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...and Boone Still Wants Mediation PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:15

The Town of Boone by letter this afternoon, rejected the circumstances of a meeting to resolve their differences over new Boone housing standards, standards that will kill the $19 million sale of the old Watauga High property. Town Manager Greg Young responded within the hour to the county's offer, still maintains that mediation behind closed doors is legal and proper, and asked the county to take that action. Watauga County Manager Deron Geouque's letter to Boone Town Manager Greg Young still maintains the county's position of an open meeting in front of public and press as opposed to the town's desire for closed mediation. The town had offered four possible dates for meeting, those in today's letter as well, beginning Tuesday, and Geouque's letter indicates that Tuesday at 5:30 would be their choice--the day before the due diligence period ends on the sale of the property. The Boone Town Council holds their second regularly scheduled meeting tonight, and there may be a further response to the county at that point.  The county voted Tuesday to send a letter to the state to change the sales tax distribution in the county, a move that would cost the town $2 million annually, county commission chairman Nathan Miller saying that the move was to help the county recover some of their loss from what is anticipated as the cancelled sale of the old high school and the devaluation of the property due to the Boone Town Council action.

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