Cottonwood Old Town promotions fueled with $10K appropriation

Things are turning around for Cottonwood’s Old Town Association.

The Cottonwood City Council approved an agreement with OTA at Tuesday night’s council meeting. The agreement is somewhat different from past annual agreements the two entities have held.

According to this year’s agreement, the city will pay OTA $10,000. That’s down from the $15,000 the association has been receiving.

The new agreement also includes specific requirements for conducting special events. OTA is required to facilitate Farmer’s Market, the Fall Concert Series, Sizzling Salsa and the Chocolate Walk.

“I believe these changes will allow the Old Town Association adequate financial resources to conduct their signature events, which are important to the success of Old Town and enjoyed by the community,” said City Manager Brian Mickelsen in a memo to the council. “It will also give them time to continue to restructure the organization and rebuild their support within the community.”

Ed Dominick, president of the OTA, said this agreement does not mean the association will not continue to be involved in the Main Street program. He says the opportunity for grants through that program is beneficial to the city as well as the association.

The new agreement also gives hope for increased partnership with the city, according to Dominick. There is the possibility of having a city employee on the OTA board of directors in the future.

“We’re all working together,” he said. “We’ve formed good partnerships.”

Even though good things are happening in Old Town, Dominick said OTA membership is not increasing, but the number of willing volunteers is. And the success of the Farmer’s Market is inspiring to the OTA along with other successes.

“We’re out of the red, we’re in the black,” Dominick said.

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