Polk County Appearance Commission – Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 (postponed to 2nd Tuesday due to unavailability of meeting space on the first Tuesday)
First Peak of the Blue Ridge Visitor Center
Attending: Joe Cooper - Chairman; Reneé McDermott – Polk County Commissioner, Carolyn Ashburn, Burt Baer, Beth Cannon, , Eric Gass, Harry Peterson, Rolfe Wardner.
Guests: Glenn Franklin, Ernie Kan, Brenda Ward
Chairman Joe Cooper called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Appearance Commission Budget: Carolyn Ashburn reported 2010 budget is $2500. As of September 12th $62 had been spent, leaving a balance of. $2438.
Gateway Project: the power-point presentation of the landscape architect’s plan for tree planting on Hwy 108 and Hwy 176 was shown to review the objects of this project. This is the presentation that was made to the committee and also to the commissioners in the early spring.
The PCCF grant application has been reviewed and two people have been invited to the interview stage of the grant process. The grant if awarded will fund $23,000 out of the $44,000 for one segment of the Gateway Project (Food Lion area of Hwy 108). Joe Cooper has spoken to NC DOT again to confirm their support through donation of trees and he hope to have this in writing for the interview. Final grant award notification is expected October 22nd.
Columbus Tree Planting: Brenda Ward has agreed to oversee the project to plant trees in Columbus along Ward Street. She reviews the steps that will be taken to get this project underway including reviewing ordinances and any existing plans, contacting owners for support, coming to consensus about tree types to be planted, etc. The project could be expanded over several years.
Municipal Ordinances: Rolfe Wardner lead a discussion about encouraging the Town of Tryon to adopt ordinances to prevent future “Dollar General” type development. Suggested steps included (1) contacting the Town of Columbus to get a copy of their ordinance, (2) asking those persons who have written letter to the Tryon Daily Bulletin regarding the new Dollar General store to join this effort, and then (3) request agenda time to present to the Town of Tryon a request for a new ordinance similar to the Town of Columbus ordinance. It was agreed that Rolfe would continue working on this project
Public Comment Questionnaire: Chairman Joe Cooper suggested that a public comment questionnaire might be useful with a link to the www.beautifulfoothills.com web page. Discussion was followed by the recommendation that member bring suggested “objective” questions.
Adopt-A-Road: A next phase for encouraging individuals and groups to participate in this project was discussed. The possibility of developing a parallel program to encouraging “walkers” to be active in litter pick-up was discussed.
Vaughn Creek Greenway Project: Rolfe Wardner reminded the group of the trail walk to be held Saturday September 19th at 10:00 am. This project is sponsored by the Tryon Parks Committee.
The next meeting is October 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center at Hwy 108 and Walker Street. Visitors are always welcomed.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.