MUSCATINE — Muscatine tourism will be up for discussion during Thursday's in-depth city council meeting.
The council meets at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 215 Sycamore St.
Resident Paul Carroll has made a request to present information "concerning the city’s investment in tourism and the spending of hotel-motel tax," he wrote in a proposal attached to the council agenda.
The proposal also clearly states the presentation is not "a debate about the city logo. It's not a debate about how the Convention and Visitors Bureau is staffed under GMCCI (Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry). It's not a performance review of staff."
Muscatine has a seven percent hotel and motel tax on top of the state's five percent state excise tax on room rentals. The CVB receives 25 percent of the actual hotel and motel tax receipts from the previous year rather than a fixed amount each year.
According to the proposal, Carroll plans to discuss staff turnover and continuity at the CVB, negative retail climate, the benefit of a tourism industry sales tax, city livability, a broader view of the city's attractions and relationship to the city's Comprehensive Plan.
The council will also discuss a request to approve an agreement with Stanley Consultants for $119,150 to redesign part of the High Strength Waste Receiving Project with the Water and Resource Recovery Facility and Solid Waste Department. According to supporting documents, the de-packaging operation will be moved to the Recycling Center, and the engineering firm would create a redesign for the new location and a redesign of the liquid receiving station at the WRRF.
In October, bids for the project came in between $4.2 and $5.2 million — much higher than the proposed $3 million. With the new location and redesign, the new proposed total for the project is $2.4 million.
Also on the agenda is reaccreditation of the Muscatine Art Center through the American Alliance of Museums with a statement of support from the council and a proposed commission or advisory council for public art in Muscatine.