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October 16, 2012

Tourism denies library request

Lack of documentation axes ‘Ghost Tour’ rides

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

A planned horse and carriage tour with Halloween tales to go along with the ride was stopped in the saddle Monday after the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission denied the request made by the Corbin Public Library.

Commission members denied the library’s request for an estimated $4,000 to have the tour and tales for later this month. They gave the thumbs down because the library did not have a representative at Monday’s meeting, did not have enough documentation, and because the people who have the horse and carriage for the ride would have to show proof of insurance.

The planned “Ghost Tour” would involve a horse and carriage ride through the city with a person or persons telling ghost stories for Halloween. The commission noted the library did give an estimate of the total cost, which was listed at $4,000, but the tourism board said they needed more information.

A representative of the library was at last Monday’s scheduled tourism board meeting, and gave a list on the proposed tour to the commission. However, there were not enough board members present for a meeting, which was postponed due to a lack of a quorum and had been rescheduled Monday.

Other actions taken at the session included approval of a request from the Downtown Merchants Association for $2,500 for the Christmas Open House, set for Sunday, Nov. 18, in downtown Corbin. Also approved was a request from the Woodbine Rebels for their annual Softball Shootout, scheduled for the weekend of June 14-16, 2013. And approval was given to fund $2,395 for putting Corbin area tourism brochures into racks at visitor centers in Kentucky, the Knoxville, Tenn. metropolitan area, and in the Cumberland Gap region of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The board said the amount funded is part of their annual contract to get the brochures distributed.

Denied was a request from the Kentucky American Legion, who had asked the tourism commission to buy an advertisement in the legion’s convention program, which would be given out to those attending the legion’s annual state convention next summer.

Administrative Assistant Lauren House also gave a brief report on her attending Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky’s (Tour SEKY) 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet, held last month at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Tourism Commission Board Chairman Sudhir Patel noted the board’s CPA, Kyle Perkins, was awaiting for the result of the group’s audit, which should be presented at their next meeting in November. Afterwards, the financial report and minutes of the board’s meeting on Sept. 10 were approved.

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