Samburg shines light on itself as tourist stop

Samburg shines light on itself as tourist stop
Samburg shines light on itself as tourist stop | Samburg shines light on itself as tourist stop

Gerald Reed (left) and Eddie Fickle check out a new tourism brochure that was unveiled at Monday night’s Samburg mayor and board of alderman meeting.
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Samburg tourism is now being promoted by a new billboard in southeast Missouri and a new tourism brochure that was unveiled Monday night.
The new tourism tools are being made possible by funding from the city’s hotel/motel tax and through the efforts of a small group of volunteers led by board member Eddie Fickle.
It was Fickle who unveiled the new tourism brochures at Monday night’s meeting of the Samburg mayor and board of aldermen.
A total of 10,000 full-color brochures have been printed and will be distributed throughout the region in an effort to draw tourists to Samburg.
The billboard in southeast Missouri now features a flock of mallard ducks in flight with contact information about Samburg listed at the bottom of the billboard.
“That turned out really good,” Fickle said about the billboard, which features his image of the ducks in flight. “I think we’ll get some good response from it.”
In fact, the new tourism brochure also features some of Fickle’s images from Reelfoot Lake, as well as a directory of Samburg businesses.
Samburg’s push to promote tourism is one of several major projects going on in town this fall.
During Monday night’s meeting, which lasted nearly 30 minutes, Fickle also reported the foundation has been completed for the town’s new city hall building. He said Clanton Construction will erect the building within the next two weeks, after which work will begin on finishing out the interior.
With all that is going on in Samburg, the board unanimously decided Monday night to expand the hours City Hall will be open. Following a recommendation from board member Juni Fickle, the board voted to keep it open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with the office closed from noon-1 p.m. for lunch. Previously, City Hall has been open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“We’re giving her a lot of extra work to do,” Mrs. Fickle said in reference to city recorder Mary Swain.
The new City Hall hours will mean Mrs. Swain’s work week will go from 16 hours a week to a 28-hour work week. The new City Hall hours go into effect starting today.
It was announced during Monday night’s meeting there will be a called meeting at noon Nov. 14 and a second called meeting at noon Nov. 28 to approve both readings of Samburg’s new 2011-12 city budget. The Nov. 14 called meeting also includes the second reading of the town’s hotel/motel tax ordinance.
The board approved the first reading of the hotel/motel tax ordinance Monday night.
In other action Monday night, the board:
• Voted to have city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr. pursue legal action against a group of 21 residents and businesses who, combined, owe more than $4,600 in delinquent garbage collection fees.
“I’ve done all I can do,” an obviously frustrated Mayor Larry Gene Davis said.
In a related matter, the board also approved a recommendation from Mrs. Fickle to keep the city’s residential garbage collection rate at $13 a month and reduce the dumpster rate from $140 to $130 a month. The board is contracting with Barker Brothers Waste to handle garbage collection in the city.
• Was informed by Davis organizers of the Reelfoot Lake Waterfowl Festival have decided to keep the event in Samburg next year. Davis said the festival will be held Oct. 13, 2012.
• Approved a request from board member Gerald Reed to transfer a 2-foot-by-100-foot easement running alongside a piece of property he owns.
• Discussed a complaint filed by constable Jim Brown concerning Samburg Police Chief James Hack. Brown raised concerns about Hack acting as a law enforcement officer outside the city limits of Samburg. Davis said he is aware of Brown’s concerns and has discussed them with Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder and has also discussed the issues with Hack.
Davis and other board member voiced their support of Hack and after several minutes of discussion it appeared the matter was resolved without any action being taken by the board.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com
Published in The Messenger 11.8.11

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