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CHS FBLA members speak at meeting

Three Carlisle High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students and sponsor spoke to the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce members about its electronic waste recycling drive during the Chamber meeting on Monday.

FBLA teacher Angela McCallie, committee chairman Thomas McCallie and committee members Jacob Cagle and Nick Schafer presented fliers to members and a short informational speech about the upcoming drive. The FBLA has partnered with the City of Carlisle and Central Arkansas Solid Waste District to sponsor the electronic waste recycling drive this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. Students will be divided through out town and will go door to door collecting recyclable electronics. Residents are asked to have all of their electronics gathered and available for students prior to Saturday morning.

“These items aren’t suppose to go into the landfill anymore,” McCallie said. “Nothing is being refurbished. Everything is being broke down and disposed of.”

According to Angela McCallie, they will be accepting everything but kitchen appliances, including computers, copiers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, chargers, paper shredders, electrical cables, gaming systems, radios, stereos, DVD and VCR players.

For those who live out of the city limits or will be unavailable on Saturday, there will be a drop off available in the parking lot of Raymond H. Brown Gymnasium on the old high school campus.

McCallie said this is not a fundraiser for the FBLA and is completely a community service project. She said this is National FBLA week and activities are planned each day for students, which includes the recycle drive as part of their community service. She said there will also be a report written about the drive.

“I appreciate what they are doing,” Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover said. “This stuff ends up in ditches.”

Although televisions are not on the list of items the group is to pick up, Glover said he anticipates there will still be a few show up. Glover said he has made arrangements to dispose of a small number of televisions, in the event the students come across some.

During the meeting, Glover gave his monthly report. He said the city will kick off the new police and court building construction with a ground breaking ceremony that afternoon.

The Public Works Department is preparing to begin Phase II of street paving in the city. Glover said, with the approval of the council during the next meeting, the city will begin taking bids for paving. He said they will be purchasing 3,000 tons of asphalt and paving the streets in the worst condition first. Glover said he expects the second phase of the paving to begin this summer, followed by the third phase next year.

In economic development business, Glover said they have recently received two RFI (request for information) requests and the information submitted. He said he is very excited about these two RFI’s because neither requires a railroad and one is an aeronautics company.

Carlisle Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) members Hal Hillman, Beth Plafcan, Robin Rountree and chairman Margaret Zimmerman said they are currently working on business retention and planning a banquet for all the businesses. According to Hillman, there will be a business appreciation dinner held at 6 p.m. on April 1 in the Civic Center. He said every business that has paid occupational taxes in the city, will be invited to the dinner. Those in attendance will hear what the CEDC has done in the past five years, what the plans are for the future and be introduce to some of their economic partners. He said the keynote speaker for the dinner will be Christopher Crane with the Arkansas Film Commission. Hillman said the film commission has a new website that allows the community and businesses to sign up to support the film industry. He said there are numerous ways to provide support to the actors through visual sights and discounts.

“It is something we can provide as a support to our businesses,” Hillman said.

Hillman asked on behalf of the CEDC that the Chamber provide support for the banquet by splitting the cost of the food and to provided volunteers for the event. Chamber members voted unanimously to partner with the CEDC to host the banquet.

Chamber member of the year, citizen or volunteer of the year and business of the year awards will be presented during the business appreciation dinner. Chamber member nominations for these awards are currently being accepted. Any member wishing to make a nomination for these awards may mail their nominations to P.O. Box 6 Carlisle, Ark., 72024.

Also during the meeting, Glover proposed the idea to the Chamber about having a permanent Christmas tree planted downtown. Glover said Bob Hillman has offered to donate the tree if the Chamber would be willing to pay to have the tree dug up and transported to the new location. He would like to have the tree put where the city court trailer currently sits on the old railroad tracks. Chamber members voted unanimously to pay for the labor of having the tree transported to the new location.

The next chamber meeting will be at noon on March 11 in the Civic Center.

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