This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's Another Boone Miracle!!!

Wishes DO come true~! 

 Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson - "I would love to have a sidewalk to my house" (From HCP article 6/13/12)
 

Is anyone surprised that sidewalks are now being built in her neighborhood? Funny how priorities are set!

From Jeff Templeton:

Dear Fellow Citizens,
Have you ever seen something wrong and thought, “somebody should do something about that?”  Well, I have reached that point with regards to sidewalks in Boone. For years I have seen college students and other pedestrians walking in the streets on Meadowview Drive, and wondered, “why are there no sidewalks?”  More recently, I noticed that the Town of Boone is working to install sidewalks from the intersection of Shadowline Drive up State Farm Road towards the Mayor’s House.  I drive this road daily and have yet to see anyone, much less the Mayor, walking up the steep grade.  Then, this past Saturday, while driving on Leola Street (the road in front on Wal-Mart), I came across a lady pulling a grocery cart and dodging traffic.  She had to pull her cart into the mud on the side of the road to avoid being hit by the passing cars.  I stopped to speak with her and found out that she was Mrs. Eunice Buchberger, a retired employee of ASU who currently lives in Bavarian Village.  Her daughter was ill and unable to take her to the grocery store, so she decided to walk the ¼ mile from her apartment on Meadowview Drive.   This was my breaking point.  I can no longer quietly stand by and watch sidewalks being built in locations where they are not needed.  I tried speaking with Boone Town Council Member Lynne Mason about this issue since she is on the committee that makes the decisions about where the town builds new sidewalks.  But I do not believe that she shares my concerns.  Ironically, Mrs. Mason campaigned on the theme of a “walkable community” in Boone.  So I am asking for help from the hundreds of citizens who live in the following apartment complexes along Leola Street, Greenway Road, and Meadowview Drive; Cedar Creek, Sommerset, College Place, Bravarian Village, Meadowview, Lloyds Manor, Tamarack, Boone Docks, Ivy Drive, Amerleigh Way, and the Greenway Trailer Park.  Please contact Mrs. Lynne Mason directly at Lynne.Mason@townofboone.net and let her know that sidewalks need to be built along the well-worn mud paths that line the roads around town, especially along Leola Street, Meadowview Drive and Greenway Road.
Sincerely,
Jeff Templeton

 

 

7 comments:

NewGuy said...

Boone has money for lawsuits against a developer who wanted to build a medical office on a piece of property zoned for it.

They have money for a movie theatre, for a housing study that they didn't use when they made a decision that they knew better than the market place what type of housing a developer should develop, etc. etc. etc.

Apparently they aren't too concerned with funding what they want funded. They can afford to stifle development; tie up new projects for years and to place obstacles in the way of any businesses that want to locate here.

Probably part of their complacency is the fact that the county allocation of sales tax revenue if biased in favor of the town of Boone. Perhaps, if the County Commission, would allocate sales tax revenues between the municipalities and the counties in a way that didn't unfairly favor Boone, then Boone might take a more enlightened approach to generating more tax revenue thru encouraging development!

It's time for our BOC to reexamine this issue!

Doug said...

The Boone Town Council is famous statewide for their totalitarianism. Every action they take is heavy handed and self-serving:

As NewGuy points out, Mayor Clawson spends $250,000 of taxpayer money to fight an urgent care facility near her home.

Council spends over $100,000 on lobbyist to fight a state bill that would do away with Boone’s ETJ.

Mason has her Hospitality House annexed into Boone City limits.


The Boone Art’s Council is dissolved because Boone Council members don’t like Art Council board members.

However, the balance of power may be shifting. The current Council has made just about every Boone resident mad. On top of that, the Council continues to pursue their anti-student/anti-ASU agenda. These factors may open the door for common sense candidates to successfully run against the incumbent central planners.

NewGuy said...

Doug, making student housing less available (and thus more costly)should wake up some of the student sheep that the Democrats count on at election time.

Too many students, indoctrinated by a liberal ASU faculty and romanced (at election time) by the Dem candidates, vote against their own best interests.

Anonymous said...

Mason has her Hospitality House annexed into Boone City limits. (Doug)

It's not just the Hospitality House. I have heard that Pam Williamsons house, located over a mile outside normal Boone town limits, has also been "annexed" into the town. Just the one house, not the surrounding territory!

Doug said...

NewGuy,

You’re right, the majority of students voting for the Boone Central Planners do not realize they are voting against their own best interests.

Nevertheless, students will decide the outcome of the Town Elections. Business friendly candidates, if they are going to stand a fighting chance, must spend time on campus – rest assured the Cadres will be working the Student Union.

If I were a betting man, my money would be on the Liberals running on a platform of pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and pro-student voting. Of course these issues have nothing to do with the job of Town Council member, but why should that matter? The Liberals will also spend 99% of their time and money on campus – who cares about the town vote?

But current Town Council members know they have pushed things as far as possible for now – they’ll wait until after the election to announce the opening of work camps.

Dear Leaders Pam and JW Williamson are “Lying Low” for the time being. They have decided to remove all mention of their anti-student agenda from WataugaWatch - a sign that they underestimated the student body’s increasing awareness of the Council’s hostility toward ASU.

The opening is small, but there is still a possibility of taking back the Boone Town Council. What a wonderful day that would be!

Anonymous said...

Good luck in your Town Council bid, Mr. Templeton. A run of letters to the editor over pedestrian improvements, affordable housing, etc., followed by a chorus of tea-party faithful breathlessly extolling what a 'GOOD MAN' you are in the comments. That's a pretty good way to start the ball rolling. As a free market person, though, it's sort of lame that you're squatting on local media's bandwidth to go about it. Pay up and get your own campaign website. This should make for another pretty interesting political season. Here's a suggested slogan for the yard signs: "Templeton: Champion of Boone's Downtrodden since Last Saturday."

Anonymous said...

I wish one of the Templetons would run. We could use a little common sense and intelligence on the Boone town council.