"Visit Clearfield County" moving to new digs|
Thursday, November 15, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
A new home for Visit Clearfield County, the county's tourism office, was decided on by the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority during yesterday's meeting.
The tourism agency will be moving to 212 Hammermill Road, which is just off of state Route 322 (Bigler Avenue) and near both Fox's Pizza and Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. The building is owned by Crestwood Co., which is owned by Sam Lansberry.
CCRTA has been looking for a new location for several years. While the board has liked being near downtown, the building they are currently in does not meet all of its needs and is not ADA compliant. The authority has also wished to be located closer to Interstate 80. The new location was recently vacated by the last tenant and the office space can be renovated to suit CCRTA and Visit Clearfield County's needs. The building is heated with natural gas and is air-conditioned.
Some of the things that will need to be taken care of include signage and security, including adequate lighting. There is room for buses and deliveries to be made at the back of the building, and there is adequate parking. Lansberry said he is planning on paving around the building as well.
After some discussion among the board, and with Lansberry, the board voted to enter into a five-year lease with Crestwood Co. for $1,500 per month plus utilities, pending legal review.
The board also voted to hire Hughes Engineering to draw renovation plans and gave permission to the executive committee to make decisions on plans as the project moves forward. Board members Greg Sheehan and Nancy Micks were absent.
The board hopes to have everything in place sometime at the beginning of 2013 but no moving date has been set.
After an executive session on personnel, the board voted to increase the compensation of both the director and tourism development specialist. Each will get a $100 per month 401(k) match for a potential total of $1,200. The director will receive a raise of $500 and the tourism development specialist a raise of $250.
The Hotel Tax Committee met recently and awarded $20,000 in grants. The awardees are:
• Fork Ridge Ranch: $4,200 granted for signage, website and tradeshows.
• Curwensville Borough: $2,250 granted for signage
• Curwensville Lake Recreation Area: $3,600 granted for new brochures and billboards
• Treasure Lake Property Owners Association: $7,050 granted for signage
• PA Wilds Vacation Rental: $750 granted to update the website
• Quehanna Industrial Development Corp.: $2,150 granted for brochures and signage to promote the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the 100-Mile-Yard Sale.
In other business:
• the board voted to return to monthly meetings in 2013 with meetings to be held the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise announced.
• office hours for winter months will change to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Clearfield County Commissioner Joan Robinson McMillen and Director Holly Komonczi met with a local property owner about hotel tax revenues and as a result the authority should be receiving a payment from the property owner for the amount not paid. Komonczi said she is grateful for county commissioners who have stepped up and worked with the tourism authority on various issues.