Polk County Appearance Commission – Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 2, 2011
First Peak of the Blue Ridge Visitors Center
Attending: Joe Cooper – Chairman; Carolyn Ashburn, Burt Baer, Beth Cannon, Eric Gass, Commissioner Renee McDermott, Harry Peterson, Rolfe Wardner
Guests: Ernie Kahn, Brenda Ward
Chairman Joe Cooper called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Minutes of the November and January meetings were approved.
Financial Report: Carolyn reported $526.50 spent year to date; $1,973.50 remains in the budget. The fiscal year ends June 30.
The two motions were presented by Eric and seconded by Renee, and each approved unanimously. These two motions are: (1) to endorse the project for disassembly and removal of abandoned mobile homes and trailers. (2) to endorse the project and the application for grant monies to control kudzu along the Pacolet River by the Saluda Community Land Trust.
Columbus Gateway Tree Planting: The town of Columbus manager is now scheduling the tree planting along Hwy 108 near Food Lion. February-March planting is expected.
Columbus Ward Street Tree Planting: Brenda reported that she has purchased 1 tree for the town of Columbus town hall. She has spoken with Steps to Hope and the Fire Department who are interested. The Fire department is interested in a tree that could be decorated at Christmas.
Portable Planters for the doorway of the Womack Building: Burt will meet with the county manager. Brenda stated that the Master Gardeners could help with this type project.
Adopt-A-Road Project: Joe reported that Libbie Johnson has completed her part in contacting Hunting County residents. A news article for April could bring this project back before the public. Burt offered to help. Joe still feels that churches might play some role in adopting roadways near their properties.
Adopt-A-Block: The need for an agency to provide limited oversight for the project was noted. Joe will contact the Polk County Chamber of Commerce. The state oversees the Adopt-A-Road project and sends out information to participants every two or three months.
Beautification Award: Beth reported that the award information is online and a news article ready for publication in February. The group was encouraged to contact property owners who qualify and encourage them to apply.
Abandoned mobile homes/trailers: Joe will make an appointment with Ryan to discuss the county participating in state funding for this purpose.
Kudzu: Two projects are underway in the county. One will begin working on the site behind the county library. The other is sponsored by the Saluda Land Trust and will address the 7 acre Saluda Nature Park that is being developed. John Vining plans to have another meeting on kudzu eradication in February/March.
Saluda Recycling Containers: Carolyn reported that a grant is being written by the City of Saluda for funds for new street recycling containers. The new containers will be of an artistic as well as functional design.
Gateway Tree Project – 176SC/NC line: The group discussed how this phase of the Gateway Project might be implemented. It was agreed that Rolfe would talk to the Town of Tryon manager to determine if the properties are inside the Tryon city limits, and, if so, is there a usable fully developed plan that could be part of a grant application.
Next meeting will be March 1st at 5:30 p.m. at the First Peak of the Blue Ridge Visitors Center.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.