Blowing Rock Town Council met last week and swore in new members.

The Watauga Democrat reports for the first time in eight years, Jim Steele will not serve on the council.

David Harwood, Albert Yount and Mayor Charlie Sellers were sworn in during the meeting, and Sue Sweeting was voted to be the new mayor pro tem.

At the meeting, Steele thanked the council and said it was a joy to serve.

Among items taken up by the new council, a unanimous approval of the conditional rezoning of the former Blue Ridge Motor Court property in the 800 block of Main Street, which includes the construction of a 12-room hotel on the site.

The council decided to have the January retreat in town instead of Asheville, and heard a proposal to improve and refurbish Memorial Park.