The Marceline Chamber of Commerce met July 11 at noon to discuss the next business after hours event.

The chamber also went over the Fourth of July parade and suggested improvements for next year.

The Marceline Chamber of Commerce met at the Walsworth Community Center to discuss their next business after hours event with the Center Stage Bar and Grill in downtown Marceline. The event will involve a ribbon cutting ceremony and a formal grand opening scheduled for July 27 at 4 p.m.

According to Marceline Chamber of Commerce President Shelly Herring, the event is open for everyone in Marceline. The June after hours event featured Paula Wright’s newly renovated office and the Historic Marceline Toy Company. The featured after hours location for September will be the Ivy Plaza on Main Street USA. More details will be available closer to the date.

The chamber also discussed the Fourth of July parade during the meeting. According to all chamber members in attendance, the parade went over well and there were few hiccups. The chamber slightly exceeded their parade budget for supplies. The chamber purchased a bulk amount of ribbons to continue using them in future parades.

Herring says the ribbons are an investment.

“This is an expense for future parades,” Herring said.

The chamber discussed limiting the amount of vehicles and people that can participate with political entrants in the parade. No measures were passed at the meeting regarding limits to political entrants in future parades.

In other business, reports were given to the chamber by Marceline committees. Marceline City Manager Rich Hoon briefed the chamber on water line repairs and chip and seal repairs happening around the city. According to Hoon, water line repairs on California will be finished soon and there are currently 45 blocks being chip and sealed. Dennis VanDyke briefe the chamber on happenings at the community center. The new center wall covering is complete, the next order of business is looking into acoustic panels above the wall covering. According to VanDyke, there may be some foundational repair happening at the community center this fall.