Volunteer Meeting

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New Castle Main Street held their second community outreach meeting Wednesday, February 25 at the New Castle Henry County Public Library. The meeting began with newly formed subcommittees under the Main Street organization. These subcommittees covered specific projects which include district signage, downtown cleanup, the farmer’s market, parking signage, citizens corner remodeling, flower pots, downtown trees and fundraising. The organization made signup sheets available for those who wanted to sign up for a committee. If you would like to sign up for a committee, please email newcastlemainstreet@gmail.com

The Main Street group is also becoming a 501(c)3 organization which will exempt the group from federal income taxes and increase opportunity for grants.

The upcoming fundraising event for downtown WiFi was also discussed. The event will be hosted at the Primo restaurant on Broad Street on March 16th at 7:00 pm. Participants will have a chance to speak with TV personality Rowdy Roddy Piper accompanied with appetizers and drinks. The goal is to raise $8,000.00 to pay for the initial installation plus maintenance which will be provided by Solutions Unlimited. General admission tickets are $75.00 per person or $125.00 per couple and can be purchased by emailing New Castle Main Street at newcastlemainstreet@gmail.com.

Another topic during the meeting was the expansion the New Castle and Henry County’s trail system. David Nantz brought up the possibility of expanding towards town from the YMCA. This plan would cross Broad Street through 15th Street, and continue down Cherry Street where the old train tracks have been removed. From there the trail would go out towards Knightstown and connect with their trail system. Bike lanes would be incorporated alongside the streets of New Castle.

Other topics included new light poles down Broad Street with attached speakers; clean up after community events, expanding New Castle Main Street’s presence and a historical walk through downtown New Castle.

 

Contact New Castle Main Street at newcastlemainstreet@gmail.com

Contact Reporter Patrick Calvert at midwestpatrick23@gmail.com

Follow him on Twitter @MidwestPatrick

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