CAPC denies proposal to add pages to visitor’s guide

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission won’t be purchasing additional pages in the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce’s visitor’s guide.

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, the commission voted to deny a proposal adding 33 pages to the guide. CAPC director Mike Maloney explained that he had been working with an attorney to draw up an agreement, saying the proposed agreement would require the commission to pay the chamber $23,925 for the pages. The payment would be made in two installments, Maloney said, with the last installment contingent on the commission receiving copies of the guide.

“Time is of the essence,” Maloney said.

Commissioner Terry McClung moved to approve the proposed agreement, and commissioner Greg Moon asked if the agreement was for the visitor’s guide. Maloney said it was. McClung, Susan Harman and Carol Wright voted in favor of the agreement, Moon voted against it and Bob Thomas abstained. Because there was no majority vote, McClung’s motion failed.

Finance director Rick Bright said the commission could still work with the chamber on the guide.

“That doesn’t preclude us from making a postage agreement,” Bright said. “This would just kill the 33 pages.”

Damon Henke, the chamber’s interim director, said Tuesday the idea to add pages to the guide came from Maloney.

“It was an excellent idea from Mike,” Henke said. “I don’t know that it was adopted by his commission.”

The chamber will continue to work on the guide, Henke said.

“The visitor’s guide remains the same,” Henke said. “The content didn’t change. There will probably just be a few less pages of pictures.”

The CAPC’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at The Aud.

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