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Hope Tourism Commission

By Staff, 07/28/20 5:37 PM

The Hope Tourism Commission met via Zoom on Tuesday for their July meeting.  After approving the minutes the Commission looked at the revenue and expenses.  The tourism tax generated 48,108.14 in June.

The Commission discussed updates on permits and payments.  It was noted Angelo’s Italian Restaurant has caught up on their tourism tax.  Little Ceasers Pizza is three months behind and has been sent a letter noting their permit is being considered for revocation if the delinquent account is not made current. City Manager Catherine Cook says the restaurant has a couple of days left in their appeal period.   The Commission voted to revoke Little Ceasars’ permit to collect the tourism tax after the appeal period ends.  Cook no other restaurants are seriously late.  A question was asked about the Taco Mayo food truck.  Cook said they are in with El Agaves and are paying through them.

The Commission looked at ten different potential sites for billboards on I-30 promoting the community.  Vice-Mayor Don Still asked about the empty billboards near SRT traveling east on I-30 in Miller County.  It was asked about the ones on west bound I-30 were before or after the Prescott exits.  The Commission agreed by acclimation to seek a west bound billboard this side of Prescott.  Discussion ensued on merits of billboards seen from the left as opposed to the right.  No action was taken but it was determined the city will look into the sites in Miller County near SRT.

Bob Erwin of the Hope Downtown Network joined the meeting to discuss downtown murals.  The Commission voted last month to contribute $10,000 towards an effort the HDN is making towards constructing murals in downtown.  There was a proposed artists rendering on the Hervey overpass that would have a “Welcome to Historic Downtown Hope”  but there was little hope among the Commission that the railroad would agree.  Commission Secretary Summer Powell noted some of the potential sites would be at the new Chamber office, Elm Street Marketplace, and Barry’s.  Powell also noted the Hope Downtown Network hopes to apply for a grant from Main Street for up to $10,000 to help with the project.  Erwin was unable to maintain a connection to the meeting.  No action was taken.

Vice-Mayor Still talked about the Atwood’s parking lot.  He noted straightening up that parking lot could cost up to $30,000.  The city now owns that parking lot which borders 2nd street and the Klipch/Feild House.  Still said the National Park Service has said it will be a year to a year and a half after the city gives the parking lot to the park service before anything will happen.  Still said the Commission may want to undertake some improvements to the parking lot.  Dr. Trevor Coffee said he didn’t want to do anything to slow it down.  Still says if the city were to undertake some improvements the Clinton Birthplace could probably start using it.  Still said it would just be something to get by because the park service will reconfigure it.  Cook thinks if the city did a very light overlay they could get it down cheaper , maybe as low as $15,000.  The meeting then adjourned.