“We have a large demographic of supporters. There are people out there who want to get involved. We even have a 100 percent donation of paint by Sherman Williams,” McConnell said. “However this is not a sprint, it is a marathon. We are looking for committed people to do the marathon with us. It would be a true embarrassment to our community to let anything happen to it.”
She also emphasized teaching the children about the history of the Chautauqua building. Some of the elementary classes have held fundraisers for the building.
“It will ultimately be their responsibility,” McConnell said.
Gray noted that the city council is in support of fixing the building although they are hesitant to donate funds toward the project.
“The City Council is behind fixing the building, but we have to have a plan to back them up,” Gray said.
Other attendees also voiced their opinions in support of the Chautauqua building, agreeing that a usage plan is needed. Attendees also completed a survey sheet with suggestions for the building’s use.
Anyone with a usage idea for the building may contact C.L. Tarantola at the Chamber of Commerce office, 774-2221.
A follow-up meeting will be held at noon Thursday, July 11, at the Roxy Theater.