By Bobby Bordelon\r\n\r\nAfter the cancellation of the Nov. 9 meeting of the Rainelle Town Council due to a COVID-19 case that shut down Town Hall, the council gathered on Monday, Nov. 23, to discuss the future of the Rainelle Visitor\u2019s Center, an upcoming planning commission meeting, and more.\r\n\r\nThe future of the Rainelle Visitor\u2019s Center is currently on an uncertain trajectory. According to Councilmember Danny Milan, the currently planned location could not be the right move for the town.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s in the high risk flood area,\u201d Milan explained.\u201dYou could raise it, but that costs. \u2026 I know we\u2019re late in the game for this but we need to make sure we\u2019re going to do everything the right way if we\u2019re going to proceed with this building.\u201d\r\n\r\nMilan also explained that a significant amount of funds for the project were raised by former mayor Andy Pendleton. Currently, about $180,000 is in an account for the project, which is expected to cover the cost of materials. In addition to the increased cost of materials from this time last year due to COVID-19, the labor could also prove to be an issue. Without volunteers to work, the project could cost as much as another $360,000, totalling over $550,000.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019d like to see this go forward and really see something good for the town. I\u2019ve also heard different stories about taking one of the old buildings in town and using [or remodeling] that for this purpose. I don\u2019t think \u2026 that\u2019s a very good idea because nine chances out of 10, the buildings we have here in town are the type of building that\u2019s falling down and needs so much repair that it costs as much [just to build a new building].\u201d\r\n\r\nNo action was taken on the visitor\u2019s center. Milan will continue looking for more information on other potential properties for the center for consideration at the next meeting.\r\n\r\n***\r\n\r\nCouncilmembers encouraged the public to attend a meeting of the Planning Commission on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Town Hall.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of things we\u2019re going to be working on and we need a lot of people to help us,\u201d Milan said. \u201cIt could mean a big change for the town of Rainelle. A lot of good things that can happen which are only going to happen if we make them happen. This next meeting we\u2019re going to get the organization set up a little better and try to set things up for the different committee members we\u2019re going to have.\u201d\r\n\r\nMilan also noted that the meeting could be moved to another location if enough people arrive.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve had all kinds of people complaining about nothing happening in the town Rainelle,\u201d Milan said. \u201cNow\u2019s your chance, we can make things happen. \u2026 It\u2019s gonna be up to the people of the town to make it happen. You will see we\u2019re already doing a lot. \u2026 What you guys want, are you gonna come out and make things happen? \u2026 We will fit as many of you in here as we can and what we can, if we\u2019ve got to move to another building, we\u2019ll try to find that.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn other business:\r\n\r\n\u2022 After the town\u2019s previous website was discovered to not work correctly due to lack of payment resulting from the change in administration in 2019, council agreed to move forward with a new website layout.\r\n\r\n\u2022 An executive session about employees was held, with Acting Mayor Bill Bell explaining \u201cnothing negative\u201d was involved.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Both new lights and new potted plant hangers were approved by the council, expected to be hung in town soon.