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Monett C of C gears up for projects

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monett Chamber of Commerce board members made preparations for a wide range of activities to finish out the calendar year during their September and October meetings.

Coming up on Nov. 8 will be the Festival of Flavors, the annual dining experience that will be held for the second year at the First United Methodist Church in Monett from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Cindy Stephens and Janell Patton are co-chairmen of the festival for the second consecutive year.

Physical preparation for the Festival of Lights exhibit at South Park will begin in early November. The lighting displays will open for public viewing on Nov. 23 and remain open through the week after Christmas.

"There will be 77 total displays," said McElmurry. "Because of construction on the new YMCA building, many of the pieces have been relocated. It will be like a whole new display with a new route."

Two new displays have been added this year, one purchased from donations received last year and another purchased by Jack Fox.

McElmurry said all of the team captains have been selected and volunteers have come forward to fill all the time slots to greet those driving through the park, distribute candy canes and collect donations.

Much of the September meeting focused on the Christmas parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. This year's theme will be "Home for Christmas."

Scott Smith, with Huffmaster Insurance, is chairman for the parade. Letters inviting participation have been sent to past participants.

Parade entry forms are available at the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway. The deadline to sign up and be eligible to compete for honors in the parade is Nov. 21.

The board agreed to continue the Chamber Checks program, the certificates that can be redeemed at chamber member businesses. Around 40 businesses participated last year.

The current Chamber Checks are green and need to be redeemed by Dec. 31. New checks for 2012 will be available in December.

Sessions for Leadership Monett have been going well, McElmurry reported. The last session offered a guided tour and explanation of programs run at the Monett Justice Center. Lunch was provided courtesy of RE/MAX. The next session will focus on what molds Monett in the business and retail community and what leadership skills are needed to deal with different generations and new technology.

Graduation for Leadership Monett will be on Nov. 17.

Discussions about community and city activities have continued. At the September meeting, City Administrator Dennis Pyle talked about representatives from the Missouri Main Street program meeting with the Monett Main Street committee for orientation. Pyle anticipated the next meeting and training for Main Street strategy will be held in early 2012.

At the October meeting, Mayor Jim Orr described the ordinance pending before the Monett City Council that will effectively end boot blocks at city intersections. Board members expressed concern over what the change will mean to local service organizations that have come to rely on such fundraising events.

Orr discussed the proposal by the Barry County Commission to add a 3/16th-cent county sales to help law enforcement services. Chamber board members are encouraging the public to go to the polls on Nov. 8 and vote on the issue.

Activity at the license office has remained steady and on target with projected revenue. With the Cassville office closed for a week's vacation, business picked up at the Monett office.

McElmurry said customers have continued to provide comments about receiving good service and how they enjoy the growing display of license plates from different states.

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