Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - May 18, 2017
and Workforce Development Committee
On April 28, 2017, Graham County Schools hosted over 350 Special Olympic
participants. This regional event was a huge success!
Graham County Schools will host a School Supply Drive again this summer. If
you would like to donate, please consider focusing on one item such as
wide-ruled paper, #2 pencils or a monetary donation. This will aid in providing
consistent materials to each classroom. You may deliver your donations to the
GCS Central Office at 52 Moose Branch Road.
Graham County Schools has a large amount of free fill dirt available. You
must be willing to load and haul this dirt from the site. Please contact Rex
Smith at 479-9820 if you are interested.
Grind Coffee Shop Project
Robbinsville High Schools Exceptional Childrens Program has started a
new school-based, student business on campus. The business is Mountain Grind
Coffee Shop and offers a specialty coffee/latte drink each week.
The Carpentry classes continue to make progress on Millcreek House #3. The
house is ready for drywall, vinyl siding, porches, and sidewalks to be
Graham County Schools has received a Golden Leaf Foundation grant in the amount
of $174,000 for purchase of Chromebooks at Robbinsville Elementary and
Robbinsville Middle Schools.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
204 currently registered
Health and Social Committee Report
Health and Wellness Fair
The Health Department is holding a Health and Wellness Fair again this year, on
June 23rd at Robbinsville High School. There are over 20 vendors who
have committed to coming. There
will be a free hot dog lunch to the first 150 people. We
will also be giving out 250 full sized cans of Cutter
insect repellant with information about the Zika virus. The Health Fair is
10:00 to 2:00, we encourage everyone to come by.
County STEP UP Diabetes Coalition
There is a lunch meeting at the Health Department on June 30 at 12:00 to discuss
plans to revive the Coalition. Currently there are
11 who have signed up for lunch, please let Leann know if you would like
to be a part, you can call 479-7900.
Prevention Program Our
current Diabetes Prevention Program is in week 13 of their 16 weekly meetings.
We have two Diabetes education classes that recently started, they are only 6
Center - We continue to lead
an exercise class at the Senior Center twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays at
1:00. WE do exercises targeting balance and flexibility to help reduce the
impact of accidents and falls on our senior citizens.
Health Month June
is Mens Health Month and the health department wants to encourage all men
to come by in June and pick up some information about mens health on
schedules of which tests and screenings need to be done at what age. We also
encourage young men to come by and talk to our family planning nurse about what
services we have for men.
for Life - the health
department has raffle items which will be given away at the health fair. We have
two Dollywood tickets, a wooden bowl, two afghans, and four themed baskets: get
outdoors, get cooking, movie night at home, and toys. Please stop by and buy a
ticket. We will also sell tickets at the Stecoah festival this Saturday and at
the Relay walk on June 16.
Tourism and Mountain Culture Committee
Solar Eclipse Event
Several locations will be having eclipse events on August 21. Additional
information is included in the packet. Locations include Stecoah Valley Center,
Fontana Village and Tapoco Lodge. Support and
promote the upcoming solar eclipse event on August 21 and welcome visitors to
Wayfinding Signage Project Funds are being secured to develop a
plan that would provide high quality and quantity of signage directing residents
and tourists to attractions, points of interest and local businesses to enhance
the tourism economy in Graham County and its towns.
Natural Resources, Recreation and Water Quality
the committee met on May 10, 2017 with eight present. The vacant position
for the chair of this committee was noted.
Work day planned on Monday, May 15 at 9 am. Have commitments from 4
volunteers to work. Work will involve leaf blowing, weed eating, and raking to
clean paved trail surface and original Camp Santeetlah rock imbedded sign. Plan
to partner with USFS on NC Recreation Trails program grant proposal to get ¼
mile trail re-paved. Will work on signing plan with USFS folks when they return
from extended firefighting assignments out of state.
efforts involved approximately a dozen volunteers picking up 156 bags of
trash along roadsides across the county. The Lake Santeetlah shore trash
clean-up day on 3/31 was cancelled due to bad weather.
Most overlooks appear to be in fairly good condition and additional clearing
work will not resume until next fall.
of Joyce Kilmer The
workday on April 4th was successful with 12 volunteers trimming
the 2 miles of loop trail, cleaning debris/accumulated soil off the parking area
and minor maintenance on the picnic sites. Light trimming and debris removal was
completed on the ½ mile entrance road.
Sweetwater Creek Restoration Project
Five volunteers completed most of the invasive privet removal along the RHS
1.5 mile greenway/fitness trail on April 1.
Information was received from the USFS, Brookfield, Partners of JK and
Marshall McClung: Lindy Ammons
announced his retirement from Brookfield effective at this months end. The FS
and Partners reported that three, 6 to 10 person SAWS trail crews, have begun
work primarily on the fire damaged trails in JK-Slickrock Wilderness. They will
be working here about 3 weeks. The Partners (Dick Evans) reported a day long
difficult trail clearing effort by 4 volunteers on the Stratton Bald Trail was
completed. A few days later Marshall and three others removed several trees that
were blocking the same trail.
- There was a brief discussion about plans being made for a memorial to Frank
scheduled for July 12 at 10 am at the Cheoah Ranger District Office.
and Infrastructure Committee
Graham County Broadband Infrastructure Proposal
A proposal in the amount of $100,000 has been
submitted to the Appalachian Regional Commission to address the lack of local
telecommunication infrastructure in specific communities of Graham County
including Beech Creek, Pinhook, Gladdens Creek, Cochrans Creek and Meadow
Region A Broadband Initiative The Southwestern Commission is coordinating an
effort to conduct a regional analysis of broadband needs. Southwestern
Commission staff and consultants will work with each county's broadband
committee to conduct the assessments.