2014 September

Minutes September 11th, 6:00 PM Eagles.Current Agenda reads as follows:

Treasurers Report-Jennifer Hellman
Bear Paw Battlefield-Heather DePriest
Fairground Improvements-Heather DePriest
CTEP-Heather DePriest
Sugarbeet Festival-Mitzi Cecrle
Chamber Building-Larry Surber/Craig LowhamAttending:
Frank Pehrson
Brandon Nissen
Max Hofeldt
Mike Inman
Craig Lowham
Keith Hanson
Keri Hanson
Mitzi Cecrle
Priscilla Heflin - Pastime Owner
Jennifer Hellman
Heather Depriest
Steve Edwards

Guests:
Pam Lemer
Minutes were read and approved

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP $42.46
BPCU Savings $25.05
FB Sugarbeet Festival $2,552.51
Chamber Bucks -$3840.00
Wells Fargo Operating $7,532.83
WF Christmas Lights $537.00
WF Tables and Chairs Account $3,433.00
Treasurers report was presented and approved. Bills were paid
Jennifer did question as to why the Northwestern Energy bill went from $8 to $45. The only thing that
could be thought of was that the church was using the outlets that currently belong to the chamber for
their remodel project. Since we are moving out we were not going to make an issue of it at this time.

OLD BUSINESS:

Bear Paw Battlefield - nothing new at this time.
Fairgrounds - There will be a special meeting in regard to the usage and maintenance of the arena at the
fairgrounds. There is a pile of gravel by the commercial building. Not sure where it will be put yet.
CTEP - Pam Lemer of Bear Paw Development brought everyone up to date on the sidewalk program.
Right now the paperwork is in the hands of the State. Due to the time delay everyone that had made
their share of the payment will be refunded and a more accurate amount will be given in the spring.
Sugarbeet Festival - Mitzi reported that things are going well in the planning. The sugar beets have been
delivered and Mitzi will talk with Cow Creek Feeds to see if they can be dropped off for participants to
pick up. Thom has ordered the shirts for the Fun Run. He needs help with volunteers since he will not be
in town that day. Please contact him if you can help. Stockgrowers were unsure whether there will be
enough cattle for the team sorting. They are still looking. Some vendors were a little concerned about no
inside space in case of bad weather. Just a few last minute details and things should be all set. The
subject of sponsors and who should it be. In the past it has been just Chamber Members that have been
sponsors for the activities. The Eagles has offered to do the dinner for the chamber bbq this year.
Brandon brought up the issue of power for vendors and that we should really have a policy in place for
power sources.
Chamber Building - Larry and Craig have looked into a new building. The school shop kids can possibly
do it for $3000. Mike Inman mentioned that the chamber could possibly aquire the lots where Bikini
Coffee currently sits. There could possibly be Brownsfield money for this. Inmans would be willing to gift
the lots to the chamber. There are concerns about the back taxes. Mike will look further into this. All the
items currently in the chamber office will be moved to the old city shop until a more permanent place
can be established.
New Business’ - Jennifer reported that Ham’s Storage, Humming Dragon Treasurers, Gretchans
Getaway, Healing Path, and Northwestern Mutual have been welcomed to the community with a 2015
chamber membership and a plant. Still need to welcome Chinook Lube & Tire, The Radovich’s (old Jeans
Bakery), Levy Jones, Pastime, and Tara Overcast.
Chamber Bucks - Keri will place an article in the paper in regards to Chamber Bucks and how simple they
are to get and are a great asset to the community.
Weed Spraying - The Chamber paid for all the weed spraying this summer. The weeds are still not dying
like they should. Mike Inman said that he would visit with the weed supervisor about this.
Signs at Slumber J building - Dan Friede was not in favor of using the lot for chamber signage. More
thought will be put into where they can go. The plan is to get new signage when the DOT redoes
highway 2 in 2017 or 2018.
New members - Brandon said that he would be willing to be the new membership drive organizer for
the upcoming year.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm
Next meeting is scheduled for October 8th, 6:00 PM at the Pastime.
TABLED ITEMS
Sandwich Board
- We talked about making a few sandwich boards with some plywood - we inquired
that maybe the school would be willing to make them if we asked. Heather will contact Robin about this
project as well.
Cell Phone Towers - Fred Langford Property
Grant Writing - Bridgette will get in touch with Heather once she is done with School.
Grants - Heather brought to the groups attention that there is a couple grants that may be worth
looking into - one being Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Program. Heather has
the paperwork if anyone is interested in writing it.
Festival of Trees - Decided to possibly make a stand-alone event with drinks/hoursdoeuvres.
LARGE SUGARBEET STATUE - Colleen had brought a photograph of a large sugar beet that she had
encountered in her travels and was wondering if something would be possible to add to our Visitors
Center as a unique draw. We will be discussing later on when the building is complete and operational.
Notary Training - Tabled at this time - do not know if we will have enough interest in it to justify bringing
the trainer down.
Marquees - The PTO has decided to take some of the funds for the Marquees and use for another
project. The Chamber decided to hold off on the marquees until we have a visitor’s center/rest area to
place it at.
Lights on the Tower
Anita DePriest Magnuson sent Heather a cutout of a Newspaper Article from Junction City, Oregon
where they have succeeded in lighting up their water towers with LED lights that can change and be
programmed to move and rotate. It was agreed that it was a neat idea and would be tabled until we had
available funding to do a project of that magnitude. Heather will contact Chuck and see if he is
interested in spearheading the project. <http://junctioncity.kval.com/content/eugene-company-helpslight-
junction-city-water-tower>.
Strategic Alliance of Montana Chambers - Heather contacted SAMC and notified them of our interest in
the project. We will wait to hear from them on when we will be doing training in our area.
American Prairie Foundation
It was talked about at the meeting for our approach on this subject, and we decided to help encourage
people to get educated on the subject and to express your opinion. The officers of the group decided to
let the Stockgrowers and the CattleWomen do the public viewing of the movie with a speaker, etc. It
was a unanimous opinion of the group that it will affect businesses and could directly affect each and
every one of us. Heather will contact Lori Swanson.
Mural
Fran Hodgson sent Heather a link in July that showcased Cut Bank’s murals through town. She would like
to suggest that Chinook look into it. The link is: <http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/92734869.html>.
Tabled at this time.
Signs Outside of town
The signage has been tabled still since the input we received from Krystal Steinmetz regarding CTEP.
Heather will work directly with Krystal on this project

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