DAPC board discusses upcoming festival event
The Polk County Development Authority had a productive meeting with updates being provided on a potential joint Transportation Committee, Development Authority Bylaws, Fall’s Riverwalk Festival, and the beautification project of the Silver Comet Trail Head.
During the meeting, Development Authority President Missy Kendrick mentioned that “a joint Transportation Committee was in the works,” and that she would be “working with the county and the cities for the committee.”
Cedartown is currently the only city that offers public transportation, and Cedartown commissioners recently re-approved the Georgia Department of Transportation public transportation contract for another year.
A joint transportation committee could possibly mean getting from Rockmart to Cedartown on a public bus for a small fee.
Public transportation is extremely beneficial for senior citizens who find themselves unable to drive and don’t have a designated driver.
The Transportation Committee is still in an early phase, but citizens should check for updates in future DAPC meetings. Edits to the Development Authority Bylaws were presented by Kendrick during the Sept. 15 meeting by mentioning that the rules “need to be amended to reflect the change in meeting date from the first Friday in each month to the second Friday in each month.”
Bylaw changes were presented to the board for review, but a decision will not be made until the next board meeting.
This is more of a formality as DAPC meeting dates and composition will continue mostly as they are now.
Kendrick also shared information about the upcoming Oct. 12 Riverwalk Festival mentioning that “local industries will have the opportunity to compete in various activities including a tug-o-war, horseshoes, and corn hole tournaments.”
This competition is dubbed the “Battle of the Industries” and will give companies in industries such as manufacturing, dining, and transportation the opportunity to playfully compete for the position as top industry.
Riverwalk is an annual festival held on Rockmart’s South Marble Street that celebrates everything fall. Citizens can find arts and crafts, fried pie contests, blue- grass music, and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LEAD Polk member and Silver Comet Trail Head supervisor Jerilyn Purdy introduced herself during the meeting and gave a brief outline of the “class tee shirts being sold to support the project of beautification to the Silver Comet Trail Head in Fish Creek.”
The Silver Comet trail brings visitors from all over Georgia and Alabama to the trail head in Rockmart, so the class is trying to ensure the building and surrounding areas are representative of the county as a whole.
Purdy makes shirts and embroideries for her own business, and now the LEAD Polk member is using her skills to help raise money for LEAD and the city.
Each member of the class is taking orders on shirts that say “#polkgaproud,” and shirts are being sold for $10 for AS-AXL, 2X for $12, 3X for $13, 4X and 5X are $14. To find out more about LEAD Polk and shirt sales visit https://www.facebook.com/polkgeorgia/.
The meeting went into an executive session before being adjourned by Britt Madden Jr.
The DAPC meets on the second Friday of each month at the Polk County Chamber, 133 S. Marble St., Rockmart at 8 a.m.