Ignacio Chamber Meeting Minutes May 2021
Ignacio Chamber of Commerce
May 5, 2021
Present: Clark Craig, Sharon Craig, Ron Dunavant, Tony Harwig, Amos Lee, Mike Pachecco, Annette Gallegos, Devin Camacho, Andrea Taylor, Tuggy Dunton, Ann McCoy, Carol Thompson, Rebecca York, Marcia Vining, Charley Flagg, Rocco Fuschetto, Dyson Goetz, and Heather Velasquez.
Called to order: 8:01am
Thank you to Dayson Goetz at Porky’s Smokehouse for hosting and Amos Lee at Farmers Fresh for donuts and coffee.
March 2021 Minutes: Carol Thompson motioned. Rocco second. All approved.
April 2021 Minutes: Ann McCoy motioned. Amos second. All approved.
Financial: $7251.83 checking and $656.27 savings
Green Chili Committee update: Saturday Sept 4, 2021 from 12 – 4. Coordinating with motorcycle rally. Location: TBD back up location: Parking lot behind Farmers Fresh.
Scholarship Committee: Sent out applications and receiving applications.
Sharon Craig: We did not hear on the grant yet.
Clark Craig and Tuggy Dunton said they have not heard on Kasey’s USDA grant, but she did put earnest money down on building.
Andrea Taylor introduced herself.
Charley Flagg: Casino opened 4/15 by invitation and 4/17 to general public. Sports Kiosk for betting is available. Casino opened limited hours with possible expansion of hours the next 2 weeks. Restaurants are opened for breakfast and lunch. Hotel and Bowling alley have not re-opened yet.
Tony Harwig: Arboles fire station has picked a contractor and will begin soon. Fire department did a full-scale mock-drill at the airport for possible airplane crash.
Clark Craig: Great turn out for the car show on 5/1/2021. 110 cars participated. Chamber chose Steve and Julie Callaghan’s red Ford as winner.
Rocco Fuschetto: School Board has interviewed 2 candidates for temporary Board opening. The town was saved $435k by previously refinancing the schools’ bonds. Looking again to refinance and save an additional $400k. Ignacio High School’s graduation is May 22 with Covid safety measures in place. A parade down Goddard will follow for the seniors.
Amos Lee: Store is doing well. Feed store is moving along. Grand Opening for Feed Store is Friday 5/21 from Noon – 2:00 with Carlos and Joel making Tacos. Curb side pick-up planned to open the first part of June. Farmers Fresh will have Ribs second Saturday of the month through the summer. Amos also inquired about doing a Town Clean Up Day. Brisket Cookoff is set for October 2, 2021.
Mike Pacheco: Business is good, but windshields and materials are still in short supply.
Annette Gallegos: TBK lobbies are opened.
Ron Dunavant: Funds for second round of PPP loans are almost out. Check with your lender on loans and loan forgiveness.
Heather Velasquez: Getting more locals in.
Tuggy Dunton: Saturday is vaccine clinic. Light at Goddard/Becker will start construction in June. Did not receive Fast Track Grant but still moving forward. Rock Creek Housing is also still moving forward. Ignacio Creative District will have “Artist Alley” at Green Chili Fest. And looking at having an artist do a street painting.
Bethany Powell: Bayfield PCC is beginning a CPR class 10 – 2 on May 20. CNA begins May 24. Youth programs are available for high school students for Wildland and CAN programs etc., Would love community input on what programs/certificates are needed.
Rebecca York: Physicals for middle and high school students only $25
Dayson Goetz: We need more community events.