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Originally published: 2013-07-12 10:01:54
Last modified: 2013-07-12 10:02:38

Boone requests records from county

by Anna Oakes

The town of Boone has submitted a request to county officials for documents related to the sale of the old Watauga High School property, the county's change in sales tax distribution and Watauga County commissioners Chairman Nathan Miller's threat to sue the town.

The public records request, submitted to County Manager Deron Geouque in June, seeks records created or received by any county commissioner, officer or employee during the past three years related to:

1. the county's sale of the old high school and any offers or counter-offers; the propriety of Commissioner Perry Yates to participate in decisions related to the sale; and any records related to any conflict of interest any commissioner has or might have with respect to the sale of the property;

2. the decision to change the sales tax revenue distribution method, including any record relating to the effect upon any other entity, including any record involving any communication with Blowing Rock, Seven Devils, Beech Mountain relating to any arrangement to return money to Watauga County; and

3. Miller's threat that he or the county was considering a lawsuit to challenge any aspect of the legality of the town of Boone's multi-family housing standards.

In addition, the town requested a copy of every document provided to the Watauga Democrat by the county or any commissioner, county officer or county employee since March 1, 2013.

Boone's closed session agendas in May and June indicate the Boone Town Council is considering legal action against Watauga County. The stated purpose of closed session discussions added in May and June was to consult with the town attorney "to consider and give instructions concerning the handling or settlement of a claim or judicial action against Watauga County."