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Building a Plan For The Future
The 2017 Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is in the process of making a huge decision to help maintain the viability of the Chamber in the future. Our beautiful building that was built with Chamber & Showboat funds has become very expensive for the Chamber to maintain on its own. It is also going to need some extensive repairs over the next few years.
The Chamber’s reason for existence is to promote our members and to help grow our business community. The normal day to day expenses along with the need for $25,000 to $40,000 in repairs have put the Board in a precarious position.
In the last several months we were approached by representatives of the Village about the possibility of sharing our building and property with the Village of Chesaning. Their office buildings are in need of a tremendous amount of repair as well. The Board has been floating ideas back and forth with the Village about possible ways for this “sharing” to happen. The Village has now proposed to do a large addition to “our” building at no cost to us. However, in order to make the financing possible, The Chamber would need to deed the building and property over to the Village in exchange for a 100-year lease (that automatically renews every 99 years) for $1.00 per year. The Village would be responsible for all maintenance inside and outside of the building. The Chamber would pay a small percentage of the utilities based on the size of our office in relation the total square footage of the building. Partnering with the Village would give the Chamber the opportunity to dedicate more of its budget to marketing its membership and the community of Chesaning.
After having discussed this at many meetings, 2017 Board of Directors feels it is in the best long term interest of the Chamber to accept this proposal from the Village. Financing for this project must still be secured by the Village before it can move forward. This was not an easy decision and it was definitely not taken lightly as we understand the pride of ownership of this beautiful building and property by our membership. We welcome your questions and input on this decision. Our next Board of Directors meeting is Thursday, May 11th at 8:00AM.
Greg Bruff, President
Ron Ebenhoeh, Vice-President
Jessie Stewart, Secretary
Steve Keck, Treasurer