The Carlisle Chamber of Commerce finalized plans for the open house of the Police and Court building Monday during its noon meeting.
The open house will be from 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 14 at the building, located at 121 West Main Street. The public is invited to come see the new building. Tours will be given along with refreshments during the event.
Mayor Ray Glover said the electrical and air conditioning work is being finalized on the building this week. He said they will begin work on the floors, working toward the Sept. 6 move-in date.
“Carlisle is very, very lucky to have banks like BancorpSouth and Carlisle Banking Center to help make this thing as good as it can be,” Glover said.
Glover said Carlisle Banking Center has purchased a clock, which will be placed on the front of the building. He also said BancorpSouth has agreed to purchase the awning for the building.
“The police and court building is going to be a first-class building,” Glover said. “Everyone in Carlisle will be proud of it.”
For an economic development update, Glover said he will be attending a Metro Little Rock Alliance (MLRA) meeting Wednesday, accompanied by State Sen. Jonathan Dismang, to discuss preparing a 3D video of Carlisle’s select building site. Glover said because the site is one of the two largest the MLRA has, it has been selected.
“Hopefully we can get a really classy video,” Glover said.
In other city business, Glover said the city will be applying for a grant to work on the city parks. He said with the grant, the city plans to do a lot of work to both the downtown city ballpark as well as Rockefeller Park.
Glover said when people move into a new city, the three things they look at are the parks, schools and churches. He said without those three, a city will not thrive.
Some of the plans for the parks include adding an additional softball and t-ball field at Rockefeller, putting metal roofs on the concession and out buildings and adding rubber fencing around the fields.
“Hopefully we will get this matching grant,” Glover said.
Glover said the city has received the final fund to finish the North and South runway at the airport. He said work will soon be underway to finish the overlay.
Code Enforcement officer Robin Rountree will continue to be at the Carlisle Civic Center between 9 a.m. until noon every Wednesday, to hear complaints and concerns of any kinds pertaining to Code Enforcement. Glover said the city is continuing to work to clean up the town. He ask that citizens continue mowing their yards, but to take consideration to not blow grass on the street.
“Please don’t throw grass in the street,” Glover said. “Mow your grass, but don’t through it out in the street.”
As a member of the ARCare board of director, Glover told chamber members he would be attending the Monday night school board meeting to speak with the board about leasing Raymond H. Brown Gymnasium for a wellness center. Glover said ARCare is prepared to put a lot of money into the building for the wellness center.
“This is a project most people in Carlisle would like to have,” Glover said.
Glover said if the board agreed to allow ARCare to lease the facilities, the building would be converted into a wellness/fitness center with an exam room, walking area, fully functional kitchen and weight room.
“It’s a lot cheaper to keep people well, that to treat them when they are sick.” Glover said.
Glover said the wellness center will not be a money maker for ARCare, although they hope to break even, but it will be a resource for the community.
Regina Montgomery with Entergy and Renee Doty with Arkansas Economic Development Commission spoke to the Chamber about helping promote a membership drive and help with business retention.
They offered ideas on how to better serve the business, by collection information on what problems local business have and how to grown the Chamber membership by better educating business with guest speakers, networking and building a stronger Chamber base.
Chamber members voted unanimously to partner with Entergy and Arkansas Economic Development Commission by move forward and working with Montgomery and Doty on the ideas they have proposed.
The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon Sept. 9 in the Civic Center.