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Public Interest Items Highlight Town Council Agenda

By David Rogers. February 14, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A lot of folks in town may be delaying evening Valentine’s Day plans given a fairly broad agenda for the February meeting of the Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners.

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While there is bound to be some discussion about Sprint’s request to erect a temporary cell tower on Chestnut Drive to provide coverage formerly offered from three alternative tower structures currently in place atop the soon-to-be-demolished Blowing Rock Hospital building, there may be a lot of public interest in presentations about the Edgewood Cottage sculpture of Elliott Daingerfield, the Village Foundation proposal for Laurel Lane, and the joint discussions of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and, presumably, the Village Foundation to partner with the town in repurposing the property currently the site of the Old Firehouse.

In addition, Blowing Rock News has heard of some public dissent about the Oasis Shriners again coming to town, so the approval the Shriners Parade MAY feature some contentious discussion.

Here is the agenda as obtained by Blowing Rock News for the Town Council meeting, slated to begin at 6:00 pm at Town Hall on Main Street.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adoption of Agenda
  3. Special Recognition
  4. Approval of Minutes
    1. January 10, 2017 (page 4)
    2. January 10, 2017 Closed Session Minutes
    3. January 15, 16, and 17, 2017 (page 8)
    4. January 16, 2017 Closed Session Minutes
  5. Consent Agenda
    1. Budget Amendment Ordinance to Account for Various Items (page 14)

      A budget ordinance amendment has been prepared for Council to consider.

    2. Tax Releases (page 17)

      Various tax adjustments over time become apparent and present themselves in the form of requests for releases (adjustments) and refunds. Three (3) tax releases totaling $1,795.52 have been identified for Council approval.

    3. Advertise 2016 Past Due Taxes (page 20) Real property tax billed for the 2016 tax year (fiscal year 2016-2017) totaled $3,756,938.53.  Through February 7, 2017, $3,500,227.57 or 93% has been collected.  Consistent with NC General Statute 105-369, and following Council approval, staff will send an individual letter to each property owner and allow at least 30 days for payment prior to publishing the list of real property owners and amounts still unpaid as of that date (projected to be April 20, 2017).
    4. Surplus – Equipment (Resolution #2017-01) (page 33) Three items have been identified as surplus.
    5. Appointments to Boards and Commissions Applications to fill positions coming up for renewal on the Town of Blowing Rock Boards and Commissions have been reviewed by Town Council for consideration and a final list has been prepared for Council approval.  Once approved, new appointees will begin serving at respective meetings in March 2017.
  6. Public Hearing
    1. Sprint Conditional Use Permit 2007-2 – Amendment (page46)

      Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning & Inspections Director

      Sprint is requesting an amendment to Conditional Use Permit No. 2007-02 to erect a temporary cell tower at 420 Chestnut Drive. Sprint currently has three alternative tower structures on top of the former Blowing Rock Hospital. With the impending demolition of the hospital building, the applicant is requesting the CUP amendment to allow a temporary cellular site for up to 6 months or more.

    2. Primary Fire District – Kevin Rothrock (page 58)

      The Blowing Rock Fire Department has requested that the Primary Fire District be reduced from the current limits to those properties that more specifically match the definition of a Fire District in Appendix D of the NC Building Code.

  7. Old Business – None
  8. New Business
    1. Edgewood Cottage Sculpture – Mayor J. B. Lawrence & Norma Suddreth (page 61) Proposal to erect sculpture of Elliott Daingerfield on the lawn of Edgewood Cottage.
    2. Laurel Lane Median Plan – Foundation – Jim Pitts – Bob Oelberg (page 63) Proposal for landscaping of the Laurel Lane median.
    3. Request to Schedule Date for Shriner’s Parade – Jennifer Brown (page 71) The Shriners will be in Blowing Rock the weekend of June 2nd-4th for their annual Spring/Summer ceremonial. They are requesting to hold their parade on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00pm.
    4. High Country Walk for Breast Cancer Research – Jennifer Brown (page 73) This is a request for the 1st Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk on October 28, 2017.
    5. High Country Half Marathon Request (page 38) A request has been received from the High Country Half Marathon to hold their 7th annual road race on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
    6. Hunter’s Hero’s Memorial Race (page 41) A request has been received from the Hunter’s Heroes Memorial Race Committee to hold their 6th, 7th, and 8th annual 5k/10 mile run on Saturday, May 19, 2018, May 18, 2019, and May 16, 2020.
    7. Chamber Requests – Dates and Venues (page 44) The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is requesting approval of various dates and venues for upcoming events.
    8. Old Firehouse Proposal – Feedback – Jim Pitts (page 77) Feedback.
    9. New Town Website Update – Nicole Norman The Town’s new website went live on Friday, January 20, 2017.
  9. Departmental Reports
  10. Speakers from the Floor

Prior to the meeting, anyone wishing to speak shall complete an index card supplied by the Town Clerk, on which they will provide their name, address, telephone number and the topic they wish to address. In deference to all who wish to speak, each speaker will be asked to limit his or her comments to no more than three (3) minutes.

  1. Executive Session – Pursuant to NC GS 143-318.11(a)(6) Personnel Matters
  1. Adjournment

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