Monday night, the Waxahachie City Council approved the termination of its current contract with the Waxahachie Convention and Visitors Bureau on a recommendation by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.
“Over the past month we have had the opportunity to put together an exploratory committee on how we can work together, the chamber and the city, to improve the convention and visitors bureau. We’ve come up with some exciting options that are before the 4-B board,” chamber board chairman Neal White said.
“The one thing that has to take place first is currently the chamber of commerce has a contract with the city of Waxahachie for the convention and visitors bureau. We have that contract through 2015. So before any opportunity to restructure the convention and visitors bureau takes place the chamber of commerce has to move to dissolve the current contract and restructure that contract,” White said.
White said under restructuring, the CVB would fall under the city’s 4-B board and allow enhanced marketing and promotion of the civic center and sports complex.
Assistant city manager Michael Scott said through the restructuring process the current employees of the convention and visitors bureau would become city employees but would be still be paid through the hotel motel tax funds. One of the two CVB employees would office at the civic center as part of the restructuring.
The chamber requested several conditions for approval which included continued shared current cooperative marketing initiatives of the chamber and the CVB, provide an ex-officio (advisor) position on the Waxahachie Community Development Corporation for the CVB, retain a presence at the chamber offices for a CBV position and continue a number of traditional events that the CVB sponsors or organizes as permitted by the tax code.
A recommendation from Waxahachie Partnership Board to exercise the renewal option within the operating agreement for the operator of the Texas Theater was approved by the council.
“We have had two good years here. The first year was a very tough year as you might as well imagine. The second year we began to find out what people would pay for and what the people of Ellis County would spend money on,” theater operator Tim Eaton said.
“The economy has been really bad and disposable income has really dropped off,” he said. “We have worked harder in where we spend our money and how we spend our money in order to survive. It has been two tough years and we would like to continue on. The main reason is that there are thousands of people that don’t know the Texas Theater has reopened. It was closed for awhile and became out of sight, out of mind.”
Eaton said the theater is doing better at bringing entertainment people want to pay for and managing expenses to ride through the tough times.
The council awarded a contract for city hall roofing to Jeff Eubanks Roofing in the amount of $265,220 and exterior improvements to K-Post Company for $332,464. Both contracts have a completion time of 270 days.
A zoning amendment request by PDC Midwest for a site plan approval within a planned development-25-commercial zoning district to add a memory care unit to an existing assisted living facility located at 2250 Brown St. was approved.
In other business, the council:
• approved several replats and plats
• tabled an engineering contract with Kimley-Horne for a deceleration lane at Park Place to be revisited at a city council budget retreat this summer.
• denied an engineering contract with Birkhoff, Hendricks and Carter for Wyatt Street paving and drainage improvements.
• took no action on a request by Mike Crow of the Ranch radio station to discuss alternate street closures for the Ranch Jam Music Event on June 17-19.
• approved proclamations for May 15-21 as Police Week, May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and June 4-July 4 as Crape Myrtle Month.
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