Neighbors helping Neighbors – Blowing Rock Food Pantries

Please take a few minutes to watch this incredible and uplifting story about our local food pantries and the impact of neighbors helping neighbors during this difficult time for all.

The video was produced and funded by the Blowing Rock Civic Association with a matching grant from the Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.

Time to Renew your Membership

Dear Homeowners,

COVID 19 has gripped our personal and public lives, but we must continue to advocate for changes that affect the future of our village.

You should have already received a membership renewal with a progress report through March 2020. Thank you for continuing to support the Blowing Rock Civic Association.
Since March, we have worked to end the 14 Day Quarantine for residents concurrent with the Governor’s plan, reviewed the FY21 Town budget and reviewed the Planning Board work plan that is focused implementing the Valley Boulevard Vision recommendations from the community.

Your board of directors reviewed and set our short-term priorities that we think are achievable given the limitations we face:
1. Set a vision for West Main Street
2. Advocate to upgrade EMS Services
3. Set a vision for restoration of the New River and extension for Middle Fork Greenway.

In addition to these 2020 priorities, our Advocacy Plan includes a long-term goal to eliminate the contentious Condition Use Permit that does not allow the Council to communicate or worse not consider input from the community. We believe that all citizens have a stake in significant projects in the village, not just developers. The Town should eliminate Conditional Use Permits and choose Conditional Zoning Permits as the best process insure significant projects respect and preserve the village.
Together we can be a unifying voice for the homeowners of Blowing Rock.

If you have not already yet sent your membership, please consider sending today. Memberships start at $55. Many choose to raise support to $100 or $500 and we are fortunate to have support at levels between $500 and $2,000.
Please mail your checks to Blowing Rock Civic Association at PO Box 2471, Blowing Rock, NC, 28605 or submit on our website at https://www.brcivic.org/become-a-member/

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Rock United Relief Fund

Please take a few minutes to watch this incredible and uplifting story about the Rock United Relief Fund and the impact of neighbors helping neighbors during this difficult time for all.

https://youtu.be/-5uSTQ0bGpw

The video was produced and funded by the Blowing Rock Civic Association with a matching grant from the Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.

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County Quarantine & CARES Funding

Dear Friends of Blowing Rock,

Quarantine Vote & CARES Funding
The County Commission meets tonight at 5:30 to vote on lifting the County’s additional quarantine and short-term rental restrictions in order to follow the Governor’s data-driven plan for re-opening the state. The Town of Blowing Rock has scheduled a special meeting on May 22nd to consider the County’s decision.

We recommended that the County and the Town follow the Governor’s plan and lift the quarantine when the Governor lifts the Stay-at-Home order.

Larry Turnbow is our County Commissioner representing Blowing Rock. You can contact him at Larry.Turnbow@watgov.org.

The County was awarded $1.2M from the Federal CARES Act, but unfortunately the County chose to allocate only $21K to Blowing Rock and the other small towns while allocating $200K to the hospital and $600K to the County Health Department.

I bring this to your attention as another example of the small amount of funding returned to Blowing Rock taxpayers who pay about $4.1M annually in property taxes to the County. The big county expenditures that benefit Blowing Rock are for our school and EMS services.

The County’s proposed budget includes only $12K for Davant Field, no money for our SRO officer that the Town funds, and no expansion of EMS services that are badly needed in Blowing Rock to protect the health of our residents.

Fortunately, we have a local EMS team who can be on site quickly until the County ambulance and team can arrive from Boone. The fairness and lack of motivation to address this risk is embedded in a private contract for EMS services for the County. The logic is flawed but the economics of the contract prevail to the detriment of our residents and taxpayers. Our local EMS team is highly qualified and covers the Caldwell County portion our of Town, but they cannot provide the Town of Blowing Rock full services due to the County’s contract with a private provider.

The Town requested additional EMS coverage based on a clearly documented needs-based case study and a more favorable formula for our sales tax allocation. Neither have been addressed.

Staying safe depends on each of us learning to manage our personal risks.

Tim Gupton
President

Lift the Quarantine Order – Follow the Governor’s Plan

May 9, 2020

Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners,

Please read the letter below requesting that the Town Council schedule a meeting to vote on lifting the Quarantine Order concurrent with the Governor’s plan and timeline to lift the Stay at Home Order at the beginning of Phase 2 which may be May 22nd.

We requested the Town Clerk read the second letter at the beginning of the May 12th meeting.

We believe that County and Town should follow the Governor’s data-driven plan and timeline to re-open the state. The Town has independent authority to lift the Quarantine Order on homeowners and should do so for the reasons stated in the letters below.

