The Arthur Community Room is an extension of the Village Municipal Building, located at 120 E. Progress Street. In September 1999, the first function was held there. Concerns regarding a need for such a facility were soon put to rest. Currently, the Community Room is used on an average of 17-20 times per month.
The concept of a Community Building was first presented to the Village Board in August 1985 by the Lions Club. Fourteen years later, this vision became a reality.
The Municipal Building was opened in August of 1999. Not only does the Municipal Building provide space for a Community Room, but it also provides space for the Police Department, Village Administrative Offices, and the Village Board Room.
Funding for the construction of the Municipal Building was made possible by the Village receiving a $300,000 CDAP Grant, which was largely due to the perseverance of the late Senator Penny Severns. The Village provided an additional $100,000 to make this project a reality. Arthur is proud to say local contractors were used to provide their services, materials were purchased through our local businesses, and many of the items inside the facility were a result of the generous donations received.
Examples of the donations received are: cabinetry by Masterbrand Cabinets, kitchen and office counter tops by Beachy's Counter Tops, marble bathroom counter tops and windowsills by Carstin Brands, kitchen appliances provided by the Timm Trust, table and chairs by the Arthur Lions Club, and the list goes on and on. This is just a sample of how our community comes together for such a project.
The Community Room is used regularly for several functions. On the third Monday of each month, the Arthur Area Senior Citizens meet, have a meal, and usually a short program. Numerous benefits sponsored by the Lions Club and other civic organizations are held regularly in the facility. A class on rain barrel making was recently held at our location. The Community Room is also the polling place for residents of Arthur living in the townships of Bourbon 1 & 2 of Douglas County. The most common forms of use for the room are birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, and family dinners. The possibilities are limitless for use of this facility. It is hard to imagine how our community got along without this wonderful addition.
The Community Room may be rented by calling the Municipal Office at 217-543-2927 or by coming into the office itself. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis. Reservations are accepted up to a year in advance. All reservations require a signed lease agreement. Alcohol may be served in the Community Room, but the request to do so must be made at least 30 days in advance. All such requests must be approved by the Village Board of Trustees. For further information or availability of dates, please contact the Municipal Office.