The city of John Day could see roughly $35,000 in profits from this August’s eclipse.
This money would come from RV and tent sites at the industrial park rented to visitors during the event, City Manager Nick Green said in an April 25 John Day City Council meeting.
The city has rented out 93 RV sites and 90 tent sites and is looking at adding an additional 25 RV sites.
During the meeting, the council was presented with a model “Welcome to John Day” sign by David Paddock of Nomad Sign Art. Paddock said the idea was to make John Day a more welcoming place to new residents and visitors. Though Paddock didn’t have a specific place in mind for the sign, he said it would be most effective if prominently displayed near the entrance of town. Mayor Ron Lundbom said he liked the model, but no action was taken in the meeting.
Green also said the state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 327, which provides recreational immunity to landowners. Green said he was confident it would also pass in the House.
He said the city will be meeting with Oregon Solutions May 11 to work toward a project benefiting the whole community.