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March 18, 2014

London Tourism discusses hiring director

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Monday’s meeting of the London Tourism and Convention Committee saw a discussion on the process of hiring a director.

Commission Member Troy House presented the commission with three different job descriptions for a director, although the commission still needs to choose a description before it can advertise for the position. Mayor Troy Rudder told the commission he had spoken with London-Laurel County Tourism Commission Chairman Tom Handy, who had agreed to help the city tourism commission get established while they search for a director.

“You have to get a budget pretty quick,” Rudder said.

Chairman Bill Dezarn suggested forming a committee to work with members of the county tourism commission. Commission Member Judy Barnett asked if the county tourism’s Co-Directors Rodney Hendrickson and Kim Collier would even have the time to help them.

“Kim volunteered to help earlier today,” House assured her.

Talk then turned to establishing bylaws for the commission.

“We can contact other tourism commissions for copies of their bylaws,” Rudder suggested.

Hendrickson said the county tourism commission used KRS guidelines to establish its bylaws. City Attorney Larry Bryson told Hendrickson that bylaws for the city and county tourism commissions would be different, but added that Hendrickson would still be very helpful in establishing the bylaws of the city tourism commission.

“I think you would be a very good resource,” Bryson told Hendrickson. “You probably know more than anyone else in the room about how a tourism commission should work.”

Dezarn then established three committees to work on the three main issues of the city tourism commission – hiring a director, establishing bylaws, and establishing a budget. Dezarn said these issues would be solved more quickly with a few people working on each issue simultaneously rather than everyone trying to do “one thing at a time.”  Each commission had two people, as Bryson informed Dezarn that no more than three commission members could meet without violating the state’s open meetings law. Commission members Sharon Cornelius and Mackey Williams are to work on a budget, Dezarn and Commission Member Holly Little will work on the bylaws, and Barnett and House will establish the qualifications and job description for a director.

Hendrickson asked for help with posting 60 signs for the nine United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) softball tournaments that are going to take place in London. Hendrickson said the USSSA had asked the county tourism commission for welcome signs at the city’s hotels and restaurants. They would need about 60 signs that would be used nine times each. He then requested the city commission to divide the signs amongst themselves and talk to the owners of London’s restaurants about displaying the signs.

“It would be good PR with local restaurants,” Hendrickson said. “It might make them feel better about the proposed restaurant tax.”

No action was taken on this suggestion.

Rudder then suggested the city tourism commission work on its logo, to which Hendrickson suggested city and county tourism commissions share the county tourism commission’s logo.

“I think it would help our local people to accept the change in tourism,” Little said.

Little also suggested working with London Downtown to save money.

“I don’t think it would work out overall,” Barnett said. “I think we need to work independently.”

“Everyone is concerned about the money and where it goes,” Little replied. “It would help lessen the burden of the new restaurant tax.”

Barnett said the organizations were fundamentally different, and Little agreed.

The meeting concluded with no further discussion.

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