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Visitors to town hall will find Mayor John Boone at work in his office or outside working on various outdoor projects to benefit the town. Photo by Jamie Shell



Originally published: 2012-11-28 15:19:45
Last modified: 2012-11-28 15:19:45

New Elk Park Town Hall facility open for business

Jamie Shell / (jamie.shell@averyjournal.com)

Following a process dating back at least three years, Elk Park officially moved into its new Town Hall on Monday, Nov. 19.
The process began with a pre-construction meeting with contractors, architects and USDA on March 5, which, ironically enough, marked the 127th anniversary of the establishment of the town.
"We are open for business and invite folks to come by and visit the facility," said Mayor John Boone.
According to Boone, there were few surprises in the building of the facility, but he admitted one surprise that he and the town's board of aldermen did not expect.
"I were a bit surprised by the number of steps required by the government and rules to follow to build the building," Boone explained. "What a lot of people don't understand is all the procedures that have to be followed. There is a process you have to go through. It's thorough and the process has to be completed in proper order. You can't go from point A to point C."
The completion of the Town Hall building was a joined effort of the town, USDA, Wishon and Carter Construction from Yadkinville and Appalachian Architects, P.A. in Boone. Boone praised the efforts of everyone involved and was thankful for the assistance they provided through the nine-month construction process.
"We could never have accomplished this on our own. USDA assisting us with a $96,000 grant went a long way in making the project a reality," Boone added.
Boone and town clerk Connie Guinn expressed satisfaction with the finished facility, and were quick to note that the building is not for them, but rather, for the people of the town.
"The building turned out better than I figured it would. I'd like for people to come by and visit to see the new building," Boone said. "I think Elk Park's citizens will be pleased with the building. This isn't a town hall just for us, because this place will be here 100 years from now. This is the people's town hall, and I hope people are proud of the town hall. People are welcome to come by anytime, and we'll be happy to show them around the place."
Town of Elk Park plans to hold an open house in the coming weeks, and will soon be adding something unseen in a town hall in Elk Park for several years: A Christmas tree, donated courtesy of Elk River Evergreens.
Elk Park Town Hall is located at 169 Winters Street, and is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). For more information, call (828) 733-9573.

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