June 12, 2019 11:30 a.m.
It turns out that the Visitor’s Center in Roseburg is open after all.
Monday night at the Roseburg City Council meeting, staff said the center had closed, following the expiration of the contract with the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce for visitor’s services and tourism promotion. The chamber also has its offices in the same building, on Southeast Spruce, next to the South Umpqua River.
Tuesday, City Recorder Amy Sowa sent an email to staff, city councilors and members of the media, saying she had “great news” regarding the center. Sowa said Chamber President and CEO Debbie Fromdahl, had contacted the City to say the center remains open weekdays. Sowa said Fromdahl and the chamber staff are continuing to serve people who come into the Visitor’s Center, during the hours the chamber is open. That is Mondays-Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sowa said the chamber staff is also taking calls that come in on the center’s phone lines, which are still functioning. She said they are also mailing out information and putting together bags for groups that are coming to visit the community. The outdoor kiosk is supplied almost daily for those stopping by after hours, and on the weekends as well.
Sowa said the City is “extremely appreciative of the chamber for going the extra mile in helping those who visit our area during this transition time”.
In February, the city council voted to terminate its agreement for visitor services and tourism promotion with the chamber. The chamber had held that contract since 1983. Anvil Northwest was selected to take over the role, at Monday night’s council meeting.