Redmond to present ideas at community meeting March 12
© Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
Main Street merchant Ian Black is impressed with the new prototype comunity notice board on Main Street, the first glimpse of Main Street improvement projects being worked on by new Parrsboro project facilitator Taylor Redmond, who will discuss a number of ideas with the public on Tuesday, March 12 at the Parrsboro Fire Hall, 6:30 p.m.
PARRSBORO – It’s going to be a busy year for Taylor Redmond, but she’s off to a flying start.
The former Main Street art gallery operator has been hired by the town as the Parrsboro Project Facilitator, a position aimed at developing and promoting existing assets in the town, co-ordinating the efforts of local groups and strengthening the branding of the town.
Main Street is her priority – particularly developing and implementing a coherent image of the street consistent with Parrsboro branding, she explained.
“There is a lot going on, but most important is the strengthening of our image and Main Street,” said Redmond.
She has partnered with the local Communities in Bloom effort to put together a community presentation that will take place at the Parrsboro Fire Hall on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Communities in Bloom volunteers David Howe and Dawn McCully will be speaking about the projects they are involved with and how the community can get involved, while two youth-focused programs. Bruce Graham will also introduce the Artist Attraction Project.
“I will also be talking about a wedding destination initiative and how the Parrsboro Board of Trade is working with me in creating an asset map of the area,” said Redmond.
The meeting will be a great opportunity to hear ideas, learn about some projects, and get involved, she said.
“Community involvement is key with everything we are all working on,” said Redmond, who will also be asking the public to submit their ideas. “The meeting is meant to get people on board.”
Main Street improvement was a consistent issue identified in last fall’s municipal election campaign, and the town has hired Redmond to a one-year position with that as her priority.
“For several years, we have recognized the need to improve our Main Street, not only for our business owners, but for our residents and visitors as well,” said Mayor Lois Smith. “Our council made a decision to find an individual who has the talent, time and energy that is needed to create an atmosphere that will be inviting to all and encourage business development.”
Redmond recently proposed two main projects to the town’s economic development/tourism committee, including the “Biggest Bloom for Your Buck” project in partnership with Communities in Bloom, which would see a number of flower pallets incorporating the “golden age of sail” theme.
The second project – “Main Street Streetscape” would embrace the same theme with banners/sails, event boards, street signs, garbage cans, a cement compass welcome at the entrance traffic stop, storyboards and a photo exhibit.
Council agreed to proceed with the wedding destination project, a storyboard for the harbor, an outdoor photo exhibit, and committed $500 toward the pallet project. It also agreed to put more research into the banners and sails, directional street signs, garbage cans and tops, and the cement compass. The town is also exploring the redesign of its website.