The Council chose not to address the topic at the upcoming meeting on May 12th, so we sent the second letter to request that the Council schedule a special meeting to debate and vote on lifting the order before May 22nd.

You can watch the upcoming remote meeting on May 12th at 6 pm by accessing the meeting via this link: http://www.townofblowingrocknc.gov/meetings

If you wish to share your views with the Mayor and Town Council, you can email them and the Town Manager at the following addresses:

Mayor Charlie Sellers – csellers@tobr.us
Mayor Pro-Tem Sue Sweeting – ssweeting@tobr.us
Councilman Albert Yount – ayount@tobr.us
Councilman Doug Matheson – dmatheson@tobr.us
Councilman David Harwood – dharwood@tobr.us
Councilwoman Virginia Powell – vpowell@tobr.us
Town Manager Shane Fox – sfox@tobr.us

Please ask the Town Clerk to Read this Letter dated May 9th at the May 12th Meeting

May 9, 2020

Dear Mayor Sellers, Mayor Pro-Tem Sweeting, Council Members Hardwood, Matheson, Powell & Yount and Town Manager Fox,

On May 8th, we requested the Town Council include an agenda item for your meeting on May 12th to address additional County Quarantine and Short-Term Rental Orders that impact the local citizens and lodging owners, but the topic was not included in the agenda. A copy of that request is below.

We are focusing this follow-up request and communication on the Quarantine Order that affects our homeowners. Others can address the short-term rental restrictions affecting lodging owners.

In their May 5th meeting, the County cited support by the Town of Blowing Rock to extend the Quarantine Order an additional 2 weeks after the Governor lifts the Stay at Home Order. The citizens of Blowing Rock have not had the benefit of hearing your views in a public forum or communication.

We believe that the Town should follow the Governor’s data-driven plan and timeline and not add additional restrictions that are at a minimum very confusing to the public and citizens.

Homeowners returning their homes in Blowing Rock are a lower risk group who are traveling from one Stay at Home location to another. We should use this window to allow for an orderly return before the short-term rental tourists return and respectfully welcome our homeowners as citizens, not as higher risk tourists.

The Town should focus on managing the risks of the higher risk group of day tourists who have already returned, not the homeowners. Surrounding counties and towns are following the Governor’s plan and timeline, so we can expect additional day tourists from surrounding areas. The Town obviously need to provide bathrooms and supervise appropriate social distancing.

You have the authority to set restrictions for Blowing Rock that do not follow the County.

Therefore, we request that you schedule a meeting as soon as possible to vote on lifting the Quarantine Order when the Governor lifts state-wide Stay at Home Order. If you choose to wait on the County to re-evaluate the Quarantine Order at their May 19th meeting, then we suggest that you schedule a meeting now to be sure there is an appropriate window of time to vote if the Governor decides to commence Phase 2 on May 22nd.

Respectfully,

Tim C. Gupton

Tim C. Gupton
President
Blowing Rock Civic Association
235 Meadow Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
919-418-8555

Lift County Quarantine Order

April 24, 2020

Honorable Members of Watauga County Commission,

I am writing on behalf of the board of directors of the Blowing Rock Civic Association to recommend that you cancel the Quarantine Order for homeowners concurrent with commencement of Phase 1 of the Governor’s data-driven decision to begin lifting restrictions.

We understood the initial need for a 14 days quarantine to reduce the risk of importing the virus and to assure the adequacy of regional healthcare resources to treat virus patients.

We now believe the time has come for lifting the restrictions on all homeowners and begin welcoming back our seasonal residents. Seasonal residents present a low risk of importing the virus since most are couples who have been under Stay at Home Orders for weeks prior to arrival and who are as likely to be concerned about managing their own risks going forward due to their age demographic.

Your decision to lift the quarantine will remove a major barrier for seasonal residents who are concerned about managing their needs during the quarantine period. Seasonal homeowners also provide the foundation for our economic base in Watauga County and Blowing Rock by paying a substantial portion of our property taxes and supporting our local businesses and charities. The local economy will be unnecessarily impacted if residents delay their return.

Currently, we have “essential workers” and tourists driving in and out of our Town who present a much higher risk than homeowners who will abide by Stay at Home rules. Managing these risks present to you a more difficult challenge than managing the risks of homeowners, but homeowners will continue to be treated as a higher risk than others if you leave the Quarantine Order in place.

We understand your decision should be data-driven as the Governor has indicated in laying out his three phased recommendation, so do not think that our recommendation does not respect your role to protect the health and safety of our residents. We believe by following the Governor’s plan you can lift your more restrictive orders starting with the Quarantine Order.

