Businesses ask city to set up tourism board

Committee would advise tax usage

— The Chamber of Commerce has asked the city to form a tourist advisory board.

During the City Council’s Oct. 1 meeting, chamber President Clyde Andrews asked for the board and to have it develop application forms, evaluate criteria for weighing the tourism development benefit of proposed tourist tax expenditures and make annual recommendation for how the money should be spent.

Cities with populations of 5,000 or more are required by the state to establish an advisory committee. Although Oroville falls far short of that number, with a population of about 1,700, the chamber feels it would be worthwhile to formalize the process, Andrews said.

The council agreed to consider the request.

In other business, Andrews said several businesses are considering leasing the parking lot behind the Old Peerless, 1401 Main St. for RV parking and would install signs directing travelers.

He asked if the city would be the lessee, to provide insurance coverage, if the chamber would cover all lease fees, insurance reimbursement and maintenance costs.

The city has asked its insurance carrier about the proposal.

Andrews also asked the council to consider allowing people to rent guest rooms to visitors.

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