered to arrange a group to start  
brainstorming ideas for the mural. Ms. Buhle suggested a mural that children could pose in front  
of such as wings. Ms. Kohrs said it would be good to get some input from the children, Ms.  
Eastbourne agreed and added that it would be a collaboration with several different people.  
Rock Snake - Ms. Eastbourne emailed the rock snake idea to Stacey Burt, Assistant Librarian,  
Youth Services. She liked the idea and suggested tying it into the new walking bike path being  
put in near the library. The rock snake could be a "celebration" when the walking bike path is  
completed. The Committee would work with the library to have children come and paint the  
rocks. Once there is a date for the completion of the path the Committee can begin setting up the  
painting event. Naomi Rodriguez, Town Council Chairperson said a rough estimate for the  
completion is in November 2024. Ms. Kohrs said that the rock painting could be an indoor  
winter event. Possibly hold a contest to "name the snake".  
Breakfast Fundraiser - July 6, 2024, at the Ledyard Congregational Church. Ms. Schneider  
suggested that someone speaks to the guests about what the Committee does and to also have a  
display table. Ms. Hawes said she has a program that she could use to design a flyer for the  
Committee. Ms. Eastbourne suggested having a table in the front with a yellow and/or green  
tablecloth, candies, a centerpiece that reads "Ledyard Beautification Committee", information  
flyers and something to hold the donations. Ms. Bingham said ordering is easier now for the  
servers since they use menu lists where the items ordered are circled instead of written.  
Farmers Market - Ms. Kohrs asked what dates members would want to participate in the market.  
Possible projects ideas; planting flowers or vegetables, rock painting. Ms. Korhs suggested  
painting solid color rocks to be assembled later into a mosaic such as a daffodil. Ms. Kohrs will  
research this idea more. Ms. Bingham will fill out the application to reserve dates for the  
Committee. The themes the Committee picked are "bee" (July 10) and "back-to-school"  
(September 4). For the bee theme it was suggested to paint bee rocks or just yellow and black  
rocks to be assembled later into a bee mosaic. During the back-to-school theme the Committee  
will ask for student/parent signups for either assisting with the school mural or volunteering with  
a school garden clean-up event. The markets start at 4:00 p.m. and setup would begin at 3:00  
p.m.  
DISCUSSED  
RESULT:  
Nip Bottle Tax Surcharge Discussion continued.  
No comments.  
3.  
4.  
Any Other Old Business to Come before the Committee.  
None.  
VII. NEW BUSINESS  
Any Other New Business to Come before the Committee.  
None.  
1.  
VIII. ADJOURNMENT  
Motion to ADJOURN the Regular Meeting at 5:46 p.m.  
APPROVED AND SO DECLARED  
Jennifer Bingham  
RESULT:  
MOVER:  
Carol Ann Schneider  
SECONDER:  
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Christiansen Schneider Eastbourne Kohrs Bingham Hawes  
Brousseau Martic  
AYE  
EXCUSED  
DISCLAIMER: Although we try to be timely and accurate these are not official records of the  
Town.