CVB advisory board future on agenda

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners are likely to decide the fate of the CVB advisory board on Tuesday night.

The commission previously discussed whether the composition of the Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau board should be restructured. Commissioners have indicated they want more oversight on how the CVB spends the $1.2 million in transient guest tax money – used primarily for promoting tourism in Manhattan.

In addition to deciding how the board will be structured, commissioners also will consider the 2014 contract with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the CVB.

A new provision has been proposed that will restrict the CVB from spending more than $5,000 on any studies on promoting Manhattan or tourism. If that provision is approved, the bureau would have to bring more expensive proposals before the commission for approval.

Commissioners also will consider a season pass for city swimming pools.

According to the agenda, the parks and recreations department recommends charging $45 for a season pass.

Other items on the agenda include two re-zoning requests.

The first is a request to rezone the Interlachen Addition, a redesign of Grand Mere Addition unit three. The proposal is to rezone it from a single-family residential district to a multiple-family residential district and a neighborhood shopping district.

The second request is to re-zone Body First Wellness and Recreation Center from a single-family residential district to a commercial planned unit development district.









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