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Originally published: 2013-02-05 14:50:36
Last modified: 2013-02-05 14:50:36

Building project closure, flagpole among Elk Park BOA issues

Jamie Shell / (news@averyjournal.com)

Elk Park Board of Aldermen announced that its town hall building project officially closed on Jan. 15, according to Elk Park Mayor John Boone. The project, which began on March 5, 2012, was a partnership between the town and several agencies, including USDA, Wishon and Carter Construction and Appalachian Architecture P.A. The town celebrated the conclusion of the project with an Open House on the day of closure.
Boone added that the project’s work is under a one-year warranty, and that a problem has been discovered with a leaking sink in the kitchen. Aldermen Joel Whitley suggested the town should contact Wishon and Carter to determine who installed the sink and secure proper repairs from the responsible party.
Aldermen also picked up its conversation from its January meeting about considering the installation of a flagpole on the town hall premises. Aldermen agreed to purchase a 30-foot architectural grade bronze flagpole, because of its ability to withstand harsher wind and weather conditions. Officials also agreed to purchase two flags, one of which a five-foot-by-eight-foot United States flag and the other a four-foot-by-six-foot North Carolina state flag. The pole will be installed at the front of the facility adjacent to the handicapped ramp leading into the building. The total cost for the materials will cost approximately $2,200.
In other news and notes:
• Utilities supervisor Otis Ward reported that the bed has yet to be installed on the town’s dump truck by Lift Bodies from Wilkesboro due to delays associated with the recent holiday season.
• Halogen lights have been installed at the town’s sewer plant and have helped with lighting at the facility.
• Aldermen discussed the logo for the town and the integration of an elk in conjunction with Elk Park Falls. The board discussed asking a local business to draw a sketch that would be a combined representation of both items. The matter was tabled to be revisited at the March meeting.
• Alderman Mike Smith discussed the need for railing on the right portion of the handicapped ramp of the new facility. The board discussed finding Trex railing that matches the railing already installed. Board members felt the new rail would serve the dual purpose of safety for elderly visitors to the facility, as well as a safeguard preventing children from exiting the town park.
• Alderman Daniel Boone suggested the town look into purchasing bumper stops at the front portion of parking spaces at the front entrance to the town hall, as he and others have noticed a number of visitors pulling vehicles up onto the sidewalk area when they park. Aldermen agreed to look into the issue and discuss the matter further at its March meeting.
Boone also suggested that the board consider adding a piece of equipment at the playground in the town park, as well as consider purchasing Christmas lights for the town, since many are currently on sale following the holiday season.
• Elk Park Police Chief Mike Ellenburg reported that he had heard no further information from Indiana authorities regarding the fire hydrant accident on the King property in town that occurred last year. Ellenburg reported that the trucking company had declared bankruptcy, and the board is increasingly confident that the likelihood of recouping any funds in damages or responsibility for the incident is slim.
The March meeting of Elk Park Board of Aldermen will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at Elk Park Town Hall.