By BOB PALMER
Jefferson aldermen approved a “short-term” agreement with Marion County Chamber of Commerce for tourism services and personnel Tuesday.
Jefferson Tourism Director Kevin Godfrey resigned two weeks ago effective Wednesday.
“The Chamber will lend services on short-term basis,” Mark McKay, Chamber board president, told the council. “The Chamber provides many services for our members. We also provide a lot of tourism services.”
McKay called the new agreement a “natural outgrowth” of what the Chamber does.
“This is a short-term solution until you figure out what you want to do long term,” McKay said.
“Personally, I like the idea,” Alderman Victor Perot said.
The agreement carried unanimously.
Under the contract the Chamber will direct Executive Director Kari Alexander to spend half of her work week on Jefferson tourism, working with the Tourism Board to develop a short-term plan.
The Chamber will also relocate a part-time employee to the Tourism office to answer the phone and greet walk-in traffic.
The city will pay the Chamber $3,000 per month for these services. The agreement runs on a month-to-month basis with a 30-day termination clause.
The council also approved special event applications from Women of Jefferson for the April 5K Rabbit Run, the Big Cypress Corvette Weekend in May and the Jefferson Cruise Nights in the spring and summer.
A grant by Jefferson Economic Development Corporation for $12,000 for water and sewer repairs at the Excelsior House Hotel was approved. An $11,600 grant to Creating Opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistant job training programs by JEDCO also received council blessing.
The council nominated former Alderman Val Vallery to the Marion Central Appraisal District Board.
A resolution seeking a state grant to assist in sewer improvements necessary for the proposed CEFCO station on US 59 was approved.
The council also discussed building code enforcement and agreed to place the item on the agenda at a future meeting.
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