Elbow chamber asks city for helpPublished 11:20am Friday, November 16, 2012
Chamber of Commerce spokespersons Gene Hauser and Edie Jonson have asked the Elbow Lake City Council for some financial help to keep the organization afloat.
According to Hauser, the city previously had made an annual contribution of $15,000 until they were told such donations were illegal. Hauser said that after research of the statute pertaining to contributions, it was his interpretation that the city still could contribute to specific events that are sponsored by the Chamber.
Mayor Jay McNamar said it was also his interpretation that that the city can help fund various Chamber activities.
“If membership dues go down, I will recommend the chamber shut down,” said Hauser.
The council tabled the request until after they meet with the Chamber next month.
PR taking shape
A task force to update the long-range, comprehensive plan for Pelican Rapids drew nearly 30 residents to its initial meeting Nov. 8. Under consideration are business trends and a population analysis.
Currently, the largest demographic is youth five and under. This statistic will affect planning for schools for years to come.
Pelican Rapids is the third largest city in Otter Tail County. From 2000 to 2010 Pelican Rapids gained in population by 4 percent, while Fergus Falls dropped in population.
The task force will meet several more times over the winter. Hearings and forums will also be held where the public is encouraged to attend and participate.