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Commissioner Reo Griffith

Originally published: 2013-04-02 16:00:15
Last modified: 2013-04-03 10:47:17

Incubator issues

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Newly elected commissioner Reo Griffith continued his criticism of Economic Development Director Bret Gardella and the proposed incubator project at several points during the regularly scheduled Avery County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, April 1, in spite of warnings from fellow commissioners that he was breaking meeting protocol and defying state law by doing so.
The conversation began with the introduction of a public hearing regarding the commissioners authorizing expenditure of funds to hire an architect in regard to A.C. P.R.I.D.E.
Commissioner Chairman Kenny Poteat introduced the hearing by noting a letter provided by David Patrick Moses offering to donate his own time to study the structure and provide a site plan and other architectural services.
“To demonstrate our belief in the growth of Avery County and to help expedite the project and the Town of Banner Elk submittal process, we would be willing to donate our time through the requirements of the conditional use permit,” Moses offered in a letter dated March 26.

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