GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the county’s health insurance plan during its regular meeting Friday.
1. Crawford County CVB Executive Director Devin Gorman presented an update on CVB numbers from the past year — through October. Much of the data was discovered through an economic report done by Pittsburg State University Professor Dr. Michael Davidsson. Hotel occupancy rate remained mostly unchanged at around 53 percent, even with the increase of over 120 rooms at the Hampton Inn. The county also saw 14,000 more room nights booked over 2016.
2. Gorman also announced Chris Wilson will start with CVB in charge of marketing effective December 26. Wilson has previously worked with Southeast School District as communications manager, and at KOAM TV.
3. Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson presented the commission with an annual contract for the chamber to administrate the CVB office. The contract outlines the county’s payment for office space, equipment and more, as well as part of the salary for a business and tourism assistant, which serves as a receptionist for both CVB and the chamber. The contract was for the same amount as last year, which is $36,000. The commission approved the contract.
4. The commission had a conference call with IMA Consulting and Tria Health to discuss chronic care management. Tria said it can work with employees, pharmacists and doctors to lower the costs and risks of employees with chronic conditions. The commission will consider the proposal.
5. The commission will host public hearings for amendments to the county’s overall budget, as well as fire district budgets, beginning at 10 a.m. December 19.