MSDC talks June finances, hears tourism update

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation met Tuesday, July 10, where MSDC Secretary/Treasurer Scott Hartwig reported MSDC’s total income was up 13.6 percent year to date, with expenses down 9.8 percent and other expenses up 33 percent.

Hartwig added the budget gross profit was up 25 percent from their projections, along with the total expenses, which was 19.43 percent less than what was anticipated. Total other income was up 3.92 percent, and total net income was up 151 percent over what was projected.

Board members voted to approve the June financial report, as well as an annual payment to Central Missouri Economic Development Alliance (CMEDA) in the amount of $5,000.

During the tourism report, Tourism Coordinator Mary Keller stated she applied for a Missouri Department of Tourism marketing platform grant in the amount of $2,500, which has been approved.

“We are launching that to revamp the Visit Marshall Mo. website,” she said. “If you've been on that recently, it’s very outdated and not mobile friendly. We know the tourists tap their phones to really look at their destination choices when they’re traveling. So we are working on that update.”

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils kicked off the Saline County Fair Saturday, July 7. According to Keller, approximately 750 tickets were sold.

“Hats off to Sandy (Hisle), her husband and the Arth’s, for a fabulous event,” Keller said. “If you guys missed it, you missed out on a great thing for Marshall. Really, Marshall and the people that came in from out of town. It was a wonderful event.”

Upcoming events include Day in the Park, which is set for Saturday, July 21. Day in the Park will feature a barbecue contest, a tug of war competition, a car/motorcycle show, and several activities, including a dunk tank, an obstacle course, inflatables, a rock wall, a slip n’ slide, KC Wolf, a petting zoo, games, and food and craft vendors.

The Marshall Tourism Commission has also partnered with The Marshall Chamber of Commerce to host Sips & Grins on the square. The event will be held Aug. 4, from 4-8 p.m., in conjunction with Shopping Under the Sun, which will be Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted to tentatively approve a cooperative development agreement between MSDC and MoDOT, contingent on everything being approved by the county attorney and county commission.

“We met MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna,” Executive Director Stan Moore said. “We talked about the junction and what their plans are. ... They have to have a traffic engineering study done about moving the cross over lanes north of the junction, and south of the junction, on U.S. Highway 65. ... If they move the cross over lanes about 300 yards further south, the median is wider there. So, we are asking MoDOT to consider moving cross over lanes further north, and further south.”

Moore said MSDC would like to start the study immediately, instead of waiting until January when Saline County starts receiving tax money. Therefore, MSDC would pay for it now, and be reimbursed when tax dollars start coming in. Early studies estimated the cost of the study to be approximately $25,000.

All members of the board were present Tuesday morning. The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation will meet again Tuesday, Aug. 14.

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