Tourism board to meet Tuesday, twice in February
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[February 10, 2014]
At last month's meeting of the
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, the board of
directors decided to try meeting twice a month. As a result they
scheduled meetings for Feb. 11 and 25, both at 5 p.m.
Historically, the board has met once per month on the fourth
Tuesday. In December they changed the meeting time from 4:30 p.m. to
5 p.m. in an effort to make it easier for board members to arrive at
the meeting on time.
However, the fourth Tuesday is also a meeting
night for the Lincoln City Council, which means the board is
time-locked to finish early enough that bureau directors Tom
O'Donohue and Keith Snyder can move on to their next meeting.
Since the city of Lincoln took over as the administrator of the
hotel-motel tax, and consequently the oversight entity for the
tourism bureau, the tourism board has discussed when to have
meetings. In general, the Tuesday evening sessions are still the
most convenient for all board members. However, getting the meetings
wrapped up before 7 p.m. has proven to be a great challenge.
At the January meeting O'Donohue suggested meeting twice in
February. He also suggested that the first meeting of the month
could be one of discussion on various topics, and the second meeting
of the month could be the official voting session of the board.
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This would mean that those entities seeking financial support
from the board would need to make their appearances at the first
meeting of the month. The board would then vote on whether or not to
grant the requests at the second meeting.
The board agreed that giving this a try in February was
worthwhile. If this proves to be successful, the board may make this
a permanent change.
Currently, both meetings are scheduled to be at the Hampton Inn
in Lincoln. O'Donohue also mentioned that he is still in favor of
moving the venue from time to time to locations outside of the city.
[By NILA SMITH]