Members of the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau approved three sponsorship applications during the February meeting for tourism events set for 2018.

The events include the fiftieth anniversary of Har-Ber Village, which helps promote the five decades Har-Ber Village has been part of Grove.

The CTB awarded Har-Ber Village officials $4,500.

Amelia Chamberlain, who is on the board and is executive director of the living history museum, abstained from voting.

Donnie Crain, with the Grove ARea Chamber of Commerce, received $10,000 for the June "Toes In Grand Summer Festival", while officials with the Southern Drag Boat Association, a pro-mod shootout, which takes the weekend in early July at Wolf Creek Park also received $10,000, 

Much of the discussion centered on giving the Southern Drag Boat Association the funding. 

“They are willing to invest in Grove,” said Brent Malone, executive director.

The board contended the event should be held a different weekend, rather than so close to July 4 holiday weekend.

Malone said he would confer with the group about changing the date of the event in 2019. 

The board also approved a proposal with RC Livesay Photography for video and photography services.

Several packages were discussed.

Jim Corbridge, board chairman, said the proposal would be sent to the city council for their approval.

The photographs would be used in advertisements for the city, Malone said.

“We would use the photographs to dress up the kiosk,” Malone said.

The board also approved an amended sponsorship agreement for Sheldon Collins Fishing. 

Minor language changes were made concerning not participating in a tournament, he said.

In financial business, Assistant City Debbie Bottoroff informed the board the revenue from the lodging tax had fallen close to 50 percent from the previous month. 

“Our collections are down,” Bottoroff said. “It’s all about reporting, but we are still ahead in the yearly (collection).”

The tax, $5.042.24, was collected in February for receipts collected in December.

It is the smallest collection this fiscal year and second smallest in the history of the tax, which began in Sept. 2015, records show.

The total tax collected to date is $85,542.87, city records show.

The board also approves a resolution amending the budget.

“We moved monies from one (account) to another (account),” Bottoroff said. “There was no change to the bottom line.”

In financial reports expenses were $1,727.28 for salaries, $7,200 for marketing and grants, and $4,640 for equipment, according to city documents.

The board was updated on the attendance of the recent Mid-South Tackle, Hunting, and Boat Show which exceeded well over 15,000 visitors.