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March 25, 2014

Restaurant tax passes second reading

Commission will take over fireworks and other city tourism activities



“Fourth of July Fireworks — that maybe a small example that costs us $35,000,” Rudder said.  “We’re going to ask them to take over some of those things.  And if they will, that will free up some general fund money for us to do some other things.”

Bryson explained that for any activities that involved city property, the tourist commission would need to come to the city council prior to developing or make improvements on the property. However, if they wish to spend money on non-city property, they have full autonomy to do so.

“If it promotes tourism in the city and the city tourism (commission) decided to spend money there, they can do that if it’s in their budget, (and) without council vote, because they have exclusive control of their budget on a year-to-year basis,” Bryson continued.

An example of this could be Heritage Hills, owned by the London Laurel County Tourist Commission, Hayes pointed out.

 The city and county commissions have already taken steps to work together, sharing a temporary director and asking for assistance to develop a budget.

“It’s what we promised, that we would try to work together,” Rudder said.  

The council also discussed road conditions on Liperote Drive, where approximately 250 feet of road had been washed out.

Rudder informed the council that repairs would cost approximately $130,00 but would be covered by road funds set aside by the state in an emergency fund. The city chose to participate in the state program earlier in case of such as emergency.

The board approved the Rudder’s request that the emergency funds be used to repair the damage.

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