Council approves hotel/motel funding recommendations

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

LE MARS — Following a public hearing at its Feb. 20 meeting, the Le Mars City Council adopted a resolution on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2017 Le Mars Municipal Campground Improvements and Expansion — Electrical South.

Bid letting for the electrical work at the new campground which was formerly the south pond at the park, is set for March 28. The council will award the bids on April 3.

According to information provided, last fall the council went through the pubic hearing process for electrical expansion to the south campground, however, due to timing issues the project was not bid.

Water and sanitary sewer have now been completed, allowing for electric to be installed.

Start date for work is May 1, with with a completion date of July 3.

When complete, the south campground will have 30 camper pads and hookups.

In other action, the council gave its approval to the funding recommendations by the Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board’s as presented at the Feb. 6 meeting.

The funding is awarded through a grant application process and also to those events or activities which are held annually.

The list of recommendations was published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

At that time, the CVB recommended the awarding of a total of $126,278 to 12 projects with ties to tourism in the community, according to CVB manager Jessica Brownmiller.

The CVB Tourism Committee received six applications totaling $6,855.11 in funding requests and recommends awarding $6,278 for those projects.

The committee also identified six organizations that continually perpetuate tourism growth within the community and recommend funding $35,000 to their projects.

The committee also recommends allocating $85,000 toward the operation of the Le Mars Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visitors Center.

In other business, the council set a time for the public hearing for the FY 2018-2019 City Budget.

As part of that motion, the council accepted the proposed 2018-2019 annual budget at a mill levy of $12.50.

The proposed budget as presented shows a total revenue of $21,975,751 and total expenditures of $21,551,564.

The public hearing is set for noon on Tuesday, March 6, after which the council will adopt the FY 2018-2019 budget.

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