The Delbarton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau recently hired a new director who made it one of his first priorities to meet with the town council in an effort to begin smoothing the difficult relationship between the two entities.

“The reason I’m here today is to officially introduce myself as the director of the CVB,” said Matt Harris who was hired in early January. “I’m here to help out the town. If there is anything you want to do, let me know and I will be more than willing to help.”

The two groups have been at odds during past several months regarding the status of the CVB as to whether it was created as a municipal agency or as a stand-alone entity.

“The town is more than glad to work with the CVB because the town is the CVB, even the 501c3 is in the name of the Town of Delbarton,” said Mayor Earl Ray Spence. “That is how it was obtained. It was not obtained in anybody else’s name. There have been a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about as to where it will stand alone or work with this governing body.”

“I understand where you are coming from,” Harris replied. “I had nothing to do with the CVB back then. I can’t change the past. The only thing I can tell you is that I’m 100 percent ready to work with the town and for the town.”

Harris said he will attend one of the two meetings the council conducts each month to keep the town updated on CVB activities.

“I’m here to mend the relation between the town and the CVB,” Harris said.

Harris said his goal is to promote every single business in Delbarton including lodging facilities, gas stations and restaurants.

One project Harris mentioned to the council was welcome signs to be placed at each of the town’s four entrance points. He said the graphic design class at Mingo Central will produce the signs.

The council was in favor of the signs, however, Spence told Harris the council will need to approve the final designs before the signs are made and erected.

“I’m all for having welcome signs for Delbarton and have been for years,” Spence said. “I think we are the only municipality around that doesn’t have signs.”

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