ERWIN — The 2011 Unicoi County Apple Festival is less than two months away, and Erwin officials are already taking steps to prepare for the 2012 event.
At Monday’s regular meeting of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the board unanimously approved a request from the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce to use the town’s property between Love Street and Second Street for the 2012 Unicoi County Apple Festival.
“We always approve this a year in advance, so at this year’s Apple Festival, if folks want to start renting spaces for next year they’ll have a place to go,” Erwin Vice-Mayor Glenn Tilson said.
The annual event, set this year for Oct. 7-8, is presented by the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce. It draws thousands of people to downtown Erwin and offers attendees the opportunity to purchase crafts and antiques, take in musical entertainment and sample foods from numerous vendors. The festival has been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top 20 events in the southeast and has been a winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award.
Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Delp, who was in attendance at Monday’s meeting, expressed her appreciation to the board for its approval of the request.
“We have already gotten calls for next year, folks wanting to get booths,” Delp said. “So they start calling sooner than you think.”
Several appointments to town and county commissions and boards were also taken care of at the meeting. Tilson reappointed Roland Bailey to serve as the at-large member of the Erwin Planning Commission for a term of three years. Alderman Mark Lafever was appointed by Tilson to serve as the board’s representative on the Erwin Planning Commission for a one-year term.
Tilson reappointed himself to serve as the Erwin aldermen representative on the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control for a one-year term.
Alderman Gary Edwards was appointed to serve as the alderman representative on the Erwin Board of Public Utilities for a one-year term, and Scott Charles was reappointed as the at-large member of this board, to serve a term of four years.
The board also unanimously voted to reappoint Thomas J. Seeley III as the town’s attorney.
In other business, the board:
— Approved a resolution to amend the previously passed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year to reflect actual revenues and expenditures.
— Approved a request from John Treadway to purchase a portion of abandoned alleyway behind his residence.