ESTO - After much discussion the Esto Town Council approved of mileage reimbursements at .55 cents per mile and a 10 percent cut of the profits from the Two Toe Tom Festival to the lone festival chair Darlene Madden during the Aug. 5 meeting.
"I put on this festival because I love my town," said Madden. "A lot of time and effort goes into running that festival and I'm the only one. I think this festival is good for this town and really represents this Town as family friendly."
Madden announced a Yard Sale Fundraiser for the Two Toe Tom Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Community Center, selling inside space for $10 and outside space at $5. For more information contact Madden at 850-263-3201.
President Danny Powell informed the Council that they should keep in mind the steady widening of State Road 79.
"When the four-lane come through our town the water lines will need to be moved," said Powell. "It is important for us as Council members to attend the Florida Department of Transportation meetings from now on."
Council approved of selling Madden a shed donated by Comcast to the Town of Esto in the amount of $2 in order to store all festival related items on the stipulation that if she is no longer involved with the festival then she has to sell the shed back to the Town in the amount of $2.
Council also approved of sending a local land owner an offer of $50,000 for land that the Town intends on utilizing as additional parking for the Two Toe Tom Festival.
Council tabled the intent of buying books titled Heart and History of Holmes County, The Heritage of Holmes County, Florida and Holmes County Cemetery Census because no members have been able to contact anyone responsible for selling them.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esto is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.