This meeting was recorded by a Nauvoo citizen, and forwarded to openNauvoo. Three video files were provided, openNauvoo spliced them together into one file, and prepared them for the web. Notes were also provided for the balance of the meeting not recorded.
HOTEL MOTEL BOARD MEETING 20 SEPT 2-18
CONVENED WITH 4 MEMBERS AT 1:30 PM
VIDEO TAPED TIL 1:55, STORAGE WAS FULL
NOTES FOR BALANCE OF THE MEETING AFTER 2:00 PM:
Ms. Cain of the Quincy Bureau was the primary focus on the balance of the meeting. She wanted to know if Nauvoo was hiring a full-time person for the Visitor’s office. She inquired about the budget.
The Board was not considering hiring a full time person. The Board said that of the $45,000 available, about $21,000 was for marketing and other costs, and the appx $24,000 was for staffing.
Sharon asked if part of the $45,000 could be used for marketing to the greater Nauvoo market, and was told that state laws restricted the h-m tax revenues to market just the Nauvoo city businesses.
When Ms. Cain asked about the use of h-m funds, the Board said they might give he funds to manage marketing, if the funds could be restricted to specific Nauvoo City line item. Ms. Cain said yes that could be done.
Ms. Cain said that such a budget would not cover what she perceives the minimum marketing needs:
Full time person at the Visitor Center.
Full time person managing social media.
Visitor Center Brochure on Nauvoo city.
When asked if changing from a h-m Board to a Nauvoo Visitors Bureau would help move the budget to a broader coverage, Ms. Cain said it would, but the state has set the limit at 40 bureaus and will not certify any more.
Board said that they now have some volunteers for minimum intermittent coverage including the phones forwarded to Sharon, but that it is inadequate.
Ms. Cain was again asked about her proposed services for Nauvoo, and she replied at first she would need to know the actual budget, and staffing needs, then she could provide a proposed budget.
Sharon asked if the h-m budget can be restructured, and the response was that it would take City Council action.
MEETING ENDED BY MOTION AT 2:20 PM