Samburg tourism focus of promotion

Samburg tourism focus of promotion
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Samburg’s tourism efforts are about to get a major boost.
For the past few months, Samburg alderman Eddie Fickle and an ad hoc tourism committee have been working on promoting Samburg as a tourist destination.
A billboard in southeast Missouri has been promoting Samburg and there is a Samburg tourism website and a new tourism brochure.
Now, Fickle and other volunteers will be traveling to Indianapolis, where they will promote Samburg at the 58h Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show.
The outdoor show is being held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Feb. 17-26 and more than 600 exhibitors are expected to have booths.
The Samburg tourism booth will feature the new tourism brochure and postcards, as well as brochures from resorts around town. A colorful new banner has been created, as well as two dozen new promotional T-shirts that will be sold at the booth. The T-shirts feature colorful images of eagles and ducks and a sunset scene.
Fickle unveiled the new banner and T-shirts at Mon-day night’s Samburg mayor and board of aldermen meeting.
Also during the board’s 30-minute meeting, approval was granted to a motion by board member John Vancleave to sell Samburg’s City Hall.
Only board member Johnnie Johnson voted against the motion to sell the building.
The city’s new City Hall  is nearing completion on the north side of town.
The board will seek bids to sell the current building on Lakeshore Drive. The money raised from that sale will help the city “dig out” from its stack of bills.
The board will seek sealed bids for the building and will review them at its March 5 meeting.
Recently, the city was offered between $70,000 and $75,000 for the building by David Laut of Samburg. He was in attendance at Monday night’s meeting.
In other action Monday night, the board:
• Approved the first of two readings of a new city ordinance establishing subscription fees and emergency response charges for the Samburg-Reelfoot Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Chief Ken Hogg presented the proposed ordinance to the board Monday night after meeting with the board last month to discuss the new fee schedule for rural fire calls. Under the new ordinance, rural subscribers will be charged $500 per response, which will be submitted to the homeowners’ insurance carrier. A rural fire membership fee costs $75 per year.
Non-subscribers will be billed a minimum of $2,000 per fire call.
The new ordinance will come up for second and final approval at the board’s March 5 meeting.
In a related move, the board approved a recommendation from Hogg to purchase a used radio equipment building from Robin Wood for $4,800. The 10-foot-by-12-foot building will be used to house the fire department’s new radio communication system.
“It’s ready to use,” Hogg told the board Monday night in making his recommendation.
• Approved the city’s participation in a countywide mitigation plan.
• Moved a pair of items to the board’s March agenda. Plans to set up a traffic light at the four-way stop at Highway 22 and Reelfoot Avenue will be placed on the March 5 agenda, as will plans to pave over a culvert on the new city hall property. Mayor Larry Gene Davis said he is still working on both items.
• Announced there are two more weeks remaining for Samburg residents to apply for a Community Development Block Grant program. The city is working on the low-income housing grant to help homeowners in the city.
• Approved a motion by Vancleave to pay city aldermen monthly, and not according to their attendance at board meetings. Board members get paid $45.71 a month.
Absent from Monday night’s meeting was board member Juni Fickle.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.7.12

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