WEST JEFFERSON-While the holiday season is still a month away, preparations are underway for the town’s annual holiday parade on Nov. 18.
On Monday, Josh Roten, of the Ashe Rotary Club, asked the board of aldermen permission, on the group’s behalf, to host a concession stand on Jefferson Avenue during the parade.
“Two weeks ago, we had our annual meeting at Sweet and Savory (restaurant),” said Roten. “The Club owns a trailer, and we were wondering what to do with it. We were talking about different things and the holiday parade came up as option. We are looking for permission that day to back in on the day of the parade to sell hot chocolate, coffee and even boxed popcorn. We also do a wreath program. We sell wreaths to Rotary clubs outside of the county. We thought about having a few wreaths to sell there as well for some of these folks that come up the mountain. These monies – all the sales we make that day – will go to our scholarship fund. We give out four of five scholarships a year and what money we raise goes into that fund.”
“I can’t see anything but good come out of this,” said Alderman Jerry McMillan.
The board unanimously approved the request.
In other town business, Town Manager Brantley Price informed the board that N.C. Department of Transportation engineers are currently considering changing the traffic pattern at the intersection below McDonald’s on N.C. 194.
“We have a couple of different options,” said Price. “One is the Superstreet option. That includes a concrete curb in middle of street where you would have a right- in and right-out (turns) intersection only.”
This option would also include a turnaround option near Speaks Drive to allow northbound traffic the ability to change direction and go back towards McDonald’s and Ingle’s.
“We are trying to eliminate safety concerns,” he said as looked at Police Chief Jeff Rose and asked about car accidents in the area.
The second option is a two-lane round-about.
“No one is really in favor of this option,” said Price.
Conceptual drawings and public meetings will take place before a final traffic pattern is approved, said Price.
Aldermen also heard updates on possible plans for the modernization of N.C. 88 from West Jefferson to Warrensville. Price said this may include a possible roundabout at the intersection of N.C. 194 and N.C. 88 although the plans have yet been finalized.
Following an informational session on possible highway improvements, Rose briefed aldermen on criminal activity in the town during the month of September.
Rose said the department was dispatched to 230 calls including 16 accidents, 11 arrests on DWI, larceny, assault and drug related charges and three revoked licenses.
Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164.
Aldermen and Mayor Dale Baldwin hear updates on town improvements.