TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA: Hat trick on transportation in March meeting

TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA: Hat trick on transportation in March meeting
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By David Rogers. March 12, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Blowing Rock’s Town Council will look at transportation through town from not one, not two, but three different angles Tuesday night at the regular March meeting at Town Hall in Blowing Rock. Mayor Charlie Sellers’ gavel falls to call the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

This month’s parley between members of the Board of Commissioners and Mayor is not expected to take nearly as long as the February marathon, which was convened at 5:30 pm and continued past midnight, including the closed session and re-convening.

Transportation Issues

  1. STREET SIGNS. The lightest item on the agenda when it comes to transportation is the single item under Old Business: Valley Blvd. Mast Arm Signage. The Council is expected to approve the lowest bid for the signage, $5,723.94 by 4S Sign & Supply of Gaffney, South Caroliina.  The bid is to provide street signage on the signal light mast arms for S. Main St., N. Main St., Valley Blvd., Skyland Dr., Sunset Dr., Shoppes on the Parkway, Westview Drive and Possum Hollow Rd.
  2. RESOLUTION. Under New Business, Commissioners will have an opportunity to demonstrate their support, or not, for the larger region’s sustainability initiatives when Dr. Harvard Ayers, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Appalachian State University and co-chair of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition asks the Town Council to adopt a resolution calling for North Carolina and the United States to a establish a transition from a predominantly fossil fuels-based economy to 100% clean renewable energy for all energy sectors economy by the year 2050 or sooner. The resolution warns of climate catastrophe if fossil fuels are not phased out and lists the many different organizations and individuals who are part of the coalition.  The resolution concludes, “…Human-induced climate change can only be stopped by phasing out fossil fuels, which cause greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide and methane.”
  3. SPEED. Also on the agenda under New Business, Police Chief Tony Jones will present information on the cost of various speed and traffic control technologies, presumably intended primarily for Valley Blvd. Included in the costs listed as $5,225 are various radar, software, violator strobes, power supplies, and other related equipment. It is unclear from the agenda information whether the Commissioners will be asked to approve or decline purchase of the equipment.

The only Public Hearing on the agenda Tuesday evening is for a proposed amendment to the Town’s Solid Waste Ordinance. As noted in the information packet, the amendments appear to primarily effect premises not served by dumpsters, including new time limits on when trash containers may be placed at the curb, when the containers must be returned to the premises, types of enclosure bins, and other changes.

No information is provided in the agenda as to the content of the Manager’s Report, but the only other noteworthy agenda item is the Council’s recognition of departing volunteer board members, acknowledging their contributions.


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