December 08, 2015 

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Town of Blowing Rock Town Council Regular Meeting
1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
December 8, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Call To Order

Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Approval Of Minutes

Special Recognitions And Reports

Recognition of Outgoing Council Member Dan Phillips
Speaker: Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Swearing in of New Council Members
Speaker: Sharon Greene, Town Clerk

Mayor J.B. Lawrence
Council Member Albert Yount
Council Member Jim Steele

Selection of Mayor Pro Tem 
Speaker: Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Resolution to Recommend Naming of the New Chestnut Ridge Facility Bridge  
Speaker: Mayor J.B. Lawrence

Highway 321 Valley Boulevard Construction Update
Speaker: Kipp Turner, Maymead Construction

Upcoming Board and Commission Appointment Process
Speaker: Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

Consent Agenda

Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

  1. Budget Ordinance Amendment to Account For Various Items

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    Several budget ordinance amendments have been consolidated to account for various items including donations to the Town from the Blowing Rock Community Foundation ($3,000) for the purchase of a Golf Cart for the Police Department, and from the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock ($2,500) and the Blowing Rock Community Library ($500) to support the Christmas and winter lighting program.

  2. Surplus Equipment Resolution

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    From time to time various pieces of equipment or office furniture are no longer needed.  Council is authorized to sell personal property by electronic auction upon adoption of a resolution.  At this time, the 58 chairs formerly used in the Council Chambers have been identified as surplus. 

  3. CUP 2015-04 Moody Building Renovation – Parking Update

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    The originally approved Conditional Use Permit required that 2 of the newly built parking spaces on the project site be reserved as public parking given that two spaces on Sunset were being removed to provide access to the site.  This specific provision was not discussed in detail during either the Planning Board meeting or the Council meeting in which it was approved.  Given that a total of 21 new spaces are being constructed with the project, and that this total is providing 14 more spaces than required by the Town Code, the requirement of having two of them be reserved for public parking has been identified for removal.

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

No public hearings are currently planned.

Discussion Agenda

  1. Presentation of the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Audit

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    The Fiscal Year 2014-2015 financial statements for the Town of Blowing Rock have been completed and approved by the North Carolina Local Government Commission.  Representative Jason Carpenter of the accounting firm Combs, Tennant, and Carpenter, P.C. will present audited financial statements to Town Council.

  2. Landscape Buffer Width Considerations

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    Council recently asked that the landscape screening standards in the Land Use Code be evaluated for possible modification.  The Planning Board has reviewed the screening standards using two recent cases that requested waivers of the standards.  After reviewing the respective ordinances, the Planning Board has recommended that the existing standards remain and that future waiver requests continue to be reviewed on a case by case basis.

  3. Sidewalk to Bass Lake Federal Grant Process Approval For Next Steps

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    The Town of Blowing Rock has been notified that the Federal Lands Access Program grant associated with constructing the sidewalk from Main Street along the north side of Highway 221 to Bass Lake has been selected to move forward to the next step in the approval process.  That process includes the completion of a Memorandum of Agreement.  Once the memorandum of agreement has been completed and reviewed by all parties, it will be brought back before Council for approval.  

    Any items removed from the consent agenda will be discussed during 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 is not currently planned.



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