Present: Noel Turner, Jack Miller, Jan Kowalsky, Joan Crothers, SuSu Davis, Margaret Guthman, Richard Klotzbier, Don Berry, LaJean Turner, Ben Lily.
Minutes: January 27th minutes, sent out by email, were approved as sent.
Treasurer’s Report: Checkbook balance of 1/31/17 showed a balance of $2,414.03; with CD’s – $3,610.41.
Membership: LaJean reported that she emailed a new roster to the Board members. We now have 193 members with three renewals.
City of Hiawassee—Feb. 7th meeting: Ordinances passed after second reading—Ethics, Derelict Blighted Building/Ad-Valorem Tax, Alcohol License Fees ($1250 for beer & wine, $750 for only one). Sav-A-Lot sent in check to sell beer & wine. Don Baker reported 1,472 water meters have been replaced, but a number of meters have not been found; they are still looking. Only 84 business licenses have been paid for, $25 penalty after 2/15.
City of Y.H.—The Council passed to redefine the perimeters of District A in the City which would allow for the 5 story building for the College. Marvin Harkins is their new attorney.
Towns Co. Commissioner—Quite a crowd came to the retirement of Steve Holmes; he was given a plaque and they had a big cake. Brian Underwood will take Cliff Bradshaw’s unexpired term on T.C. Planning Commission; Rickey Mathis will now be full-time EMA Director and Greg Taylor will be the EMS Director.
Water Authority—No one attended meeting.
Chamber—Don Berry reported Chamber will partner with Hamilton Gardens when total eclipse happens on August 21, 2017. Hilda reported that she felt the Christmas Light Show at GMF was a success with $5,534 profit; paid attendance of 4,825, bringing in $24,125. They are checking on more grants for next year. High School Bass Tournament will be June 9-11. Blue Otter has been leased for 3 years, now called the Lighthouse Bar & Grill.
Hamilton Gardens—Noel reported the bridge has been completely redone with help of detainees and volunteers and a drive-thru shed is being put up to house the gator and the golf cart, among other things. Many events are happening in April: Plant sale on Saturdays & Sundays from April 15-May 20; free Craft show-April 29 & 30; 5K Run-April 29; Blooming Concert-April 29; Mother’s Day Tea & Fashion Show-May 13; Benefit-May 20th.
Key Issues: a) Nominating Committee: Jack Miller, Ben Lily, and Richard Klotzbier volunteered to be on Nominating Committee. SuSu made a motion to accept; seconded and passed.
TCHA is a sponsor for “Celebrate the Garden” benefit on May 20, 5:30-7:30, tickets $25. There will be a big tent in case of rain; finger food and wine will be in the pavilion; Crystal @ Chamber will do flyers; there will be a Silent Auction. TCHA was sponsor last year–$13K was made for the Gardens
Sponsors for Towns County Clean Sweep Week are TCHA, T.C. Chamber, Commissioner’s Office , and TVA. Cash prizes of $200 each for Individual, Church, Business, Club or Organization. April 15-22.