April 14, 2015 

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Town of Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting
1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
April 14, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Call To Order

Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Approval Of Minutes

Special Recognition 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.

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.  One tax release and refund totaling $159.65 has been identified for Council approval.

  2. Resolution Declaring Surplus Property and Authorizing Disposal

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    Various items that are no longer in use have been identified for disposal including the metal stairway and platform to the former fire and rescue building and the former siren used by fire and rescue.  The resolution declares these items surplus and authorizes their sale via electronic auction.

  3. Budget Ordinance Amendment to Account For Various Items

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    Consistent with actions approved at previous Council meetings as well as other accumulated items that have occurred thus far during the fiscal year, various related budget ordinance amendments have been prepared.

  4. Blue Ridge Relay Date of Friday September 11, 2015

    Speaker:  Jennifer Brown, Parks and Recreation Director

    The Blue Ridge Relay Organization would like to once again this year utilize the Blowing Rock pool parking lot and restrooms as a runner exchange zone between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.  The group had a low impact on the pool parking lot and restrooms last year and the entire area was kept clean and was well taken care of.

Public Hearings (Council may take action on each item following each respective public hearing)

  1. Amendment to Land Use Code – Exception for Residences with Accessory Apartments in R-15 and R-MH

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    A draft ordinance has been prepared to provide an exception to the nonconforming section of the Land Use Code that would allow the expansion of the principle residence on current nonconforming properties only.  This amendment would not change the fact that accessory apartments are not allowed in R-15, which is the single-family zoning district.  This amendment would only affect those properties with existing accessory apartments that are considered “grandfathered” by the ordinance, and would allow them to improve their principle residence.  This amendment would not affect the rental status of nonconforming accessory apartments or anything related to short-term rental activity.

  2. Amendment to Sign Ordinance – Highway 321 Corridor with Posted Speed Over 35 miles per hour

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    For the area along Highway 321 with a  posted speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour, the Planning Board is recommending that column and ground mounted signs have the same regulations in this corridor with the sign area limited to 60 square feet, sign height to 10 feet, sign structure height to 12 feet, and sign length to 12 feet. These limits are for single tenant signs.  For multi-tenant signs in the over 35 mph corridor, the sign area could increase to 65 square feet, sign height to 13 feet, and sign structure height to 14 feet.

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

An executive session will be called.

Adjournment

 

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