Coalition gathers in Pleasant Hill

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJune 21, 2013 

The Cass County Coalition of Chambers’ June meeting was hosted by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce in the city’s Memorial Building June 13.

CCCC President Janelle Biernbaum shared that the coalition is planning a “Taste of Cass County” fundraiser that will feature various food vendors in the county to showcase their food to attendees.

“We think it will be a fun thing for all of the chambers to help participate in, and a good way to taste all the different foods within Cass County,” Biernbaum said. The event has tentatively been scheduled for September.

Chamber reports:

Pleasant Hill’s Chamber President Lisa Nichelson shared that their annual golf tournament was a success with 80 golfers participating. Nichelson also said the chamber is preparing for their annual “Big Show” business expo on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Pleasant Hill Middle School.

Phil Duncan of the Belton Chamber invited attendees to the city’s Community Days celebration June 19-22.

Raymore’s report was given by Biernbaum, who shared about the chamber’s annual progressive dinner on Tuesday, June 25, and the chamber’s golf tournament will be Monday, Aug. 19 at Creekmoor.

Gary Mallory announced the Peculiar Chamber is in a time of transition. Mallory was recently appointed to serve as president of the organization. The organization’s first vice president and secretary have also resigned, leaving two vacancies. A new secretary has been appointed, but is still looking to fill the VP position.

Mallory also noted the chamber and the Downtown Peculiar Arts and Culture District will begin working together with the city’s economic development team to further their drive in promoting small businesses.

Peculiar will also be hosting Rep. Chris Molendorp at their next meeting, Wednesday, July 10. Molendorp will be sharing about Obamacare and its’ small business impact.

Harrisonville Chamber President Obie Carl shared that the city’s new weekly farmer’s markets is being well-received, as well as their “Junk in the Trunk” gatherings.

City reports:

Raymore Mayor Peter Kerckhoff said ground is moving for the new Cornerstone Academy going in behind Price Chopper, and behind that building, a new elderly living area is going to be built.

Pleasant Hill Community Development Director Randy Miller said the city is making a number of street work repairs, and has also been involved in a light rail study.

Miller also included a plug for the county fair, noting there will be plenty of events to take part in.

Jay Leipzig, of Belton, introduced himself to the coalition and briefly talked about his new role in overseeing the city’s newly-created economic development department.

Leipzig also shared about the opening of a new motorhome business, Transwest, along Interstate 49 in Belton in the area of the old bus barn.

Peculiar Mayor Ernie Jungmeyer reported to the coalition a couple of eyesores in the community are beginning to receive a facelift. He said Noble Refrigeration has purchased a piece of property along Main Street and are in the process of getting it rezoned. A new animal boarding and grooming business is also looking to move into an old restaurant business, and is in the process of applying for a special permit for rezoning.

County report:

Cass County Associate Commissioner Jimmy Odom shared that the county has obtained a contractor to improve sidewalks at the Cass County Justice Center. He also stated the county is still working toward making School Road improvements, particularly the Phase 1 of the project.

It was also announced Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox will be the featured guest of the CCCC’s next meeting Thursday, July 11, at Gregory’s in Raymore.

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