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March 25, 2014

Tourism groups look to share director

County commission offers shared logo and website



“The hotel motel association is a countywide organization and, by statute, the countywide organization is the one to nominate. That is the legal opinion that was rendered earlier,” Chairman Tom Handy said.

Cam Cornett, Ricky Ball and Amrut Patel were nominated and one will be chosen by the city to represent the hotels and motels on the city tourism commission.

Handy then went on to address the members of the city’s commission who were present during the Tuesday meeting.

“I had a call from the mayor last night and I know we talked a little bit earlier about working on the budget with you,” Handy said.  “After we get through here, we’ll sit down and go through some of those things with you.”

Handy then asked what the status was of the restaurant tax and was informed by London Commission member Troy House that he wasn’t aware of a meeting yet.  However, a meeting for the second reading of the ordinance establishing a restaurant tax was later scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

During the financial report, County Commission member Delford McKnight asked about the commission’s projected income.

“Am I correct that the transient room tax is several thousand above projected in income, maybe like $63,000 above projected?” McKnight asked.  “Is that because of an increase in income?  We’re projected $31,000 per month and it looks like we’re getting $40,000.”

Co-Director Kim Collier explained the projections were based on an average and, because of increased tourism events in 2013, the actual income brought in was higher than in past years and therefore exceeded expectations.

Collier also reported on repair costs since last meeting that included: a busted sprinkler that cost $1,627.51 after insurance, back door installation on the upper and lower floors at Heritage Hills Banquet Hall, replacement of fire exit lights which cost $2,318, door repair at the museum and a current roof leak at the museum leaking into the theatre dressing room.

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