The Carlisle Chamber of Commerce and the Carlisle Economic Development Corporation members discussed banquet plans during the Chamber meeting on Monday.

Carlisle Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) with the help of the Chamber will be hosting a business appreciation banquet for all the businesses in Carlisle. The business appreciation dinner held at 6 p.m. on April 1 in the Civic Center. 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. According to Hal Hillman, the keynote speaker for the dinner will be Christopher Crane with the Arkansas Film Commission.

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.

The dinner is by invite only. Hillman said invitations will be going out this week.

Also during the meeting, Glover gave his monthly report. He said construction on the new police and court building is moving along. He said dirt work is complete and footing for the building has been poured. He said they will now stub the plumbing in for the building and it should take about three days. Glover said after the plumbing is in they will finish up the foundation and start putting the building up.

The Public Works Department is preparing to begin Phase II of street paving in the city. Glover said they will be overlaying 50 city streets this summer.

"These are some that need overlaying, but aren’t that bad," Glover said.

He said the city will open bids March 19. Glover said the third phase of street paving would be next year. He said once all the roads have a new overlay, the city should then be able to maintain them from now on.

"We couldn’t keep up with them all at the same time," Glover said.

The city is preparing for its annual spring clean up. Glover said the city will be picking up items between May 6-10, excluding Tuesday which is the regular trash pick up day. He said this is the time for residents to get rid of those broken and unwanted items.

"We want our town to look good," Glover said.

In economic development business, Glover said they have recently received any more RFI (request for information) requests since the last meeting.

He said he the city will continue to submit RFI’s for those that do not requires water or railroad.

Glover also said the new city Christmas Tree has been replanted downtown. He said he is very thankful to Bob and Sharon Hillman for donating the tree.

"I think the Christmas tree is going to be something special for years to come," Glover said.

The tree now stands next to the fire station.

The next chamber meeting will be at noon on April 8 in the Civic Center.