Report: Manor Revenue Up

BLYTHEWOOD (Feb. 9, 2017) – Doko Manor is on the move, Steve Hasterok reported to Council during their Jan. 30 meeting.

Hasterok, Director of the Manor, told Council that through the first three quarters of fiscal year 2017, revenues have outpaced the previous fiscal year by $45,000. The third quarter of 2017 alone has greatly outpaced the third quarter of FY 2016.

In FY 2016, Hasterok said, the Manor brought in just $16,600 in the third quarter. The third quarter of FY 2017, he reported, has generated $40,050.

While February turned out to be a slow month, with just $8,993 in revenue, January was a big money maker, with a haul of $18,148. March, which has six weddings booked at the Manor, is on pace to bring in $12,908.

“And I’m going to tell you,” Hasterok said, “April through June, this place is going to be packed. We have weeks where we’re doing weddings Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Independence Day

Hasterok also suggested that the Town hold its Independence Day celebration event on July 3 – a Monday. Doing so would mean moving the start time for the event back to later in the evening, which would probably eliminate the professional wrestling feature. Council agreed and voted to hold the event on July 3.

Earlier in the evening, during the citizens comment segment of the meeting, Daune Walker asked Council to give some thought to parking for events such as the Independence Day celebration.

Walker, who owns the properties at 208 and 212 Main Street, said parking for Blythewood events had created a nightmare for her lots.

“Where do these people park? In any available business parking lot, open or closed,” Walker said. “We have blocked the entrance to the business – we put up sawhorses, they pick up the sawhorses and move them. One lady told me she had a right to park there because she lived in Blythewood and she had been to this even (July 4) since its inception. We had people almost run us over. They park anywhere in the lot and in the field. So what do we do? Do we charge these people to park? In consideration, when you invite people to Blythewood for events, I would like you to provide adequate parking. They park on the railroad right of way, all up and down. It’s a hazard.”

Mayor J. Michael Ross said Council would keep parking in mind when planning future events.


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