Oct. 20 board of trustees meeting

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MEEKER | Meeker’s board of trustees met Tuesday, with Mayor Kent Borchard attending by phone. The board approved a building permit waiver for the hospital’s new sleep center construction. Pioneers Medical Center CEO said the organization is “really excited” to bring a sleep lab to the community. The board approved the waiver on staff recommendation of approval.

Meeker Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Kobald and new board member Chance Walker provided the Chamber update for the trustees. The Meeker Chamber has 219 members currently, 15 of which are new. 

“It feels like we kind of weathered the storm of COVID. Thank you for the grants you gave out,” Kobald said. She said the chamber will be focusing on membership next year and encouraging the connections between local businesses.

The Chamber has also embarked on a healthcare program and will have a webinar explaining the options for chamber members on Oct. 27 (see news briefs on page 3A).

Kobald said half of their members are dependent on visitors and tourism, and added OHV riding is now the No. 1 inquiry at the visitor center. 

Despite COVID restrictions, the Chamber was able to partner with ERBM and MACC this summer for the Meeker Market, which was a successful program. In the future, they’re looking at development of a local food alliance and additional opportunities.