City seeks to replace Anderson
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 10, 2013 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charleston Mayor Walter Goode announced at Tuesday night’s monthly Commission meeting the city is looking for a commissioner to replace the position recently vacated by Larry Anderson.

“We are looking for someone who has a progressive mind,” Goode said. “We want someone to come in here who is going to show us how to make revenue, how to draw businesses and just be progressive about Charleston — Charleston at heart.”

All applicants for the position should send their letters of intent to 126 Worth St. N.E., Charleston TN 37310, Attention: Mayor Walter Goode.

Charleston residents who have lived in the city for six or more months qualify for the position. Those who will be annexed into the city will not meet the allotted residency time required. The letters will be studied by Goode.

He said he would like to see someone who is active in the city apply.

“I would like to see someone put their name in the pot who actually comes to city meetings, not someone who has been sitting back for 10 years,” Goode said. “We are probably going to get a whole bunch of responses from folks we have never seen. It could be a trying process.”

City Manager Caroline Geren announced the playground grant will be effective as of Monday, April 15. Funds of $75,000 have been given to the city to build a new park on the existing lot. These funds will be matched by Charleston through volunteer work, donations, labor and other means.

“Once we get the sign up, anyone looking to give in-kind help can come to the park [to work]. This helps us out in making matching funds,” Goode said. “We will keep up with your time so we will have that to turn back in.”

The current playground has been in place for several decades and is made of wood and metal. Goode said the park is a vital component to the health and welfare of Charleston residents.

The cultural health of Charleston is currently being monitored by the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society. Melissa Woody announced April’s meeting would be held in the recently renovated Heritage Society. A grand opening event is set for Friday, May 17, from 2 to 6 in the afternoon.

Woody said the society strives to be a good steward of the city’s partnership.

“One thing we did with the HCI grant is we bought new thermal-paned glass windows, so that will be a little more energy-efficient for the building. When you stood next to the windows it was like a heater,” Woody said. “We also used a Noon Day Rotary grant for a new heating and air system. We want to be good stewards of our partnership with you all and we want to make sure the utilities are as efficient as they can be.”

In other news, Wilma Brown of the Recreation Board said the Easter Egg hunt in the city park was a success. Approximately 85 children showed up for the event. Brown said only she and another volunteer were there to handle the event.

“The kids had fun, so it was fine. They all had a snack and something to drink and everyone was happy,” Brown said.

Several people have been approached about joining the rec board. There are currently two members. Goode said an effective board requires an additional five people for a seven-member board. Subcommittees may also be formed to aid in the board’s projects.

The second reading of the annexation was completed Tuesday night.