Laurie mayor Chuck Chorpening had suggested that the council look at associate memberships to address some funding issues.
“We have some financial shortfalls and anytime you reorganize as we have and you sort of have to start over, we have some shortfalls and we are working to overcome those, “Chorpening said.
“We’re having good support, the state council of governments is very much behind us and supporting us. We look for much better days ahead.”
Chorpening brought the associate membership idea up at the most recent council meeting hoping to get yearly contributions from groups not normally associated with local government, like utilities.
“Co-Mo [Electric] is very interested in putting in broadband to their customers and they’re talking about going directly with high speed fiber optics and to me that’s extremely important. That’s the kind of thing that we need to work [on].”
Chorpening would like to get the utilities into the council as members to facilitate future work.
The associate membership idea was tabled for future review.