During the Blowing Rock Town Council retreat last week, the possibility of paid parking downtown was discussed.

The Watauga Democrat reports downtown Blowing Rock parking spaces are free for up to three hours, although not always enforced. According to the report, council will seek opinions on improving downtown parking. Blowing Rock Police Chief Aaron Miller will soon make a presentation on potential changes to downtown parking. There was also a suggestion of raising the parking fine, which is currently $10.

Also discussed was beginning parades earlier in the day, possibly closing Main Street the night before a parade to keep the road clear of vehicles, and using barriers to keep children from running into the street.

During the retreat the council voted on a number of items to create a top ten list of potential goals and changes for the year, including new water-release valves and improved water storage vaults, replacing Memorial Park playground equipment, adding sidewalks to North Main Street and Clark Street, the Broyhill Lake Dam replacement; and adding crosswalks at the intersections of Main Street and Sunset Drive and U.S. 221.

There will also be an inquiry with state legislators about increasing the Blowing Rock mayor's term from the current two years to four years, similar to most towns in the state.