Tourist commission questions director, approves funds for BBQ festival

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By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met for more then four hours on Monday, including an hour in executive session to discuss possible disciplinary actions against Executive Director Chris Hamilton.

Some commissioners raised concerns about a dinner bill from Hennings restaurant, and at the end of the meeting Commissioner Nancy Higdon made the motion to go into closed session to discuss possible disciplinary action against Hamilton. No disciplinary action was taken when the board returned to open session, however.

The commission did approve a motion from Commissioner David Winebrenner, Jr. to adopt the City of Lebanon's reimbursement policy with an exception for marketing purposes.

The board also heard from three delegations on Monday. The first was a group seeking $8,500 for an art event planned for Bardstown, Lebanon and Springfield. The second was a $19,800 request for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, and the third was a request for $2,750 to help host an event with the Harlem Wizards (similar to the Harlem Globetrotters).

The commission voted to provide $12,000 in funds for the barbecue festival, although they did not yet know how they would provide those funds. They tabled a decision on the art project request, and they turned down the request for the Wizards event.

Look for more about this meeting online at www.lebanonenterprise.com and in the Feb. 23 edition of the Enterprise.