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Chamber president aims to work closely council

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON –Bronson Town Council members got a visit from the new president of the Greater Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce –Cameron Asbell –at Monday night's meeting.

Asbell explained how the chamber is reorganizing and how it would like to be the "right hand to Town Council."

Asbell said the focus is on building up Bronson's economic base.

"We're working on grants for economic development," Asbell said. "We need a current audit for that to happen."

That has been a sore spot for Bronson, which has been playing catch-up in that area ever since old mayor Jamie Griffen was in power.

Current Mayor Franklin Schuler said the 2002-03 audit was done, but that 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are still needed.

Schuler said the urgency level has gone up a notch.

"We're going to have (engineering consultant Frank) Durabi and (Town Clerk) Donna (Conquest) meet with them and give them a kick," Schuler said.

Working on those audits is Purvis Gray out of Gainesville.

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First Baptist Church Pastor Steve Garnett spoke before Council members, pressing for hookup to the existing sewer line down Hathaway Avenue.

He explained that his church is anxious to begin a building expansion project, but that lack of sewer is holding that up.

Mayor Schuler said that engineer Durabi would have to first figure out what capacity the line is at.

Council member Berlon Weeks got permission to form a sewer committee, which would report progress at monthly meetings.

On the committee are Aaron Robinson, Jim Beck, Rachel Pearson and David White.

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Council gave final approval for the Deer Trail subdivision located off C.R. 32.

There are 10 half-acre lots. The community will be deed restricted.