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July 12, 2014

Billings Chamber of Commerce has June meeting

ENID, Okla. — Billings Chamber of Commerce members met June 18 at the Billings Community Center for its monthly meeting.

Candy Oller, membership drive chair, reported there were 207 individual and 16 business memberships at this time and a list of member names had been sent to local and area papers. She reported she would report in the papers any corrections and new members joining.

Pat Brand reported Norma Holden had been inadvertently left off the membership lists published.

Andrea McCluskey reported the Welcome Wagon had not visited any newcomers to town.

She stated Zelda Silvey, city clerk, is in the process of updating the Welcome Wagon book on the computer with the help of long time city residents Pat Brand and Frances Moss.

There were four new families mentioned that did need to be welcomed to the community.

Helen Hartz reported Ethel Enfield was awarded the Yard of the Month for June and would have a picture taken for the publication soon.

Dean Tipps and Karl Stephens reported the Business Appreciation Award Sign needed repaired before awarding to the next recipient and the committee would be announcing  the next recipient soon.

The main topic of new business was the Fourth of July celebration.

Cat Hammock Evans, director of recreation and housing for the city, reported activities included a free swim sponsored by the First Bank & Trust Company, a fundraiser hamburger/hotdog dinner benefiting the Billings swimming pool and bingo for school supplies.

Kurtis and Casey Stoll, owners of the Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie franchise at the Tonkawa Fountain Road Exit, were to serve free watermelon in Lions Park until the fireworks show under the direction of Irvin Schultz.

Gerri Lemings reported a check for $600 from the Chamber had been given to help sponsor the fireworks show.

The 2014 Wheat Festival also was discussed briefly under new business.

The date of the event is Oct. 11, and T-shirts and activities will be discussed at future Chamber meetings.

Helen Hartz presented checks to treasurer Gerri Lemings for three booth rentals for the festival.

Billings School Superintendent Rodney Vollmer reported AT&T was in the process of installing new fiber optics between the high school and the cafeteria.

Plans were to have the server room in the high school transferred to the new fiber optics equipment on July 1.

He also reported general repairs and maintenance were under way.

Dean Tipps presented Town Hall News. He reported the sewer lagoon contract was finalized and repairs would begin in July.

He also reported Jeremiah Shuemake had been appointed to fill one of two vacant seats on the Town Council Board, and the city has annexed the south side of the road leading to the Richard Rush property.

Cat Hammock Evans reported the city had spent over $25,000 in sandblasting repairs and maintenance to the Billings Swimming Pool.

She also reported a security system had been installed after a recent break in of the pool office.

Coming events

July 16: July Chamber of Commerce meets at noon. Everyone welcome.

July 27-Aug. 1: Vacation Bible School meets at the Methodist Church beginning with free swim at the pool from 6-7 p.m. on July 27.

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