Tourism revises grant policy
By Matt Lasley firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leitchfield Tourism Commission has revised its grant policy effective the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said during the regularly scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 28 Tourism Commission meeting that all requests for grants to help fund local events are now to be submitted between February and April 30 of each year.
The grant requests will be reviewed by a scoring rubic system of up to 80 possible points and discussed during the May Tourism Commission meeting, Johnson said.
According to the official guidelines, grant requests should include a clear description of the event with time frames, cost estimates, number of participants, distribution strategies, manpower estimates, and bidding procedures.
In addition, all event costs, marketing strategies, and economic impact the event will have on the community should be clearly stated in the grant request, the guidelines state.
The guidelines also specify that in order to be eligible for grant funding, an event must take place in Leitchfield and all grant requests must be received during the February to April submission period.
For more information, contact Johnson by phone at the Centre on Main in Leitchfield at 270-259-5587.
In other business:
*Tim Murphy, of Murphy + Graves Architects, and Lea King, of the Alliance Corporation of Builders and Managers, updated the Tourism Commission on the construction of Leitchfield Aquatic Center.
Murphy said the building is taking form, and its block walls and roof form are up.
In addition, plastic has been placed in the windows, so workers can install electricity in the facility, and brick will be placed when the weather warms up, Murphy said.
Also, the lap pool has been formed, and the bottom of the lazy river has been poured and its walls formed, said Murphy.
King added that Leitchfield Aquatic Center is currently on schedule, and of the $116,025.57 change order - approved by the Tourism Commission in October, 2013 to cover additional project costs - only $11,833 had been approved.
*Johnson reported that the Leitchfield episode of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw will air on Discovery Channel throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 and ending at 5 a.m. the following morning.
*Johnson also reported that the 2014 Freedom and Fiddlin’ festival is currently scheduled for the third Saturday in July (July 19).
Johnson said Tourism has discussed having the fireworks display on the Friday before the festival (July 18) at its original location, Grayson County Middle School.
*The Tourism Commission approved the 2012-2013 audit report as presented by Jeff Carter, CPA, of Taylor, Polson & Company, PSC.
Carter said no difficulties, disagreements, or misstatements were found while his firm conducted the audit.
According to Carter, the Tourism Commission had budgeted revenue earnings of $5 million and actually earned $5.1 million; expenditures of $723,000 and actually spent $822,000; and a $4.3 million increase with an actual increase of $4.3 million.
“Your budget was right on,” Carter said.
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