Almost a hundred members of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce attended the first quarterly meeting of the year on Thursday morning at Kendall Young Library.
At the meeting, Chamber members shared information about local businesses. Members discussed what's new with their respective businesses and organizations, introduced new employees to the community and shared recent honors and awards they had received. Several new Chamber members were also introduced. Dale Mitchell, Webster City Hy-Vee store director, was the host speaker.
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Steve Mourlam, president and CEO of Webster City Federal Savings Bank, discussed the bank’s upcoming new facility Thursday at the quarterly Chamber meeting. While construction of the building was delayed, Mourlam said plans are moving forward.
Webster City Mayor Doug Getter was the first speaker to be featured at the meeting. In a short update to members about Webster City, Getter began by discussing the recent adoption of the 2014 to 2015 city budget. As of action Monday night, Getter said the council reduced the city' s millage rate by approximately $100,000. A millage rate is the amount per $1,000 that is used to calculate property taxes.
"We felt we could operate without that level of funding and still keep all the services that we all expect for city government to continue to flow," Getter said.
Getter also said that a meeting with elected officials will take place on March 15 at 10:30 a.m. in City Hall. One of the issues he said will be discussed is the level of money going into the road use tax fund. Getter also asked members and the general public for continued feedback on the proposed animal control ordinance that was first read at Monday's council meeting.
Former Webster City Mayor Janet Adams was also in attendance to discuss the upcoming Keep Iowa Beautiful Conference. The statewide organization is coming to Webster City for its annual conference on May 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Webster City Community Theatre. Adams invited those in attendance to come to the conference. The featured speaker will be Jim Dittoe, author of the book "90 Days To A Winning Community." Workshops will include art in rural communities, rivers and water trails and hometown pride, among others.
New Chamber members were introduced at the meeting. The new members presented were Pat Loughry of Maverick Machine Tool Inc., Jake Mueller and Gabe Jorgensen of Farm Bureau Insurance, Stacy Bauer of Scentsy, Rusty Grace of Pheasants Forever, Denise Morgan of TIDE Creations, Ron Keigan of American Legion Post 191, Heather Stein of Stein Heating and Denise Smith of SOS Vintage.
At SOS Vintage, Smith said she and her husband sell and create vintage furniture from recycled and upcycled pieces. The business is slated to open at 707 Second Street on the corner with Des Moines Street.
"We're really excited to be part of the Chamber and part of the community," Smith said.
Smith's business will also be a part of JunqueFest in Webster City. Mike Constant, creator of the Iowa Antique Network, said JunqueFest has invited vendors from across the state to sell primitive, vintage and repurposed items among many others. Right now, Constant said there are about 30 vendors scheduled to attend. In total, he said about 50 vendors can be expected.
JunqueFest will also feature food, entertainment, auctions, a kid's area and depot tours. During the event, which will be held at Willson Brewer Park from May 23 to 25, Constant said the event should bring about 3,000 people to town.
"We'd like to have everyone come out and visit and participate," Constant said.
Several dozen other speakers also talked to members in attendance. The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for June 5.