Thank you for considering our recommendation.

Tim Gupton
President
Blowing Rock Civic Association
https://www.brcivic.org/

Welcome Back

Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners,

Spring has sprung in Blowing Rock!

The community is looking forward to your safe return.

We are all hoping to return to a “normal” or a “new normal” life as soon as possible.

I have been getting calls almost daily about returning to Blowing Rock, especially to ask about the Quarantine Order.

You should be aware that there are two levels of restrictions still in effect. The North Carolina governor issued a Stay at Home Order and Watauga County has issued a more restrictive Quarantine Order requiring all returning resident to self-quarantine for 14 days at your property. The purpose of the more restrictive order is to limit the risk of importing the virus and to protect the ability of our small healthcare system to care for patients.

The 14 day quarantine can be managed easily by bringing food and prescriptions with you supplemented by delivery of food by local restaurants and grocery stores. Neighbors are also helping neighbors as well by making runs to the grocery store and sharing all of extra cooking we are doing during this time. I included links below for local businesses and Publix to access some of the resources.

There is talk and speculation about “opening up” but no one is sure when or how that will be implemented. Our local businesses and their furlough employees do need our help. First of all they need us to spend money locally now and as they reopen. Secondly, I would encourage you to consider helping to meet the immediate local needs that I have described below.

Once you arrive, you will experience the impact much more than in your larger cities. The good news is that you will experience a desire to help because you know these people and you can directly help those in need. It is not like sending money off to a national relief organization. You can help locally.

Most all of the local service employees have lost their jobs, so the families who live paycheck to paycheck are hurting the most. Our two local food pantries are experiencing unprecedented demands. We have two food pantries located in Blowing Rock – Blowing Rock CARES at Rumple and Casting Bread at Faithbridge that are meeting the local needs in Blowing Rock and even around the county. Please consider a cash donation or contacting the food pantry to determine the need for food donations. For example, I contacted Blowing Rock CARES and learned that they have a need for cans of fruit and bags of rice.

Business owners are facing little to no revenue. Our hotels have no revenue, the retailers may have some limited online revenue or sales by appointment and some restaurants may have 10% to 15% of their normal revenue by offering pick-up and delivery.

The Village Foundation established the Rock United Relief Fund to provide small grants up to $5,000 to local businesses to help them survive and recover with their personal sacrifices and savings and Federal funds that have already “run out”. I am serving on the review and interview committee and I am inspired by our local entrepreneurs who make our small town the vibrant village we love. Imagine Blowing Rock without our fine retailers, restaurants or hotels. We rely on the businesses for our quality of life and should consider helping them in this devastating time. I have provided a link below for you to consider offering support. Many have stepped up with small and large contributions, but the need is great. So, please consider making a contribution to the Rock United Relief Fund.

Stay safe, optimistic and generous!

Tim Gupton, President
919-418-855

RESOURCE LINKS

Publix Grocery Delivery – InstaCart
https://delivery.publix.com/store/publix/storefront

Local Businesses and Restaurants with Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wE9TWKCNUgNgpTWakX4ZvdCyYxeWEv2fxmaArScPW9c/edit#gid=0

Local Food Pantries
Blowing Rock CARES – Rumple Church
http://blowingrockcares.com/wordpress/
Casting Bread – Faithbridge Church
http://www.faithbridgeumc.org/casting-bread-food-pantry.html

Rock United Relief Fund
http://villagefoundationofbr.org/rockunitedrelieffund

Support our Local Restaurants – Take Out Available

Dear Friends of Blowing Rock,

The Blowing Rock Chamber and TDA worked together to make a list of local restaurants, their new operating hours, and take out options.

You can find the information below and from this link – https://blowingrock.com/covid-19-information/

You will also find a list of retailers open on this site.

It’s so important we support our neighbors during this time!

The following Blowing Rock restaurants are offering take-out! Hours may vary or change depending on staffing and operations.
Bistro Roca
828-2955-4008
143 Wonderland Trail
12-8 pm Wed-Mon
Take out or delivery! Online ordering from website or Facebook
Follow on Facebook for updates

Blowing Rock Ale House
828-414-9600
152 Sunset Drive
11:30am-8pm Thurs-Sun
Open for carry-out food and beer. Call to order. Can include 6-packs or growlers with order!
Follow on Facebook for updates

Blowing Rock Market
828-414-9322
990 Main Street
9am-6pm daily
Deli orders to go. Call-in or order online!
Follow on Facebook for updates

