Present: Noel Turner, SuSu Davis, Jan Kowalsky, Joan Crothers, Don Berry, Margaret Guthman, Richard Klotzbier, Ken Manwaring, Jack Miller; guest: Mary Miller.
Minutes: June 23rd minutes, sent out by email, were approved by SuSu as sent.
Treasurer’s Report: Checkbook balance of 6/30/17 showed a balance of $1,797.93; with CD -$1,196.38; Total assets $2,994.31.
Membership: LaJean reported that we have 199 members as of today; 11 renewed or joined since the June Meeting and a total of 37 since Jan. She was commended for all her efforts and letters to delinquents.
City of Hiawassee—Joan and Noel both attended and reported: Elected officials pay was set at Mayor – $26K and Council – $200/meeting; life stations will be inspected by Southeastern Tank Co. for $7K; 200 “missing meters” were found and only 11 misreads in June; sidewalks, new and repairs being done in July; employees passed drug testing; Facebook and website updated; pay water on website.
City of Y.H.—Su Su reported Angela Smith is moving, so resigned her post, City is waiting for qualifying in August before appointing anyone; Variance on 5-story bldg. on hold; Sidewalk repairs and bathrooms at Cupid Falls are planned.
Towns Co. Commissioner—Budget is good; Rec. Dept. starting Youth football & soccer; County millage will be set at next month’s meeting; 288 Park discussed, grant for handicapped trail, fishing pier, expanded boat ramp and parking area; David Stovall re-appointed to GMRC Council; Betsy Young appointed to replace Repub. Rob Murray on Board of Elections.
Water Authority—Ken reported that they decided against locks on hydrants—too expensive; found several big leaks.
Chamber—Noel reported the Bass Master Tournament was discussed—they want $75K and a number of comp. rooms to come here; Doug Collins will have an Economic Roundtable at Chamber on 8/29.
CVB: Chamber is asking for money for advertising during the filming of the Dailey &Vincent TV show, if it is to be filmed at the GM Fairgrounds.
Forum: Qualifying will be August 21-23, forum will be discussed later.
Hamilton Gardens—Expecting a big crowd at the Fairgrounds for the Eclipse on Aug. 21; Stephen Phillips will be playing at top pavilion, also vendors there.
Second Amendment: Noel & Joan went to bank to have amendment to By-Laws notarized today for only one signature (Pres., Treas., or Secty.) needed on checks and deleted term limits for officers.
Chamber Business Showcase: TCHA did this last year and got exposure and several new members; cost $75 this year. Don made a motion that we participate again this year, seconded and passed.
Other: Jack and Noel talked to Commissioner Bradshaw about a number of different issue in the County—new Court House, GM Fair, consolidating water facilities, band shell at HGLC, Economic Development person, redo signs at county entrances (Hwy. 76/17S. & in Y.H.). After discussion, the last two items were given #1—Eco. Dev. Person and #2— Entrance signs.