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Originally published: 2012-11-15 12:16:19
Last modified: 2012-11-15 12:16:19

Banner Elk Town Council revisits funding request process

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Banner Elk Town Council discussed the process and timing for interested parties to request funds from the town during its Monday, Nov. 12, meeting. 

Council debated several options in dealing with the issue, including asking applicants to fill out paperwork by a particular deadline with the council making the financial decisions during a monthly meeting or possible budget workshop, accepting applications and distributing funds throughout the year until the designated budget amount is depleted, to whether council has an obligation to designate funds that can be pursued by applicants altogether.

After discussing the multiple options, council decided to review the form used last year for fund application to ensure that the appropriate required information is included, then further discuss the matter at its December meeting.

In other news and notes:

• Town Manager Rick Owen reported that the town police department had an offer to purchase its 2003 Dodge Durango as a surplus vehicle via online auction. Because the price was greater than $2,000, council members had to approve the sale. Council moved to sell the vehicle at the amount of $2,047.

• Owen reported that the building that houses Banner Elk Police Department has a leaking roof. When made aware of the leak, Owen informed council members of the matter. Council discussed the merits and drawbacks of having a metal roof installed, and following a period of discussion moved to replace the current roof with a metal roof before winter at a cost up to $14,000.

• Owen reminded council of the discussion during its October meeting regarding new members needed for the Preserve America Committee. Council discussed a number of potential candidates, and following discussion approved Donna Dicks, Gail Draughon, Brenda Lyerly, Kimberly Tufts and Penny VonCanon to the committee. Owen also added that one additional individual is needed to sit on the committee and encouraged anyone in the town wishing to do so to contact Banner Elk Town Hall.

• Following a public hearing on the issue, council moved to rename the street on the LMC campus currently named Buena Vista Way to Lees-McRae Drive by a 3-to-2 vote, with affirmative votes from Councilmen Alan Bolick, David Lecka and Robert Tufts and dissenting votes by Councilwoman Gail Draughon and Councilman Charles VonCanon.

• Owen informed council that the town hopes to sign the contract on the grading work for the park expansion project with M and M Construction this week.

• Owen informed council of the upcoming High Country Municipal Association meeting, to be held this Thursday, Nov. 15, at Seven Devils. He also reported that there was a fire on Sunday, Nov. 11, that consumed approximately 10 acres of property inside town limits in the area between Crooked Creek and The Farm.

• Town of Banner Elk will hold its holiday parade and lighting of the park on Friday, Dec. 7.The December meeting of Banner Elk Town Council will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at Banner Elk Town Hall.