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4B agrees to help fund Christmas train

Members of the Community Development Corporation voted to contribute $25,000 toward the purchase of a Snowflake Express Christmas train to be displayed at the Tom Burnet Memorial Library, during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Members of the Christmas Light Task Force appeared before the board members and told them that they had heard a lot of positive comments about the 30 1/2 foot Water Tower Christmas ornament and they hope to raise funds to purchase the train this year, that is a part of the three piece Snowflake Express set.

CLTF committee chair Sherrie Williams told the board members the task force plans to ask for donations from the public and those who donate $50 or more will be recognized on a plaque to be displayed near the train and water tower.
The donors will be recognized as bronze, silver, gold or platinum donors, depending on the amount donated. She also told board members the committee is also planning a community feed to help raise funds for the project.

After verifying the amount of money the CDC had available and their 2012 obligations, CDC Vice-president Gene Jordan made a motion to contribute $25,000 toward the purchase of the Snowflake Express train. The motions was seconded by board member Arlene Eaton and the vote was unanimous.

In other business, the board members were told they needed a matching grant policy for audit purposes.

City Manager Mike Price explained that there needs to be specific guidelines as to what would be accepted from the grant receiver as the match.

President Dolores Hamilton ask Jordan and board member Tim Richardson to work with Price on putting together a policy to bring back before the board.
The board will look at the policy during their February meeting.

Board member Arlene Eaton said during their next meeting she would like to discuss a skate park.