Polk County Appearance Commission – Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
First Peak of the Blue Ridge Visitors Center
Attending: Chairman Joe Cooper, Carolyn Ashburn, Burt Baer, Beth Cannon, Eric Gass, and Rolfe Wardner
Absent:, Commissioner Renee McDermott
Guests: Ernie Kahn

Chairman Joe Cooper cal led the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved as corrected.

Financial Report: $1,888.50 remains in the 2010-2011 budget. County Manager Ryan Whitson will recommend a $2500 budget for the Appearance Commission budget for 2011-2012. The fiscal year 2010-2011 ends June 30.

Beautification Award: The Awards Committee reviewed the 2011 nominees and recommended four awards be given: 22 Depot Street (Tryon), Hunting Country
Trails, West End Parking Lot (Saluda), and the Ramps at Exit 59 I-26 (Saluda). The commission approved these awards. Details related to the presentation were

Save Our Slopes and TDDA will be sent letters commending their work improving the appearance of the county.

Garden Club Plantings: It was agreed that the public spaces work done by the various garden clubs should be recognized with newspaper articles. Rolfe agreed to contact the Green Blades Garden Club and Eric agreed to contact the Tryon Garden Club to encourage them to submit articles related to their projects.

Columbus Ward Street Tree Planting: No report.

Columbus Gateway Tree Planting: No report.

Adopt-A-Block Project: Burt reported that an article was published in the paper to encourage interest. Future articles are needed to keep this project and the Adopt-A-Highway project before the public.

Budget Planning and Project priorities: The commission tabled discussion related to 2010-2011 budget until the June meeting. At that time there are several projects (part of the Gateway Project from Hwy 176 between Tryon and the SC line, etc.) that could be considered.

The group was reminded that a ScottsMiracleGro grant has been applied for that, if received, would provide funds to buy planters for the Womack Building. This grant will be awarded on May 20th.

Informal discussion included several topics of general interest including: the upcoming TDDA Charette, the ideas in Better Models For Development in Virginia that might be helpful to Polk County, and the need for county wide signage.

Next meeting will be June 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the First Peak of the Blue Ridge Visitors Center.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m

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