members hear report
on 2005, goals for 2006
CARROLLTON, Ky. (February 2006) The Carroll
County Chamber of Commerce entered 2006 with a new president in Lonnie
Sundermeyer and several new faces on its board of directors.
Sundermeyer replaced outgoing president Stephen Jones,
general manager of Gen. Butler State Resort Park. She presented the
other new board members at the chambers monthly meeting, held
Jan. 9 at Butler Parks Two Rivers Restaurant.
The 2006 board includes Rita Carter, vice president; Cindy Dunn, treasurer,
Rhonda Crutcher, secretary, Roy Weeks, Chas Robbins, Rhonda Welch, John
Schuring, Jim Fothergill, Jim Ebert, Greg Goff, Chet Mitchell and Jones.
At the January meeting, chamber members heard from several speakers
including Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission
director Sarah Oak, City of Carrollton Clerk-Treasurer Becky Pyles,
Ghent Mayor Bob Sundermeyer and Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold
Tourism: Oak reported that innkeepers tax at the countys
hotels was up 20 percent last year, and she expects a strong 2006. She
announced that a second Agri-Tourism Conference will be held March 20
to help local land owners develop ideas for converting their farms into
tourist attractions. The conference will feature a state official discussing
such topics as insurance, marketing, operating costs and how to launch
a business venture. The county extension office has been working for
some time in this endeavor. A similar conference was held last year
and led by Debbie Spencer, a West Kentucky Corp. tourism development
Oak also said that ESPN was coming to Carrollton on June 25 to film
one of the stops in the season-long Bass Masters Fishing Tourn-ament.
The event is expected to draw 400 anglers and 200 boats to Carrolltons
Another fishing event, the Plapps Pro Ohio River Challenge, will
also bring competitors to Carrollton on July 23, she said.
by Don Ward
summer, the bridge over the Kentucky
River received a fresh coat of paint.
On Sept. 2, the city is reviving the Goldenrod Gala, a
juried arts and crafts show that will take place at Gen. Butler State
Resort Park and is being planned by a committee of people and headed
by Welch at the county extension office. In addition to art, it will
feature food and music.
City: Pyles reviewed the citys work on the blue bridge
that spans the Kentucky River near Point Park. She also said that the
environmental cleanup company that rented the park during January 2005
to clean up the oil spill upriver on the Kentucky has offered to help
pay for a new picnic shelter at Point Park. Mid Valley Pipeline Co.
has offered $15,945 that city officials will use to match a state grant
of the same amount to be used toward the project. Combined, the city
will have just more than $30,000 for the shelter.
Pyles also reported that a landscaping project will begin this spring
at the intersection of Hwys. 42 and Hwy. 227 in downtown Carrollton
at the site of a former gas station, which was razed for the new roadway.
Ghent: Bob Sundermeyer recapped events in Ghent, saying city
hall had moved its offices to the back of the former Ghent Christian
Church that has been undergoing renovations. The $200,000 state grant
money was approved 11/2 years ago and the building is available for
rent for weddings and other events. Another $25,000 was raised in private
and corporate donations to renovate the church.
County: Tomlinson, who recently filed for re-election, reported
on several ongoing projects, including those involving roads, bridges,
parks and his campaign to solicit state money to expand Jefferson Community
Colleges campus. He has sent more than 500 letters from residents
in Carroll and neighboring counties in support of an expanded campus
and a request for $11 million for the project.
We know this is an uphill battle, but we also know the need is
here and well continue to push for it, Tomlinson said.
He said a site selection committee is still working on the creation
of an airport in Gallatin County near the Kentucky Speedway that would
serve Carroll, Gallatin and Owen counties. A federal and state-funded
feasibility study was completed in 2003. The cost to build the airport
has been estimated between $10 million and $15 million.
Lonnie Sundermeyer, meanwhile, recapped chamber activities for 2005,
saying membership had grown to more than 120. The budget, however, was
cut by $2,000. Ticket sales for the annual banquet last fall and silent
auction proceeds at that event were down last year. As a result, the
amount of money dedicated to scholarship awards was reduced. The chamber
will award four scholarship at the end of this school year instead of
its usual five. The chamber did not produce a new Christmas ornament
in 2005 but sold $1,500 worth of prior years ornaments.
Last years golf scramble was considered a success and will continue
for the third year again this summer, June 7 at Fairway Golf Course.
This years banquet is set for Aug. 8 at Gen. Butlers Conference
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