Fort Recovery Area Chamber of Commerce

Regular Meeting

January 26, 2021

The Fort Recovery Chamber of Commerce met in regular session on Tuesday, January 26 at Brick Street Tavern.

Members Present: Ryan Lange, PG Jellison, Amy Spriggs, Megan Steinberg, Sue Heiser, Connor Rammel, Randy Diller, Larry Brown & Ted Romer.

The meeting was called to order by Vice President, Connor Rammel.  

Secretary Report: Ted Romer made a motion to approve the November meeting minutes seconded by Ryan Lange.

Treasurers Report: Checking account beginning balance $3,648.09, disbursements totaling $745.00, receipts totaling $854.00, with an ending balance of $3,757.09. Cash on hand is $10.00 and the Fort Recovery Scholarship Fund $8,124.79 for a grand total of $11891.88.  Sue Heiser made a motion to approve the January treasurers report, seconded by Randy Diller. 

Old Business:

Chamber:

  • The chamber of commerce sponsored Merry & Bright Christmas Lights at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds received great attendance for the event.
  • All chamber meetings going forward will be on the last TUESDAY of the month.

New Business:

Chamber:

  • Our Home Family Resource Center has asked if the chamber would like to donate to the Empty Bowls Mercer County 2021 campaign. Last year the chamber donated $50.00 to the cause. Sue Heiser made a motion to approve a $50.00 donation seconded by Larry Brown.
  • The annual Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year banquet will take place March 14th. The event is currently open to nominees and their families due to capacity limits. If there are enough tickets left over, the event will be opened to the public. The cook and servers are lined up for the event. Masks are required.

Village:

  • The St. Rt. 49 bypass project will begin this spring. It is hoped to be completed by June.
  • The village has applied for a grant to start a new project, Butler Street/St Rt. 119 reconstruction. This project would involve reconstructing the length of the road within village limits as well as a new water line, sidewalks, curbs, and a new stop light at Wayne Street. The project is expected to begin in 2025.
  • Working on systems at the water plant and lagoon.
  • Applications are available for summer help.
  • Over a dozen applications have been received for a maintenance street department position. Paul Rohrer is retiring after 35 years with the village.
  • Poles were delivered today for lighting at monument park.

School:

  • Fort Recovery schools Culture & Commitment Guide has been published and can be viewed on the school’s website. The school is working on 4 primary goals next year.  
  • School employees are included in the vaccine distribution 1B plan. All teachers and substitutes are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. At this time, the school has not been informed as to when this distribution phase will begin.

Merchants:

  • Last meeting was held Tuesday, January 19th.
  • Taste of the Town is planned for Wednesday, June 16th.
  • This year’s First Thursday Merchant Events will take place May 6th, August 5th, October 7th and December 2nd.
  • March 27th the merchants will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Children can take pictures with the Easter Bunny at 10:30 a.m.

Jubilee:

  • The 2021 Harvest Jubilee dates have been confirmed, June 16-20. Kickoff will be Wednesday night with Taste of the Town and commence Sunday with the Fireman’s Parade at 2 p.m. and Chicken Dinners after.

Fort Recovery Arts Council:

  • The opera house has been purchased. The roof has been fixed. Windows are next to be replaced.

Ambassadors/WOW Committee:

  • The WOW Committee will be revitalizing the campgrounds to level out the land and add 40-50 electric hookups.
  • Super Raffle tickets are sold out. Tow-N-Go tickets are available for purchase online. It is anticipated the WOW event will give over 1 million in prizes this year.

Community Foundation:

  • Two new trustees have been selected: Amanda Hein Siegrist & Jason Andrews.
  • Grant distribution letters have been mailed.

WCSM:

  • Has released a new radio station 100.3 New Country. This station will have less talk and a lot more music.
  • February 22nd WCSM will visit Fort Recovery Local Schools. Individuals within the school will be interviewed from 11:30-1:00. Tune in for this Back to School event.

Historical Society & Project Recovery:

  • One of a Kind Auction is tentatively being planned at this time.

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Please support our local businesses for the perfect gift for your special someone.

Ted Romer made a motion to adjourn.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 23 @ Brick Street Tavern.

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