Getting the Ball rolling
by Anna Oakes
Andy Ball replaced Loretta Clawson as mayor following eight years with Clawson at the helm.
Returning Councilman Rennie Brantz and newcomers Jennifer Pena and Quint David also began new terms on the council. District Court Judge Greg Horne administered the oaths of office.
"I know that Andy's going to do a great job serving the town of Boone," Clawson said. "Thank you so very, very much for the support you've given me," she said, addressing meeting attendees.
The council voted to appoint Fred Hay, an Appalachian State University professor, to the council to serve the remaining two years of Ball's vacated term. Hay, a registered Democrat, was among five applicants for the vacant position. He has served on the Boone Board of Adjustment for 14 years.
The council then voted to elect Rennie Brantz as mayor pro tem.
Town attorney Sam Furgiuele presented draft amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance related to appointments of extraterritorial jurisdiction representatives to the Boone Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission developed after a Nov. 20 meeting with the Watauga County Board of Commissioners on the matter.
Under the draft proposal, citizens would have a month to apply for vacant ETJ positions on the two boards. The council would then adopt a resolution requesting that the Watauga County Board of Commissioners appoint a qualified person to the position and directing the town clerk to forward the names of applicants and those the council recommends for appointment to the commissioners.
If the commissioners fail to make an appointment within 90 days after receiving the resolution, the appointment power would return to the council.
The council agreed to send the draft amendments to the commissioners for review prior to adopting them.