Carlisle Chamber of Commerce members deemed this year’s appreciation dinner a success Monday during the noon Chamber meeting.

The appreciation dinner was held April 29 at the Civic Center. Guest speaker for the event was Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce president Randy Zook. Awards were also presented for the 2014 Volunteer and Business of the Year. Volunteer of the Year went to Melodie Hardke for her work with the Carlisle Animal Shelter. The 2014 Business of the Year was presented to Carlisle branch president Cody Snider of BancorpSouth for its continued support to the Community. Four Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) seniors were also presented with Rose Mary Buffalo Scholarships. Recipients included Austin Reed, Cody Bowlan, Braden Reed and Makenzie Bennett.

"I want to thank the Chamber for a nice banquet," Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover said. "Jon’s [Jon Plafcan] meat was excellent."

Glover said while the banquet went well, he was disappointed in the turnout of local business owners. He said next year the chamber might consider holding the banquet during a different time of year so it is not conflicted with ball games. Robin Rountree also suggested calling guests a week prior to the event to follow up along with invitations that are sent out.

During the city update from Glover, he asked members to thank local merchants for purchasing flowers have been put out down town and helping to make the town pretty.

According to Glover, this years City Wide Clean up was the biggest ever. He said city workers are continuing to pick up this week because of the abundance of items collected. Glover said the city has already collected four large bins and the current bin is full.

"If you will hold off, we will get your stuff," Glover said.

City Code enforcer Robin Rountree said she and partner Brent Doney will be handing out 18-22 citations for code violations in the upcoming week. Rountree said she has given violators the city resolution explaining their responsibility as a property owner in Carlisle. She said she has continued to worked with property owners but some are choosing not to cooperate. Rountree said Municipal Judge Joe Svoboda is prepared to give out fines up to $100 per day to violators.

Glover said residents should also be aware that it is the owners responsibility to mow their ditches when mowing their yard.

"You are responsible for mowing your ditch," Glover said.

Glover said he would also urge residents not to burn leaves and sticks. He said there are many people in the community with respiratory problems and burning items makes it work. Glover said the city offers limb and leaf service, so there is no reason residents should be burning them.

Woodmen of the World has purchased trees to be planted in memory of former members, according to Glover. Glover said this is open to anyone who would like to have a tree for their family or a loved one. He said the tree and plaque cost about $50.

Primary elections will be Tuesday, May 20. Glover said voting for both city residents and the Carlisle Township will be at the Civic Center.

Homecoming weekend and Alumni day is scheduled for Oct. 17-18. The Chamber Barbecue dinner will be the evening of Oct. 17 at the elementary school cafeteria. The Chamber will also assist vendors in setting up at the city park Oct. 18 during the Alumni Day event. Vendor letters will be mailed out in July.

Victor Seidenschwarz was elected Chamber vice president by unanimous vote during the meeting. Cody Snider was elected as president and Allison Goodman as secretary/treasurer during the April meeting.

The next Carlisle Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon June 9 in the Civic Center. Lunch will be provided for $5.