Several contractors placed base bids on the renovation, and McKinney Construction of Fulton, Tenn., had the lowest bid at $148,400, while R. Lafferty & Son Industrial had the highest bid at $209,784.
Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Director Bill Stevens said most of the contractors would want them to leave the building while the renovation was taking place. A few Tourist Commission members said they hoped they didn’t have to move back in to the log cabin on Main Street during that time.
Also discussed for a significant portion of the meeting were tourism and travel industry expenditures in Trigg County and the surrounding area, which Stevens said were increasing when such expenditures in other areas are decreasing.
According to statistics handed out at the meeting, the Western Lakes and Rivers Region, which includes Trigg County, saw those expenditures increase by 1.8 percent from 2007 – 2008, and was the only region to see an increase.
Trigg County saw its direct travel expenditures increase from $13,390,000 in 2007 to 13,436,000 in 2008, and saw its total expenditures increase from 19.8 million in 2007 to 21.1 million in 2008, according to those statistics (see story on page A1).
Stevens also said he has been working with advertising partners Lyon County Tourism and Marion Tourism to develop an Antique Trail piece, a piece they will be able to distribute at all three locations.