Commission discusses hiring ticket sales service

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Robin Humphress has devoted the last few years to developing Kentucky Classic Arts. This has included putting on plays for children and adults and hosting concerts and other events. It's also involved a lot of tickets.
"We did over 4,000 tickets last year," she told the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its June 9 meeting.
After doing some research, Humphress is asking the tourist commission to consider a contract with one of the services to handle online ticket sales.
She said many services charge fees for credit card transactions, convenience fees for giving customers the ability to pay online or over the phone, and transaction fees for each ticket sold.
Based on her research, she recommended Theatermania.com and its ticketing system, OvationTix. She noted that they offer flat rate service with an annual charge of $3,500, rather than adding various charges for each individual transaction.
The commissioners reached a consensus that they would table a decision about the proposal to gather more information about what type of agreement they may be able to reach with Humphress.

In other business:
- Dana Walker and Brittany Moses of WLSK 100.9 FM introduced themselves to the commissioners during Monday's meeting. Walker said the station has a history of being involved in the community, and they want to continue that involvement.
- According to the tourism tax report, six businesses were two or more months behind in turning in their taxes. El Rincon Michoacano, which is no longer open, is listed as being five months behind. Circle J, McB's and Ragetti's are listed as being three months behind, and Game Tyme and Joe's Deli on Main were listed as being two months behind.
- Tourist Executive Director Carla Wagner reported that the kyholyland.org website is up and running. The website includes information about the religious tourism in Marion, Nelson and Washington counties. Wagner said the website is fairly basic at this time, but more content is still being added.
- The city elected new officers for the 2014-15 fiscal year. James Spragens was elected to be the next chairman of the tourist commission, and Dave Winebrenner was elected to remain the treasurer. Winebrenner was not present at Monday's meeting.
- The commission concluded the meeting with an executive session to discuss a possible real estate transaction and personnel matters.
Under the Kentucky Open Meetings Law, the public agencies can discuss real property transactions if public discussions might affect the value of the property in question. The law also allows discussion of personnel matters that might lead to the appointment, dismissal or discipline of an individual employee.