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Local Marketing District to revisit vision, operating plan

LMD Board Vice Chair Chris Jones looks over the bylaws and operating plan created by the previous board.

CRAIG — The Local Marketing District board is revisiting a fundamental question — what is its purpose? — and will undergo a review of the organizational vision and operating plan between now and an April meeting of the Ex-Officio Board.

"I think we need to create a vision of where we want to be as a county in five or 10 years," said Vice Chair Chris Jones.

Board members decided they also need time to carefully review the operating plan adopted by the previous LMD board and compare it with those used by similar marketing districts in the state before charting their own direction.

"It doesn't make sense to me why we would be doing what other groups are already doing. That's my biggest problem with their plan," said board member Randy Looper.

There is a sense of urgency in figuring out the role the new board will play, as events that received LMD funding last year are fast approaching.

"I hope that they will have some patience with us as we learn how we can use these funds and what they can do with them, too," said Board Chair Luke Tucker.

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The board intends to invite the Moffat County Tourism Association, the Craig Chamber of Commerce, the Moffat Economic Development Partnership and possibly the Downtown Business Association to work sessions to foster a better understanding of responsibilities and expectations for LMD dollars.

"We should be sure we're not stepping over each other in the community," Jones said.

In other LMD board business:

• Members heard a presentation from Moffat County Director of Finance Mindy Curtis describing the accounting process used by the county and the report types the board could expect to receive. She also answered questions and provided board chair Luke Tucker with the LMD credit card.

• Members learned more about the status of LMD bylaws and governing statutes from Moffat County Attorney Rebekah Tyree and Craig City Attorney Sherman Romney. Then, the LMD board approved, as presented, bylaws written in 2017. The 2017 bylaws will be sent for ratification by the Ex-officio board — the city of Craig, the town of Dinosaur and Moffat County.

• The board approved meeting dates and times for the rest of the year. One of its March meetings is to be held in Dinosaur, and one of the April meetings will coincide with the meeting of the Ex-officio Board. Otherwise, meetings, through May, will be held at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Meeting information will be posted online.

• The board approved a one-time expenditure, up to $800, for the purchase of a laptop and recording device for the board to use to record meetings and minutes.

The previous board had employed a secretary before approving a contract with Keller Law for recording services. The new board will continue the contract with Keller for legal service on an as-needed basis.

The LMD Board will next meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in room 175 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 West Ninth St.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.