LaGrange Approves Tourism and Riverkeeper Funding Changes

After a busy week with the tourism convention in town, the LaGrange Mayor and City Council held a short meeting to authorize some necessary agreements and approve agency funding that was overlooked in the budget.

The normal Tuesday meeting was postponed to Thursday due to the tourism convention, but that did not keep tourism off the agenda.

The council unanimously approved a resolution to execute a marketing program agreement with the newly formed tourism board, Visit LaGrange Inc. 

The council previously approved an agreement establish the entity as the Destination Marketing Organization for the city and oversee their hotel/motel tax dollars.

The second agreement gives Visit LaGrange the marketing dollars earmarked for promoting Great Wolf Lodge that were previously overseen by the LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce. Visit LaGrange will now use those funds due to the Chamber no longer serving as the city’s DMO.

The council also unanimously approved a request for funding from the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers for $10,500.

City Manager Meg Kelsey advised the request was overlooked when they were finalizing the budget, which they would have recommended at the time. The agency later followed up on the request, once again asking for the funding, and Kelsey recommended a budget amendment to give them $9,000.

A motion was quickly made and seconded to approve the request, but Council Member Tom Gore recommended approving the full request. Gore noted that the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers had requested an additional $1,500 to help clean up trash around West Point Lake. The motion was then amended to increase the funding to $10,500 and it was unanimously approved by the council.

The council also held a first read of an ordinance change to modify the policy for natural gas service outside city limits. The change would simply revert back to previous policy where the city would provide natural gas service outside the city limits where it is economically feasible.

The next regular La-Grange City Council meeting is scheduled for September 24 at 5:30 p.m. at council chambers on Ridley Avenue.

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Tommy Murphy Staff Writer