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Chamber accepts nominations for new board members

Judie Bariola, Carlisle Chamber of Commerce president, accepted nominations for new board members Monday during the chamber’s meeting.

Bariola said the term for board members Hal Hillman and Lynnette Ward was up this year. She said the term also was up for president appointment board members Rufus Owens and Beth Plafcan. Other chamber board members include Margaret Ann Zimmerman, Eddie Moore, Judie Bariola and Jane Ann Harper.

Hal Hillman, Ronnie Ashmore and Jim Bailey were recommended to the board to fill two of the open board member positions. The board will meet later this month to appoint new board members and officers. Along with president Bariola, current officers are: Jane Ann Harper — vice president and Allison Goodman — secretary/treasurer. Goodman plans to relinquish her position at the end of her term June 30.

Mayor Ray Glover gave a citywide update during the meeting. Glover said not much has changed as far as economic development goes. He said he has been in contact with Metro Little Rock Alliance, and they are pushing to bring distribution centers to the area. According to Glover, Carlisle has been earmarked as the number one site in Arkansas for a distribution center.

Many city projects that have been under way are beginning to wind down, according to Glover. He said bricklayers are currently laying the blocks for the stage in the city park. He said he tried to match the bricks for the new 35-foot by 20-foot open amphitheater in the park with the bricks of the gymnasium.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty stage,” Glover said.

Street paving has come to a close, as the streets in need of paving have been complete. Glover said there is still money left to do more paving, and there are plans to come back at a later date to repave additional roads. He said at this stage city workers are in need of a break. Glover said he is proud to say there were several people who were still living on gravel prior to he paving, that no longer are. Residents are very pleased with the new roads. He said people who were not for the tax, are even complimenting the new roads.

“It’s people of Carlisle that are to be thanked for the street,” Glover said.

Despite the efforts of the city to pave streets in need of paving, Glover said citizens should be aware not every street would be repaved at this time. He said there are many streets, which recently have been paved or have less traffic and are not in need of paving. Glover said he tried to have a two-cent sales tax passed year ago to pave every street, but the tax failed. He said with a seven-eighths of a cent sales tax, the city only planned to pave the streets in need of paving along with building a new police and court building.

According to Glover, the city has also put a new road in to reconnect Williams Street where the old fire station once stood.

“Everyone really likes the new street,” he said.

Tearing down of the old city hall and court building is scheduled to begin next week in preparation for the new police and court building. Glover said he would soon be meeting with the architect to review preliminary drawings of the new police and court building. The new building would not look new or old but look like it belongs to Main Street, he said.

In other chamber business, Airport Day has been set for Oct. 20. Bariola said she has been in contact with an insurance company out of Cabot that plans to give her a quote on liability insurance per chamber event or an annual fee, which will cover any and all chamber events.

Chamber members also voted to make a donation to Mothers for Education for its annual Back to School Bash.

The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon July 9 in the Civic Center.

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