Cham­ber adds two new di­rec­tors

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The DrumhellerMail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

There are two new di­rec­tors on the Drumheller and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The Cham­ber held a gen­eral meet­ing on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. The first or­der of busi­ness was to fill two va­can­cies on its board. Christo­pher Knight of Plat­inum Chem­i­cals has re­tired from the Board and Rod Fox of West­ern Fi­nan­cial has left the com­mu­nity.

An elec­tion was held and Ja­son Blanke of Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial was elected to a twoyear term and Brent Walker, gen­eral man­ager of Drumheller Co-op filled the se­cond two-year va­cancy.

Also at the meet­ing the Cham­ber of Com­merce voted to pay off its debt on the World’s Largest Di­nosaur.

Di­rec­tor Brock Har­ring­ton ex­plains there is still $271,000 ow­ing on the World’s Largest Di­nosaur. He pro­posed to use about $85,000 from the World’s Largest Di­nosaur Legacy Fund, and the re­main­ing from the Cap­i­tal Re­pair Fund to pay off the debt. This ac­tion would not de­plete ei­ther ac­count.

He went on to say Cham­ber will have to the be mak­ing some im­por­tant de­ci­sions in the near fu­ture on the fate of the World’s Largest Di­nosaur. While they have com­pleted a re­cent re­fur­bish and have plans to in­stall other ameni­ties like guard rails, he says the icon is in poor shape, and may only have a life­span of 5 to 10 years.

Di­rec­tor Terry Ye­men said that in light of the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing to make a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the fu­ture and given low in­ter­est rate, it would be fit­ting to be in a po­si­tion of hav­ing cash in hand rather than bor­row­ing when in­ter­est rates could be sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

The Cham­ber voted to pay off the debt.

(l-r) Mayor Terry Ye­men wel­comes new cham­ber di­rec­tor Ja­son Blanke with Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Shel­ley Ry­mal. Also elected to the board was Brent Walker of the Drumheller Co-op.

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