Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton presented to the committee pictures of the new stage that arrived Sept. 16. The stage was placed on the closed street in town for productions, demonstrations and singing events in the city. Hardy City Council recently created an ordinance to close the street down for one year. The stage, which is covered and will soon be fully electrified, will be the center of the Hardy entertainment at the bottom of the hill by Dr. Thompson Park. The committee will also be seeking an electrician to wire the stage. The group discussed the electric needs for the stage in order to accommodate lighting, ceiling fans and other sound equipment.
In other business, the group discussed their advertisement in the new "Avenues" magazine published by Areawide Media as well as the content for a fall theme for their upcoming ad in the "Spring River Survival Guide."
The group also discussed cooking for the upcoming Pow Wow to be held in Loberg Park Sept. 25-27. It has become a tradition that the group cooks a meal for the performers. Thornton requested help in any way possible during the event.
In new business, Donna Cruse, president of Main Street Hardy, was present to request money to help replace a meter loop that was taken down after the Hardy Auction Barn fire. Cruse told the group that prior to the clean up from the fire, there was a pole with a meter loop which sat in the Simmon's Bank parking lot. She explained that Entergy provided free power to the pole for any event that was held in that area and had done so for numerous years prior to the meter loop being taken down after the fire. She said these events could include church, Main Street Hardy, city of Hardy or any other event that was in close proximity to the pole. Cruse told the council that her husband, who works for Entergy, would build a new meter loop which Entergy would supply the power to, free of charge, if the Advertising and Promotions Committee would pay for the materials for the pole, which she said would cost between $250 and $300. Cruse said the pole would benefit everyone.
The topic led to a large disagreement between two members of the committee. Peter Martin and Sherry Groves both had very different opinions of the proposal. Martin said Main Street Hardy should be able to pay for the pole and Cruse explained that the organization was a non-profit group and they did not have the money for the meter loop. Martin said the pole would not benefit the city because most of their events were held elsewhere, including Loberg and Dr. Thompson Park. Groves said she felt that every time a topic with Main Street Hardy was brought to the committee, he became defensive because the organization did not benefit him, because his business is not in downtown Hardy. Groves also explained the purpose of the Main Street organization was more to preserve the city's heritage. The discussion continued with Martin explaining that he would not have a problem paying for half, but that he would first like to see something in writing from both the bank on which the pole sits and, he said, is private property and from Entergy stating that there will be no charge for the electricity on the pole. The other members of the committee said they did not see a problem with the proposal since it would at some point help the city. Thornton had no comment on the disagreement and Cruse left the meeting with no resolution.
In other business, the group discussed upcoming events and entertainment for the Octoberfest.
The committee meets every third Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. and the public is invited to attend these meetings. They are held in the break room at the back of Hardy City Hall.