An estimated 75,000 visitors a year flock to the Elvis Presley Birthplace. For the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, which oversees the site, part-time upkeep isn't enough. Members have proposed that the grounds have full-time attention to complement recent improvements.
Henry Dodge, the foundation chairman, recently pointed out those improvements to the Tupelo City Council. Now, Dodge and the foundation want to turn the birthplace site into a world-class attraction, and that means a full-time maintenance worker.
The proposal to the city asks for a $10,000 supplement to maintain the grounds, but for the foundation to have its own maintenance employee instead of sharing one with the city parks and recreation department. The city will consider the foundation's request in December.
The proposal will save the city $7,000 per year of the $17,000 it already invests in the site, including the maintenance worker, who usually spends 30-plus hours a week at the birthplace.
Source: Google / Updated: Nov 25, 2004