|Boone Town Council|
Even though these boards have no real authority, the town, for some reason, seems to be afraid that any input that they don't control must somehow be eliminated. Boone apparently changed their rules a while back to "require" the county to hold "public hearings" before they can select their representatives. Setting aside for the moment the issue of whether or not the town can place requirements on the county, why would the town not even bother to notify the county of this new 'requirement'? And, since the county appointments were made and sent to the town over 2 months ago, why didn't the town notify the county that they wouldn't seat these new representatives? It wasn't until the County Commission, at their last BOC meeting, raised the question as to why they had not heard from Boone about these appointments, that Boone met and formulated (with the help of their lawyer) this NEW tactic.
See Kellen Short's article in Watauga Democrat
ETJ residents can not vote in town elections. They have NO say in the formulation of the town rules that govern them nor of the town 'leaders' that control them. The only "representation" they have are the few ETJ
members of the two boards - appointed by the county commission but who have only "advisory" roles. The town has made previous attempts to control who the county appoints to these positions.
The town has also apparently decided that they can require the county to hold public hearings before making their appointments.
Early voting for town elections begin next month. It's time to vote some adults onto the Boone Town Council.
In the meantime, let's hope the county commissioners will seek relief in court. It is also time for the State Legislature to revisit ETJ statutes. When a town has made no move to annex an area for several years and apparently has no future plans to do so, then the town should not be allowed to exorcize their control over that area indefinitely. Or, let ETJ residents vote in the elections of those who govern them!