Camp Coffee
828-372-2070
921 Main Street
7am-6pm daily
Order coffee to-go. Online orders for whole bean coffee available.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Chestnut Grille at Green Park Inn
828-414-9230
9239 Valley Boulevard
8-9:30am Mon-Fri & 7:30-10am Sat-Sun (breakfast), 5-9pm Fri-Sat
Offering to go orders for breakfast and limited dinner menu.
Follow on Facebook for updates

El Rincon
828-414-9784
870 Main Street
10am-5pm Fri-Sat, 10am-3pm Sun
Offering take out, curbside pickup, and free delivery within 5 miles!
Follow on Facebook for menu and updates

Foggy Rock
828-295-7262
8180 Valley Boulevard
11:30am-8pm Mon-Sat
Offering take out and curbside pickup with a limited menu.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Mellow Mushroom
828-295-3399
946 Main Street
11:30am-8:30pm daily
Offering take out orders from the full menu. Online ordering available!
Follow on Facebook for updates

Moon Thai Sushi
828-414-9905
7179 Valley Boulevard
11:30am-3pm & 4:30-9pm daily, open til 9:30pm Fri & Sat
Pick up orders available, full menu on website

New Public House
828-295-3487
239 Sunset Drive
11am to 8pm daily
Special menu with family meals available. Free to-go kids’ breakfast every day. Curb-side pick up, local delivery available.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Outback Steakhouse
828-295-6283
8280 Valley Boulevard
4-8pm Mon-Thur, 4-10 pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-8pm Sun
Order online or call in order, curbside pickup and delivery available.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Papa Joe’s Italian American Restaurant
828-295-3239
8062 Valley Boulevard
Open daily
Carry out available
Follow on Facebook for updates

Restaurant at Gideon Ridge
828-295-3008
202 Gideon Ridge Road
Tues-Sun
Serving take-out, call to order by 4pm the day before pickup. Menu on website.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Ridgeline
828-414-9922
8960 Valley Boulevard
11:30am-9pm Fri & Sat, 10am-9pm Sun, 11:30am-4pm Mon
Carry out available
Follow on Facebook for menu and updates

Savannah’s Oyster House
828-414-9354
155 Sunset Drive
11am-9pm daily
Family meals for 4-6 people, plus full menu to go. Curbside pickup and free delivery available.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Six Pence Pub
828-295-3155
1121 Main Street
11am-10pm daily
Offering menu for take out, plus bottled beer & wine.

Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop
828-295-9819
922 Main Street
12-8pm, Thurs-Mon
Full menu plus bottled beer & wine. Online ordering for curbside pickup!
Follow on Facebook for updates

Subway
828-295-7827
8433 Valley Boulevard
10am-7pm daily
To-go service, order online or at the counter.

Sunny Rock
828-414-9636
8146 Valley Boulevard
8:30am-1:30pm Mon-Sat
To go and curbside service with a limited menu. Gift cards available for later visits.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Town Tavern Blowing Rock
828-295-7500
1182 Main Street
11am-9pm daily
Offering take out. Details on Facebook about loyalty program.
Follow on Facebook for updates

Twigs Restaurant
828-295-5050
7956 Valley Boulevard
5:30-9:30 pm Tues- Sun, open til 10pm Fri & Sat
Curbside pickup orders for full menu. Delivery available for Blowing Rock area
Follow on Facebook for updates

Woodlands BBQ
828-295-3651
8304 Valley Boulevard
12-7pm, Wed-Sun
Full menu except Mexican & Appetizers available for carry out.
Follow on Facebook for updates

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LETTER FROM OUR TOWN MANAGER TO OUR TOWN

DATE: March 21, 2020
FROM: Shane Fox, Town Manager, Blowing Rock, NC
RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Local Efforts

To our beloved Blowing Rock residents, businesses, and stakeholders,

I am writing to you today to provide an update regarding COVID-19, as well as to highlight the plans in place in our community to address any local implications of this virus.

Watauga County, App HealthCare, the Town of Blowing Rock, and neighboring jurisdictions, have been preparing for emerging infectious diseases for many years. While COVID-19 is a new virus, the coordination, communication efforts, and infrastructure around our public health preparedness is firmly in place.

To date, there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. App HealthCare is receiving regular updates from NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on this rapidly evolving situation. The department is in regular contact with key town officials and Appalachian Regional HealthCare to discuss status reports, directives, and messaging for the community. In addition, your Town Manager is participating in daily conference calls hosted by App HealthCare, which offer updates and guidance for County school officials, municipalities, and other stakeholders in the community.

