May 10, 2016

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Town of Blowing Rock Town Council Regular Meeting
1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
May 10, 2016
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

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) Update
Speaker:  Lee Carol Giduz, Executive Director BRAHM

Broyhill Foundation Donation
Speaker:  Curt Andrews, Blowing Rock Appearance Advisory Commission Chair

CONSENT AGENDA

Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

  1. Budget Ordinance Amendment to Account For Various Items

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    Consistent with actions at previous Council meetings and their financial impacts, the related budget ordinance amendments have been prepared for Council approval.

  2. Tax Refunds and Releases

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    Various tax adjustments over time become apparent and present themselves in the form of requests for releases (adjustments) ad refunds.  Two tax releases totaling $2,282.78 and $314.99 and two tax refunds totaling $2,282.78 and $314.99 have been identified for Council approval.

  3. High Country Half Marathon Date of Saturday August 27, 2016
  4. Speaker:  Jennifer Brown, Parks and Recreation Director

    The High Country Half Marathon organization has requested to hold their 6th annual road race on Saturday, August 27, 2016 beginning at 7:30 from Kidd Brewer Stadium at ASU.  The route through Blowing Rock will go from 221 to Clark Street, then on to Laurel Lane, up Wonderland Trail, and end at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve.  This is the same route that has been used for the past 5 years.

    Any items removed from the consent agenda will be discussed during this portion of the agenda.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 

  1. Conditional Rezoning 2016 – 01 (R-15 to CZ-CB, Central Business) – Nelson Storie

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    Nelson Storie is requesting a conditional rezoning of his property from R-15, single-family to CZ-GB, Conditional Zoning - Central Business due to proximity of the Central Business zoning district. The 0.36 acre property is located at 1516 Main Street and has been a retail floor covering business since 1967. The property is further identified by Watauga County PIN 2807-85-5546-000.  Mr. Storie proposes to restrict uses of the building to a retail floor covering business and other low volume traffic generating businesses including the sales of large appliances and furniture.  At the April 21, 2016 meeting, the Planning Board made a recommendation to approve the conditional rezoning with conditions.  Any person wishing to comment on the above items may do so during the public hearings or by sending written comments to Sharon H. Greene, Town Clerk, PO Box 47, Blowing Rock, NC, 28605 prior to the Council meeting. 

  2. CUP 2016 – 01 First Baptist Church
  3. Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    The First Baptist Church is requesting a conditional use permit to construct a porte cochere on the east side of the church. The subject property is zoned CB, Central Business and is further identified by Watauga County PIN 2817-07-5755-000.  At the April 21, 2016 meeting, the Planning Board made a recommendation to approve the conditional rezoning with conditions.  Any person wishing to comment on the above item may do so only during the public hearing, as sworn testimony is required. 

DISCUSSION AGENDA

  1. Facility Naming Policy

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    Staff has prepared a Facility Naming Policy for Council consideration.  The purpose of a Facility Naming Policy is to establish consistent yet flexible guidelines for the naming of Town owned and/or Town maintained facilities including buildings, structures, parks, recreations areas, trails, streets, and municipal buildings.

  2. Ice House Renovation Bid Award and Rental Process
  3. Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    Staff has requested bids from general contractors for renovations to the historic Ice House located at 140 Maple Street.  Once renovations are completed, the plan is to make the building available for lease.  Staff has outlined a bid recommendation and a process to identify potential tenants for Council consideration.

  4. Presentation of the Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017
  5. Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    Fiscal Year 2017 begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017.   The Recommended Budget will be online for review following the Council meeting on May 10, 2016.  Worksessions on the budget are currently planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday May 24, 25, and 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  A public hearing on the budget is planned during the Council meeting on June 14, 2016 prior to Council consideration of adoption.

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.

ADJOURNMENT

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