By Elizabeth Lanier
The City of Madison held a Town Hall meeting last Thursday to update the local community on a number of issues and upcoming events. The City touted the success of two of its most recent projects in the neighborhood.
The Gilmore House, where the Town Hall was held, is in full-swing just like the newly opened Canaan Corner Store. The Gilmore House boasts of a community room and houses two businesses– a beauty salon and catering company, both of which use the downstairs portion of the house. The upstairs portion is also being utilized; it houses a few residents from the community.
Another topic of discussion was the 2016-2018 CHIP (Community Home Improvement Program) recipients, Bernice Peters and Novella Cain. The CHIP Grant brings homes up to code and ensures that it is a safe living environment.
The CHIP Grant, however, is not the only way of keeping residents in the community safe. The Neighborhood Engagement Community Update will be holding a Fall Safety Day in coming weeks to emphasize the importance of fire safety. Another upcoming event is the Tot Lot fundraiser; Tot Lots are safe playgrounds for children six years old and younger. Madison is building its first on Whitehall Street, and the proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards buying new playground equipment.
The theme for this particular Tot Lot is education, and according to Callahan, “Ms. Marie Bass Martin is who neighborhood activists have nominated the Tot Lot to be named after.” There is a lot in the works for the next couple of months as far as the DURA goes, and the next Town Hall will be held on October 5.