Hillsville Town Council at its Aug. 10 meeting praised an economic development presentation by local architects Yancey and Jennifer Powers of WM2A Architects and Lisette Interior Design for starting conversations.
“People are asking questions about when (something will happen) and a few even said they want to help,” said Pine Creek Councilman Ed Terry, who praised the efforts of the couple. Earlier last month, the same presentation was given to the Hillsville Rotary Club. It was so well received, the Carroll County couple was asked to make the presentation to council at its July 27 bi-monthly meeting.
While the duo have many ideas for downtown revitalization, they stressed nothing will 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. The duo urged the town to first address its empty storefronts, improving the window displays, creating outside dining spaces, softening pedestrian areas and improve signage.
The biggest ticket item in the couple’s plan is an archway with a large Welcome to Hillsville sign with an island they would like to create just before Carter Bank & Trust. The central goal of all the proposed improvements is to get people to linger in downtown.
“They gave us a lot of ideas and brought a lot with them to the table,” said Mayor Greg Crowder. “We are what we are and we will do what we can afford.” He said council wold continue to consider options and ideas with no formal action taken yet.
Council approved Town Manager Retta Jackson’s recommendations to amend Town Code 132-9 concerning temporary food vendors. Jackson explained the significant change was allowing vendors to apply for their permits for the annual Labor Day Market and Gun Show by VFW Post 1115 up to ten days before the event. She said the previous code required vendors to apply 30 days prior to the market.
The policy covers all temporary food establishments in the Town and further stipulates they must comply with the Virginia Department of Health temporary event food facility policy. Jackson told council she is organizing information sessions discussing local Carroll County incentives for qualified businesses in the County and Virginia Enterprise Zone and the Town of Hillsville Tourism Zone.
Hillsville Police Department Master Patrolman Dennis Boyer was honored for 17 years of service with the department by Police Chief Wesley Yonce. Boyer also served eight years with the County. Yonce presented Boyer his service weapon for $1, as the department customarily does for its retirees. Town Water Department employee Zack Slate received a five-year service award plaque from Crowder.
Council approved a permit for the Truckers Parade Against Cancer organized by the Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life. The application was filed by Committee Chair and Organizer Cindy Dixon. The ninth annual parade has been scheduled for Sept. 19 with a Sept. 20 rain date. Dixon estimated anywhere from 50 to 100 truckers participating in the event. It’s route goes through Grayson County, Galax and Carroll County. Lineup is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the parade starting at 2 p.m. at Grayson County High School. It will end at Carroll County High. The fundraising goal for the event is $7,000.
The Hillsville Police Department report covering the period of July 23 to Aug. 5 lists a total of 50 criminal investigations with 11 domestic complaints. The report indicates 50 traffic summons were issued with 44 assists to motorists, 23 false or unfounded calls, 21 carded business checks and 342 uncarded business checks. A total of 10 warrants were served with 13 foot patrols conducted.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.