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City Council updates Transient Room Tax resolution, approves grants


Eric Larsen's sculpture, “It all started with a dream...” includes a boy contemplating as he waits for a fish to bite his fishing line. The project will be completed in April 2013.

Petersburg City Council revised the Transient Room Tax (TRT) for the first time in 22 years. Council members on Tuesday, also approved three TRT grants for a total of $9,208.

The TRT is a tax that is imposed on temporary lodging for stays of less than 30 consecutive days at hotels, motels and RV parks. Those funds can be used for the betterment of the community for visitors.

The wording of the revised TRT resolution amends the guidelines for the grants, by asking for more details from organizations applying for grants. But it does not change the spirit of the resolution.

The TRT Committee recommended and the city council approved funding for the design and production of a new Petersburg cloisonne pin.

The new pin will be one and a quarter inches in diameter and depict Petersburg, said Sue McCallum, director of the Clausen Museum.

The order is for a 1,000 pins. The last Petersburg pin was created in 2001, and is still available, McCallum said. Previous pin designs are all sold out, she added.

The museum staff may consider using a new Petersburg logo that is in the works, McCallum said. But it all depends on whether or not the logo design would make a good pin. Another alternative would be to host a contest, and use the winning design as the new pin, she said.

“We thought it would be fun to have another pin,” said McCallum. “The last time we had submissions for a pin, there were so many good designs, it was kind of hard to decide,” she added.

The museum was granted $2,850 for the new pin design.

The Petersburg Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) received $2,246 in TRT grant funds to produce three signs to be displayed on the railing in a “pocket park” just south of the Sons of Norway Hall overlooking Hammer Slough.

One of the signs will tell the story of the Sons of Norway Hall, said PMMC director Don Holmes. Another sign will describe the natural history of the slough. A third, will educate passer-by about pinnipeds (seals).

The signs will be 20 x 30 inches, with a total cost of $4,200 for sign construction, parts and labor. The PMMC has $1,954 in unused funds from a previous grant, according to Holmes.

“Education is the primary purpose of the Petersburg Marine Mammal Center, for students, tourists and fishermen,” Holmes said. “We need to know who we are sharing the water with,” he added.

A third grant of $4,112 was approved for the Centennial Sculpture project, sponsored by The Petersburg Arts Council.

Eric Larsen's sculpture, “It all started with a dream..." depicts a boy contemplating as he waits for a fish to bite his fishing line. A cascade fountain of fish and water is planned for the background, according the Arts Council. The sculpture will be placed in Buschmann Park, across from the federal building on Nordic Drive.

The completed cost is $39,341, according to the budget. The project will be completed by April 2013.


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