At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Moffat County Tourism Association Board:
• Approved, 7-0, a $5,000 funding request for the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous event this summer.
• Approved, 7-0, a set of board bylaws.
• Approved, 4-1, a contribution of no more than $333 to a local “Quality of Life” contest that is being organized. Vicki Wade was absent for the vote and Tom Mikesell did not vote.
With three newly appointed members in attendance, the Moffat County Tourism Association Board voted for the second time this year on who would serve as chair.
Unlike a vote in January, however, there was a winner by the end of Wednesday’s regular board meeting.
In a 3-2 vote, Kandee Dilldine, owner of KS Kreations, was named chair over Craig Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson.
Nominations were open for the position.
Similar to the January meeting, Leona Hemmerich nominated Jacobson and Tammie Thompson-Booker nominated Dilldine.
Before the vote, Kerry Moe, one of the new board members, expressed concern that she didn’t know the candidates well enough to vote.
Vicki Wade and Tom Mikesell, also new board members appointed alongside Moe, participated in the vote.
Moe asked that either the candidates be given time to speak on why they should have the chair, or the vote be delayed further.
MCTA Executive Director Marilynn Hill said that while the vote could be delayed, it would be in the board’s best interest to appoint a chair.
“We are in March as it is,” Hill said. “We will be entering through the month of March without a chair and without a secretary. Typically, in this particular role, a chair serves as the person that works directly with the executive director in giving guidance.”
Both candidates spoke about their backgrounds and their passion for Moffat County, but Moe maintained concern over a lack of knowledge about the two candidates.
Jacobson said that if Wade and Mikesell also were not interested in voting, he would withdraw his candidacy in favor of a need to move forward.
Wade and Mikesell both said they were ready to vote and Moe agreed to vote as well.
“I’m perfectly comfortable voting today,” Wade said. “I read all through my book last night, went through all the minutes, and I think we definitely need to have a direction of a leader and get going.”
Wade, Mikesell and Thompson-Booker voted for Dilldine, while Hemmerich and Moe nodded Jacobson’s way.
Following her appointment, Dilldine took over leading the meeting.
Before the vote took place, Thompson-Booker made a statement to clarify why the vote in January finished in a 1-1 stalemate between the two candidates.
“When you are confident in the candidate you put forth, you should stick to that candidate and not necessarily switch sides unless someone says, ‘Hey, this is why,’ and the other person bows out,” she said. “Neither person bowed out and that’s why we were at the stalemate with four people— it just wasn’t going to change.”
MCTA talks upcoming commission meeting
Another discussion item during Wednesday’s board meeting was about an upcoming workshop with the Moffat County Commission regarding the county’s 1.9-percent lodging tax.
The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 15 at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Last month, the Craig Chamber of Commerce submitted a proposal to the commission requesting to oversee the lodging tax fund that MCTA currently manages.
Hill said she believes the Chamber has given the commission a more detailed proposal than what was originally presented.
Jacobson said he and Chamber board member Gail Severson are hoping to get committees from both boards to talk.
Moe and Jacobson both joined the committee from MCTA’s side.
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