An unexpected change in downtown efforts surfaced with the resignation of D.J. Miller as downtown coordinator. Family plans for other employment had not come together as expected. Miller's last day on the job was June 8.
The board overseeing Miller's position, made up of delegates from the chamber, the Downtown Betterment Group and the city have chosen to wait on naming a replacement, Chamber Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said. The panel wants to see what direction the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative will take, and to make sure the person hired can meet the needs of the program.
Word on the Main Street grant for which Miller applied is due around June 22. The supervising panel is also looking at other projects that may benefit the downtown on which a new downtown coordinator can work.
Several pending chamber projects came up for discussion at the meeting. The Bluecoats marching corps will perform at Burl Fowler Stadium under sponsorship of the chamber at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The annual Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday at Monett's South Park. Application forms have been mailed to past participants. Information is available by calling the chamber office at 235-7919.
Registration is now being accepted for the next Monett Leadership session. Walter Branch is serving as chairman for the sessions, beginning with the retreat on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. The first bi-weekly session is on Aug. 18. Applications will close once 15 have been received. Registration forms are available at the chamber office.
The next membership mingle will be held on June 23 at the picnic pavilion at South Park west of the Park Casino and south of the Lions barbecue pavillion. A cook-out will be held for members, offering a relaxed setting for getting to know each other.
June 30 will be the final day to sign up for the chamber-sponsored seven-day trip to Panama through Collette Vacations in September. Two informational meetings will be held that day to encourage participation, at noon and at 6 p.m. at Big Baldy's Barbecue on Highway 60.
The luncheon for new teachers in the Monett R-1 School District this fall has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2. The session will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church.
The chamber-sponsored chalk walk contest, introduced for Broadway Nights, will return on Friday, Aug. 12, offering an attraction for an evening of extended hours shopping and live entertainment.
Board members reviewed preparations for the two events, the Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament, which occurred shortly after the meeting, and the annual Prayer Breakfast, held just before the board session. Both events went well.
McElmurry reported two hours had been spent studying the arrangement of lighting displays at South Park for the Festival of Lights. With construction starting on the new Monett Area YMCA, the position of displays south of the park lake had to be moved. McElmurry said 14 displays will be in different locations and the route of the festival will change. Instead of turning south prior to the tennis courts, the course will now go east beyond the tennis courts before turning south. One big display will be placed toward the end of the course, before motorists reach the soccer fields.
In chamber business, Rod Anderson as first alternate was named to succeed Clif Crockett, who leaves Monett this month after 11 years of service at the First United methodist Church.
A number of bylaws updates were introduced. McElmurry said most of the changes were minor, such adding language for electronic communication and having a treasurer for the finance committee to serve as a bank signatory.
A more significant change was proposed for the annual election of board members. Past elections have apparently proven discouraging to those not selected for service. To avoid future problems, the latest proposal would ask the nominating committee to produce a slate of six candidates, instead of eight, all of whom would be named as board members or alternates.
The proposed changes will be circulated over the next two months and placed for a vote at the September membership mingle.
At the license office, employees have requested having official T-shirts saying "license office" on them. Board members approved the idea.
Revenue has continued coming in at the rate projected in the chamber budget, McElmurry added.
The next chamber board meeting will be held on June 15.