Boone ‘surprised’ at Ashe position on access road
by Anna Oakes
Boone Town Manager Greg Young said the town will consult
with its engineer and attorney to consider options as the result of Ashe
County’s refusal to sign a form related to Boone’s water intake project.
“We’re surprised that they’ve taken that position,” Young
A Sept. 24 letter from Ashe County Manager Pat Mitchell to
the N.C. Department of
Public Safety indicated the county would not sign off on floodplain
documents for the project and that the Ashe County commissioners oppose any
portion of an access road for the intake facility crossing into Ashe County.
4 million gallon-per-day raw water intake facility is planned for a 10-acre
site on the South Fork of the New River between Todd and Brownwood in Watauga
County. Plans are to transport the water to Boone’s water treatment plant via a
transmission line along Brownwood Road and U.S. 421.
The deed for the sale of the 10-acre property guarantees the town a 45-foot-wide, 3,000-foot-long right-of-way and easement on adjacent land owned by the Cooper family from the water intake property in Watauga County to Cranberry Springs Road in Ashe County for an access road to the water intake site.
Young noted that the signature required for floodplain
permitting and construction of the access road are separate issues. Contractors
for the town discovered errors in the floodplain maps for the site, and FEMA
requires local governments enforcing floodplain regulations to sign off on any
Young said he would have to discuss the floodplain map issue
and the access road with the project engineer and town attorney.
“Whether or not they’ll permit a road or not permit a road, I don’t know,” Young said. “There’s other alternative ways to get out of the property.”