Due to ongoing issues pertaining to the Barnesville Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce officers and board will remain the same for 2009-10, with the exception of a new president-elect.

At the Dec. 11 Chamber Christmas luncheon, Chamber President Bill Steedle said President-elect John Rataiczak of WesBanco Barnesville, will serve as co-president while learning to oversee the BMV.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which has been reviewing the Barnesville BMV among other locations is in jeopardy of not having the contract renewed due to downsizing, is taking a second look and will allow the Chamber to re-bid the contract at the end of this year if the office can show significant improvement in revenue.

Steedle said the BMV is in need of continued community support.

"The Barnesville BMV serves not only Barnesville, but many surrounding communities including Quaker City and Somerton, and is centrally located providing convenience for those who would have to travel much further to receive the services offered here in Barnesville.," he said, adding that through-the-door transactions must increase in 2009.

"The Barnesville BMV offers convenience for those who can't travel far or are confined to town, thus helping the significant older population of our area," he said. "Encourage everyone you know to use the BMV. It will be a real loss for Barnesville if it is gone."

Local support for the Barnesville BMV was shown recently at an open house in November at which the Ohio Deputy Registrar was a guest.

In a related matter, Steedle said the Barnesville website -- www.barnesvilleohio.com -- has been updated to include information about the BMV.

Chamber Secretary Barbara Roby reported that the recent chamber-sponsored craft show went well, netting $800 in profits for the chamber.

Christmas parade organizer Tim Rockwell was acknowledged for his work again this year on the December 6 event.

Members voted to donate 12 frozen, left-over pumpkin pies to the Barnesville nursing homes.