Quilcene: Chamber of Commerce seeks kiosk with visitor information

QUILCENE — South Jefferson County business leaders are dreaming of a visitor center to welcome travelers arriving to the Olympic Peninsula by way of Brinnon and Quilcene.

To make the idea a reality, the Quilcene-Brinnon Chamber of Commerce is asking Jefferson County commissioners for $20,000 in hotel/motel room tax money for one year of operation.

The funding would pay for staffing a kiosk inside Quilcene’s Olympic National Forest Ranger Station, 295142 U.S. Highway 101.

The ranger station receives about 40,000 visitors a year, according to Quilcene Hotel proprietor Kathleen Emmerson, the chamber’s president.

She outlined the proposal to commissioners in a letter sent Tuesday.

Rent from the Forest Service would be $250 a month. The telephone bill is slated at $480 a year, and $500 is earmarked for signs on the highway.

Part-time staffer

Nearly $16,000 is planned for a part-time staffer and related taxes.

The staff is necessary so the kiosk doesn’t become a burden on the Forest Service, Emmerson said.

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