‘Fire Orasi,’ board says

Tourism committe to consider groups’ requests

Rockdale’s tourism committee has had enough of Orasi Development.

The board voted unanimously during its Tuesday meeting to recommend that the city council terminate its contract with the company which was selected to promote tourism in Rockdale.

Orasi’s future will be an agenda item on Monday’s city council session. The council has the finally say in the matter.

In September the counci l expressed strong disapproval with the firm after learning Orasi was $30,000 over a $32,400 budget for two concerts that month at Fair Park.

One drew a very small crowd to the park, while the other was better attended.

Orasi, which is paid $1,500 per month, spearheaded extensive out-of-town advertising and promotion of both events.

In the remainder of Tuesday’s meeting, the committee dealt with a number of requests for funding from the hotel-motel tax.

The committee endorsed a $4,000 request from the Kay Theatre Foundation for fire doors.

A $12,000 request from the foundation to assist with air conditioning was postponed until January.

Members concluded a request for Christmas parade funding from the Chamber of Commerce did not fall under the tourism board’s authority.

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