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Town to explore future of development commission

While many annual appointments were made last week, town officials decided to hold off on moving forward with making any appointments to the town's Economic Development and Tourism advisory commission.

Jeanne Karlhuber, innkeeper and longtime chair, recently resigned from the commission but submitted a recommendation to Town Manager Seth Webb.

The recommendation is as follows:

I recommend a seven member board that includes community representatives that ideally represents the following:
1.         Killington Resort
2.         Killington Chamber of Commerce
3.         Education Community (KMS or GMC)
4.         Community Member at Large
5.         Second Home owner
6.         Regional Economic Development Representative
7.         Planning Commission Representative

The town's Select Board is expected to explore the commission and the municipal tourism department's function this year as one of its main goals.

The number of commission members since the group's founding in 2008, after the institution of the town's local option tax, has fluctuated.

In August 2011, the Select Board decided to eliminate the commission entirely but then that same year, appointed four of the latest commission members -  Joelle Jarvis, a marketing consultant at North Star Lodge,  Karlhuber, the owner of Snowed Inn, Nicole Levesque, owner of Vermont Gift and Garden and Robert Megnin, marketing director for Killington Resort.

At the time, eight people applied for spots on the commission.

However, at Tuesday's meeting, Webb told the Board that there were only two members left after five years.

The commission was charged with providing advise on town events and functions that could draw more local tourism, specifically in the off-season.

Cristina Kumka is a correspondent for The Mountain Times. She can be reached directly at cristina_kumka@yahoo.com.