The future of the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Information Center (TVBRC) was in question Feb. 12 when the mayor Patrick Walter requested the presence of representatives of the Chamber of Commerce at the City Council meeting.
Walter said he has had concerns about the management and organization of the TVBRC for some time, including questions about a high turnover rate and non-compliance with the original terms of the TVBRC which describe it as mainly be a small business center.
“There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the chamber has failed in this to the city,” Walter said after reading an agreement between the chamber and the city about the responsibilities of the TVBRC.
Chamber president Dave Kester spoke on behalf of the organization. Walter addressed several questions to him.
The first question Walter asked was, “Why can’t you be in compliance after seven years?”
Kester said the Chamber has met its agreements with the city.
“I don’t feel we are offsides in doing what we have done in the last seven years,” he said.