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Originally published: 2012-10-08 14:36:49
Last modified: 2012-10-08 14:36:49

Elk Park Town Hall nears completion

Jamie Shell / (

Progress at Elk Park Town Hall was among the topics discussed at the Monday, Oct. 1, meeting of Elk Park Board of Aldermen.

With the project’s completion tentatively scheduled for later this month, the board discussed the need to select furnishings for staff offices and the main conference room. The board determined that staff members would be responsible for offering preferences for furnishings for their respective workspaces. Mayor John Boone reported that change orders had been sent to Raleigh, approved by USDA and returned to the town. Orders requested include additional rock work at the exterior of the structure, asphalting and fence alterations to the property.

Boone added that he had been in discussion with Mike Estep, who agreed to construct the conference table for the town hall meeting room at a cost of $2,000, and that he commissioned Estep for the work.

The board also discussed the lingering issue of the damage to the fire hydrant at the Bruce King property. Police chief Mike Ellenburg reported and provided evidence that the company that employed the driver responsible for colliding with the hydrant had insurance on the vehicle at the time, but that the trucking company was no longer in business.

The board requested that Ellerburg both write a letter and directly contact the insurance company with the evidence of coverage and report of the accident. The town seeks $2,457.14 to cover materials and labor for handling the damage caused by the event, as well as $975 for the owner’s tree damaged at the property. If the letter and contact provide no assistance, the board agreed to revisit the issue to determine if legal action is necessary.

In other news and notes:

• Cover and grate work completed at the upper portion of town in alleviating water damage and drainage issues. A riser was installed following project work, and NCDOT has agreed to repave area where installation took place. 

• The town is still experiencing problems regarding sufficient power for the town sewer plant and citizens residing around the area. Town maintenance supervisor/operator Otis Ward reported that he is waiting to speak with someone to determine if Mountain Electric’s corporate office in Mountain City, Tenn. can be of assistance to provide more power to that area. 

• Boone reported that the reconstruction of the steps leading from Highway 19E to Lower Street is almost complete. 

• Aldermen discussed the possibility of having a soft drink machine installed on the porch of the new town hall building. Town clerk Connie Guinn was instructed to research price options and discussion ensued regarding whether the town should purchase its own machine and drinks. The board determined more information was needed before an informed decision can be made.

• Boone reported that the new sign for Elk River Falls was ready from Pittman Signs. Discussion took place in reference to whether the new sign should include an image of a train, much as the logo on town trucks does. Boone agreed to check with Pittman Signs for a quote for the addition of the train logo, while alderman Daniel Boone agreed to check with High Country Signs in Newland to acquire a quote for the work. 

• Ward reported that the town’s Dodge truck was smoking badly and a mechanic explained the vehicle needed valve seals. The board agreed to pay for the valve seals to be fixed, in addition to a lingering power steering hose problem.

• Board members were reminded of a required ethics meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Banner Elk Town Hall.

• Aldermen moved to change the meeting time of regular monthly meetings to 5 p.m. beginning in November and running through March. 

• Town of Elk Park will hold its inaugural Trunk or Treat event on Lower Street, and Guinn agreed to coordinate contacts with town businesses to request their support of the event.

The November meeting of Elk Park Board of Aldermen will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at either the temporary town hall on Old Mill Road or the new Elk Park Town Hall.