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Originally published: 2013-10-14 12:32:00
Last modified: 2013-10-14 12:32:00

Boone council holds regular meeting this week

by Anna Oakes

The Boone Town Council's regular monthly meeting takes place Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 15 and 17, at 6:30 p.m. both days at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road.

The council will consider an invitation from the Watauga County Board of Commissioners to schedule a joint meeting to discuss appointments of extraterritorial jurisdiction residents to certain town committees.

The council will also discuss the qualifications of Jon Tate to serve on the Planning Commission as an ETJ member. Tate was appointed by the county to serve on the commission in August, but the town has recently questioned whether the county followed proper procedures in appointing him.

Town staff will present a list of maintenance needs for the Daniel Boone Park property.

Last month, the council denied a recommendation by the town's Cultural Resources Advisory Board to fund a cost study of needed improvements at the park, noting that a similar study was conducted in 2007. Instead, the council directed staff to develop a list of short-term maintenance needed prior to next summer.

The council will also schedule a special meeting to review the draft of the revised Unified Development Ordinance. The overhaul of the UDO, which guides development and zoning in town, has been underway since October 2010, and staff have presented sections of the draft to the council, Planning Commission and members of the public at several meetings held this year.

Following the next UDO meeting, a public hearing will be held prior to the council's adoption of the ordinance.

The council will consider approval of a $167,944 one-year contract to McLaurin Parking of Raleigh for management of the town's parking facilities.

The Transportation Committee will present a recommendation to the council to pursue a traffic study for the downtown area.

On Thursday, the council will review applications to serve on the town's Community Appearance Commission, Outside Agency Funding Review Committee, Tourism Development Authority Board, Tree Board and Water Use Committee.

Currently, no items are listed on the agenda to be discussed in closed session.