Woodbury Increases Funding To Chamber

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It was a case of better late than never for Cannon County Chamber of Commerce President Neal Appelbaum Tuesday night.

Appelbaum was a little tardy for the monthly meeting of the Woodbury Mayor and Board of Aldermen because he serves on the Cannon County Industrial Development Board, which was also meeting Tuesday night.

Appelbaum was on the Woodbury Board's agenda to request additional funding from the town for the Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Harold Patrick pushed the item to the back of the agenda, and Appelbaum arrived minutes before the meeting was about the adjourn.

It turned out to be a good thing he did, as the Board voted unanimously to increase the town's yearly contribution to $2,500, up from $1,000.

Depending upon what action the Cannon County Commission takes next Tuesday with respect to approving the county's 2012-2013 budget, this could turn out to be a big month for the Chamber in terms of increased funding. The budget the Commissioners are scheduled to approve includes an increase of yearly funding from the county to $1,500 from $50.

In other business Tuesday night the Woodbury Board:

• Approved to donation of a Woodbury Police Department patrol car to the Cannon County Sheriff's Department. The WPD recently added a Dodge Charger to its fleet.

• Delayed accepting a bid for the demolition of a structure at 209 Hayes St. until its September meeting so another bid can be submitted.

• Endorsed the recognition of John Passenger as Fireman of the Year and Woodbury Assistant Police Chief Lowell Womack as Policeman of the Year at an American Legion Post 279 dinner planned for Sept. 20.

• Approved Shelley Walkup's request to hold a 5K Run fundraiser on Oct. 27 to raise money for the Cannon County High School basketball teams.

• Approved a motion setting the official day for Halloween events in the town on Oct. 31, which is a Wednesday.

• Discussed but delayed until its September meeting taking action on rules for roadblock fundraisers. Among the ideas considered is that they be limited to no more than one per month (12 per year) and restricting them to non-profit organizations.

• Accepted a donation of 2,000 trees from the Stones River Watershed Association to be planted at one of the town's parks.

See next week's print edition of the Cannon Courier for additional coverage of Tuesday's meeting.
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