The Greater Robinson Chamber of Commerce finally has a home after the city agreed Tuesday to let the chamber use space in a city building.

The council approved allowing the chamber to use the Robinson Community Center, 106 W. Lyndale Ave., for its meetings.

Chamber President Linda Vaughn spoke at the last council meeting and requested the space so the chamber can more effectively work to help the city attract and retain businesses and the jobs that come with them.

The contract states the chamber is a valuable asset in attracting economic development and creating jobs and often is the first point of contact for businesses interested in moving to the city. The contract also states the chamber is in the process of revitalizing its organization and efforts.

City Manager Craig Lemin said the contract is a simple agreement. The chamber has to provide city officials a five-day advance notice that it will use the location, and chamber members must clean up after themselves, Lemin said.

Council members also are preparing to tackle the city’s fiscal year 2017 budget.

Lemin said he plans to present a balanced budget proposal to elected officials for consideration, then allow them to make adjustments before it is officially adopted. The city has until Sept. 13 to adopt its final budget.

Lemin, who signed his contract with the city May 10, said he is still learning the city’s priorities and where it wants to spend money. Lemin said he’ll get the hang of it after a few more months on the job. Lemin, who has 32 years of experience in public service, said he was well versed in his previous employer’s budget and list of priorities.

City officials plan on holding workshop sessions to discuss the budget and department heads’ budget requests before the first public hearing on the tax rate Aug. 30.

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