Simpsonville OKs new tourism commission structure

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It gives the city a seat on the commission.

By Steve Doyle

The restructuring of the Shelby County Tourism Commission became official Tuesday night, when the Simpsonville City Commission gave its final approval to the new plan.

Commissioners passed unanimously – with Scott McDowell and Vicky Wise absent – an ordinance that provided the city a seat on the commission.

Similar ordinances had been passed by Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council.

This ordinance also means that any hotels that might be built in Simpsonville – and there is speculation that could happen on Buck Creek Road, in the out lots adjacent to the planned outlet malls – would be subject to paying the county’s tourism tax.

Simpsonville’s seat on the commission would be appointed jointly with by Mayor Steve Eden, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty.

Shelby County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Katie Fussenegger attended the meeting and presented to commissioners copies of the recent audit of the commission.

“There won’t be much change in the way we operate,” she said.

Also at the meeting, commissioners:

  • Heard from City Administrator David Eaton that the city was advertising for bids for water and sewer relocations required as part of the downtown sidewalk project for U.S. 60. He said that would precede building the sidewalks. “It’s a slow process,” he said, “but cross your fingers we will have it done sometime next year.” The sidewalks are the first step in the planned Village Center project.
  • Approved unanimously the reappointment of resident Jake Smith to the Triple S Planning Commission. “I talked to Jake Smith, and he agreed to serve one more term,” Eden said. Smith is the senior member of the commission.
  • Approved the audit that had been presented at the meeting on Nov. 21. Commissioners reviewed the details since that meeting.