January 13, 2015

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Town of Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting
1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
January 13, 2015
6:00 p.m. 

Call To Order

Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Approval Of Minutes

Special Recognitions And Reports

Highway 321 Valley Boulevard Construction Update
Speaker:  Kipp Turner, Maymead Construction
This brief presentation is planned for each regular Council meeting to provide the public with an update regarding the project activities accomplished in the prior month, those planned for the coming month, and an update regarding current expectations of the overall project timing and completion.

Recognizing Council Member Doug Matheson
Speaker:  Mayor J.B. Lawrence
Doug has achieved the “Master” designation by completing a variety of training and education requirements as part of the Local Elected Leaders Academy as administered through the UNC School of Government

Resolution Recognizing Judy Burns
Speaker:  Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Consent Agenda

Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

  1. Tax Releases and Refunds

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    Various tax adjustments over time become apparent and present themselves in the form of requests for releases (adjustments) and refunds.  Five tax releases totaling $1,786.99 and two tax refunds totaling $793.80 have been identified for Council approval.

  2. Section 125 Flexible Spending Account Resolution #2015-01

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    The Federal Government has approved a $50 increase in the total allowable employee contribution to the health savings account from $2,500 to $2,550 effective January 1, 2015.  In order for the Town’s plan to incorporate this change, a resolution has been prepared for Council approval.

  3. Budget Ordinance Amendment to Account For Various Items

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    Several business items requiring budget ordinance amendments have been consolidated for Council approval and include an unemployment reimbursement ($13,910), recognition of a donation from Ginny Stevens for the purchase of a display case at the Police Department ($2,000), recognition of a donation from the Blowing Rock Chamber Foundation for winter lights ($1,057), and the Blackberry Utility System purchase as approved at the Council meeting in December ($10,000).

  4. Resolution To Support NC Clean Water Grant Request for the Middle Fork Greenway

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    The Middle Fork Greenway Association (MFGA) has requested that the Town of Blowing sponsor a grant request from the NC Clean Water Division in the amount of $171,300 to support construction of 1,935 feet of the greenway along the Chestnut Ridge property being developed by the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The MFGA has agreed to raise the funds necessary to provide the matching requirements and to perform the majority of the associated work.

  5. Declaration of Surplus Items To Prepare For Sale on GovDeals

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    Items to be declared surplus include two public works trucks being replaced this year, the old pool cover no longer being used, and various old chairs that are no longer needed.  Once declared surplus, the items will be posted for sale online through the government sales website www.govdeals.com as has been done with items previously declared surplus by the Town of Blowing Rock.

Public Hearing

Action may be taken on the Public Hearing item following the public hearing.

  1. Appalachian Ski Mountain Related Sign Ordinance Amendment (2015 – 01)

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

Discussion Agenda

Any item pulled from the consent agenda will be discussed at the end of this portion of the agenda.

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.

Executive Session

Executive session will be called.



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