The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, February 19, 2018, and Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 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:            John Welch, Chairman

                                                                        Billy Kennedy, Vice-Chairman

                                                                        Jimmy Hodges, Commissioner

                                                                        Larry Turnbow, Commissioner

                                                                        Perry Yates, Commissioner

                                                                        Deron Geouque, County Manager

                                                                        Margaret Pierce, Finance Director


Lunch was provided at 12:00 PM. Chairman Welch called the meeting to order on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 12:40 PM, welcoming those in attendance.


The following topics were discussed:


Opening Remarks

      Mr. Deron Geouque

Community Recreation Center Update                                                      

      Mr. Chad Roberson & Mr. George Deines

Break from 2:05 PM to 2:25 PM

FY 2018 Review and Discussion of 2019 Budget

      Ms. Margaret Pierce

1.     Revenues

2.     Debt Service Report

3.     Budget Calendar

Review of Current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

      Mr. Deron Geouque & Mr. Robert Marsh

1.     Current CIP Status Report

a.      Relocation of County Personnel

      Planning and Inspections

      Veteran’s Services

      Red Cross

b.     Courtroom #2 Renovations

c.      East Annex Building Program

d.     New River Baseball Facilities

e.      School Facilities

f.      Update on Recreational Projects

g.     Guy Ford Paddle Access

Middle Fork Greenway

      Ms. Wendy Patoprsty & Mr. Joe Furman

Break from 4:15 PM to 4:35 PM

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

      Dr. Mark Poarch

School Board Funding Issues

      Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, School Board Members Ron Henries, Jason Cornett,

      Dr. Jay Fenwick, Dr. Gary Childers, and Staff members Ly Marze, Dr. Stephen Martin,       Danny Clark and Consultant Chad Roberson

1.     FY 2019 Funding Needs

2.     Schools’ Capital Improvement Plan

Children’s Council Presentation

      Ms. Hunter Varipapa

County Manager’s Summary

      Mr. Deron Geouque


A recess was declared at 6:50 PM.  The meeting reconvened on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 9:00 AM.


Tourism Development Authority (TDA)

      Mr. Matt Vincent and Mr. Wright Tilley

Watauga Housing Trust

      Mr. Deron Geouque and Mr. Joe Furman

Watauga Humane Society Facilities

      Mr. Charles Duke and Mr. Steve Duprey

Break 10:35 AM to 10:42 AM

Broadband Connection Efforts

      Mr. Keith Conover and Mr. Joe Furman

Public Safety and Emergency Communications Systems Study Update

      Mr. Marvin Hoffman and Mr. Jeff Virginia

Miscellaneous & Commissioner Matters

      Mr. Deron Geouque

State Issues

Commissioners Matters

Budget work sessions set for May 2, 2018 from 12-7 PM and May 3, 2018 from 12-7 PM

Board Discussion and Directives

The County Manager concluded the retreat by reviewing the issues addressed and seeking direction from the Board for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.


The meeting adjourned at 12:25 PM


John Welch

Chairman, Watauga County Board of Commissioners



Deron Geouque

County Manager