Mayor drops by to talk about “Re-Discover Louisa” plan;
Louisa, KY — The Lawrence County Tourism Commission met Monday, February 9, at 5:00 pm in the Fred M. Vinson Museum, with special guests in attendance and several items on the agenda.
City Council Member, Mitch Castle accompanied Mayor Slone and gave the invocation before dinner was served. Afterward, Co-Chairman, Catrina Vargo opened the meeting in the absence of Chairman Keith Chaffin, who was not able to attend due to work related issues.
The first guest to speak at Monday’s meeting was Missy Kennedy, the new Yatesville Park Manager, who replaced Mike Sullivan after he retired at the end of last year.
“I just want to let you all know if there’s anything I can do for you, let me know,” said Kennedy. She was asked to provide some pictures of the lake and golf course to use in new tourism brochures, and said she would be happy to help.
Next, Boy Scoutmasters from the Cardinal District, which is made up of Lawrence, Carter, and Boyd Counties, Ed Kemper (Grayson) and Greg Stambaugh, (Louisa), spoke to the Committee about land that is available adjoining the area next to the cabin on Boy Scout Road near Yatesville Lake. They currently use the area for scout activities, but would like to open it up for other youth, church groups, and planned public events that would draw in tourists.
Some of the ideas and projects mentioned included beautification, wildlife viewing area, observation pond, archery range, nature trails and installation of some grills.
“We also want to hear your ideas too” said Kemper. The tourism members agreed that their could be a lot of possibilities for the area and would stay in touch with the scoutmasters to discuss future projects.
Mayor Harold Slone and City Council Member, Mitch Castle, spoke next. Castle said he was there to support the city, county, and tourism in any way possible.
Mayor Slone spoke to the group about plans for downtown that include a marketing campaign called ‘Re-Discover Louisa.’
He explained that the plan would encompass several projects such as riverfront development, revamping the city pool, new street signs, sidewalks, and more. “I want to develop a ‘Re-Discover Louisa’ council on which members would work on these projects” Slone said.
The mayor said he is applying for a grant to fund a professional architect plan for the project and asked the tourism committee to help finance the logo and marketing materials for the Re-Discover Louisa program.
In regular meeting business, minutes from the January meeting were read and approved, as was the treasurer’s report. The committee then discussed the ad layout for the 2015 Country Music Highway Magazine, a tourism booklet that is placed in various rest areas and visitor centers.
The group also discussed providing food for the upcoming high school bass tournament that will be held May 23 at Yatesville Lake and approved a donation to the Appalachian Bike Tour that is held each year in September.
County Judge, John Osborne gave an update on the putt-putt project at Lawrence County Park. “The course is 18 holes and has already been laid out” he said. The cups have been ordered and construction will start as soon as they come in and weather permits. “We are getting a price on the gazebo too.” He also said someone has expressed interest in opening the camp store adjacent to the park office. “The lady is supposed to let me know something soon” Osborne said.
Business was concluded and the meeting was adjourned. The next tourism meeting will be Monday, March 9, at 5:00 pm at the Fred M. Vinson Museum.
To speak with the tourism department, call 606-638-4102.