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County commissioners restructure CTC, seek members

Archuleta County is seeking new faces for its County Tourism Commission, following a restructuring of the group at Tuesday’s regular Board of County Commissioners’ meeting.

The resolution, which changes the number of people serving on the CTC from seven to five, altered several aspects of a 2009 resolution concerning the group.

“At the end of 2009, there were four people on the board whose terms expired, and then, in early 2010 another person resigned, so that left two people on the County Tourism Commission,” said Karin Kohake, Archuleta County special projects manager, in presenting the resolution, adding, “We are recommending this opportunity to restructure the County Tourism Commission.”

“This is a good direction we’re going in, we think. It’s overdue and it’s about time we do this,” said Commissioner Clifford Lucero.

Beyond the convenient term limit expirations mentioned at the meeting, the BoCC has previously discussed more of the reasoning behind the need to restructure and start fresh with the CTC.

At prior work sessions, including the Jan. 12 agenda review, inconsistencies with the group were discussed, such as the fact none of the current members of the CTC were appointed by the BoCC, as was directed in the 2009 resolution.

Previously, the CTC comprised seven members, including a representative from the county, one from the Chamber of Commerce, one from the Town Tourism Commission, two lodging association representatives and two community members.

The group will now be made up of five members representing the community, with one being a county employee.

The CTC has two members serving active terms, but the county will recruit for all five positions on the panel. Commissioner Bob Moomaw noted that the board will still encourage the lodging association to recommend people for the CTC, looking favorably on those they recommended.

The group will still involve the Chamber of Commerce, with the Chamber director acting as a non-voting ex officio member and “liaison between the Chamber of Commerce, the County Tourism Commission and the Town Tourism Committee.”

The resolution also includes a new statement banning CTC members from receiving “direct financial benefit in any manner from projects submitted to the CTC for funding” and one allowing the BoCC to remove any member from the CTC, for any reason, before the end of their term.

The resolution includes the option for the BoCC to consider funding county projects before considering projects before the CTC.

The CTC, which has been in existence since 1987, works to make recommendations to the BoCC regarding the expenditure of county lodging tax revenues. Expenditures go toward marketing for community events, and the fund directs money ($66,000 in 2010) toward the operation of the Visitor Center, which is run by the Chamber of Commerce.

Those wanting to serve on the commission are asked to mail letters of interest and background to Karin Kohake, Special Projects Manager, P.O. Box 1507, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, or e-mail to kkohake@archuletacounty.org by Feb. 4, 2010.

The BoCC is expected to appoint members to the CTC at its Feb. 16 meeting.

randi@pagosasun.com