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Superior council to consider tourism grant agreements

The contracts would provide funding for Travel Superior and the Bong Center.

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Government Center, Superior, Wis.
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SUPERIOR — The city council will consider a pair of contracts to award tourism grants to Travel Superior and the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center when it meets Tuesday, July 19.

The contracts were approved Thursday, July 14, by the city's Tourism Development Commission.

Travel Superior would receive $40,000 for operational costs, promotions and branding, and payroll related to operating the Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center through the end of the year. All expenditures eligible for grant funds must be spent between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31.

The contract could be extended if Travel Superior submits a written request to the city and tourism development commission no later than 60 days prior to the end of the contract.

The Bong Center would receive $164,243 for the entire year for operations and marketing expenses in 2022. The grant amount is roughly what the historical center has received in previous years through the city’s hotel/motel taxes.

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Each of the grants would reimburse incurred expenses monthly.

“I was hoping we could just do it quarterly or bunch six months together,” said Terry Lundberg, chairman of the Bong Center board.

As soon as the director and bookkeeper can evaluate expenses that have already been incurred, the director can come in with a quarterly invoice or an invoice for the first six months of the year, said Pattie Soliday, vice chair of the tourism commission.

Soliday has taken on the role of watching over the commission’s finances.

“The reason in the payment thing it says monthly is that they don’t want six invoices in one month,” Soliday said. “So after you catch up from Jan. 1 to July 31, it would be a monthly bill. You could do it quarterly — what works best for you.”

The council will consider the agreements at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 201 of the Government Center.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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