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The meeting was called to order at 7 PM by President Durachko on February 1, 2016 at the Bellefonte Train Station.  In attendance were members Kevin Lloyd, Ken Dishman, Cody Martin, Melvin Shuey, Johnathan White, Lon Beck, Tracey L. Besemer, Andy Cobaugh, Dan Durachko, Andy Richards, Steve Dillon, and Tom Canich.

The January meeting minutes were presented.  Andy Cobaugh moved to accept the minutes with a correction to the Lock Haven June excursion date, seconded by Ken Dishman; the motion carried.

The January Treasurer's report was presented.  We had an opening balance of $55,671.60.  We paid additional advertising bills related to the Fall Foliage excursions and dues to the BIACC.  We received donations from Nick Rapak, Sue Hochreiter, and proceeds from Tim Durachko's trumpeting.  Our closing balance was $55,296.  Lon Beck moved to accept, seconded by Andy Cobaugh; the motion carried.

The web master reports 511 visits in January.  Sale dates for 2016 excursions have been posted.  Timetables will be posted later in February.

The membership committee chair sent membership renewal letters.  Membership cards were purchased for $48.87.  Tom Canich moved to reimburse Andy Cobaugh $48.87 for the membership cards, seconded by Andy Richards; the motion carried.

There has been no progress on the RDC project.  We believe that RMS has all required specifications and supplies to complete the project.  A discussion was held about aspects of the return to service, possibilities for various types of functions and activities, and the RDC as a tool to make Bellefonte stand out.  Steve Dillon has completed revisions to the required FRA paperwork and sent them to NSHR for feedback.

We have been approached by a group requesting a private speeder excursion event in Lemont.  Cost structures, equipment, and personnel were discussed.  Dan Durachko and Cody Martin will talk to Barry Wunz about the speeder he is storing.  We will need at least 3 people to staff an event.  Dan, Cody, Andy R., and Andy C. will form a committee to explore the cost structure and report back.

The grade crossing inventory form is in progress.  This will transfer the private crossing at Rhodes Lane from NSHR to BHRR.

The nominating committee nominates the existing officers to continue serving in their offices.  Nominations from the floor will be heard at the March meeting followed by an election for each office.

We received thank you notes from Santa Express patrons and a set of photographs of BFC equipment.  Donna Stoudt thanked us for the calendar and donated $50 in memory of her husband, Jeff.

Andy Richards reported a BFC padlock is available on eBay.  This artifact would be used in an exhibit in the caboose or other location.  Andy Richards moved to spend up to $265 to acquire the lock starting with an offer of $200, seconded by Tracey L. Besemer; the motion carried.

Tom Canich moved to adjourn, seconded by Andy Cobaugh; the motion carried.

Meeting adjourned 8:20 PM.