Four takeaways from Canton's board meeting
Although Canton naming current Assistant Town Manager Jason Burrell to replace Seth Hendler-Voss as town manager may have been the biggest story to come out last Thursday’s Board of Alderman meeting, there were a few other things discussed that residents may find interesting. Here are the top four things discussed at the session:
1. Pool progress. Hendler-Voss updated the board on the town’s pool construction project with some good news. Not only is the project on schedule, but they have ordered a heater, a part of the plan which many were initially unsure they would have the funds for.
Additionally, the town determined that they would not put the town logo at the bottom of the pool. Despite the board’s initial interest in it, the cost would end up being about $20,000, which all agreed would be a poor allocation of the already limited funding. As an alternative, they agreed to look at potentially stenciling the logo on the patio section of the pool.
With the concrete already poured in the bottom of the pool, crews began lining the side of the large hole in the ground with concrete.
2. Community Kitchen. Canton showed its commitment to the Community Kitchen, offering up a $200 donation for the Community Kitchen Golf Classic fundraiser, twice what it gave last year. Although the town hasn’t had a lot of direct involvement with Community Kitchen, it has pledged its support multiple times now in the form of meeting various donation requests from Kim Czaja.
Czaja also put Community Kitchen’s largest food drive of the year on the board’s radar. The Postal Service’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will be held Saturday, May 13, around the county. Community Kitchen relies on this drive to bring in tens of thousands of pounds of food to help feed over 1,000 different Canton residents every year.
3. Hinting at a concert. It was briefly discussed that Haywood County native Billy McDowell, who is working on turning Canton’s long-abandoned Reynolds School into a community center, is planning some kind of a fundraiser in June.
Although it is unknown whether or not McDowell’s superstar wife, Gladys Knight, will have anything to do with the fundraiser, at last month’s press conference where the couple discussed their desire to make the community center a reality, Knight said that not only would she perform at a concert to raise some money, but she would also try to get other big-name artists to join her.
Hendler-Voss hinted he knew what was in store, but didn’t offer any details.
4. In bloom. Residents may have noticed bulbs planted along downtown Canton. The flowers were dropped in the soil last week by town horticulturalist Emily Wilson, along with a team of volunteers. The flowers, which are only days from bursting into bloom, were shipped in from Holland for what Hendler-Voss said was “pennies on the dollar.”