The Convention and Tourism Bureau approved a sponsorship application for a long-standing Grand Lake tourism boating event set for this year.

Thunder on Wolf Creek was awarded $1,800.

“It’s a modest average budget and it’s a consistent presence for years,” said Bill Keefer, city manager, during the meeting on Thursday, March 22. 

Donnie Crain, with Grove Area Chamber of Commerce updated the board on Toes in the Grand Summer Festival.

“Marketing efforts are underway,” Crain said.

Grove Area Chamber of Commerce has expanded its television marketing plan, he said. 

“We have a number of additional sponsors on board,” Crain said.

Those include Grand River Dam Authority, Cherokee Casino Grove, INTEGRIS Grove Hospital, Patricia Island County Club and Mulligans.

In financial business, Keefer told the board the revenue from the lodging tax had risen more than 50 percent from the previous month.

“Someone didn’t get their report turned in on time,” Keefer said. “We are on pace to meet or exceed last year.”

The total tax collected to date is $93,683.65, city records show.

Expenses were $1,719.91 for salaries, $200 for contract services, $8,772.96 for marketing and grants, according to city documents.