JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Tourism Development Authority postponed a request Tuesday morning to allocate $14,000 in hotel tax funds to pay for a new roof needed before the old Town Hall beside the library can be converted into a proposed heritage craft school.
The allocation was being discussed when authority member Danny Lewis, one of two Jonesville representatives on it, brought up seeing a recent television program about state grant money being available for restoration projects. He questioned whether the town could combine its request for funding for the roof with other restoration projects and qualify.
“I’m all for having a roof put on that building,” Lewis said. “I want to see it done … but maybe we can turn that $14,000 into $100,000 and really do something.”
Judy Wolfe, who is heading up efforts for the heritage craft school, said if it’s the same kind of grant program with which she is familiar, the property would need to be in a designated historic district and Jonesville doesn’t have one.
Lewis said he did not think it was the same type of program.
Town Manager Scott Buffkin commented there is not a lot of grant funding being approved under the current administration in Raleigh.
In postponing the matter, authority members asked Wolfe to check on the possibility of any state grants which could help with the project and report back at their next meeting.
Wolfe said later Tuesday she already had started investigating the possibility of state grant being available for the project. The Jonesville Town Council voted at its Sept. 14 meeting to lease the old Town Hall to the Jonesville Historical Society for $1 year to use as a craft school.
Later in the meeting, Authority President Anita Darnell encouraged Wolfe also to ask the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners and Chamber of Commerce for help with the roof. “You’re pretty persistent,” she said. “You need to keep going back.”
“I’ll come back,” Wolfe responded. “I’ll be back next month.”
The tourism authority also voted to order 5,000 more brochures containing photographs, history and highlights of Jonesville along with a listing of annual events for $420. Wolfe designed the brochure, which featured photographs by Elkin photographer Keith Hall, who is also a member of the Jonesville Historical Society.
Wolfe told authority members people seem to really like the brochures. “They went fast at the Labor Day Flea Market,” she said. “I can tell you that.”
Among the places authority members plan to place the brochures are the Jonesville Welcome Center and neighboring welcome centers which grant them permission to do so.
In other business, the tourism authority discussed plans for a billboard with information for tourists on attractions in the town. Pat Benton, who represents Yadkin County on the authority, said she would take the ideas discussed and come up with a proposal for members to consider at their next meeting.
Contact Kathy Chaffin at 336-258-4058.