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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Panel okay despite vacancy

  • The loss of a City representative to the Hope Tourism Commission will not prevent the panel from meeting prior to the opening of the new Amtrak schedule for passenger service here on April 4.
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  • The loss of a City representative to the Hope Tourism Commission will not prevent the panel from meeting prior to the opening of the new Amtrak schedule for passenger service here on April 4. According to Hope Tourism Commission Secretary Paul Henley, former Hope City Director David Johnson's position on the tourism board will be filled when another member is appointed to that position. “The board members of the Tourism Commission are appointed by the mayor and are approved by the City Board,” Henley said. “Mayor (Dennis) Ramsey and (Vice Mayor) Steve Montgomery, who are on the board right now, are both Board members. Whoever is selected as a new member of the city board could be on the tourism board or an existing member of the Board could be selected.” Johnson's retirement from the Hope City Board of Directors last week will not affect the tourism panel's preparations prior to the beginning of Amtrak service at the Hope Visitor Information Center and Depot, he said. Dedication ceremonies for the passenger platform are set for May 18. “We were scheduled to have a meeting last week, but there was not a quorum going to be present,” Henley said. “We have checked with members this week, but we cannot establish a quorum this week either. We have a quorum without Johnson, because it only takes four members to meet a quorum, but everyone is busy with work and their businesses, so we will try again at the end of this week.”
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