The Fort Recovery Chamber of Commerce met in regular session on Tuesday, June 29 at Brick Street Tavern.

Members Present: PG Jellison, Amy Spriggs, Megan Steinberg, Connor Rammel, Eric Brackman, Shawn Robinson, Ryan Lange, Thomas Shaw, Sue Heiser, Larry Brown & Ted Romer.

The meeting was called to order by President, Shawn Robinson.  

Secretary Report: Sue Heiser made a motion to approve the May meeting minutes seconded by PG Jellison.

Treasurers Report: Checking account beginning balance $3,976.33, disbursements totaling $936.23.00, receipts totaling $3,020.00, with an ending balance of $6,060.10. Cash on hand is $24.00 and the Fort Recovery Scholarship Fund $8,124.79 for a grand total of $14,208.89.  Ted Romer made a motion to approve the June treasurers report, seconded by Megan Steinberg.

Old Business:

Chamber

  • Renewals were sent out in June. The first disbursement to the Merchants for their dues was issued.

New Business:

Village:

  • Broadway/Elm Street project is near completion and the truck route is open. The village is working with ODOT on making this the new highway. There is also discussion with making changes to the current stop signs as approved by ODOT.
  • Patching and overlay work on Butler Street will take place in July.
  • Water tower is scheduled to be resurfaced in late July including a fresh coat of purple for the logo.
  • There will be two operating renewal levies on the November ballot. A 2.3 mill current expense levy and a 2.5 mill street maintenance levy. Both are renewals so no new funds are being requested.
  • Next meeting rescheduled from July 5th to July 6th at 7:30 pm due to the holiday.

School:

  • The school is working on some updates over the summer including interior painting.
  • Fort Recovery Schools is in favor of the Fair School Funding Plan. This plan, if signed by the governor, would provide some key benefits for our school district. Specifically, more of the state income and state sales tax funds would be returned to our school community.
  • Ground has broken for the new softball complex.
  • The school will be replacing the old block glass tiles.
  • There are over 90 kindergarteners registered for the upcoming school year.
  • Lunches will continue to be free for students in the upcoming school year.

Merchants:

  • Taste of the Town was a success with over 20,000 tickets sold this year. 80% of the profits go to the participating vendors.
  • Merchants are looking into the possibility of ordering street banners to promote shopping downtown. It was noted the girl scouts are also in the process of ordering veterans’ banners for downtown.
  • Merchants will be selling ice cream at the tractor pulls.

Jubilee:

  • The 2021 Harvest Jubilee went well this year. There will be a concluding meeting in August.

Community Foundation:

  • Grant recipients will be recognized August 8th at the Summer Concert Series.

Historical Society & Project Recovery:

  • St. Clair 5K Run is scheduled for July 17th. The race will start and finish at Fort Recovery Community Park.

Ambassadors:

  • Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals will take place July 30th and 31st. Gates open at 4 pm and the pulls begin at 7 pm.
  • Grass was planted with hopes to be ready for the WOW event.

Fort Recovery Museum:

  • The historical society has pledged $100,000 to the opera house restoration project.

WOW:

  • Restless Road was confirmed for the WOW event.

Friends of the Arts:

  • Summer Concert Series line up for July: July 11th Forever Diamond, July 18th The Bulldogs, July 25th The Smokin Ham Band.

Connor Rammel made a motion to adjourn.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 27 @ Tin Cupboard.

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