Council tables landscape ordinance, hears reports

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During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council tabled a landscape ordinance and held a brief executive session concerning “economic development”.

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall reported the organization has applied for an Appalachian Council of Governments grant, is preparing for a Main Street business challenge and is in the process of implementing strategy planning details that were recently presented to the town.

The new business recruitment committee is working on a promotion packet to recruit new businesses and the organization is planning to hold a “Williamston in Focus” photography contest in the spring.

Crandall said the success of the Scarecrow decorating contest showed that area businesses and residents enjoy participating in special events.

Crandall and Design Committee Chair Debbie Williams presented awards to the Scarecrow contest winners. (Photos of winners will be published in next week’s Journal)

Williams thanked Crandall for her efforts in making the contest a success and for the public’s support. “A lot of time and efforts went into the contest,” she said. Williams invited the winners to recruit more participants for the competition next year. “The more people come out and more families that get involved, the more we can do,” she said.

Councilman Tony Hagood said the Born Learning Trail exhibit in the park is now ready.

During council comments, Hagood said he was recently approached by a citizen who praised the mayor and council for the work they are doing with the town.

Councilman Otis Scott said he has been asked to look into naming the Gatewood access road for a resident of the subdivision who recently passed away. The town’s ordinance review committee will consider the request before making a recommendation to council.