Eco­nomic Growth Dis­cus­sion Topic At An­der­son Bet­ter­ment Club

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Me­gan Davis

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and ru­ral busi­ness trends were the hot top­ics dur­ing the re­cent meet­ing of the An­der­son Bet­ter­ment Club.

Di­rec­tor Ken Schut­ten noted that one busi­ness in town is be­ing re­mod­eled and another two busi­nesses have opened up shop.

Casey’s Gen­eral Store on Mis­souri High­way 59 is sched­uled to be com­pletely re­built by mid-Septem­ber. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the An­der­son lo­ca­tion are cur­rently be­ing ac­cepted at sur­round­ing fran­chises.

White­head Farm Sup­ply and Link Farms have re­cently joined the lo­cal econ­omy.

Schut­ten said that White­head Farm Sup­ply is fill­ing a de­mand left when the town’s pre­vi­ous feed store closed its doors. It is cur­rently lo­cated in the former State Farm In­sur­ance build­ing, but the own­ers are ac­tively seek­ing a new, more per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion in town.

Link Farms is a new pro­duce farm on Mis­souri High­way 59, be­tween An­der­son and Good­man, op­er­ated by James Link.

His stand is set up out­side dur­ing the week­ends. Schut­ten said fresh, lo­cal pump­kins, wa­ter­mel­ons and can­taloupes should soon be ripe.

Mem­bers also dis­cussed ris­ing ru­ral busi­ness trends — most no­tably, the in­crease in lo­cal food trucks.

Food trucks have gained pop­u­lar­ity in the last few years, and McDon­ald County and An­der­son are home to a num­ber of th­ese in­no­va­tive busi­ness mod­els.

While the equip­ment is a hefty in­vest­ment, en­trepreneurs are able to forego the rent of a brick-and-mortar lo­ca­tion and bring their busi­nesses to the peo­ple rather than mak­ing the peo­ple come to the busi­nesses.

“Keep an eye on the small start-ups, that is the fu­ture of the area,” Schut­ten said.

He then up­dated the club re­gard­ing no­table events on the hori­zon.

An­der­son Bet­ter­ment Club will be host­ing Movies In The Park on Satur­day, Aug. 26. “Cap­tain Un­der­pants” will be the fea­ture film. Iron­works Church will en­ter­tain guests with ac­tiv­i­ties and games be­fore the show, and Honey’s Ice will be serv­ing cold treats through­out the evening. The movie be­gins at dark in Town Hole.

De­liv­ery of fit­ness equip­ment the club or­dered for City Hall Park has been de­layed. The sup­plier states in­stal­la­tion is slated for mid-Septem­ber. Schut­ten said there is an on­go­ing dis­cus­sion about erect­ing an ad­di­tional pavil­ion at the park.

Kansas City South­ern has con­firmed a Hol­i­day Ex­press stop in An­der­son this year. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Mon­day, Dec. 11. The pub­lic is wel­come to tour the fes­tive train cars. Mem­bers dis­cussed a street fair on Main Street prior to the event.

Schut­ten com­mented that a city Christ­mas tree in Town Hole might also be a pleas­ant ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tion.

Other busi­ness:

• Mem­bers dis­cussed the His­tory Trail lo­cated at the Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter in Mer­riam, Kan. Schut­ten noted that a sim­i­lar trail would be an in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion to down­town — with mark­ers high­light­ing his­tor­i­cal build­ings and mo­men­tous events in An­der­son.

• Schut­ten re­layed pub­lic in­ter­est in a BMX/skate­board park for the youth. He spoke about pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions for the park.

• The club re­ceived a do­na­tion of $5,000 from an anony­mous source. The funds are to be used to con­tinue ex­pand­ing the play­ground at City Hall Park.

• Schut­ten re­minded mem­bers of the on­go­ing im­prove­ments to the city’s walk­ing trail near the ball fields. He said the next step is in­stalling sig­nage and mile mark­ers.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.