May 12, 2015 

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Town of Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting
1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
May 12, 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. 

Consent Agenda

Speaker: Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

  1. Resolution Agreement Regarding Collection of Occupancy Taxes From Online Travel Companies

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    A resolution agreement has been prepared between various Online Travel Companies to begin remitting occupancy taxes due to Watauga County and the Towns of Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Seven Devils, and Blowing Rock for the time period beginning after April 20.  

  2. Recognition of Additional Donations for the American Legion Building Renovation Project

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    The Blowing Rock Community Foundation initially contributed $5,000 for the project, and subsequently another $10,000 was contributed by the Foundation in support of the project.  Albert Yount has also contributed $11,543 for the kitchen renovation in memory of his wife. These funding sources are being recommended for official recognition and appropriation to the project to fund additional siding on the rear of the building, paving to support storm water flows, kitchen renovation, and other minor changes identified as the project nears completion.

  3. Painting the Old Fire Rescue Building

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    To help protect the exterior and improve the overall appearance of the former Fire Rescue Building located on the corner of Park Avenue and Wallingford Street, staff recommends contracting to paint the building.  This will include the side facing the American Legion Building, the back facing the tennis courts, and the molding around the overhead doors on the front.  Sales tax revenues this fiscal year are trending better than budget, and it is recommended that $3,000 of that revenue be recognized and appropriated to Maintenance/Repair Government Buildings.  The goal is to have this painted by the time the American Legion Building Renovation is complete at the end of May.  

  4. Budget Ordinance Amendments to Account For Various Items

    Speaker:  Nicole Norman, Finance Officer

    Consistent with actions at previous Council meetings and the financial impacts of those included on this agenda, the related budget ordinance amendments have been prepared.  In addition, capital project closeout budget adjustments associated with the final audit from fiscal year 2014 are included.

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

  1. Conditional Rezoning From Single Family to General Business CZ 2015-01

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    Wes and Angela Carter are requesting a conditional rezoning of their 0.22 acre property located at 114 Skyland View Drive (formerly the Blowing Rock Church of God).  The proposed uses would be restricted to 1) single family home 2) home occupations 3) office with associated sales.  The Planning Board recommended approval at their meeting on April 12 with the additional recommendation that signage for the property be limited to 24 square feet.

Discussion Agenda

  1. Foggy Rock Restaurant Minor Amendment CUP 2010-03

    Speaker:  Kevin Rothrock, Planning Director

    A minor amendment has been requested to enclose the existing deck.  The enclosure is proposed to match the recent improvements with weathered oak barn siding and metal roofing. This change will not require any additional parking based on the size and the number of seats on the existing deck.

  2. Bid Award and Appropriation for Storm Water Repair at Intersection of Sunset and Cornish

    Speaker:  Doug Chapman, Town Engineer

    Three bids have been received for the repair scope of work which includes removal of several failing culverts, installation of new culverts along the stream, surface stabilization, pavement repairs and stream restoration.  Staff recommends a bid award to M&M Construction of Banner Elk in the amount of $31,625. 

  3. Presentation of the Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2016

    Speaker:  Scott Fogleman, Town Manager

    Fiscal Year 2016 begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 20, 2016.   The Recommended Budget will be online for review following the Council meeting on May 12, 2015.  Worksessions on the budget are planned for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday May 18, 19, and 20 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 9, 2015 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 scheduled.



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