CATEGORY: ALD Tupelo City Council

AUTHOR: MOULDE

HED:Council eyes contract to find CV&B head

By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

Tupelo's City Council will be asked tonight to consider a $21,000 contract with an executive-search firm to find a new director for the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The proposed pact with The PACE Group of Tupelo was designed to find a replacement for Sam Fleming, who is scheduled to leave his $47,600-a-year job Dec. 31. The CV&B board has already approved the proposal.

The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex on Court Street.

Council members will also consider appointments to the newly formed Fairgrounds Development Authority, and an amendment to the ordinance governing yard and carport sales.

Under the proposed executive-search contract, PACE would help the Convention & Visitors Bureau search committee assess backgrounds, experience and personalities of desired candidates, prepare a job specification sheet, identify sources of candidates, conduct interviews, and present five candidates deemed worthy.

If none of those were hired, PACE would continue the search until an acceptable candidate was confirmed by the bureau's board, according to the proposed contract.

The search would be conducted by PACE Group President John M. Lovorn Jr., the proposal said.

PACE's fee would be paid in three $7,000 installments - upon completion of interviews, upon presentation to the board of selected candidates, and upon acceptance of a candidate. The search company would also be reimbursed for expenses, including travel, food and background checks.

In other action, Mayor Glenn McCullough Jr. will seek confirmation for seven members to the fairgrounds authority, a group created by the council earlier this month to guide development of the 26-acre city-owned tract in downtown Tupelo.

The nominees include Gena Nolan, co-owner of Weddings Etc.; Cheryl Rainey, head nurse for general surgery at North Mississippi Medical Center; Howard D. Long, retired executive director of the Tupelo Housing Authority; David Adcock, vice president of loan administration for the Bank of Mississippi; Chris Rogers, owner of Rogers Realty and Appraisal Service; Reed Hillen, partner in the law firm of Holland, Ray, Upchurch and Hillen; and Suzanne Boone, president of the Tupelo Downtown Association.

The resolution establishing the authority directed that the presiding president of the downtown association be an authority member. The other appointees would initially serve staggered terms of up to four years.

The yard-sale amendment would limit such sales to residentially zoned areas and would maintain a $5 fee for a permit. Permits would have to be posted in a visible location at the sale site and a resident could conduct a sale only every 90 days.

Violators could be subject to fines of up to $50. Failure to pay a fine could lead to additional penalties of up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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