Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely addressed chamber members over Zoom on Sept. 9 during the Bashaw and District Chamber of Commerce’s lunch meeting.
Although not well-attended, the meeting was productive, according to chamber president Dustin Hemingson.
Only about four of Bashaw’s 21 current members came out for the meeting, held at the Noble Fox.
Lovely spoke about how to help small businesses in Bashaw move forward and the possibility of the MLA appearing in videos promoting local businesses was discussed, says Hemingson.
Those businesses that have already posted videos have had a good response, he says, adding the links are posted on the chamber’s website.
“I was very satisfied (with the meeting),” said Hemingson.
“She seems very willing to help and promote local businesses so we can all keep going.”
One of the members indicated they would contact a local videographer to get the ball rolling on some promotional videos.
Main Street camera upgrade
Another item that was discussed was potentially upgrading the security camera system on Main Street from a 3K resolution to 4K.
Hemingson says he’s placed one of the security cameras at his shop, OK Tire, with a 4K, and the difference in quality is amazing.
Although Bashaw RCMP has been successful with apprehending suspects using the current security system, the system covers a large area, and the higher resolution imaging would be more detailed.
The current system was purchased by the chamber, and the upgrade, if approved by members, would also be funded by the chamber.
Currently, Hemingson is awaiting some quotes for what the upgrade may cost, and plans to bring the item back at the next chamber meeting to discuss it as a group.
The chamber’s next meeting will be held at noon on Oct. 7 at the Noble Fox.