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REPORT FROM SACAJAWEA CENTER COMMITTEE 10-19-11 LMS

At the close of this fiscal year the Sacajawea Interpretive Center had tallied $12,935.20 more than its projected revenues. The figure does not include grant funds.

According to a report to the Salmon City Council October 19 by Sacajawea Center Committee Chairman Ron Radford the excess revenues came from a variety of sources including $1,660.58 over what was expected in donations. Councilman Radford said earnings from facility rentals were $4,169.98 over expected revenues. The Heritage Garden produced not only a good crop but $361.25 above projected income. Total visitor fees were $1,408.92 over projections and concessions earned $294.67 more than expected. Programs offered at the Sacajawea Center brought in $3,321.05 more than projected and Heritage Days exceeded revenue expectations by $1,718.75.

Center expenses exceeded projections in the 2010-11 budget by $3,396.45.

Radford said an entourage of 47 teachers from Rexburg spent a day at the center on October 10th. He said they toured the facility and were treated to programs by Mike Crosby, Joe and Denyce Bigley and Dallas Dupree.

Projects underway and completed include the placement of decorative rocks carved and donated by the late Roger Grenier. The rocks were placed outside the Group Use Area by county crews. The “Can You Find Me?” and the “Beaver Lodge” interactive exhibits have been completed and creation of the “Discovery Log” is in progress.

Radford relayed special thanks to the Coach Works for donating paint and labor to change colors on the sign board. Three directional signs to better point the way to center facilities have been ordered and will be in place by next season. He said the trees from an Arbor Day grant are planted and that a broken railing at the Interpretive Center has been replaced.

A workshop for the Museum Access Program (MAP), a project underway at the center, will be scheduled for after the November elections so that any new council members can be included. The session will include a progress report as well as the project’s mission statement.

Radford said the Sacajawea Center is already receiving bookings for weddings planned for next Summer. Center staff member Jill Smith has completed a brochure containing a listing of what facilities are available at the center and their rental rates. The brochures will be distributed to the Chamber of Commerce, motels and area Bed and Breakfast establishments. An informational survey for the center has also been completed and will be placed on the web and be available at the center. The center’s staff is preparing a quarterly plan which will be presented to the City Council, the Sacajawea Center Committee and the center’s partners.

Sherry Elrod presented the committee with a report on the Heritage Garden and the grant that has been submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Scott Feldhausen of the local Bureau of Land Management office told the committee that a funding request for the Outdoor School has made it through the agency’s regional office and he is hopeful the funds will be allocated. The BLM is especially interested in outdoor programs for youth.

A funding request has been sent to the Bureau of Reclamation for Mike Crosby’s historical programs. Crosby informed the committee of an impending visit from Dr. Daniel Royot, well known author and Professor Emeritus of American Literature and Civilization at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He will be here at the end of the month and will be giving a special Lewis and Clark historical presentation to the Friends of the Center as well as the center’s official partners.

Radford said the center staff is in the process of compiling a list of capital improvements for the facility. The list will first go to the Finance Committee then on to the City Council.

Radford’s report was from the Sacajawea Center Committee’s October 11 meeting. Its next meeting will be November 8 at 10:30AM in the facility’s Learning Center.


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