Planning and Zoning Administrator Cheryl Buchanan (pictured, left) discusses the potential addition of a recreational vehicle park to Banner Elk, as Town Manager Rick Owen looks on.

BANNER ELK — The addition of a new recreational vehicle park within the town limits of Banner Elk was a major topic of discussion during Banner Elk’s regularly scheduled town council meeting on Monday, July 8.

According to Planning and Zoning Administrator Cheryl Buchanan, the town would need to find about five acres worth of space to allow for a park of this nature. There are a few lots within town limits that could potentially work for this project, according to Buchanan.

“I think a recreational park like this is a strong idea, but we need to be careful,” said Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly.

The council made a motion to hold a public hearing concerning the addition of a new RV park at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the council on Monday, Aug. 12.

Town Manager Rick Owen gave a quick update on the street cleaning equipment recently purchased by the town.

“The street sweeper vehicle will be here on Wednesday [July 10], and staff will start training on it immediately,” said Owen.

Council member Robert Tufts gave a report on the second installment of Banner Elk’s Art on the Greene series.

“Art on the Greene was great,” Tufts said. “The vendors and the customers were happy. We are expecting to max out on the number of vendors during the Labor Day installment of Art on the Greene.”

According to Owen, in years past a Back-to-School Bash was held in early August at Avery County High School. Owen was recently informed that the event will not be taking place at ACHS, and was asked by orchestrators of the event if they could potentially hold the Bash at the Historic Banner Elk School. Nothing has been planned as of yet, but the council was open to the idea of hosting the Bash at the Historic Banner Elk School.

“I think that’s an excellent idea,” said Lyerly. “We should use the property for events like that.”

The biggest issue with this event is planning around the already-tight schedule of the HBES, according to Owen.

In closing, Lyerly addressed the recent Independence Day celebrations.

“The parade was fantastic, and Art on the Greene was a big success,” said Lyerly. “This was a very prosperous week for Banner Elk.”

The next regularly scheduled Banner Elk Town Council Meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Town Hall on Monday, Aug. 12.

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