New council members to take office
by Anna Oakes
Tuesday's Boone Town Council meeting will begin with the swearing-in ceremony for new Mayor Andy Ball and council members Jennifer Peņa, Quint David and Rennie Brantz.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers, located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road.
The new council will then vote on the appointment of a council member to serve the remaining two years of Ball's term. Diane Blanks, Fred Hay, Virginia Roseman, Jesse McNiel and Bryan P. Martin have applied for the seat. The council will also recognize outgoing Mayor Loretta Clawson and Council Members Jamie Leigh and Allan Scherlen for their service to the town.
The board will review 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. Town attorney Sam Furgiuele recommends that the amendments be shared with the commissioners prior to formal action by the council to adopt the amendments, according to meeting materials.
The council will also consider the creation of a Board of Adjustment subcommittee to revise the board's rules of procedure.
Furgiuele will also present an amended draft of a proposed license agreement with the Southern Appalachian Historical Association for the use of the town's Daniel Boone Park property. In meeting materials, Furgiuele acknowledged that additional changes to the license are needed and proposed that a license be approved for two months.
"The alternatives are a longer license, extension of the current lease that expired Dec. 31, 2013, or a lapse in the lease while these matters are resolved," Furgiuele wrote.
Public Utilities Director Rick Miller will present a Water Use Committee recommendation to extend the water ordinance -- which governs water allocations -- for another six months.
UDO adoption meeting Monday
Prior to the Tuesday's meeting of the council, the current Boone Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Council Chambers to consider adoption of the revised UDO.