Written by The Herald-News Saturday, 19 May 2012 13:17
The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture re-opened Monday, May 14, for the summer season.
The chamber’s business hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the office at 218 Third Ave South, Suite B, in Wolf Point.
The office will be open for business until early or mid-August.
Chamber board members recently have been meeting at noon on Wednesdays at the Sherman Inn for business meetings.
At their May 9 meeting, chamber members discussed the progress of a proposed small campground for up to 15 units at the Wolf Point rodeo grounds.
Chamber member Arlyss Long said the anticipated cost of the project is $15,000 to $20,000.
Chamber member Duane Kurokawa said the sewer system itself might cost $10,000.
No decision was taken.
Chamber members also discussed re-establishing a website for the organization.
Chamber member Jeff Presser said the chamber’s old website, wolfpointchamber.org, has been taken by another organization.
Presser said the website wolfpointchamber.com is available. He said the cost of the domain registration is $39.95 annually, plus minor monthly maintenance charges.
Chamber member Jan Bryan suggested further investigating the costs of acquiring the website and other board members agreed.
Chamber members discussed the organization’s bylaws which allow for 17 members on the board of directors. The organization currently has 12 board members.
“We have room for five more,” Presser said.
“At this point, I’m thinking we’re good to go,” Long said.
The terms of board members are three years. Chamber members said they would consider staggering the terms of officers so there is not a wholesale turnover every three years.
The chamber is scheduled to elect officers at its May 16 meeting.
On a final matter, chamber members discussed sending a representative to the 20th annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, May 22-24, in Bismarck, N.D.
The cost of the conference is $600 in advance and $700 at the door.
“I think we should spend the $600 and send somebody from the chamber,” Presser said.
After further discussion, chamber members said the conference appeared geared for experts in the oil industry. They said the chamber might better utilize its funds attending an upcoming conference related to housing concerns in the Bakken oil fields.
No action was taken regarding attending either conference.