A green tag from the city of Waxahachie’s building inspector has paved the way for a renovation project at the home of local musician Mark Garth to continue ahead of schedule.

At the end of the second week of work, members of the all-volunteer crew were putting the finishing touches of the siding and had completed a complete reroofing of Garth’s home.

“I’m real excited and so thankful for all of the donations we’ve received,” project leader Glynn Hejny said Saturday while crews were finishing up the siding and trimming trees around the residence. “It’s been a while since the trees have been trimmed, so I wanted to work on this today and get ready for next week.”

With the green tag from the city, Hejny will start on the interior work, installing the drywall and other interior projects needed to get the room addition ready for Garth.

“We still have a lot of work to do, both inside and out,” Hejny said.

The old driveway has been cleared and the dirt smoothed. The plans are to put in a new driveway for Garth with a new carport and covered ramp from the house. When the new drive is constructed, work will be done to smooth out the transition from the driveway to the street so Garth can get in and out safely with his wheelchair.   

“Rather than get into his van, Garth will often go to local stores and the city’s square area in his wheelchair. With the current conditions, he could turn over, so we’re going to fix it so it will be safe for him,” Hejny said.

The materials for the carport have been donated by an area supplier, as has the labor to pour and finish the concrete work. 

“We are hoping that someone will come forward and donate the concrete to finish the project,” Hejny said.

While construction is in progress, Garth has stayed at a local nursing home. However, he has been at the site just about every day, including last Saturday, to visit with the workers as the work continues on his home.

“We still have a ways to go, but it will be nothing short of first class for Mark,” Hejny said.

Garth, a Waxahachie High graduate and a local musician, was injured in an auto accident in July 1965 and paralyzed from the chest down. The 2010 Waxajam – an annual reunion of Waxahachie musicians – was dedicated to raise the funds for the renovation to make Garth’s home better accessible.