Charleston eyes old Family Dollar site
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Dec 11, 2013 | 805 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charleston City Commissioner Donna McDermott has expressed her continued interest in turning an old Family Dollar Store building into a learning activity center for area residents.

Her comments came during a formal monthly session of the Commission Tuesday night.

She said she has looked into funding opportunities to back the project.

“I still think it is something Charleston needs,” McDermott said. “... At this point I am just kind of waiting to hear what could possibly happen with the Family Dollar Store.”

Her idea is to have a center with computers, fax machines and copiers available to the Charleston residents.

“Not everyone has a computer,” McDermott said. “This would give the [opportunity].”

Additional ideas included mental and physical workout machines and a small cafe.

“I am just feeling it out and seeing what can be done,” McDermott said. “The more I find out, the more I will report to the board.”

Melvin Graham of the Street Department gave an update on the city park playground. He said there are a few remaining pieces needed for the main structure and ground border.

According to Graham, the area around the swings needs to be enlarged slightly.

He said installation of the pieces should only take half a day, once the pieces arrive.

Additional reports were given by the various committees and organizations.

n Bradley County Fire-Rescue Chief Troy Maney said the stations answered 124 calls in the last month. Eighteen of the calls were to Charleston.

n The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will not meet in December due to the holidays. Meetings will resume on the third Sunday of January.