Appearance Commission Minutes
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Polk County Appearance Commission met at The First Peak Visitor Center at 5:35pm.
In attendance were Joe Cooper, Christine Mariotti, Ernie Kan, Carolyn Ashburn, Cathy Brettman, and David Friday.  Guest was  Jamie Carpenter
The minutes from the February meeting were approved.

The financial statement was reported that we have about $4500 left to spend before the end of the fiscal year. This will be spent primarily on matching grant applicants projects.

As regular practice, The Appearance Commission reviewed the 20/20 Plan for Polk County and felt that we were adhering to the plan.

Jamie Carpenter spoke about the TDDA grant application and felt that it was better suited to the median at the intersection of Rtes 176 and Harmon Field Road instead of at the other end of Harmon Field Road.  She is asking for $1000 in matching grant funds for landscaping and curbing at that location.  The Appearance Commission approved the change in location.

Jamie Carpenter also explained the other TDDA grant application to do plantings and landscaping on the bank opposite the Police Station and around the bear sculpture both located on Route 176 in Tryon.
The Commission discussed and approved the remaining grant applications.  The amounts of the awards are listed on the attachment.

It was brought up that in the future money couldn’t be granted to organizations that have already spent the funds.  This is in regard to the Tryon application, but it was decided to give the Town of Tryon $500 for that request that came in in October of 2016.

An amount of $600 will be given to Thompsons Landscaping for maintenance and plantings to the Visitor Center gardens.  All work has to be completed by the end of the fiscal year and invoiced before June 30, 2017.

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm.

The next meeting will be held at 5:30 on April 25th, 2017 at the Polk County Visitor Center Conference Room.

Respectfully Submitted

Christine Mariotti
Secretary


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