The Town of Lyons and its residents need sales tax revenue to survive. And yet, this 4th of July, the Visitor Center was closed. Also, the daily hours are limited to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Who is to blame for this? The two groups who, in other towns, need and promote local tourism.
At the beginning of the year, the Town was short on revenue and cut back Visitor Center long-time employee and town historian Wayne Werner’s wages to Saturday and Sunday only. He has volunteered to work weekdays because of his love for Lyons. But sales revenues have gone up, so why have they maintained these short hours and lost wages, with a long summer in front of us?
And shame on the Chamber. They are supposed to be promoting businesses in Lyons. They have a storefront with a phone service, which takes calls and emails during the week, but tourists automatically go to a building marked “Visitor Center,” and especially on the weekends. Why have they not put some of the thousands they earn at their Good Old Days’ beer booth into the Visitor Center wages? Or, the increased dues to include money toward the Visitor Center? Shouldn’t it be a 50/50 proposition between them and the Town?
If you are a business owner or a concerned resident who wants to encourage more happy tourists in town, please write or speak to your Trustees and the Chamber officers. Being a silent observer will only help you see the lost tourist dollars float away, and hear the sound of more store doors closing forever. Make it an agenda item that gets voted on!
From a promoter of our great town of Lyons,