Posted Online: Jan. 07, 2013, 11:17 pm

Mainstreet highlights achievements in Aledo

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By Pam Berenger, correspondent@qconline.com

Aledo Mainstreet highlighted its achievements during 2012 during its year-end report to the city council Monday.
Pam Myers, Aledo Mainstreet's executive director, told council members that the organization has come together to develop ways to help businesses with marketing and training strategies, adding quarterly training for Mainstreet partners. The organization has added quality-of-life activities, such as the Cinema @ Central and the ice skating rink, that have the added benefit of bringing attention to the city.
In addition, Mainstreet sponsors or supports monthly events including Alley Art, farmers' market and the Electric Light parade at Holly Days. Ms. Myers said the complete year-end report and information on sponsorship is available online at aledomainstreet.com.

In other matters, the board agreed to donate $2,500 to the Mercer County Fair after hearing Mercer County Fair Board president Roger Grundstrom report that the fair board is expecting to receive 20 percent less from the state this year and still is waiting for the state to pay $23,000 from 2012's fair.
"It takes about $100,000 to put on the fair," Mr. Grundstrom said. "Last year we paid $41,000 in premiums. If all the classes in all the shows had been filled, it would have been more.''
Mr. Grundstrom said that sponsorships from individuals and various organizations help keep the fair going. In addition to receiving less money this year, the fair board is looking at having to upgrade electrical service at an estimated cost of $100,000.
The board voted to abate the 2012 tax levy for general obligation bonds for water revenue alternate source because of sufficient balances in other funds.