The new Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hit the ground running last Thursday, obtaining a tax identification number, looking at by-laws and agreeing to organize as a non-profit corporation.
Besides the paper work getting done, members met with City Administrator Dale Wallace and Mayor Allen Gentry about proposed cleanup work at the Penney Park, including removal of asphalt sidewalks that have caved in and bushes that have died. Sarah Galbraith volunteered to draw up projected plans for additions to the park, including the possibility of a concrete bandstand or platform.
Toward the end of the meeting, members reached a consensus on re-initiating a J. C. Penney Festival on Oct. 5, the same date that Missouri Star Quilt is planning an international quilt event. Tentative plans call for a luncheon with a special speaker, and a flea market.
But Motsinger gave the group information on the county's recycling project, which is funded by the North Missouri Solid Waste District and provides recycling bins near the city's maintenance barns, and a group of traveling bins that rotates throughout the county. The Chamber is pushing for increased pickup days or additional bins, as the Hamilton bins are usually full to overflowing.