Photo by Annette Joyce/NWO | Rumors that Camp Carefree in Stokesdale is being sold are not true.
Q: Recently a "council-approved" committee was formed in Summerfield to consider the 10 architectural firms that submitted qualifications to provide architectural services for renovating the Gordon Hardware building and adding a bathroom to the Martin house, both at the intersection of Summerfield and Oak Ridge Roads. I don't remember hearing anything about this committee before it was formed - who created it, when was it created and how were committee members selected?
A: Committee members were appointed at a special called meeting of the Summerfield Town Council on March 21, during the "Other Business" portion of the meeting. At that time, by consensus Town Manager Scott Whitaker, Planning Director Carrie Spencer, Manager Assistant/Events Coordinator Cheryl Gore, Historical Committee member Elizabeth Ingram and Council Member Reece Walker were approved to review and vet 10 architectural firms that had submitted qualifications to renovate the Gordon Hardware building and add a bathroom to the Martin house.
Based on the committee's recommendation, the Town is negotiating with Cube Design + Research, PPLC for the architectural services stated above.
Q: I heard that Camp Carefree is being sold. Is this true?
A: No, that rumor isn't true. Camp Carefree, which is located just off U.S. 220 in Stokesdale, kicks off its 2017 summer session on June 18 with a full slate of campers and volunteers.
In 1986, the late Anne and Gib Jones used a portion of their farm to establish Camp Carefree, a haven for children with illnesses and disabilities such as cancer, epilepsy and spina bifida. Additional sessions are geared towards well children who have chronically ill or disabled siblings or parents.
After Gib's death in 1992, Anne continued the legacy the couple had started. To ensure the camp would endure, she deeded approximately 65 acres to the non-profit organization - one parcel in 2011 and a second in 2013.
"Anne wanted to make sure the camp would always be here," said Rhonda Rodenbough, treasurer of the board of directors.
Anne died on Aug. 12 of last year, leaving the remainder of her farm - about 192 acres which borders the camp - in a trust. Because both the listed property and the camp share a Carefree Lane address, some people have mistakenly thought the camp is being sold.
The listed property, which has road frontage on U.S. 220, is being marketed by Phillip Stone of A New Dawn Realty. Although currently zoned AG (agriculture), the property has commercial potential and is listed for $1.9 million. Profits from the sale will be divided among Anne's four heirs.
To provide a buffer from any potential development on the adjacent property and to ensure access to its pond, the camp recently purchased an additional 15 acres of property from the trust. The purchase was made possible by the community and other camp supporters who donated $45,000 and an anonymous matching donor.
Camp Carefree, which operates under a board of directors, expects good things in the future. "Our board is committed to keeping the camp going and growing," said Board Chairman Lynn Tuttle.