Sallisaw’s Walmart store was named the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month at the chamber’s membership luncheon Wednesday. Chamber President Shannon Vann, right, presents the award to Walmart Manager Dustin Walters.
At the meeting Vann also reminded members of the upcoming Christmas events. They include:
-Nov. 16 - Shop Sallisaw Campaign underway. By shopping at chamber-member stores, shoppers collect special tickets that make them eligible for cash prizes, ranging from $500 to $1,000. The prizes will be given away on Dec. 10 at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in downtown Sallisaw. Winners must be present and have their tickets in hand.
-Nov. 17 – Annual Christmas Lighting at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in downtown Sallisaw. the Mix 105. will provide Christmas music, the chamber will provide hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa Claus will arrive with the Sallisaw Fire Department then visit with children in the gazebo.
-Nov. 21 – Christmas Parade and Storefront Decorating entry forms will be available at the chamber office. The parade theme is “Christmas Through the Decades.” All parade entries must fill out a form and return it to the chamber office by 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The store decorating entry forms will be due by Dec. 5. Judging will be Dec. 6 through 9 and trophies will be awarded to the winners in three districts in the city.
-Dec. 10 – Shop Sallisaw Giveaway cash prizes will be awarded at the library. Winners must be present and have their tickets in hand.
-Dec. 10 - “Christmas through the Decades” is the theme of the annual Christmas parade sponsored by the chamber. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three parade entries in each category. Parade line up is at 5:30 p.m. on Choctaw Street and the parade begins at 6 p.m.
For more information on any of the chamber’s programs contact the chamber office at 918-775-2558.
Sallisaw City Manager Clayton Lucas was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s membership luncheon. He reviewed the city’s effort in reducing costs and increasing revenue.
-The city’s staff has been reduced through attrition, people retiring or moving on to other jobs. No one has been laid off, Lucas said.
-The city’s new animal shelter was built, in house, for about $60,000, much less than the project was bid for.
-The Cherokee Nation’s On the Job training program has saved the city about $15,000.
-The city has hired a retail consultant to help attract more business to Sallisaw.
-The city has saved about $50,000 by contracting for mowing, and moved city employees, who had been doing the mowing, to other jobs.
-The landfill has generated about $300,000 for the city.
-Over $1 million has been received in grants.
-The expansion of DiamondNet has generated about $200,000 a year for the city.
-The creation of two new departments – tree trimming and construction – has saved the city money.
-The construction crew saved the city about $1.3 million by constructing the new cell and leachate lagoon at the city landfill.
Lucas said future projects include a splash pad, new playground equipment, the shade structures at the sports complex, which is already underway, and a new walking trail at the complex, which is funded by a grant, and the construction of city sidewalks.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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