Moffat County LMD picks operating board | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County LMD picks operating board

Patrick Kelly

The initial Moffat County Local Marketing District board, made up of members of Moffat County Board of Commissioners, Craig City Council and Dinosaur Town Council, discuss operating board appointments Wednesday night.

The first official seven-person operating board for the Moffat County Local Marketing District was determined Wednesday evening.

Appointees are Dave DeRose, Tamilyn Fager, Dave Fleming, Kirstie McPherson, Roger Richmond, Victor Updike and David Heinrich, as voted by the ex-officio board.

In constructing the board, the three governmental entities comprising the LMD — Moffat County, city of Craig and town of Dinosaur — are responsible for selecting their representation.

Heinrich, a member of Dinosaur’s town council, is the confirmed Dinosaur representative while the city and county pick from the remaining six at their respective meetings next week.

All of the individuals selected, with the exception of Richmond, who said he was interested in a city seat, said they would represent either the city or the county on the board.

Because of the lack of conflict on who represents who and desire to keep the ball rolling, the city and county reached and amicable solution to the selection process.

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At their weekly meeting on Tuesday morning, the Moffat County Commissioners will select its three representatives and the city will take the remaining three Tuesday evening, as agreed upon by the ex-officio board Wednesday.

"You have a meeting Tuesday morning, we have a meeting Tuesday evening," said Councilman John Ponikvar. "Pick your three Tuesday morning, we'll take the rest."

As determined by the ex-officio board — which consisted of 17 members combined from the Board of Moffat County Commissioners, Craig City Council and Dinosaur Town Council — the LMD's mission is to "support, enhance, encourage and develop programs that lead to economic diversification by increasing business retention, development and recruitment in Moffat County that will in turn increase tourism, including funding for special events."

According to Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe, the LMD has raised $65,000 to date.

The funds collected from the tax can be used for promoting tourism, supporting business recruitment, management and development, and organizing public events.

Voters approved the taxing district in November by a vote of 1,678 in favor to 1,553 opposed — passing it by a 3.8 percent margin.

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