One interesting thing: we did meet a gentleman in zoning; I think his name was Gary McCarsky (SP?). He’s a scout leader in Georgetown & his scouts are very deep into Native American culture with dancing, with drumming, with all sorts of different things. And they was supposed to contact us
Glenn C: well, no, he was supposed to tell the lady who actually does that
John: Anyway, I thought it would be a very good connection for us to deal with these boy scouts because they do a lot of different things
Glenn C: get him to bring his troops in here to help us out
John: that’s what I mean
Glenn C: we actually talked more about that
John: that’s all I have for the time being on the camping
Glenn C: the rural tourism is really based on the big farms for the Christmas programs and stuff so they can make some money on the off-season; they base it on their crops, 3 months is the limit they put on it, so that’s where that’s coming from
John: it sounds like they’re trying to help farmers and things so they may be a little less rigid on their requirements, I’m hoping
Glenn: but it will be a permit based every year, $100/year
2C Cheryl: so are we in Aynor, city?
Glenn C: no
2C Cheryl: we’re not, so we don’t have to worry about anything Aynor says
John: the only thing they said was if we wanted to get rezoned, they would have to interview people within 500 feet of our property about it, whether they would have a problem with it, which is not many people
Dalton: yeah, it’s like 2 houses, maybe
2C Cheryl: that eliminates a lot of people
Glenn C: that’s not a lot of people, but then of course, sign’s going to go up
2C Cheryl: yeah, that’s why I was asking, because I know Aynor has regulations on signage & how far (inaudible). I did look at, last year when we were talking about motorcycles and parking, it had zoning & structure, as well as structuring for 501c3 to not lose that- doing it as two separate entities called brother/sister- it has to have a structure like an LLC with a board (doesn’t have to be but 3), funds (for-profit) passed through go to the non-profit through sustainability of projects (furthering developing grounds, going towards a program that fits within our mission statement).
Or it can be done as setup as a parent/subsidiary. So the nonprofit is the parent and the for-profit is the subsidiary. The only thing we have to worry about is we don’t want to be too successful because if you’re too successful in your for-profit, you risk losing your nonprofit
Glenn C: well, let’s say you pay your people who come out and tends to it, can you take away from the profit that way?
2C Cheryl: well, what I was thinking, the scouts again, they are always involved in Native American, the whole premise, it was Charles B Smith, who was actually Native American, help founded the scouts something like 110 years ago, so at the point where we’re at, we could be doing what camp coker (?) (Society Hill) routinely that stays within our mission especially if we’re supporting the scout program that teaches them Native American culture and it would be right in where we would only be doing nonprofit with the community with developing and teaching the scouts
John: Actually, I want the scouts to come teach us Native American culture
2C Cheryl: they learn a lot
Glenn C: especially the Eagle Scouts
John: they said when they got to the Order of the Arrow, they had to know 2 songs in Native American, they had to do these dances, they needed to tell two fables or stories from Native American culture. It sounds like they’re really into it. I mean, you could have them at the Pauwau; they have nationally-ranked drummers
Chief Hatcher: I have a question. We’re talking about a temporary thing here, but eventually a 24/7 thing, right?
Glenn C: that would be after we get the money up to do the commercial thing
John: it’s kind of hard to meet the regulations they have to be a full commercial operation, whereas if we could do the 3 months to see if it’s viable, which is my thought process, we could get our feet in the water and see how it works, and then if we can skirt some of the regulations by only doing 3 months/ year, we might be able to do that
Dalton: start banking the income
John: when we can say it works, then we can proceed. It will take a little while.
Chief Hatcher: this little thing on Hwy 90, Susan says they rent them out for $75/ night
Glenn C: and they’re about full too
Chief Hatcher: and stay pretty full but they do have sewage. Now we might could team up with somebody that would work with us for 10 years, get setup and leave it to us or find a grant
2C Cheryl: there are rural development loans, RDA’s you can apply for; I can look at that, I’m not sure how it works for nonprofit; It’s a lot of hoops to jump through for an individual
Glenn C: my thoughts were if we can pay this small fee to get it across the road, go commercial, then we don’t have to pay the fee to get it back across the road
Chief Hatcher: that’s the very thing I was thinking; if we get it across the road, we can do what we want with it when it gets here and I don’t know that we have to comply with the county ordinance- it’s possible that we do, but it’s also possible that we don’t.
Glenn C: if we get sewage, DHEC has nothing to do with us
Chief Hatcher: that’s what I would do then and let them prove us wrong
Glenn that’s basically what he said, but he also said they wouldn’t be out here inspecting
Susan: did you find out about insurance?
John: later; we can get it if we need it
2C Cheryl: maybe we could apply for the Accommodations Tax grant again
Dalton: we probably wouldn’t have a sales tax; we’d probably have a hospitality tax
Glenn C: no, all of that would be exempt
Dalton: perhaps make a commercial committee