Bowman Mayor Betty Jo Maxwell had nothing but good things to say about a recent trip to Unicoi State Park for a Georgia Public Libraries officers meeting held recently. Not only did Maxwell praise the location, the accommodations and the food, she gave credit to the group for picking up the entire tab.
The trip was not just a pleasure trip, however, and Maxwell brought back possible good news for Bowman’s proposed library project. The city had submitted two grant requests to help restore buildings 11 and 12 on the public square. One of those grants, a $93,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, is getting closer to becoming a reality, according to Maxwell.
The mayor said the city was currently number 11 on the list for grants and slated to be approved in 2018 but that it could possibly be picked up this year.
Maxwell urged those willing to write letters to State Representative Tom McCall or State Senator Bill Jackson to express support for the library project.
If the project proceeds as planned, one building would house the library and the other would contain meeting spaces and classrooms for educational use.
The entire project is expected to cost $450,000 with funds coming from grants, state funds and SPLOST funds.
At the meeting council members voted unanimously to:
- purchase a cut Christmas tree from Home Depot for $45;
- award Christmas bonuses for city employees based on last year’s bonuses;
- approve a retreat on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission hosting;
- spend $100 to send Jeremy Rooker to a class to learn how to manage the city’s web page;
- spend $250 to replace flowers in the five planters with winter flowers;
- spend $450 to place an ad in the Experience Elbert magazine published by The Elberton Star
- approve a bid of $1,333.40 to add more circuits to the downtown wiring;
- cease to hold work sessions prior to the monthly business meeting.