Rutherfordton Heritage Committee formed

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 06:36 AM

The Rutherfordton Town Council unanimously approved the formation of the Rutherfordton Heritage Committee during its regular meeting on Wednesday. This new committee is tasked with making recommendations to the council on how to utilize the remainder of funds from the 225th Committee.

Last year, the 225th Committee raised private funds to support the town's several events and because of the generosity of the community and several organizations, no taxpayer funds were spent during the 2012 events. Once the 225th Committee completed its obligations, it had over $6,000 remaining.

While the funds remaining from the 225th Committee will continue to be held by the town, the Heritage Committee will review and recommend various projects for funding. The council will then consider the committee's recommendations and ultimately decide where those funds are spent.

During the meeting the council also heard a presentation from Dan Hegeman regarding "Salute to Rutherford County Veterans."

Hegeman thanked the council for its support of last year's event and expressed his interest in holding "Salute to Rutherford County Veterans" again.

"We hope to enlist the support of the council to establish this a recurring, annual event in Rutherfordton," Hegeman said.

Hegeman discussed financial backing and raising funds for the event. Last year, Dan and his wife Lynn helped raise funds, which were handled through the 225th Committee. Hegeman asked the council for aid in establishing a formal structure and mechanism for raising the funds this year, whether it be through a new standalone committee or under an existing committee.

Council Member Henry Giles suggested forming a town committee that would give the event more structure by monitoring expenditures and overseeing reports. The council took no action but agreed to discuss committee structure logistics for the event at a later date.

"It's something that we owe to our veterans, and we need to keep having the event," Council Member Stanley Clements said.

Other new business included a discussion of the town's annual lease of the golf course property to the Rutherfordton Golf Club. Town Manager Karen Andrews said there has been a "very positive and open relationship with Rutherfordton Golf Club and its president, David Covington."

In addition, the council gave consensus for Andrews and Town Attorney David Lloyd to move forward on providing potential sewer service to White Oak (Tryon Equestrian Properties, LLC).

Mark Woodbridge, accounts manager for Tryon Equestrian Properties, LLC, said the sewer service would be a top priority as more homes are built in White Oak and when the equestrian eventing season begins.

The council also gave unanimous consensus for the Visual Arts Guild to display their children's workshop art in the Main Street Park during the week of July 4th.

"I think this will be a good addition to the Fourth of July celebration in Rutherfordton," said Mayor Dancy.

In other new business, the council voted and adopted three resolutions during its meeting, including a minority business participation resolution for any projects funded by the North Carolina Rural Center, a resolution supporting a dedicated funding source for the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) and a resolution in support of the North Carolina Department of Transportation replacing the culvert at Main and Green Streets.

The council concluded its meeting by setting its upcoming budget workshop dates for May 13, May 21 and June 5. All workshop meetings were set for 6 p.m. at the Rutherfordton Town Hall.

Next month's meeting will be held May 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rutherfordton Town Hall.