The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation board of directors abruptly ended public discussions with members of the Preservation Society of Columbus on the future operational control of the Columbus Pilgrimage during a meeting at the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office Monday.
A newly formed preservation organization made up of Columbus Pilgrimage Tour homeowners has notified the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation of its intention to assume control of all Pilgrimage operations in 2021.
Officials with Lowndes County, the city of Columbus and Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau all said they were open to a sit-down meeting to clarify language in interlocal agreements among the entities regarding the funding of local events.
District 41 State Rep. Kabir Karriem has canceled this year’s Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival, scheduled for Oct. 4-5, because the city of Columbus failed to comply with terms of the interlocal agreement for funding from the 2-percent restaurant sales tax.
Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau trustee Steve Wallace has traded seats with Dewitt Hicks after board members unanimously voted Wallace board chairman Monday.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau appear to finally be on the same page with regard to local festival funding.
Longtime Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau trustee DeWitt Hicks is stepping down as board chairman at the end of this month.
Helen Karriem will have another bookkeeping task starting March 1 — one her son helped create for her.
Still, she’s not fretting about it. Besides, she’s known for a while this was probably coming.
The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has formally agreed to fund seven local festivals this year, pending the renewal of a 2-percent restaurant sales tax.
A pre-filed bill in the Mississippi Legislature to revive the 2-percent restaurant tax in Columbus includes a little something for everybody — and significantly less funding for one entity, in particular.