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Boone Town Council, Jones House Look for Agreement PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 07:12

Improved communication and clarity of responsibilities were the themes that emerged during a joint meeting of the Boone Town Council and Jones House Advisory Board last night at the Jones House. This meeting was scheduled several months ago in response to confusion, frustration, and some tension that had developed between these two bodies

following the Council’s decision to locate the Downtown Boone Development Association’s office in the Jones House. Beth Carrin, president of the Jones House Advisory Board and Cherry Johnson, Executive Director of the Jones House, began the conversation by sharing a draft of the duties of the Board with Council members. Town Council attorney, Sam Furgiuele, advised that documents describing the Advisory Boards duties along with the contractual arrangements among the Town of Boone, the Jones House Advisory Board, and the Watauga County Arts Council were unclear and needed improving. He indicated that improving these documents should lead to less confusion about the Advisory Board’s duties. Several members of the Council and Jones House Advisory Board agreed that better communication among the two entities and clearer policies should reduce misunderstandings and improve working relationships. After much discussion about how to accomplish these goals it was decided by Council to ask the Jones House Advisory Board to develop a list all activities with which they are currently involved plus what they hope to do in the future for presentation at the February Council meeting, according to Town Board member Jamie Leigh, "We asked the committee to come back with a list of the things they currently work on and would like to work on in the future so that we can have future discussions and get that clarified." The Council will use this list to help develop improved guidelines for the Advisory Board. They will then reconvene with them in March for further discussion. Jones House Advisory President Carrin also reflected positively on what she felt was accomplished by the meeting, "I think this will be something that will really be beneficial to the town and to the community and to the Jones House."


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