Grant to help Heritage Center $20,000 to aid
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
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Melissa Woody
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A $20,000 grant has been awarded to the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society by the USDA Rural Development program to continue work at the Heritage Center.

Melissa Woody, vice president for the Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, gave the update Tuesday night during a monthly session of the Charleston City Commission. She said the grant would provide the newly finished center with furnishings.

“That $20,000 is to purchase things like a projector and screens and computers you can archive things on,” Woody said. “It is not for building or construction. It is to buy items to let us operate.” 

Chairs will also be purchased with the grant money. Folding chairs and tables are currently being used to host meetings inside of the Heritage Center. Connie Haden, historical society vice president, expressed an interest in finding permanent furniture.

“We have been very blessed with this project,” Woody said. “It is a wonderful closeout to phase one.”

A recognition piece will made to remember the center’s first phase. Anyone interested in adding their name, or the name of a loved one, can do so for $100. Those interested have until Aug. 31.

Haden added, “And for $50,000 you can have your name on our next phase.” 

Mayor Walter Goode and Commissioner Donna McDermott agreed to use Kidz Zone Play Systems to build and provide materials for the new Charleston Park playground.

The park will be paid for through a $75,000 matching grant. The city of Charleston will match the grant through funds and work completed on the park.

According to a packet provided by Play Systems, the new park will include: a tri spring fling, dual gyro pod spinner, spinner seats, a 36-inch disc climber, a 48-inch disc climber, three benches and three picnic tables. In addition, the new playground will sport three sets of swings. Of the six swings, one will be for babies and toddlers and another for children with a physical disability.

The main playground structure will have five slides, a climbing wall and several other kid-friendly features. This structure will join the currently standing all metal and plastic structure at the park. The older playground equipment made out of wood and metal will be taken down.

There is a possibility the playground structure could be complete by the Cowpea Festival in September. It takes approximately 8 weeks from order to installation. A representative from Play Systems said the city would have to act fast as this is a busy time of year for the playground industry.

Volunteers are needed for litter trash removal. A new Charleston cleanup day has been scheduled for June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Those interested were asked to meet the day of at the Charleston City Park.

McDermott reminded people to keep an eye out for potential business owners.

“We still have vacant building, if you know of anyone who would like to come in to our city,” McDermott said.

Several members have been added to the Recreation Board. They include: Larry Newport, Lou Dunn, David Lattimore, Beth McCartney, David Moore, Melvin Graham and Rodney Dunn.

“I think we have a board that is ready to do what we were looking for a board to do when we put it together in 2006,” Goode said. “They have some good ideas. It is going to take us as a Commission to lift them up so they can get going on what they need to do.” 

Former Commissioner Tony Whitner has sent in a letter to express his interest in filling the commissioner position left vacant by Larry Anderson. Goode said he has been disheartened by the lack of people in the community willing to step up to fill the position.