Hillsville’s Town Hall has taken a page from writer Susan Gale, who is credited with the saying “A fresh outlook is like a fresh coat of paint. It doesn’t cost much, but sometimes it makes a huge difference.”
Town Manager Retta Jackson reported at a September 12 meeting town crews were in the final stages of repainting the Hall and were moving to the Goad Building, which the Town also owns. Jackson praised the work of the Town Public Works Department who moved seamlessly from preparations for the VFW Post 1115 Gun Show & Flea Market to the beautification project.
“They’ve worked really hard. They were really busy lately with all of the events,” said Jackson. She explained the colors had been chosen to accent the Hall’s architecture (it is now Colonial Yellow with Aurora Brown accents instead of an overcoat of white.) The project is directly tied to a July 27 meeting centered on downtown revitalization.
That economic development development presentation was made by local architects Yancey and Jennifer Powers of WM2A Architects and Lisette Interior Design.
“We’ve gotta try something,” said Yancey Powers at the presentation. “If we don’t do anything it’s not going to get any better. Hillsville has a fantastic quality of life, but if there is nothing to do and no businesses, people will leave.”
While they have many ideas for downtown revitalization, the couple said none of it can happen without a unified vision. They said it must start by getting all of Hillsville’s groups including Friends of Hillsville, the Beautification Committee and the Town of Hillsville all working together. Jacskon said the color schemes had been selected by Lisette Interiors. The Goad Building is slated to be painted in Downing Sand and Sycamore Tan.
Councilmen David Young, Greg Yonce, Bill Tate, Vice Chair Ed Terry and Mayor Gregory Crowder all praised the efforts of volunteers, groups, police, fire and rescue departments and public works crews for making the successful Flea Market possible. Young recognized the Hillsville Police Department and volunteers for the Show, and Hillfest for their efforts. He said he hadn’t heard any bad comments and had heard a lot of good comments on both.
Yonce remarked that Hillfest went smoothly as well and said Flea Market participants commented September 2 was one of the coldest days they’d had for the annual event. Terry repeated the sentiments of his fellow councilmen and encouraged citizens to take advantage of the good weather to enjoy walking the Beaver Dam Trail.
Police Chief Wesley Yonce reported the Gun Show and Market has went well overall with the exception of two arrests and a minor traffic accident on September 5 involving Sergeant Jason Hawks.
Crowder said Town Officials had found more than 100 Flea Market vendors without dealer licenses. He told Jackson a new animal ordinance had to be drafted to give officers a way to regulate animals which could endanger participants (the ordinance would make allowances for service animals.) He said two dog fights had occurred at the Market and persons had felt threatened by someone later found to be selling snakes on the street.
Council approved a parade permit application by the Carroll County Touchdown Club changing the date for the Homecoming Parade from October 6 to October 4. The parade is slated to assemble at Carroll County Middle School. The parade will go from Main Street to the intersection of Route 52 and Route 58. Participants (and vehicles) will turn right and follow Route 58 West to the VFW Post.
Organizations scheduled to participate include Carroll County High School (CCHS) football players, cheerleaders, Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets, the Cavalier Marching Band, VFW Post 1115, the Kazim Hillbillies and Carroll County Recreation Department sandlot teams. Organizers anticipate more than 100 participants with 200 in attendance.
According to the Hillsville Police Department (HPD) activity numbers report (for August 18 through September 6) submitted to council, the Department assisted 49 motorists. HPD reports 32 criminal investigations, 15 accident investigations, 556 business checks, 35 false call/unfounded, 144 traffic summons and 76 traffic warnings.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.