By David Rogers. January 10, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Don’t leave your iPhone in your pocket when you go sledding. Those were David Harwood’s words of wisdom at Tuesday night’s regular January meeting of the Blowing Rock Town Council. Harwood, the Business Manager for the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, used the Speakers from the Floor segment to thank the Town for not plowing the snow off of the hill in front of Commissioner Doug Matheson’s house on Wallingford, which enabled a lot of people to enjoy some sledding fun during last weekend’s snowstorm.
That was arguably the lightest moment in an otherwise light agenda, which included the introduction of Ed Evans as the new Town Manager who will be assuming his duties on January 23rd.
Kipp Turner provided an update on the U.S. 321 widening project. Given the holiday period and the weather, Turner noted that things had been relatively quiet on the project, “…although there is a lot of stuff going on below the road that is not readily seen,” he said in describing various locations for utility work and reinforcements of the road bed, especially in areas down the mountain between Green Hill Rd. and Blackberry Rd. He added that they were trying do as much as the weather allowed, “…but they’re a little reluctant to be out there digging when it is 10 degrees or colder.”
Scott Fogleman, in his last regular town council meeting while serving as Town Manager, handed out several service awards.
- Trathen “Tracy” Greene, Plant Operator of the Water/Wastewater Plant, for 10 years of service to the town
- Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director, for 15 years of service
Timothy “Tim” Everhart, Senior Plant Operator of the Water/Wastewater Plant, for 30 years of service
- Kent Graham, Emergency Services Director, Outstanding Achievement Award for his leadership role in managing the Horton Fire
- Nicole Norman, Finance Director, Outstanding Achievement Award for her leadership and diligence in securing the first phase of the recent bond issue and a AA+ rating by Standard & Poor’s rating service
- Linda Steen, Customer Service, for her outstanding customer service behind the front desk in Town Hall
Under the Discussion Agenda, the Board of Commissioners approved two special events:
- 3rd Annual Blowing Rock Fall Classic Bike Ride on September 16, 2017
- 18th Annual Mayview Madness 5k Road Race and Fun Run on September 30, 2017
Mayor J.B. Lawrence also read a Town Council resolution recognizing all of the first responders and volunteers from Blowing Rock, the region and from as far away as Idaho and California for their efforts in managing and mitigating the risks from the Horton Fire.
Before Council members went into executive session, Commissioner Sue Sweeting asked Planning Director Rothrock about a demolition schedule for the old hospital property. Mr. Rothrock replied that he expected demolition to start in the near future, but that the contractors needed first to address issues related to asbestos abatement.