The Boone Town Council has authorized the town to apply for a US Department of Agriculture Community Facilities loan for the the Howard Street Improvement Project.

The Watauga Democrat reports the council voted unanimously August 15th to apply for the loan, which will help fund improvements that include burying of utility lines, water and sewer upgrades, storm drainage, paving, bike lanes, crosswalks, on-street parking, mid-block crossings, streetlights, landscaping and other streetscape enhancements.

According to the report, the town has also applied for a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the project.

Boone Town Council has also approved the renaming of another street.

South Water Street from Rivers Street to King Street, will be renamed Burrell Street, in honor of a slave who reportedly was the first to lead Daniel Boone across the Blue Ridge Mountains into the area to hunt on the land of Benjamin Howard.

The Council earlier approved the renaming of a section of Hunting Hills Lane between State Farm Road to the South Fork New River bridge — to Martin Luther King Jr. Street.