LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Rodney Hendrickson, co-director of the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission, was in attendance at the meeting and offered his opinion on the topic.
“I think when ours were first set up, we used the KRS statute for our bylaws and just followed that,” Hendrickson said. “I don’t think you can supersede that.”
“You’ve dealt with this for a long time; I think that you would be a very good resource ... because practically you know probably more than everyone else in the room on what a tourist commission should be doing,” City Attorney Larry Bryson commented.
Bryson said the city would be open to any advice that Hendrickson would offer due to his level of experience.
“We’ve been trying to come up with some ways that we can get started working on some projects together,” Hendrickson said. “We have nine baseball and softball tournaments, these are traveling teams, scheduled with this organization called USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) and they haven’t asked for any money to come here. A lot of events do; you have to pay them to come in. What they have asked for is in particular for signs at restaurants and hotels to welcome these teams coming from all over. We thought it would be a good way to work together.”
The two tourism commissions will work together to place 60 —1.5 feet by 2 feet — yard color signs that say “London-Laurel County welcomes you USSSA baseball/softball tournaments” at restaurants in London.
“It (the sign) could have the city’s logo on a corner and the London Laurel County Tourist Commission’s logo on another corner,” Hendrickson continued.
The cost would be $600 for all 60 signs, and they would be used nine times throughout the USSSA tournament season. The city and the London Laurel County Tourist Commission agreed to split the cost equally.