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June 10, 2014

B’ville Tourism approves 2014-15 budget

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

The Barbourville Tourism Commission approved a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year Monday during its regular meeting — but it will take approval of Barbourville City Council members before that budget becomes official.

Tourism Director Denise Wainscott explained the budget was approved by the tourism commission members and it includes both projected income and expenditures — approximately $541,000.

Some of these monies are “carry over” dollars, she said — monies they already have, not new appropriations.

The next event for the city happens 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday when approximately 100 members of The Boone Society packed in two motor coaches will arrive in the city as part of the upcoming dedication of the Boone Trace project this weekend.

According to the society’s website, The Boone Trace is a tourism corridor from The Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough — 120 miles. It follows the pathway that Daniel Boone made in 1775 to bring the first settlers in the wilderness that was to become part of Kentucky.

According to the website, the route consists of three runs. One is the original Trace as located by The University of Kentucky with the research of Neal Hammon, author from Shelbyville. Hammon used the land surveys from the late 1700s that used the Boone Trace as a reference point. The next routes are the series of secondary roads that allow access to the historical site on the trace. The last route is U.S. 25E and Highway 25 which run parallel to the original trace. This is also referred as the Boone Trace bypass.

The first phase of this project will be dedicated Friday and Saturday at the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.

A tent will be set up at Barbourville Tourism, Wainscott said, and volunteers will be on hand “to make it more authentic” by dressing in period clothing and bringing period pieces to “work” with.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Barbourville Mayor Darren West was on hand to explain about incoming tourism commission members, according to Wainscott.

During the city council’s regular meeting June 5, new members to the city’s seven-member Tourism Board were appointed.

West explained that night that per Kentucky Revised Statute 91A.372 (3) board members can be appointed to that board by the mayor without council’s consent.

KRS 91A.372 (3) states, “The commissioners shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years, provided, that in making the initial appointments, the chief elective official of the urban-county shall appoint three (3) commissioners for a term of three (3) years, three (3) commissioners for a term of two (2) years and three (3) commissioners for a term of one (1) year.”

West explained it was recently approved by sitting board members during the March meeting that term limits be set for those members. With that approval, West said there were two terms that expire at the end of this month — Lynn Taylor and Marcia Dixon.

West further explained that tourism commissions, or boards, should include members of the city chamber, restaurant commission and hotel/motel association.

As Barbourville has none of those, West explained appointments can be made from members of the public. In that regard, West appointed Scott Clouse to represent the restaurant industry, and Tamra Sanborn to represent the hotel/motel interests. Their terms begin July 1.

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