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Hope Tourism Commission Meeting

By Natalie Hood, 06/17/17 10:02 AM

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HOPE- On Thursday, June 15, the Hempstead County Tourism Commission hosted their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was held in the McLarty Room at the Train Depot, it was called to order at 3:36 by Sharon Caldwell. Members that were present consisted of Sharon Caldwell, Chair, Mayor, Steve Montgomery, Milko Smith, Trevor Coffee, Paul Henley and Don Still.

On the agenda for the night was to go over the monthly expenses, minutes and revenue from the month of May; after reviewing all the given information a motion to approve all the expenses was passed. While reviewing expenses, the topic of RV electric was a main topic, Sharon Caldwell who is also the chairman for the Hope Train Days Celebration, stated that they already have RVs booked for next years Train Day Celebration.

They then discussed “old business”. Yerger High School sign was a main discussion point for the night, which was previously brought to the boards attention during the May meeting by Hazel Simpson. They hope to have a new sign in place by July 7, when the reunion takes place here in Hope. Currently all that is left of the previous sign is the frame. Paul Henley stated that he had spoke with Superintendent, Bobby Hart and stated that school was going to have the sign fixed. The board postponed any decisions to receive the cost information of the sign being made before making any donations towards it.

Next on the agenda, Paul Henley announced that Hempstead County had received their order of Christmas decorations. With there being an abundance of decorations and not enough room where they had previously agreed to store the items, they will now be stored at the Hope Airport for safe keeping.

As part of the capital outlay update, ten items have been approved. Items included, 13 fixtures of lights around the platform at the depot, new lights for the coliseum arena, fixing the press box on the New Millennium field, work on the ball fields that will take place after season ends, an infield groomer, and more.