Tourism panel adopts plan
by Joe P. Asher Staff Writer
The Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission took care of some old business during a recent meeting, including firming up plans for the upkeep of the Harlan Center.
Director Brandon Pennington updated the council on a proposed five-year plan for the upkeep, maintenance and other aspects of The Harlan Center and other facilities that fall under the eye of the commission.
The plan also spells out a process for initiating repairs or new construction. The commission will be required to obtain accurate quotes for any replacements, repairs, maintenance or construction. It will also be necessary to ensure quality products are used.
Pennington asked if there were any changes the commission wanted to make to the plan before it went up for a vote.
Commission Chair Annie Fox said that the Harlan Center had undergone a full paint job since the commission last met.
“I think they did a very good job,” noted Fox.
Pennington said the entire job took about a week and a half to complete.
“They knocked it out pretty quick,” said Pennington. “We worked around other events that were going on because they ended up having to start late because the paint came in a little bit late.”
Pennington pointed out the plan did not put strict requirements on how money must be spent on the building.
“We want to make sure that we have the money to keep the building in the shape it needs to be kept in,” said Fox.
A motion was made and passed adopting the plan.
The commission also discussed aiding the Harlan Independent Schools with the upkeep of the school district’s tennis courts.
“I talked to them yesterday,” said Pennington. “They have secured a definite $2,000 so far, a $1,000 pledge from Harlan ARH Hospital, a $1,000 personal donation.”
Pennington said there are plans to apply for some grant money offered by Walmart.
“He’s not going to continue to look for anymore partners for the next few months, if I heard him right. He’s going to wait until spring,” said Pennington.
According to Pennington, bids to resurface the courts range from approximately $20,000 to $40,000.
A board member suggested the school apply for a grant from American Honda.
The commission tabled the issue.
In other commission activity, Pennington updated the council on the status of the Adventure Ambassador Hospitality Program.
Pennington said he intends to conduct a focus group on Nov. 12 at the Harlan Center.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, firstname.lastname@example.org
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