The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016, and Tuesday, February 23, 2016, in order to conduct a retreat to review goals and objectives for the County.  The meetings were held in the Commissioners’ Board Room located in the Watauga County Administration Building, Boone, North Carolina.


PRESENT:         Jimmy Hodges, Chairman

David Blust, Vice-Chairman

Billy Kennedy, Commissioner

John Welch, Commissioner

Perry Yates, Commissioner

Deron Geouque, County Manager

Margaret Pierce, Finance Director


Lunch was provided at 12:00 P.M. Chairman Hodges called the meeting to order on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 12:30 P.M., welcoming those in attendance.


The following topics were discussed:


Opening Remarks

Mr. Deron Geouque

Review of Current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Mr. Deron Geouque & Mr. Robert Marsh

A.  Current CIP Status Report

B.  Office Space and Facilities Needs Assessment

C.  Old AppalCART Building

D.  Relocation of County Personnel

1.     Tax Appraisal

2.     Planning and Inspections

3.     License Plate Agency

4.     Red Cross

Review of Current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

A.     Landfill Road Relocation

B.    Parking Lot Behind Courthouse

C.    Recreation Center

D.    Telecommunication Upgrades

E.     School Facilities

Break at 3:05 P.M. to 3:15 P.M.

Update on Greenway Projects

Mr. Joe Furman

Wireless Connection Efforts

FY 2016 Review and Discussion of 2017 Budget

Ms. Margaret Pierce

A. Revenues

B.  Expenditures

C.  Debt Service Report

D. Budget Calendar, Budget work sessions set for May 11, 12:00 – 6:00 P.M. and May 12, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Dr. Ken Boham

School Board Funding Issues

Dr. Scott Elliott, School Board Members Ron Henries, Jason Cornett, Barbara Kinsey, Dr. Jay Fenwick and Staff members Ly Marze, Dr. Stephen Martin and Danny Clark

A.    FY 2017 Funding Needs                                                                          

B.    Schools’ Capital Improvement Plan

C.    Indoor Practice Facility

Board Directives/Discussion


A recess was declared at 6:05 P.M.  The meeting reconvened on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 9:14 A.M.


Update-Study on Future Medics Base Locations

Dr. Marvin Hoffman

Tourism Development Authority (TDA)

Mr. Matt Vincent and Mr. Wright Tilley


Miscellaneous & Commissioner Matters

Mr. Deron Geouque

A.    State Issues

B.    Commissioners Matters


The County Manager concluded the retreat by reviewing the issues addressed and seeking direction from the Board for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.


The meeting adjourned at 11:35 A.M.



Jimmy Hodges, Chairman



Deron Geouque, County Manager