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Chamber of Commerce Meeting
July 3, 2003

at V.V.E.C.
City Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Collinsville City Employees (and a few Tulsa County workers that cover this area) were treated to a luncheon Thursday by the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. The food was provided by V.V.E.C. and the meat cooked by Jack Young.
Jim Rogers gave a "State of the City" address to the Chamber and City/County Employees.

Collinsville Chamber President Marilyn Hardacre gave a brief status of upcoming Chamber events: July 4th Celebration at City Park, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast in mid-August, Founder's Day September 13th, and fund raisers for Christmas decorations.

Marilyn indicated steady progress is being made on getting the new Chamber office completed, but that volunteers were still needed.
City Manager Mike Tinker had been scheduled to address the group but was unavailable as he was required at a hastily called meeting in Tulsa to work out more details on the Vision 2025 effort. Jim Rogers filled in for Tinker and discussed growth in Collinsville while dealing with tight budgets. He said he was proud of the dedicated city employees who were making progress on a backlog of unfinished tasks from a period of fewer employees and changing management.

A joint city/county effort on turn lanes at 5th and Main was one project expected soon. City Park improvements have been made including new benches, tables, playground equipment and paint.

The Collinsville Police are expected to move their offices into the old Post Office (11th and Center) in about 2 months. A Frisbee Golf course in the City Park is being designed. Two longer term efforts being considered were possibly opening the bridge on Broadway and straightening out the

-- Ted Wright 7/3/2003