Having a yard sale or need to wish grandma happy birthday, well the Chamber of Commerce has just the place to do just that.
During the Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday, members approved new lower rates for advertising on the LED sign out front of the Civic Center. Daily rates are now $10, $25 for weekly advertisement, $50 for a month, $250 for six months and $500 per year. Non-profit Chamber members will receive free unlimited advertising.
With new lower rates, Chamber president Judie Bariola said she hopes to encourages more and potentially new members.
Chamber membership letter will be sent out this month. Cost is $125 per year for businesses, which includes 30 days free advertisement on the sign.
Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover gave a city report on happenings in town. Glover said the police and court building is moving along nicely.
"It’s [the police and court building] a wonderful addition to our down town," Glover said.
Glover praised businesses downtown for their purchase of the flowers. He said the flowers are being fertilized and maintained.
"They really look pretty," Glover said.
The city wrapped up its annual trash bash last week. Glover said three larger containers worth of items was collected.
At this time almost all of the city streets have been overlayed, according to Glover. He said they will try to finish up the remaining streets this fall or next summer. Glover said city workers will now focus on doing ditch work this summer.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Glover said Parks Director Ronnie Ashmore is planning a Fourth of July event at Rockefeller Park. He said Ashmore plans to offer activities, food and fun through the day and end the evening with a fireworks display. Glover asked the Chamber if they would be interested in helping to sponsor the event. Chamber members asked Glover to get with Ashmore to decided what he needs from the Chamber for the event.
Glover also asked the Chamber to split the cost for dues to Metro Little Rock Alliance (MLRA). He said the MLRA is a 12-county organization used as a marketing agent. He said the executive director, Joey Dean, is the one who sends the city request for information for potential industry in the city. Glover said Dean believes Carlisle is a prime candidate for a distribution center because of its location between Memphis and Little Rock and because of its interstate access.
"Joey is working hard to find Carlisle a distribution center," Glover said.
Hal Hillman currently serves on the board. In a unanimous vote, the Chamber approved to pay $921.50 of the $1,843 for MLRA dues.
Chamber members also discussed activities for Alumni Weekend, which begins Oct. 11. Members agreed to not have bounce houses this year and to replace the activity with a dunking booth and possibly a children’s concert.
The next Chamber meeting will be at noon on June 10 at the Civic Center.