DAPC board dis­cusses up­com­ing fes­ti­val event

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Correspondent

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.

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