GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Some Fruita businesses are in an uproar and aren’t keeping quiet. In fact, they called a public meeting to lay all their complaints out on the table.
These business owners say they want to know why they've been shut out of meetings and have not been a part of key decisions within their community.
However, if folks were upset with the Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, they didn't speak up. Leanne Ingwersen is the new director of the Fruita Chamber of Commerce and she walked into a small town snowstorm
"I was a little bit nervous... But we're ready to move forward and I'm excited,” she says.
She may be excited, but some Chamber members say the new Executive Committee may be hiding something. "Very vague, very secretive very to themselves. Hiding behind HR labels,” says Business Owner Tony Cabrail. He was the only person to voice his concern at the meeting.
The rest either remained silent or supported the Chamber heads.
Steve Harrington works at the Coloramo Federal Credit Union and says all of the hoopla has been blown out of proportion. "Let me reassure you that that is not the majority of the 420 chamber members,” he says.
"I think a lot of the businesses are asking what is the Chamber doing for me as a business person," says Mayor Ken Henry.
He hopes for a happy ending here. "After tonight we can reach a common ground between those that are disgruntled," he says.