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Chamber plans police and court open house

Allison Goodman Plans are underway by the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce to close main street on Aug. 20 for the grand opening of the Police and Court complex. (Photo by Allison Goodman)
Allison Goodman Plans are underway by the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce to close main street on Aug. 20 for the grand opening of the Police and Court complex. (Photo by Allison Goodman)

The Carlisle Chamber of Commerce discussed plans Monday for a grand opening for the police and court complex.

Mayor Ray Glover and alderman Eddie Moore asked the Chamber to host a grand opening on a Saturday following the construction completion of the new building. Glover said the building is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Moore said he would like to see the two blocks in front of the building closed off and have a festival type atmosphere with a parade, vendors, bands, a cake walk and car show. Tours of the building will also be given.

Chamber members agreed to host the event with the help of local clubs and city alderman. President Judie Bariola suggested the event be held following the start of school so that high school students can volunteer. She said volunteer hours are only counted if the students are in school. Members agreed to postpone the event until after school starts. The event is scheduled for Aug. 24. No time has been set at this time.

In other chamber business, new officers for the 2013-2014 year were selected. Members voted to reappoint the current officers by acclimation. President is Judie Bariola; vice president is Jane Ann Harper; and secretary is Fever McElyea.

Members also voted to move items in the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street to storage at the airport, with the permission of Glover. At this time the building is only being used to store chairs, tables and files. It is not open for hours of operation.

Also by unanimous vote, members approved to make a donation to the Mothers 4 Education for its annual Back to School Bash which will be held in August. The Back to School Bash offers fun, entertainment and free school supplies to students before returning to school.

The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon on July 8 in the Civic Center.

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