During the meeting, members voted to beautify Hardy's downtown and tourist area. Thornton said they striped the parking lots, crosswalks and resealed the walking trail in the park for the upcoming tourist season. They also voted to pave Loberg Park Road. The committee voted to purchase a software program to update their Web site and purchase a camera to video tape events in Hardy to be aired on the local cable channel.
In addition to the items the committee voted on, long term plans were discussed. The possibility of creating an amphitheater, Hardy and Wilburn Brothers Museums and a Silver Moon Cinema to show outdoor movies were among the topics discussed.
Besides regular members, Main Street Hardy Board President Donna Cruse and Executive Director Kim Wilson were present to ask for reimbursement for expenses their organization incurred for entertainment for the Art's and Crafts Festival.
Cruse said the money was to come from a budget that was set aside for Main Street Hardy for entertainment during events held in the city. Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton said that when the reimbursement of $1,100 was initially presented to the committee at the previous meeting, there were not enough members present to vote for the reimbursement.
Because the meeting was a special meeting, Thornton said that only one topic could be discussed and asked Cruse to resubmit her request at the next meeting.
Cruse said this would be the third time she has come before the committee for reimbursement of this expense.
Words and Afterwords owner Greg Bess was also present for the meeting. He had questions regarding the use of committee funds for the striping project in town. Bess did not feel that painting stripes on the main street in Hardy was appropriate use of funds. Thornton disagreed with Bess, stating that it beautifies the city.
Advertising and Promotions Committees are state mandated and must meet strict criteria. Thornton said the committee of seven must be comprised of one member from the tourism industry, three members from either a restaurant or hotel in the area that collects the A & P taxes, two elected officials and one member at large.
Meetings of the Advertising and Promotions Committee are held at 5:35 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Hardy City Hall.