By Jeff Shultz
The Pauls Valley Tourism Board is looking for a few good ideas from the public during a town-hall-style meeting scheduled for June 22 at 5:30 p.m. Board members set the date and time for the gathering during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
“We want to know what the public’s perception of tourism is, and we would like to hear some tourism ideas during the meeting,” said tourism board member Terri Matthews.
The decision to have such a public meeting came as board members questioned the validity of spending tourism dollars on upgrades to the Pauls Valley ballparks.
“I don’t see how that is tourism related,” said board member Jesse Alvarado.
City Manager James Frizell said once the ballparks are updated, the city could host softball and baseball tournaments which would bring in several teams and fans from other cities.
That is when Matthews suggested having a town-hall-style meeting and inviting the public to make suggestions on how the city can spend its tourism dollars.
The tourism department is funded through a motel tax levied on the city’s motels.
The town hall meeting will be held at Pauls Valley’s City Hall.
In other business, board members approved a request from the Toy and Action Figure Museum to renew a billboard on northbound I-35.
Board members asked the museum to see if the billboard owner will give them a deeper discount than what is now being offered.
Currently, if the museum renews the billboard and pays for a full year in advance, the price is discounted.