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Originally published: 2013-01-22 17:12:48
Last modified: 2013-01-22 17:12:48

Banner Elk park expansion project under way

Jamie Shell / (

During its Monday, Jan. 14, meeting, Banner Elk Town Council reported that it had accepted the low bid of Eggers Construction on grading and trail work to commence its park expansion project.

Town manager Rick Owen reported that the approval from the town took place on Jan. 10, and that Eggers has 90 days to complete the work. Town staff has accomplished some pre-construction work, including setting up temporary fencing and trench digging.

Owen added that TVA has given a donation of $1,500 to the town to be applied to the town expansion project.

Council set a number of public hearings during the course of the meeting, scheduling the hearings for its February meeting.

The council will receive input from community members regarding a fencing ordinance amendment clarifying the distance from a right-of-way or easement for the placement of a fence, an ordinance amendment regarding political signage, an ordinance amendment regarding the conditional use of breweries, wineries and distilleries within the town and an ordinance amendment in reference to tree protection and preservation.

Council tabled a pair of items, including a revised travel policy for ABC store representatives and discussion regarding Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, until its February meeting.

In other news and notes:

• Council approved a resolution of support for funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. According to reports, North Carolina General Assembly established the fund in 1996, but has reduced funding for CWMTF by 78 percent since 2010, and the limited funding for CWMTF has left 88 percent of 2012 critical local needs unmet. The goal is for the General Assembly to reconsider its funding amount for the fund. Banner Elk has received three grants from CWMTF totaling more than $400,000.

• Owen reported that the table for council chambers is near completion, but needs to have the town seal installed on its front. 

• Council approved a resolution opposing legislation that provides for the forced acquisition of a municipal water system. The resolution was proposed by North Carolina League of Municipalities in response to the demand by Buncombe County that the City of Asheville turn over its municipal water system to county control.

The next regular monthly meeting of Banner Elk Town Council will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at Banner Elk Town Hall.