BLOWING ROCK RESIDENTS HEAR THE CHAMBER’S 2019 STATE OF THE TOWN
The Chamber hosted a State of the Town meeting on August 15th. Speakers included Shane Fox, Town Manager, Charles Hardin, Chamber Executive Director, Amanda Lugenbell, Assistant Director of the TDA and Mayor Charlie Sellers.
If you subscribe to The Blowing Rocket, you can read an article about the meeting by Thomas Sherrill.
Key points of discussion included the state of major projects, like Sunset Drive, Inn at Cornish, 1150 Main Street and Bass Lake sidewalk, adequate workforce, and parking solutions.
The members of the Chamber 2019 Leadership Challenge Program have identified installation of playground bathrooms as their community project. The project is a priority due to school children not being able to get inside quickly due to security protocol, as well as use by community kids, visitors and recreation programs. The project will be constructed in spring 2020, based on a fund raising program of $50,000 and $75,000 from the community.
Another issue Hardin brought up for the future is balancing business growth versus keeping Blowing Rock the same. “It’s hard to continue economic growth without destroying the charm of this place,” Hardin said.
The community will host two Candidate Forums for the Town Council. Mayor Sellers is not opposed and four candidates are running for two open seats currently held by Albert Yount and Jim Steele. The two additional candidates include David Harwood and Ray Pickett. The Civic Association’s Forum is scheduled for 6:15 PM on Thursday, October 3rd at the American Legion Building. The Chamber’s Forum is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 14, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium.