By David Rogers. December 9, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — December’s regular meeting of Blowing Rock’s Town Council on Tuesday, December 10th, will usher in a small change to the composition of the Board of Commissioners with the installation of newly elected David Harwood. Outgoing Commissioner Jim Steele will receive special recognition for his many years of service, then Harwood and incumbents Albert Yount and Mayor Charlie Sellers will take their respective oaths of office. Other formalities include the board’s internal election of its Mayor Pro-Tem. CLICK HERE to review Blowing Rock News’ recent editorial about this issue.
Formalities out of the way, the Board of Commissioners will get down to business. The most prominent agenda item is a public hearing on a conditional rezoning application for the vacant Main Street parcel between El Rincon and the Blowing Rock Inn. The Winkler Organization is requesting a change from CB (Central Business) to CZ-CB (Conditional Zoning-Central Business). If approved, Winkler would construct a 12-room hotel on what was at one time the site of the Blue Ridge Motor Court.
Winkler’s plans were unanimously approved at the November 21st meeting of the Blowing Rock Planning Board. CLICK HERE to review Blowing Rock News’ coverage of the Planning Board meeting.
Little opposition is expected, however Blowing Rock News anticipates that a controversial and, according to our sources, misunderstood landscaping or greenspace requirement will again be raised as part of an objection.
Under Business Matters, the Board will discuss and presumably decide on the date and location of its winter retreat.
In addition, they are scheduled to discuss and decide upon Blowing Rock’s council representative on the TDA Board, as well as a representative on the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee. Commissioner Sue Sweeting has been the Watauga County Municipal Representative for the past two years, but the term is set to expire on December 31st. High Country Council of Governments has requested that a Town Council member from Blowing Rock or Seven Devils serve in that capacity. According to a memorandum penned by Blowing Rock Town Manager Shane Fox that is included in the Town Council meeting packet, The Town of Seven Devils has formally declined to fill the position. The memo states that reappointment is possible.
Of potential special interest early on Tuesday night’s agenda is a presentation by local resident Sam Hess titled, “The Community Initiative for Memorial Park.” There is no information in the agenda packet about the presentation, but it is believed to be about the Town prospectively making improvements to the playground facilities in Memorial Park.
The Consent Agenda includes a request for the annual Mayview Madness benefit race (in benefit of Blue Ridge Conservancy) to be run on Saturday, September 26, 2020 and a budget amendment brought forward by Finance Officer Nicole Norman for various items.