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Originally published: 2014-01-20 12:08:05
Last modified: 2014-01-20 12:08:51

Towing, manager search, stormwater on Boone council agenda

by Anna Oakes

The Boone Town Council will discuss the process for hiring a new town manager, including the possible selection of a consultant, at its regular monthly meeting this week.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 21 and 23, at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road.

Town Manager Greg Young -- who has held the position since October 1991 -- late last year informed the council of his plans to retire, and the council voted in December to set his retirement date as Dec. 31, 2014.

The council is slated to discuss the matter following a closed session discussion on Thursday, according to the meeting agenda.

The council on Tuesday will also revisit the issue of towing services -- a matter the board discussed in 2012 and early 2013 following several citizen complaints. The meeting materials state that the council could vote to authorize additional amendments to the ordinance related to towing in the town's Municipal Code.

"There have been some recent events involving nonconsensual towing which needed to be brought to the attention of the town council, particularly as they relate to certain possible revisions to the Municipal Code," a memo from town attorney Sam Furgiuele said.

The council will hear a presentation of the town's annual audit report and will consider adoption of a $48,000 annual contract with Capital City Strategies, a Raleigh lobbying firm. Both agenda items are planned for Tuesday's portion of the meeting.

McGill Engineering will present a report on stormwater and flooding issues in town on Thursday.

The council voted in October to request that town staff present a report on the current status of the town's stormwater facilities and what other communities have done to address stormwater problems. The vote followed a recommendation by Councilman Rennie Brantz to form a stormwater management task force, but council members said they wanted to hear from staff before forming such a group.

In closed session on Thursday, council members will discuss the qualifications and conditions of initial employment of a prospective employee, will consider and give instructions concerning the handling of a claim against the town and will hear reports concerning investigations of alleged criminal misconduct.

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