Town to take part in 10-mile run to honor slain deputy
The 10-mile run will take place on Saturday, June 8. The run will honor the life of Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputy William Mast Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in a shootout in 2012.
The run will begin at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, just west of downtown Boone, and will finish at the Blowing Rock Police Department.
Along the way, the run will pass by the Appalachian State University Police Department and the Boone Police Department.
Organized by a group of ASU students, the run will receive assistance from all law enforcement agencies in the High Country.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Mast’s widow and young son.
In other town council news, the commissioners voted unanimously to:
• Approve the voluntary annexation of a 0.41-acre tract from Joe and Gay Park. The property is located on Goforth Road and is zoned R10S (residential).
• Table a resolution to implement an ordinance to establish standards in the Town Code for walking tours. Currently, there are no regulations for those businesses wanting to provide historic or themed walking tours in downtown Blowing Rock. The council will revisit the matter at its February public meeting.
• Approved an ordinance to revise street right-of-way and cul-de-sac pavement width standards in the Land Use Ordinance. The council also approved a consideration to reduce the required street setbacks in the R-15 zoning district from 40 feet to 30 feet for new subdivisions, especially those in steep slope areas. The revised right-of-way is to create more room for garbage trucks and emergency vehicles.
• Approved amendments to the town’s ordinance regulating for vehicles for hire such as taxis and shuttle vans. The changes to the existing ordinance put the town in compliance with state regulations and note that drivers must be U.S. citizens and must have had background checks submitted to local law enforcement agencies, among other requirements. The move follows a recent request for a permit for a local taxi service.
• Approved consideration of a request from the Blue Ridge Conservancy for an adopt-a-trail initiative for Glen Burney Trail to provide light trail maintenance. The conservancy will be responsible for insurance for its trail volunteers.
• Approved a consideration of a resolution opposing legislative taking of a municipal water system. The move is in solidarity with the town of Asheville, which is currently opposing the taking of its municipal water and sewer system by Buncombe and Henderson counties.
• Tabled consideration of a resolution to support 2013- 2015 state funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The commissioners will discuss the consideration during their retreat, scheduled to take place Jan. 20-22.
It was also announced during Tuesday’s meeting that the town’s land swap with the National Park Service was finally completed, giving the town sole ownership of the town reservoir. The deed was completed earlier this month.
The next regularly scheduled public meeting of the Blowing Rock Town Council will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Blowing Rock Town Hall.