PIEDMONT - Chuck Long brought ideas to the Piedmont Council meeting on Wednesday evening, saying he wants to revitalize the community.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Chuck Long brought ideas to the Piedmont Council meeting on Wednesday evening, saying he wants to revitalize the community.
Long, part of the staff of the local American Legion, said, “This is a dying town, and I want to bring this town up and make it better.”
He added that the community was “stuck in the old generation and old ways,” and now is the time to “move up with the times.”
Long suggested bringing in a big business, and this would promote other businesses to follow for location in Piedmont.
Mayor Ben Smith was concerned of where in the community could a large business be located, and Long said that within Piedmont “are a lot of buildings that need knocked down.”
Smith said that new businesses would have to be in the downtown area, and “That is the only place a business would be fruitful.”
He mentioned a spot in the downtown area would be on the corner of Ashfield and Third streets, where the former Feldstein Building is situated, however, that structure would have to be torn down - a process that has been attempted for years.
Smith said that in the past several businesses had approached him for location in Piedmont, and the results centered around finding “space and parking.”
Long said, “We have to fight to bring this town back up.”
In other business, council member Paul Coleman said he had received a good review from a citizen that he wanted to pass on to the town workers, involving the snow removal during recent snow storms.
Coleman said the review was that the workers did a “fantastic job on the roads as compared to other communities.”