Wednesday October 11, 2017
Friends – The following are important matters covered by the Blowing Rock Town Council at last night’s meeting:
1. There is reason to believe that at long last Blowing Rock will be the location for a county emergency ambulance and crew, at least part time. Watauga County Commission Chairman John Welch was present for the meeting to verify that this issue will be decided at the county commission meeting in Boone next Tuesday evening 10/17/2017. Meeting starts at 5:30 P.M. at Commissioners Board Room at 814 W. King St. in Boone.
2. An excellent plan by Virginia Tech for development of grounds adjacent to the American Legion Building was adopted by the council in order to initiate the process of obtaining grants to fund recommended improvements including establishing an attractive pedestrian walk on Park Avenue.
3. An excellent top of the line landscaping plan was presented by experts from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for Valley Blvd. (the widened highway 321 through Blowing Rock). This plan, designated by the NCDOT as their Landmark Plan, was approved by the council. Work on this plan will begin immediately.Estimated completion date for the landscaping is early 2019. The town will take over maintenance responsibility for the landscaping in 2020 at an estimated cost of $ 2500 to $ 3000/month. The NCDOT will bear all expenses of the landscaping done and a year of maintenance before turning it over to the town.
Please be sure to attend Thursday night’s community meeting with candidates for Blowing Rock mayor and council starting at 5:30 P.M. at the American Legion Building 333 Wallingford St. in downtown.
Blowing Rock Civic Association