In addition to being unable to vote on any new or old business, the commission could not approve minutes or its monthly financial statement. Executive Director Bill Stevens submitted a travel expense log, including mileage and other costs. The board could not review the log to compensate Stevens for his out of pocket expenses for tourism-related travel.
Commissioners Alan Watts, Greg Batts, John Bryant and John Rittenhouse missed the last session. In 2008 alone, Watts has missed three meetings, Rittenhouse four, Batts three and Bryant only the one. This includes regular meetings and a specially called planning session in which a quorum of commissioners assembled in February. Commissioner Mallory Lawrence, present last week, missed four meetings this year, and Commission Chairman John Rufli missed one. Commissioner Lisa Rogers has not missed any of the sessions.
Since January 2007, Rittenhouse has missed a total of 10 meetings, Lawrence nine, Batts seven, Bryant and Watts five each, and Rufli one. Rogers, appointed by City of Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey in December 2007 has not missed any meetings.
All commissioners operate businesses during the day. Rittenhouse manages the Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Lawrence operates Hancock’s Neighborhood Market. Batts operates the Prizer Point Campground, while Bryant operates the Hot Diggity Dog Restaurant. Rogers works as the City Administrator for the City of Cadiz. Watts serves as news director for WKDZ Radio. Rufli serves as president of the Friends of the Land Between the Lakes.
According to the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourist Commission By-laws, Article Six, “A commissioner may be removed for missing three regularly scheduled meetings in any fiscal tear or by joint or separate action of the Judge/Executive of Trigg County and/or the Mayor of the City of Cadiz, consistent with the method by which the appoint was made, as provided by KRS 65.007.
Stevens said that he makes several trips to provide promotional literature to tourist information outlets, attends trade shows and joint tourism commission meetings and manages two offices, one in Downtown Cadiz, the second near I-24 nearly six miles away.
Read more about Trigg County tourism in The Cadiz Record.