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The California Progress, Inc. board of directors met Monday night, taking care of a number of housekeeping items in the wake of a busy month so far.

Earlier this month, CPI was given approval from the California Board of Aldermen to proceed with the playground plans for Latham Memorial Family Park. The playground committee's next meeting is set for 6 p.m. May 4.

As progress with the project continues, so too does work on another element: the park's veterans memorial. Executive Director Resa Dudley informed the group of her efforts, working with the Moniteau County Historical Society, to ensure that every community member who wished to have a family member's name listed on the memorial will be able to do so prior to engraving. The group agreed it will continue to encourage the public to connect with the Historical Society to add names to the list if they are not already represented.

Also discussed at this month's board of aldermen meeting was CPI's tentative summer baseball tournament, during which CPI aims to gain approval to sell alcohol. The board was informed the board of aldermen seemed to be comfortable with the idea as long as CPI obtains the proper temporary license, and that CPI should approach the city at a future meeting with more concrete plans for an event date for approval. CPI would also need a one- to three-day permit to cover liability insurance, which Dudley said would cost CPI approximately $600.

Other items discussed included placement of CPI's new bracketed banners; an update on the Latham Sanitarium mural, which is nearing completion; and a discussion of CPI's committee list, per the organization's by-laws. After some debating whether to remove committees that could be deemed unnecessary, the group agreed to keep CPI's six standing committees listed in the by-laws — membership, finance, planning, research, communications and nomination. Each committee received a standing committee chairman and, moving forward, the group agreed that committees could be "activated" in the future if the need arises.

California Progress, Inc.'s next regular board meeting is set for 6 p.m. May 10 at the Moniteau County Library.

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