Fireworks are on the Thayer Chamber of Commerce's mind as the chamber plans the annual Fourth of July celebration.
Bob Eckman led the chamber's meeting June 17 at the Los Patrillos Mexican Restaurant.
Eckman said $3,800 has been pledged to the fireworks, not including funding from the chamber. He said the chamber is going to try to raise at least $5,000. Eckman said about $800 was covered on the port-a-potties from the city.
Insurance, Eckman said, is the only other expense the chamber has to pay for. He said the insurance during the fireworks display will be about $107.
Some of the refreshments for the event have been ordered and ordering goodies for the kids has been discussed.
Eckman said a band is still needed to entertain early arrivers at the event. He estimated that a band might cost $1,000.
The event will be held at the Thayer High School football field.
Because more planning is needed, a special meeting will be held June 24 at noon at Los Patrillos Mexican Restaurant to finalize planning for the Fourth of July event.
Because of scheduling conflicts the date of the Chamber Banquet has changed from June 15 to June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Patrillos Mexican Restaurant. Eckman said members and guests will order from the menu and will be entertained by the Mammoth Spring Strings.
Eckman also said a few applications for Citizen of the Year have been sent in but the decision has yet to be made as to who will win the honor. Applications can be sent in to the chamber by June 23. The winner will be announced at the banquet.
Three positions are open for Chamber board members. An election will be held at the banquet to determine the new board members. Nomination forms can be found at TIC/RR Museum, Mainprize Chiropractic Clinic, Thayer Public Library, Thayer City Hall, Bank of Thayer or the office of K-95 Radio Station. Completed forms must be turned in to Dr. Mainprize by June 25.
Eckman said the chamber was trying to settle its debt with the city on the Caboose. Eckman said the chamber had negotiated the original contract for $9,000 on the overhead. He said the chamber made two payments when they thought they had made three and the city thought the chamber had only made one. However, when the city went back in the records it was found that the chamber made two payments. At the Thayer City Council meeting, the city agreed to defer the payment for 2009 to 2010.
Because the chamber is having some difficulties keeping up with chamber members, a spreadsheet has been started to keep track of them as soon as they pay their membership fees.
The next regular meeting of the Thayer Chamber of Commerce will be July 1 at noon at Los Patrillos Mexican Restaurant.