CAPC adds Ekberg as authorized check signer

Thursday, August 22, 2019

By Samantha Jones

The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission is ready to welcome new director Lacey Ekberg.

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the commission voted to add Ekberg to the list of authorized check signers. Finance director Rick Bright said the commission needed authorize Ekberg to sign checks, saying commissioners Susan Harman and Terry McClung are already authorized to do so.

"We're adding Lacey to the bank accounts and the card, but the motion has to include everybody," Bright said.

McClung moved to authorize Harman, Ekberg and himself to sign checks, and the commission unanimously voted to do so.

The commission then moved on to marketing support fund requests. Bright said the commission had $4,505 left to spend on such requests for the year, saying the requests come in at $8,500 total. Bright listed the requests, including Eureka Springs Historical Museum's annual Voices from the Silent City cemetery tour, the museum's new event called Witches Escape and a studio tour with 13 participating galleries in town.

"So it's more than just one studio?" asked commissioner Bobbi Foster. "I was just curious how many people are participating."

"It's a whole bunch of them," Bright said. "There's 13 stops and 13 galleries where the artists will actually be working in the gallery. People can come in and watch them do their work."

Harman asked if the studio tour is similar to an event held in the past and Bright said it is.

"Before, it didn't go over as well because people didn't know it was happening," Bright said. "We have done a brochure for the studio tour many times. It's been three or four years since we've done a brochure."

Bright said all the events will bring people to town, saying Witches Escape is a new event.

"It's basically a fundraising for the historical museum," Bright said. "They'll be using the Auditorium for the event. They have Sean Paul, who is doing two shows for the witches. While they're here, they'll be using the basement for refreshments."

The cemetery tour has been going on for years, Bright said.

"It brings a couple thousand people to town throughout two weekends," Bright said.

McClung said the event is important for Eureka Springs.

"A lot of people come for it. That's their specific weekend to come," McClung said, "because that's an important event for them to see."

"I think it's a great event," said commissioner Debbie Reay.

Bright reminded the commission this is the last meeting of the year to address marketing support fund requests.

"We do it three times a year," Bright said. "This is our last go-around."

Harman moved to spend $750 on the studio tour, $2,000 on the cemetery tour and $1,750 on Witches Escape, and McClung said he thought the cemetery tour could get by with less than that.

"I'd like to split what's left over between the other two," McClung said, "to give the artists a little bit more and a boost to the new one, just because it is new."

Harman agreed.

"I would probably give more to the newer event, not the studio tour," Harman said, "because the studio tour isn't showing the touch in revenue. Overall, there's a huge gap between the two."

Wright said she supports all the events and asked Harman to repeat her motion. Harman withdrew her motion and moved to spend $1,250 on the studio tour, $1,000 on the cemetery tour and $2,250 on Witches Escape.

Commissioner Greg Moon said he wasn't sure about spending so much on the new event.

"We don't know anything about what it's going to bring," Moon said, "but you know the others are probably going to bring more."

"We don't know, but I think we ought to take a chance," McClung said.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the motion.

The commission's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at The Auditorium.

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