DBDA holds annual meeting
by Anna Oakes
Members of the Downtown Boone Development Association on
Thursday heard updates about a number of projects and issues affecting
About 30 people attended the annual membership meeting of
the DBDA, which is required to be held by the organization’s bylaws.
DBDA Board Member Jason Berry provided an update of the organization’s finances.
DBDA administers downtown (Municipal Service District) tax revenues for
promotional activities and physical improvements in coordination with the town
of Boone’s downtown coordinator. The DBDA also raises private funds for various
said the exact MSD fund balance amount from the 2011-12 fiscal year would not be
available until the town of Boone’s audit is complete but said it is
approximately $89,000. The MSD budget for fiscal year 2012-13 is $112,436.
“We’ve been able to save a substantial amount of money to be
used toward some of the projects that will be discussed later tonight,” Berry
in other DBDA accounts are $28,296.99 in the DBDA operating account; $18,824.69
for the Doc Watson sculpture project; $3,134.29 for public art; and $26,440.92
for the Appalachian Theatre project.
Members were asked to approve new appointments to the DBDA
Board of Directors. DBDA members can act as voting proxies for other members
not present at the meeting.
DBDA membership appoints six members to the DBDA board of directors, and the
Boone Town Council appoints six other directors.
DBDA’s proposed slate of appointments include reappointments of Doe Ridge
Pottery owner Bob Meier and current DBDA President Dempsey Wilcox to terms
expiring in 2015 and the appointment of Appalachian Law Center’s Robb Olsen to
fill the a term vacated by Sam Ratchford that expires in 2013.
Harmon’s Dixie Pride owner Brad Harmon, whose one-year term
expired this year, has been reappointed to a three-year term on the board by
the Boone Town Council. Sheri Moretz, public relations specialist for Mast
General Store, was also appointed by the council to a three-year term,
replacing outgoing board member Janet Mahala.
New board officers will be elected at next month’s board
Officials and volunteers provided updates on the Appalachian
Theatre restoration effort; the formation of a Cultural Resources Board to
manage the Jones House and other town cultural facilities; and planned downtown
Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson said the restoration of the
downtown Boone post office, which the town purchased in 2009, is expected to be
complete in February 2013.
“We never have any complaints about purchasing the post
office,” Clawson said.
Mast General Store owner John Cooper said the capital
campaign for the Appalachian Theatre restoration project is currently in the
“We’re seeking gifts of $25,000 or more,” he said.
For more information about the DBDA, visit http://www.downtownboonenc.com or call (828) 262-4532.