The Daleville Water and Sewer Board will once again provide funding to the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce after months of discussion with the board, the city and the chamber.
During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, the city's water board approved a request from Executive Director Kecia Ham for $15,000 to cover the cost of a salary for her position. Ham holds the position after the resignation of former Executive Director Nancy Garner.
The water board was first approached for funding from the former chamber administration during the board's May 15 meeting.
The chamber held a four-year contract with the water board that included a reduction in funding over the four years. The contract was not intended to be renewed, according to water board members.
During the May 15 meeting, Daleville City Council member and water board member Moore suggested the chamber approach the city about potential funding.
The city council tabled the request for funding during its June 5 meeting. No action was taken regarding the request during any meeting until July 17, where it ultimately denied the chamber's request.
During the Nov. 19 meeting, Ham provided a financial statement for the month of October, which included the final payment from the previous contract with the water board.
She said funding from the water board could help "take a lot of heat off the chamber" while it rebuilds financially over the next year.
"If you take out (the payment), we still, with fundraisers and everything, did remain in the black, but it will not be like that way every month," she said. "We do have fundraisers that we are planning for the future, but it would take a lot of heat off of the chamber while we are trying to rebuild if you all would be willing do that for at least another year."
She told the water board that the chamber believes it can be self-sufficient in a year.
"We honestly believe we could do it this year, but with all the events and things that we do, we kind of need a little bit of seed money to make these things happen," she said.
"I've seen a lot of progress," water board member Scott Moore said, stating that the board could also consider a shorter term for a contract or less money than was requested.
Ultimately, board member Josh Robertson made the motion to enter into a one-year contract with the chamber to provide $15,000 to cover the cost of the executive director's salary. Board member Patrick Sullen seconded the motion; Moore also voted in favor of the motion.
Board member Bob Slagle and board Chair Charles Tongret did not attend the meeting.
The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.