County commission names the Marshall Tourism Committee as Designated Marketing Organization

Thursday, August 30, 2007
The Saline County Commission issued a proclamation Thursday, Aug. 30, officially recognizing the Marshall Tourism Committee as a Designated Marketing Organization. Front row, from left, Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner and Southern District Commissioner Dick Hassler. Back row, from left, representing the tourism committee, are Cynthia Crawford, Arline Borchers, Rose Anne Huck, Bill Orendorff and Stan Moore. (Kathy Fairchild/Democrat-News)

It was a busier-than-normal morning for the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The commissioners unanimously approved and issued a resolution naming the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee as a Designated Marketing Organization (DMO), allowing the committee to move forward with an application for state cooperative funding from the Missouri Department of Tourism for 2008.

New rules from the state organization require project funding to be issued on a county-wide basis. The Chamber Tourism Committee was recognized by the city of Marshall as a DMO earlier this month.

"We will have more success marketing the area as a whole than we will with each community trying to draw tourists individually," said Rose Ann Huck, spokesperson for the Marshall group.

Funding is awarded based on several criteria, including the number of available units for overnight stays in the area and the value of tourism dollars spent.

Saline County is now considered a "small marketing agency," and thus is eligible for about $2,500 in funds for 2008.

As the organization grows, more funds will be available in the coming years.

In other action, bids for the construction of Bridge Number 39, located in the Grand Pass Special Road District on County Road 422 southwest of Grand Pass were read.

Nine companies submitted bids, out of 17 requesting information about the project.

The low bidder was Widel, Inc. of Blackwater, at $234,328.37; the highest bid was submitted by Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal, at $305,926.90.

Southern District Commissioner Dick Hassler noted all of the bids came in below the estimate of $331,355.80, set by the engineering firm of Shafer, Kline, and Warren, Inc. of Macon. But, he said, "All of the bids were below estimate on our last project, so it wasn't a surprise."

The winning bid will be announced tomorrow or early next week.

Contact Kathy Fairchild at

marshallhealth@socket.net

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