1. Will the current infrastructure, as in sewer, be able to support such a venture? These buildings were built in the 1800's. Most of them don't have plumbing or restrooms. Those that will have plumbing will be put on their own septic system, as will additional restrooms for visitors.
2. My understanding is that the surrounding homes are provided water from Desert Water Resources. We currently have three buildings with water from Grayson County SUD. Buildings with running water will be added to our account. Most buildings won't have running water.
3. How is the ingress and egress gonna work? Meaning are you going to use the existing driveway or are you going to make more of a commercial entrance off of Bethel Cannon? We do plan on having an additional entrance west of the current entrance, Grayson County and our engineers are looking at what will be necessary. We are already an event center and haven't had big issues on event days. This is NOT going to be a 24 hour a day operation. Weekdays will most likely host educational tours from schools around the area and guests at the B & B. Weekends will be events similar to what we host now. Bethel Cannon Road is a County Road and we will do whatever the County asks of us.
4. My understanding of all the buildings to be moved from McKinney to this area, ONLY 2 are truly from Texas and one is a stable. Is this true and how are the buildings authenticated as true Texas buildings? Refer to the page called "Old Western Town Details to learn about each building. However, you're correct that these buildings came from all over the Country. A man named Jim Miller found them from Alaska to Tennessee and brought them to his ranch in Texas and made them into a town in the 1950's. This actually qualifies them as national treasures. We will work on what kind of authentication we can get, and how they are historically preserved once we get them moved.
5. The road conditions are terrible, as you know, and as the Sheriff of (tongue and cheek) Bethel Cannon I stop speeders and track them down!!! The speed limit is 35MPH. I see this venture bringing several non-law abiding people to our neck of the woods. What is your SOLUTION for this? The solution is up to law enforcement in the area, we are not enforcers. We have no control over who breaks the law and who doesn't. Whether they are coming to your house, our event center or the church, people are responsible for themselves and those who don't follow the law are subject to getting a ticket.
6. $1800 in donations thus far of the $500,000 goal you have set. What happens if the goal is not reached and if reached when do you plan a opening of this venture? Assuming you're talking about the GoFundMe account, that is only one way funds are being raised. We have corporate outreach, naming rights, product sales and other ways to raise funds. Funds are being held in a special account just for this project. If we don't raise enough, the funds will be returned to the donors. GoFundMe is just a way for the community to be involved. Our initial goal is to save the buildings. Opening them will depend on how our funding strategies go.
We are trying to bring an asset to Grayson County and save it from destruction. If the community wants it to happen it will, if they don't it won't, It's all based in the community response and available funds. So far, there has been overwhelming positive comments. Organization of the effort is just beginning.
7. I’m a bit indifferent to this decision of yours to attempt to bring a business as such to the area. I ran a business right next to Storybook Ranch for years and lived 1/2 mile from it and saw the traffic issues and the debris that was left behind from events. I’m not sold on this idea yet, however I do see how it may be a good thing. What are some pipe dreams/visions/ 5year goals/. Etc etc for this place. We took over (and are buying) Bethel Cannon Ranch as a place for people to come learn marketable skills. We are a for-profit social enterprise with all proceeds supporting LearnLiveLaunch, a non-profit organization (www.learnlivelaunch.org). We have a Bed & Breakfast to teach hospitality, culinary, customer service, etc., We have a retail store to teach retail, marketing, purchasing. We will be building a volunteer fire department and teaching fire fighting (neither Whitewright nor Van Alstyne serve Bethel Cannon Road primarily). We will have landscaping and lawn care programs, construction, accessibility, resume building, computer skills, interviewing skills, etc. We are setting up learning opportunities often only found in big cities out in the country where the poverty lever is over 14% (pre-COVID). All of this was planned way before the opportunity to get the Old Western Town came to us. We like the parallel of restoring people/restoring buildings and there are a lot of learning opportunities in the moving and setting up of a project like this.
The Old Western Town became an opportunity. We thought we could help solve the problem and bring additional teaching opportunities to our Ranch. We set up a foundation for the soul (spelled correctly, pun intended) purpose of relocating and restoring these buildings. None of the money donated to change lives will be used for the buildings and vice versa. They are separate entities operating on the same land. Different purposes, similar missions.
8. With this facility being operated as a non-for-profit and having its books audited regularly, will your business be run on democratic establishment of rules and regs? Will you be establishing a board of directors? Following Roberts Rules of Meeting Guidelines? LearnLiveLaunch (LLL) is a 501(c)(3) with a Board of Directors. Currently, the BOD for LLL is also the Advisory Board for Bethel Village Foundation. Over time, once the direction is clear we expect Bethel Village Foundation to have a full board as well. Bethel Cannon Ranch, as mentioned above, is a for-profit social enterprise. All proceeds for events, guests and purchases on the Ranch fund LearnLiveLaunch, which pays for people to go through our teaching programs. As mentioned above, Bethel Village Foundation is a separate entity and will have it's own fund-raisers. Yes, we have a governance committee and follow Robert's Rules of Order.
9. What events do you hope to have at BR and what are you opposed to having? We hope to have any kind of event. We, of course, have a wedding venue but hope to focus on corporate events, family events and community events. We want to be an asset to the community. We hope people will think of us for their family reunions, weekend getaways and community gatherings. One of our annual events will be a Labor Day event, since we're all about helping people succeed in their chosen careers.
10. What feedback have you received from Mayoral Offices as Whitewright and Van Alstyne are closest to the facility? What kinda feedback as the County Commissioner given you? Meetings are ongoing. This is a relatively new project and this will be updated as meetings happen. I'm meeting with the Mayor of Whitewright this morning. Mayor Atchison is on board, from Van Alstyne. More information will be posted on our Facebook Page as it happens.