October 28, 2014
Board members in attendance: Lorry Myers, Gabe Martinez, Matt Smith, Damon Reynolds, Dave Wilkins, Don Bormann, Emily Curtis
Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 6:32 p.m. by President Martinez
Welcome/Guest Introduction: President Martinez welcomed board members and guests. He also introduced Andy Hackethal, who will take over maintenance of the CREDI website.
Minutes: Motion by Wilkins to approve minutes from the September 23rd, 2014 meeting. Seconded by Bormann. Motion approved, unanimous.
Officer Report/President President Martinez reported that he did an interview with local radio station KLOVE that will air in the next few weeks. He will also email board members a survey form asking about local issues. The radio station uses the survey to learn about community concerns and interests.
Treasurer: Balance in checking account is $10, 025.54 Payments for insurance have been made.
Reports of appointees:
Chamber of Commerce: Plans are underway for the Christmas parade which will be held downtown December 6th
City of Centralia: Mayor Grenke announced that JR’s Diner will be part of the television show Restaurant Impossible
Centralia Schools: Board member Smith reported the school has finished their softball, volleyball seasons. Centralia will be hosting District football play and the Centralia basketball tournament is December 8th. All these events bring people to Centralia.
Reports of Standing Committees: Marketing Chair Curtis will bring the new maps that she designed to the school so they can be handed out to out of town guests at tournaments. The maps show places to eat, shop, and buy gas as well as City Hall, police station, and medical clinic. She will also create a new piece to be given on the Columbia Dinner Train that will encourage their guests to come back and visit Centralia.
Fundraiser: Chair Curtis handed out save the date cards for the upcoming fundraiser that will be held January17, 2015 at Nic ‘N Noah’s. The event is entitled “Celebrate Centralia. Where we’ve been and where we’re going”. Tickets are $45.00 each or $300 for a table of eight. Speakers will be John Blevin from Hubbell, Darin Ford, from the Centralia Schools, Erle Bennett from the Park Department, Patt Olsen from the Centralia Public Library, and Mayor Grenke and Matt Harline from the City of Centralia. Each will talk about the past year and the expectations for 2015. CREDI hopes to make this an annual event.
New Business: City Administrator Matt Harline, gave the group a short presentation about the EEZ ordinance in Centralia. CREDI will put the information on their website and include it in all marketing pieces.
MOTEL: Board member Myers told the board that she had made contact with the owner of America’s Best Inn in Shelbina. The owner is a retired banker and will attend CREDI’s next meeting to talk about what he did to bring a hotel to their small town.
Public Comment: None
Adjourn: Motion by Wilkins seconded by Bormann to adjourn. Motion carried unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm
Next meeting: November 25, 2014 6:30 pm.
October 28, 2014