Also at the meeting
In other news, the Moffat County Tourism Association:
• Approved, 5-0, to allow the MCTA director to spend up to $500 on budgeted line items except items including salary, events and advertising and visitor and welcome centers without the approval of the board chair.
• Approved, 5-0, to allow the MCTA director to attend the Governor’s Tourism State Convention in Snowmass from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 totaling $675.
• Approved, 5-0, to develop and publish requests for proposals for a Craig lodging barometer study.
• Approved, 4-0, to continue advertising with the Craig Daily Press in the 101 Things to Do in Moffat County. Board member Bryce Jacobson abstained.
• Approved, 3-1, to continue placing weekly advertisements in Friday and Saturday papers of the Craig Daily Press through 2010. Board member Bryce Jacobson abstained.
• Approved, 4-1, to award $8,669 for improvements to the Moffat County Visitor Center.
• Approved, 5-0, to adopt and put into policy a MCTA vision statement.
The Moffat County Tourism Association discussed Wednesday the possibility of making its director a full-time position.
MCTA Director Marilynn Hill presented the board with the idea at its regular monthly meeting, but she said it was not her idea.
Hill said the MCTA board requested in a July meeting to investigate the cost associated with increasing the position to full-time employment.
“The purpose of that is to be able to have me do a number of the items that were in the marketing strategy that I can’t currently do because of the limited hours that I have,” Hill said.
The board twice discussed the issue Wednesday, including the total amounts of Hill’s salary if she was bumped to a full-time position, current overtime worked, the workload she has and reasons behind the request.
Moffat County Human Resources Director Lynnette Running said MCTA has budgeted a total of $31,895 in salary and benefits for the MCTA director position in 2011.
If the position were made to a full-time, 40-hour per week position, the cost to MCTA would increase by $29,722, Running said.
If the position were full time, Hill would make $39,416 in salary and $22,201 in benefits for a total of $61,617 to MCTA.
The board ultimately decided to table the matter, but did approve, 5-0, to not allow Hill to work more than 30 hours per week without the prior approval of the MCTA board chair.
MCTA board member and Craig Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson made the motion to limit Hill’s hours to 30 per week.
“First of all, we have to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers,” he said after the meeting. “Second of all, we have to be, again, fiscally responsible to the taxpayers with regards to making sure we are following the laws with regards to employment law.”
Hill said she would have to continue to balance her workload, considering the board not approving her full-time status.
“I have a lot on my plate, so I am going to have to really, as I do already, understand what the priorities are,” she said. “(I might) push those things to the backburner on things that can be done by a contractor or just not get done, and that will be up to the chair’s discretion.”
Hill said the Craig City Council’s recent proposal to implement a 6.9-percent lodging tax played on the board’s decision.
If voters approve the city’s lodging tax in the November election, Moffat County would have to withdraw its collection of the tax in the city, which could reduce MCTA’s funding, Hill said.
“I think the board is apprehensive, as I can understand, about moving that forward until we really have an idea about what the voters want in November,” she said.
MCTA board member Tammie Thompson-Booker said she would “love to have a full time director,” but wants to delay the decision.
“I am just worried about permanent funding for that position and considering that we don’t know where this fund is going until November, I think it needs to wait until that time that we know,” she said.
Thompson-Booker said she would like to re-consider the item at the MCTA’s board meeting in November.
Jacobson said he is currently against having a full-time director.
“If I had (a) crystal ball, I’d be able to give you a clearer answer,” he said. “However, when you consider what could be in the next two years and five months in regards to funding that organization, it is probably a scary proposition to go (to) a full time director today.”
Campbell resigns from MCTA board
A member of MCTA resigned in a letter to the Moffat County Commission on Aug. 26.
Renee Campbell, of Craig, served on the board for about a year.
“I resigned due to the time commitment required of the MCTA because a meeting scheduled one hour would last three to four hours,” she said. “At the current time, I couldn’t support where it was headed.”
Campbell is the director of sales and marketing for the Holiday Inn of Craig.
Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said the county is accepting letters of interest for the position through Sept. 13. Applicants must be involved with the tourism or hospitality industry, and would serve a term through 2011.