Tidioute Borough Council revisited the tourism issue Monday evening, changing its vote but not the final result.
Borough Manager Walter Snavley explained the original vote in October came after a presentation by several Warren County Vacation Bureau representatives. Council then deliberated the Warren County Commissioners' resolution to change the designation of the tourism promotion agency from the WCVB to the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, and decided not to support it.
He said, "They (council members) think the WCCBI is more of a city organization, and not a county one."
Referring to the meeting on Monday, Snavley said, "After reviewing a letter from the commissioners and a little information from the WCVB, council didn't feel it was in the best interest of the citizens of Tidioute to support either one, by a four to three vote."
He said that if something changes with the issue, he believes council would look at it again.
While the vote indicates a lack of support for the WCVB, it doesn't change the final result, because 51 percent of the municipalities would have to approve the resolution to move the tourism designation to another agency.
On Tuesday, Karen Sobkowski, board president of the WCVB, said, "I heard there was a really peculiar outcome last night (at Tidioute council's meeting). Effectively an non-vote is a vote for us. The feeling I get when I'm out is everyone is sick of the issue. Some (municipal officials) really strong, some wish it would go away."
Speaking of the issue in general, WCVB board member Tom Heenan said, "I think everyone's heart is in the right place. It just breaks my heart to see (all the industries and companies) that have left Warren County."
Warren County Commissioner John Eggleston said, "That's wild. The whole thing has been a pretty strange procedure."