Following direction from Governor Roy Cooper and State officials, the Town of Blowing Rock will be making several changes to Town programs, activities, and access to municipal buildings in an effort to keep residents and Town employees healthy and safe.

Blowing Rock Police Officers and the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Department will continue to respond to emergency calls for service. If you have an emergency, dial 911 and officers will respond as always. For non-emergency Police calls please dial 828-295-5210.

Blowing Rock Town Hall: Beginning on Monday, March 16, there will be no public access to Town Hall until further notice. All Town Hall staff will continue to work and will be available to respond to any questions and provide services by email and phone by calling 828-295-5200. We have our administrative staff answering calls and offering assistance during normal business hours.

A locked drop-box is also located in front of Town Hall where payments and other Town Hall correspondence may be dropped off. This box is checked regularly each business day.

Planning and Zoning will continue to work and provide service via phone calls, emails, and appointments as needed. Please call 828-295-5200.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, commercial trash pick-up will be on Wednesday only. Residential trash pick-up is on schedule as normal.

Blowing Rock Water Treatment Plant and the Blowing Rock Waste-Water Treatment Plant will continue operations as normal. All Staff are present as normal. Streets Department is working on rotating schedules and are present for issues and repairs that arise.

Effective on Saturday, March 14, the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Department will postpone all programs, classes, rentals and events until further notice.

Local Restaurant and Business Support: Dine-in service at all restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops is suspended; however, many restaurants are offering take-out or delivery options. Town Partners at the Chamber and TDA have developed resources to help support these restaurants through their websites.

https://blowingrock.com/
https://www.blowingrockncchamber.com/home

The community is also encouraged to Shop Local. Many stores are offering pick-up and delivery options and more plans will be shared in the coming days. Resources to support local businesses are also available on the town websites.

Churches:

Our Town Churches are here for support and assistance:

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian -Kathy Beach
828-295-7675
Pastorrumple@gmail.com

St. Mary’s of the Hills Episcopal – Andrew Hege
828-295-7323
rector@stmaryofthehills.org

Blowing Rock Methodist – Michael Brown
828-372-7009
mbb4567@yahoo.com

First Baptist of Blowing Rock-Rusty Guenther
828-295-7715
rusty@firstbaptistblowingrock.com

Statewide Information:

Governor Roy Cooper and state officials issued new orders for all communities in North Carolina that include:

• Restricting all gatherings to 25 people or fewer (this includes civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, and venues like fitness centers, private clubs, and theatres)

• Temporarily eliminating all on-premises dining at bars, restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments and allowing take-out options ONLY (grocery stores are exempt from this order to allow people to purchase food and supplies)

As of March 19, an Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard issued by the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, states that “seating areas of restaurants and bars constitute an imminent hazard for the spread of COVID-19.” Restaurants shall close all seating areas immediately and bars are directed to close immediately. Restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through, and delivery to ensure food is available while maintaining social distancing. Restaurant staff are not permitted to serve patrons indoors or in the outdoor seating area, and all areas of North Carolina are subject to mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines. If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is not permitted pursuant to the Order of Abatement.

• Closing all public and private schools

Guidance on Social Distancing:

Public Health officials agree that social distancing – keeping people as physically separate as possible – can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve” to limit the numbers of cases of infection on any given day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detailed resources for our community.

1. Refrain from interacting with vulnerable groups or individuals – grandparents, chronically ill; immune compromised.
2. In public, avoid touching things that have been touched by many others – doors knobs, push buttons, credit card machine buttons, etc. If you must use a high touch object, wash hands immediately.
3. Don’t go to necessary places like grocery stores during high peak hours; remain at least 6 feet away from others when shopping or in lines; use delivery services if possible.
4. Opt for activities that allow you and family members to keep distances from others. For parents, this means not allowing playdates; not allowing students who are out of school to congregate together in large groups, both inside homes and outside.
5. Stay at home as much as possible. Businesses and employers are encouraging people to work from home. Look for ways to stay in contact with others by phone, social media, online meeting platforms and other remote technology.

Please continue to be vigilant in following the restrictions in place; remind children, teens and young adults to adhere to these restrictions; and check on neighbors and those who may be frail, vulnerable, lonely or feel isolated.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

Mental Health:

Visit the App HealthCare website for Mental Health resources and regular updates.
https://www.apphealthcare.com/

Help and information regarding Coronavirus is also available by calling North Carolina 2-1-1.

The Town of Blowing Rock is focused on the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens, staff, and families. Town staff and officials appreciate the many individual, grassroots, and outreach efforts offered to residents as we all work together to protect our community. Thank you for your understanding as we work through these difficult times.