Chamber board narrows down idea and location for mural

By | March 5, 2018 6:28 am

After months of discussing and planning, Chamber board members are finally making progress toward approving the first community mural.

During the Feb. 27, 2018, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ meeting, Tommy Narramore, of Narramore Signs, met with members to discuss proposed ideas for a small mural project. Narramore presented the board with several sketches to give them different ideas.

Since July 2017, the board has been developing plans and ideas for what they hope will be the start of a community-based collection of murals.

During the September and October 2017 board meetings, the Chamber focused on placing a proposed large-scale mural on the old Sparta Hardware building, at the corner of South Church Street and Bockman Way, near Liberty Square. The board received permission from the property owner and tenants of the building.

However, during the November 2017 meeting, the board discussed another possible site, which is located on Bockman Way (Donnie Daniels’ building). The board discussed during its December 2017 meeting that, given the visibility and ease of access, this would be an ideal and more suitable location.

Since narrowing down the site of the proposed mural, the board then turned its focus on the budget for the mural project and how to secure the funding. After some discussion during the December 2017 meeting, it was determined the board should focus on a smaller mural, given the potentially high cost of a large-scale mural.

During the December 2017 meeting, the board approved to produce a smaller mural, while the Chamber raises funds for the larger and more complex mural project.

The Chamber has begun soliciting donations from businesses and community members and organizing a fundraising drive to help finance the cost of the project.

After a series of discussions, the board decided to utilize natural landmarks and outdoor activities known in White County. Narramore stated he would visit the Daniels’ property to take measurements and develop a proposed sketch by the board’s next monthly meeting.

Once the sketch and the project cost is approved by the board, Narramore stated that as long as the weather was reasonable, the project could be completed within two weeks.

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., March 20, at White County Courthouse.

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