POST – Message from your President
Friends & Neighbors
I am looking forward to leading our organization with the help of a very capable board of directors and your support. Please visit our website at www.brcivic.org/board-of-directors/to view the recent addition of the bios for our board of directors.
The Civic Association is a strong voice for Homeowners just like the Chamber is a strong voice for Business. We strive to independently determine the facts of key issues to assure decisions are made with all the facts on the table and to advocate for Homeowners.
Unfortunately, the community has not been unified for the first six months of 2019 and our Civic Association has been under attack as we try to advocate for Homeowners. The Public Hearing on changes to the Land Use Code for Downtown and the Public Hearing for the Rainey Lodge Project divided our community.
My #1 priority and commitment is to work with our community leaders and stakeholder organizations to bring us together to develop solutions for issues that have divided our community.
I believe it is time that we acknowledge the lack of unity on the re-development of our downtown business districts, especially Main Street, and begin a process to bring the community together.
The key question is “How do we protect our historic village while amending our Land Use Code to encourage compatible re-development?”
I have begun meeting with community leaders to build relationships to address this issue and others and continue to attend Town Council and Planning Board meetings. If you attended our annual meeting, you met our new Town Manager, Mr. Shane Fox. He is committed to open communication and we are looking forward to his leadership.
Please watch for an update of our Communication & Action Plan to refresh and share our goals and recommended action steps.
Mark your calendar for our Candidates Forum on October 3rd at the American Legion Building. Mayor Sellers does not have a challenger and four candidates are running for two seats on the Town Council. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.
Homeowners pay 85% of property taxes, but most Homeowners do not vote in Blowing Rock. You vote with your pocketbook but not at the ballot box. Elections are won usually by less than 50 votes. Many of you have a choice where you vote. Please consider changing your voter registration to Blowing Rock where YOUR VOTE COUNTS. Please evaluate your ability to register to www.ncsbe.gov/voters/registering-to-vote.
Finally, I want to hear directly from you on issues of concern. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 919.418.8555. We are evaluating a survey tool to solicit your opinions on key issues, so stay tuned.