Moffat County Tourism Association, County agree on staff management |

Moffat County Tourism Association, County agree on staff management

CRAIG — A new Memorandum of Understanding between the county and tourism board clarifies the management of tourism association staff in preparation for the Jan. 16 return of Tom Kleinschnitz as Moffat County Tourism Association executive director.

"We are excited to have him back, especially (board members) Rebekah and Cindy, who have stepped up to the plate to manage the day to day in the absence of a director. They have been a godsend," MCTA Board Chair Shannon Moore said.

The MOU will clarify the chain of command and ensure the position complies with county insurance, while also ensuring the MCTA board will continue to manage day-to-day operations of the director.

The MOU states that, in the event issues with employment should arise, the board will submit recommendations to the County Human Resources Department and Board of County Commissioners to ensure actions are aligned with the county employee handbook.

The board also discussed a draft bill proposed by the state legislature that would amend the lodging tax bill to permit lodging taxes to be used for purposes other than tourism.

"We don't feel it's a good idea to open it up, as then, funds could be used for purposes other than tourism. We voted to not support the language in the draft bill," Moore said.

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Were the bill to become law, local voters would also need to approve the changes.

The MCTA board also took the following actions.

• Elected Shannon Moore will serve as chairperson, John Husband as vice-chair, Rebekah Greenwood as treasurer and Cindy Looper as secretary.

• Approved a rental contract for a 12-month lease for $350 per month for office space with the Bank of Colorado.

• Declined an offer of services made by Herrmann Global marketing.

• Listed to a presentation by Dario Archuleta, outdoor recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office about trail system improvements proposed for Cedar Mountain. The presentation included information about shared new signs going up in Sandwash Basin and plans for temporary vinyl signs to be placed in Irish Canyon. Through a partnership, MCTA will reimburse the BLM a little more than $200 for the Irish Canyon signs.

• Learned that Ram Designs and Tammie Thompson-Booker had uploaded the new MCTA video to the MCTA website. The board is now discussing the development of 30-second videos for additional promotional opportunities.

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