City eyes increase in board members
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 12, 2012 | 1276 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Charleston Mayor Walter Goode made a call for interested men and women to join the recreational board at Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting.

“We need a functional board,” Goode said. “We are interested in having more than two events a year.”

Recreational board members create and facilitate community events. Goode said he would like to see the two fields in Charleston utilized for more functions. The current board handles the annual Easter egg hunt and the city’s block party.

Goode said he would like to see some imagination in the events.

“We want to see what they [a recreational board] can do to bring more people into the town,” Goode said. “When folks visit the town, you get a little revenue. They might buy a soda or gas at the station.”

Anyone interested in joining the recreation board can contact Charleston City Hall by calling 423-336-1483.

“Charleston residents are preferable, but if they are willing to work then it does not matter if they are from Charleston or Cleveland,” Goode said. “We just need folks really interested in putting on events here in the city.”

Reconstruction on the Heritage Center received an unexpected boost. Retired Bowater employees Harold Haddock and Robert Kern recently joined the project. The two men have volunteered their time and labor to move along the much anticipated project.

Darlene Goins, Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society treasurer, updated the Commission on the center’s progress.

“A temporary wall is being built to cover the drive-through windows. Harold will also be building a new wall to enclose the restrooms,” Goins said. “As soon as the wall is built, the plumber will be ready to finish the restroom.”

Both Haddock and Kern have made sure volunteers and workers arrive when they should. She is optimistic about the completion date.

“We are hoping to be in the building sometime in January — most likely late January,” Goins said.

A second review of the water tower grant proposal revealed needed changes. The document will be reworked before being resubmitted for the $500,000 Community Development grant. A public hearing will take place before any documents are sent off.

The grant would help replace the old water tower which Goode said is no longer holding water properly. The city has been working on a replacement for two years.

Goode reported Rob’s Restaurant has gone out of business. He encouraged any interested restaurant owners, or would-be owners, to consider the building.