H/M grant finalists make presentations

The Hotel/Motel Tax Board met Monday night at City Hall to hear presentations from four H/M Tax grant finalists.

Loween Getter presented on behalf of the Webster City Community Theatre.

“We are requesting money to help us promote our 2016-2017 productions,” said Getter.

Getter requested $7,821 for the promotion of upcoming shows and advertising costs. Some of the upcoming shows include “A Nice Family Christmas” in November, “Murder on a Budget” in February, “Sherlock Holmes and the Wolfe Family Caper” in April, and “Church Basement Ladies” in July of 2017.

Getter also requested $1,453 for the 4th Annual Camp Creamery at the WCCT. According to Getter 43 kids are signed up for the camp which runs from July 25-30.

Kay Ross requested $20,000 on behalf of HERO to be put towards new seats at the Webster City Theater.

“It’s our belief that every community that has a movie theater is more successful and vibrant community,” said Ross. “It’s always been our desire to make the Webster City Theater a destination theater.”

The number of seats will be down sized from 302 to 236 in order to accommodate for the new seating and more handicapped seating.

“We want to enhance the movie-going experience by replacing the seats with wider, more comfortable seats and also more leg room,” said Ross.

Maureen Seamonds spoke on behalf of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley and the Community Cultural Consortium.

Seamonds requested a total of $30,000 to be put towards advertising, marketing, and branding for both groups. The Community Cultural Consortium would receive $20,000 of the total $30,000. The Consortium would use funds received for creating a brand and marketing the created brand across the Midwest and United States. LLBRV would use the remaining $10,000 for continued advertising and marketing for future classes.

“We propose to contract for marketing design services to create a theme or brand to use in regional marketing that will promote the idea of coming to Webster City for creative adventures,” said Seamonds.

Deb Brown presented to the board on behalf of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. Brown requested a total of $23,580 to be used for a myriad of uses including promotions, content development, the chamber’s upcoming 100 year anniversary, online advertising, and radio and newspaper advertising.

The board will meet on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall to review the proposals heard at Monday night’s meeting.

The board also is encouraging the community to watch for an upcoming announcement to consider the renewal of the Hotel/Motel Tax.