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Originally published: 2014-03-04 11:19:06
Last modified: 2014-03-04 11:19:06

Cultural board OKs SAHA repair plans

by Anna Oakes

Boone's Cultural Resources Advisory Board on Monday voted to recommend authorization of repair plans at the Daniel Boone Park amphitheater and an extension of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association's license of the town-owned property.

The board also agreed that SAHA should receive priority over other license-holders during the rehearsal and performance season for its outdoor drama "Horn in the West," which runs from June to August.

SAHA submitted a Feb. 22 report to the town of Boone's Cultural Resources Department detailing plans for structural repairs and its requested dates and times for use of the property.

"It seems to me they have essentially delivered the information we asked for," said Frank Mohler, Cultural Resources Advisory Board chairman.

SAHA proposes to demolish the amphitheater's PIT building -- which houses the electrical service for a number of lights and other structures -- after determining that roof replacement would be too costly.

SAHA also proposes to stabilize the rear palisade wall and stage left wall by placing additional light poles along the structures and replacing two existing poles. In addition, SAHA said a licensed electrician has agreed to donate labor and materials to repair unauthorized rewiring conducted at the site.

The SAHA board estimated the cost of repairs to be between $3,000 and $18,000 based on different scenarios for repair, including the potential donation of materials and labor from New River Light & Power and Watauga County. The organization is not seeking money from the town to assist with the repairs.

SAHA's report also outlined the locations of the park it planned to utilize on various dates throughout the year for festivals, fundraisers and other events, but Cultural Resources Director Pilar Fotta suggested that SAHA apply for separate licenses or special event permits for those events when details are finalized.

The Boone Town Council will consider the board's recommendations at its regular monthly meeting later this month.