- Written by Steve Frank
Town of Boone officials will have a wary eye on a committee meeting in Raleigh, set for 5 this afternoon, with the fate of Boones powers to regulate development in the extraterritorial jurisdiction district on the line. Senator Dan Souceks bill S865 has passed the senate and is set for action in the house committee on government this afternoon, Mayor Andy Ball wondering out loud about the reasoning behind the senators bill at last Thursdays town council meeting, To me, Im not getting the reasons from Senator Soucek or Representative Jordan on why its Boone. I hate for it to be the normal reason which is politics. Councilwoman Lynn Mason also asked why, saying The standard line that is heard is that Boone abuses their ETJ authority, yet when weve asked for specifics, the most specific we received was the view shed. And the public has been very supportive of protecting our view shed. And she said They talk about property rights, but its one-sided. Its not about the property rights of these current property ownersand they have a lot to lose. Councilwoman Jennifer Pena said, Mr. Soucek purports to be taking care of the needs of the people of Boone and hes not. And she said, I think its predatory behavior on Mr. Souceks behalf. Mayor Ball asked for citizens to contact representatives on the committee to express themselves on the bill. Senate Bill 865 is Souceks second attempt to end ETJ powers for Boone, and has a week for action before the end of the short session, set for Friday.