|roadblocks around courthouse|
When the courthouse was evacuated yesterday, roadblocks were set up along the perimeter of the courthouse, preventing access. These roadblocks were still up after the "all clear" had been given, though only for about ten minutes. I know this because I had left the courthouse and was unable to get through until about 4:10 pm. The only reason I persisted is because I was told about he "all clear." But how many people who intended to visit one or both of these committees left?
Yesterday, the Finance Committee was reviewing $753,000 in hotel tax applications from nonprofits all throughout the county. My concern is that there may have been applicants who intended to pitch their projects but were unable to do so because they had been turned around.
I voiced these concerns to Council, and suggested the meeting be rescheduled. That suggestion fell on deaf years.
Obviously, applicants who made it to the meeting would have little sympathy for those who did not. But I expected better of Council.
Oxford educated Bridget George made an impassioned plea for additional funding for the Bach Choir, which receives 20,000 visitors every year from 33 different countries. Her funding had been cut in half from $20,000 to $10,000, and it appears that Council will restore it.
Hotel Bethlehem Managing Partner Bruce Haines was no less effective in his pitch for docents used by Historic Bethlehem in its downtown and at its smithy. The administration had proposed a $10,000 cut but Council appears to be ready to restore the $65,000 requested.
John Cusick had concerns about a grant by LV Arts Council, but no one was present from that group to pitch its small grant request.
You can see the hotel tax grant applications here.