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November 2021 Ignacio Chamber Meeting Minutes


Ignacio Chamber Meeting

November 3, 2021

Porky’s Smokehouse


Present: Clark Craig, Andrea Tylor, Rebecca York, Marcia Vining, Sharon Craig, Tuggy Dunton, Chris Dekay, Jeremy­­­ Shockley, Carol Thompson, Bruce Le Claire, Amy Barry, Erik Beres, Allison Leath

Thank you to Dayson for hosting our meeting at Porky’s Smokehouse

Called to Order: 8:05am

September Minutes: tabled until next meeting

Financial Report: $8,602.17 checking + $656.31

Old Business:

Sharon Craig: Great turn out for Brisket BBQ Cookoff. Keg was donated by Bottom Shelf Brewery in Bayfield. They have been very supportive with our events. Please support them.

Clark Craig: FFA ran the corn hole tournament and the Ignacio Chamber donated $520 in proceeds to the FFA in a formal presentation during their meeting.

New Business:

Clark Craig: the Ignacio Chamber sponsored Ignacio Highschool and received a “Proud Supporter” sweatshirt that will be auctioned off next meeting.

Crème de la Crème is open and serving coffee + ice cream. Lets show our support

Andrea Taylor: Tribe has moved back to mask mandate. Casino is still open and holding events. Opened 9am – 11pm. 7 Rivers and Willow restaurants are open. Make reservations for 7 Rivers.

Chris Dekay: Sending out surveys and would like them back before Thanksgiving. Elections were held yesterday. 3 new board members will be certified soon. Schools are still isolating and quarantining for Covid outbreaks. Vaccination clinic for ages 5-12 and boosters will be held at elementary school November 11 form 3 – 6pm. The highschool is hosting the Regional Volleyball Tournament meet this Saturday – wear red. Starts at 9am.

Carol Thompson asked about non-profit sponsorships for the high school. Chris Dekay said it can be discussed.

Marcia Vining: Library is working on grants for next year. Children and Family programs are going well. Trunk or Treat had about 150 kids this year. Game nights and escape rooms will be available Thanksgiving week. Dedication for Naoma Jones reading room went well last month. Jeannie McClanahan passed away – a long time volunteer at the library. The Library was the recipient of her memorial.

Jeremy Shockley: Discussed covering more in the community and a column for the library. The paper is growing and working on more distribution.

Bruce Le Claire: Working on supporting the mental well-being of staff. Also working on collaboration with services outside the tribe. Trunk or Treat was successful.

Sharon Craig: Emily Meisner from Economic Alliance has been moved to Pagosa Springs and will be working with housing. She is excited. Also looking at a resource to distribute information regarding local government and municipalities. Looking for ideas.

Tuggy Dunton: Town Hall: There have been multiple delays with the new traffic light but estimated completion is now mid-November. Land Use Development (LUDC) two public hearings. One with Planning Commission on either Dec 1 or Dec 8 and with the Town Board on December 13. Information will be on the Town Website. Public input welcome. Also elections are coming up in April 2022 with Mayor and 3 Board seats open. Nomination packets will be available January 4, 2022. Creative District: Applying for state certification. We now have a website: IgnacioCreativeDistrict.org. We will be listing art and community events. For listing please email: IgnacioCreativeDistrict@gmail.com

Allison Leath: Holiday Light Parade will be Friday December 3 at 5:30 with floats and Santa. Events will be held at library as well. Businesses are invited to drive a float in parade.

Clark Craig: the Ignacio Chamber will be hosting a float in the parade. Have trailer. Might need driver.

Erik Beres: Bank required to report to IRS over $600 has been dropped. Vaccine requirements for employees is being discussed. Bank is hosting a high-school event for checking and savings.

Adjourned: 9:12am



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