CAPC waits to appoint new commissioner

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It’s unclear how long the open seat on the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission will remain open.

On Wednesday, April 12, the commission heard from applicants interested in Position 7 before deciding to wait on filling it. Chairman Ken Ketelsen said the commission received more applications than usual and the applicants attending a workshop before the commission’s regular meeting to introduce themselves.

D Rude, who owns the UPS store in town, spoke first.

“This is the first public role I’ve ever applied for. This is the only seat someone like myself, not being in the tourist industry, can apply for, so I appreciate the opportunity and I’m looking forward to it,” Rude said. “The skills I bring to the table are pretty good business acumen and a real good handle for marketing spending and marketing understanding. I would just like to help accomplish the city’s mission of developing the local economy here.”

Carol Bright remembered visiting Eureka Springs as a child and telling her father she’d live in the city someday in a cabin on the river. That has happened, Bright said, and now she wants to take a more active role in the community.

“I’ve largely worked in fundraising for numerous arts organizations. I’ve been a professional musician,” Bright said. “I’ve had a really kind of cool life, learned a lot and I’d love to bring that experience here and help the CAPC accomplish whatever they want. I love living in this town, and I’d like to give back.”

Jay Wilks, who owns a retail business downtown, said he has lived in Eureka Springs since 2009. Wilks said he’s interested in working on the commission because he wants to speak on behalf of the retail business owners in town.

“Looking around at these retail shops …we really have no representation. There’s a lot of retail stores in town, and without the retail stores and art galleries, we would not have restaurants and hotels,” Wilks said. “Everything revolves around everybody.”

Beau Satori, former mayor of Eureka Springs, said he was throwing his hat in the ring as a person with experience on the commission. Satori said he has served on the commission for at least one year each decade for the past 40 years.

“I attended my first CAPC meeting in 1976. I also produced and promoted a show in The Auditorium for the bicentennial in 1976, and that led to a lifelong relationship with The Auditorium and every fundraiser we’ve had since then,” Satori said.

Like Wilks, Satori said he’s hoping to speak for retail business owners.

“I have seen a noticeable decline over the past 10 years without having retail input. I’ve realized retail has not recovered from the recession of 2007. That’s nationwide,” Satori said. “I could help, and I want to help. If you could give me the opportunity, I’ll be here for you.”

Ketelsen said others applied for the position but didn’t come to the workshop. Commissioner Terry McClung said he didn’t feel ready to vote yet.

“I want to mull it over with the people we have,” McClung said.

Commissioner Susan Harman agreed.

“I think since we just got it yesterday, give us a chance to digest it,” Harman said.

During the commission’s regular meeting, commissioner Dusty Duling moved to vote on the open seat. With nobody seconding the motion, it died and left the seat open.

Director Mike Maloney sent out a press release on Monday saying the commission has extended the deadline for applications to May 8. The release says the position is open to any Carroll County resident over 18. The application form is available online at www.CAPC.biz or can be obtained by visiting the CAPC offices at 121 E. Van Buren, Suite 3 B in Eureka Springs.

Applications can be sent to Director@EurekaSprings.Org or Box 522 in Eureka Springs. The release says the commissioners will review the applications at their next regular meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at City Hall.

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