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(Neb.)-Dawes County Travel Board Meets Last Week

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/11/2014 02:06 PM

(Chadron)-The August meeting of the Dawes County Travel Board was held on August 5, in the Dawes County Courthouse basement meeting room. Vice Chair Justin Haag called the meeting to order at 9:35 am
In the treasurer’s report, presentations were made in regards to three worksheets showing what the expenditures were for the last fiscal year according to his records and the records of the CountyClerk’s office, as well as suggested budget category changes, which he will talk to the Clerk’s office about submitting those for consideration. 
With the additional funding coming from the newly imposed lodging tax, it was indicated that a new budget will be needed for that funding, as it needs to be kept separate from the other funding. The new funding will also be able to carry over from year to year. Colette informed the Board she had checked on the payments to the Chadron Chamber, and they did indeed get the four payments, even though the expenditures stated by the Clerk’s office indicates only three payments were made.
Correspondence was received from Voices of the Sandhills, wanting the Board to advertise in their publication. It was decided to spend the promotion dollars elsewhere. Colette gave a report on the Bands on Bordeaux summer program. In week one there were 453 adults, 500 in week two, 600 in week three and 595 in week four, with 100 to 200 children each week as well. Colette said she has heard a lot of positive feedback. All but $250 of the sponsorship was met, with CSC donating $3,000. All sponsors were from DawesCounty, including Security First Bank, First National Bank of Chadron and Walmart.
In new business, Gail will be drafting a letter in support of Fur Trade Days as they vie for a state tourism award to be announced in October. One grant application was received for the annual turkey hunt, in the amount of $500. It was moved and seconded to approve. It was unanimously approved by the Board.
The next meeting will be held on September 2, at 9:30 am in the basement meeting room of the Dawes County Courthouse.


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