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Polk County Appearance Commission

Polk County Appearance Commission
Board Minutes
October 25, 2016

Joe Cooper called the meeting to order at 5:32 pm.  Members present were Joe Cooper, Cathy Brettman, Christine Mariotti, David Friday, and Ernie Kan.   

The minutes from the last meeting were accepted.

Financial Report – Our balance is still $7000.

The meeting began with Joe Cooper introducing a discussion of the Polk County Comprehensive  20/20 plan.  The committee members went over each of the specific goals and talked about instances of its success so far.  The Plan is an attachment on the website.

Matching Beautification Grant Applications – We have received one application so far from the Town of Tryon for new trees for downtown Tryon.

501(c) 3 Application Progress – Christine has completed the 3 sections of the application with the help of Robert Williamson. The By-Laws for the Appearance Commission are completed as well. The package will be given to Robert  Williamson for submission to Marche Pittman, County Commissioner for approval and  then filed electronically to NC State and the Internal Revenue Service.

Joe Cooper stated that the Points of Pride Program, which we are promoting, would have more strength when the 501(c) 3   status is obtained.

Annual Beautification Awards – Commission members discussed possible candidates for the awards such as the Tryon Historical Museum, the Columbus Courthouse wall and plantings, the Depot in Saluda and the sidewalk improvements.
It is important to get the photographs of previous winners on the website.  David and Christine are working on these.  The question was asked “who gets the award”, the funder of the project or the company executing the improvement?

New Business 
1. Topic:  Visitor’s Center Landscaping.  We will get Thompsons landscaping to meet with Melinda Massey about particular plantings that might be appropriate for the front gardens.  When the plantings have been decided upon, The Appearance Commission has voted to spend Up to $650 toward them and for their maintenance.  A discussion should also take place with the Town of Columbus about replanting trees in front of the Visitor’ Center on the town property between the sidewalk and the road.
2. Joe Cooper will be making an appointment with Keith Blazer , the DOT District  15 new meeting supervisor.  They will be going over the landscaping on the entrance to Columbus and other areas in our county

The meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm.

The next meeting of the Appearance Commission will be at 5:30 pm on November 22 at the First Peak Visitor’s Center in Columbus. The public is always invited to sit in on the meetings as guests.  Persons interested in serving on the Appearance Commission should contact Joe Cooper or Christine Mariotti at 828-894-2324 or at the website:

Respectfully Submitted,

Christine Mariotti