The Hickory Withe Community Association met on Thursday, April 7th. President Bob Munns opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Elected officials and guests were recognized. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal.
President Munns called the meeting to order and received reports from committees. Treasurer Becky Sue Evans, gave the Treasurer's report which was approved. The minutes from March were also approved. President Munns introduced Mr. Joe Callaway, the Vesta Show "go to man" and he gave a short over view of the upcoming show. He was very grateful for our participation.
Next our guest speaker, Alexandra Wardlaw, Executive Director of Fayette Cares, was introduced and gave a very informative presentation to the group. A motion was passed to donate $200.00 to Fayette Cares.
Jane Mitchell gave information on this year's Relay for Life, May 20th, 6:00-11:00 at the Buckley Carpenter School and encouraged us to purchase a $5 luminary in memory or honor of someone and also to attend the Relay.
Next month's meeting will be held on May 5th. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
The Commission is doing the preliminaries for us to begin the budget process. We are doing a reasonably good job of managing spending, so it is my opinion we will not be looking for more money in the form of tax increases.
Even so, there are good things happening in Fayette County Schools. They are starting "Star Academy" in one or more schools for AP Elementary students; expanding the vocational school at Fayette Ware; improving the athletic programs, equipment and coaching staff; and students who are 18 and over will be separated from the younger students and placed in a school where they can either graduate or get a GED. Many other good things are happening as our schools are now being directed by the right leadership.
You probably saw in the news that TDOT has now funded the ON/OFF ramps at I40 & 196. That will represent tremendous progress for Fayette. For a time line, even with it funded, expect fruition in probably three years.
Following are some things to support; The Vesta Home Show Ground Breaking Ceremony will be held Thursday(the 7th) at 10:00am, in Ainsley Manor. Renaissance is the developer of this year's show. You may recall Renaissance did the Vesta Home Shows in 2005 & 2006 and they gave a big boost to Fayette. If we all participate, we can expect this to also make Fayette proud. Hope to see you at the groundbreaking at 10:00am, Thursday.
The Hickory Withe Community Association will meet this Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 for a pot luck dinner. Referencing the above paragraph, Joe Callaway, the Homebuilders "head man", for the Vesta Home Show, will be there to give us a brief overview of that upcoming show. Then, our speaker will be Alexandra Wardlaw, Executive Director of Fayette Cares. She will tell us about their plant show on April 16th, which is a fundraiser benefiting the less fortunate, abused and homeless in Fayette. We meet at First Baptist Church Hickory Withe, which is about a half mile north of US64, on Hwy 196.Hope you will join us there.
I appreciate you and the opportunity to serve this community.
Dollar General Update
I talked to the Supervisor on the Dollar General job.
They were working on the parking lot. The end result of our conversation is they are going to put up about 4 ft of masonry wallboard that highly resembles stone.
The rest of the way up will be masonry board that looks like brick. He said its very hard to tell that it is not block at a time masonry. He also commented that this was one of the nicer stores DG puts up. I told him the galvanized front gave me a different story and I was very pleased with his information. I am much relieved.
Thanks to all of you who fought the fight.