Commissioners set three public hearings Tuesday
by Kellen Moore
Three public hearings are scheduled for the Watauga County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.
In the first, commissioners will solicit input on an application for Community Development Block Grant money. The county will seek up to $400,000 through the scattered-site housing program and the N.C. catalyst program to rehabilitate houses occupied by very low-income families.
Joe Furman, planning and inspections director, said at an earlier meeting that the catalyst program money will be more difficult to get because that program is highly competitive.
A second hearing will allow comment on proposed amendments to a county ordinance that regulates electronic community access gates. The largest proposed change would create an appeal procedure in which residents opposing a ruling can ask for a hearing with the Board of Adjustment.
The final hearing will allow comment on proposed amendments to an ordinance regulating wireless communication towers in Watauga County. The proposed changes would affect a small section of the ordinance that ensures that wireless towers are designed according to the American National Standards Institute, the N.C. Building Code and National Electrical Code.
The regular meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and the public hearings at 6 p.m. The meeting is held on the ground floor of the Watauga County Administration Building at 814 W. King St.
The commissioners’ agenda also includes:
— A proposal to posthumously rename a portion of N.C. 194 for Ed Yates, a community leader and former employee of the N.C. Department of Transportation who was instrumental in the construction of several local roads.
— Acceptance of a $91,629 grant for two years of adult drug court programs, which requires a $30,543 county match to be provided through ABC bottle tax revenues. The county plans to contract with the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center starting Oct. 1 to administer the program.
—Acceptance of additional state funds for senior centers.
— A proposal to designate U.S. 421 as a strategic highway corridor, a Board of Education request for lottery money, sanitation matters, a tax report and other items.