Watauga Commissioners To Hold Public Hearing For Old WHS Building's Future
Questions are still surroung the community as to the future of the Old Watauga High School Building. The Watauga Commissioners convenied on the issue once again in their meeting last night, deciding that they will hear from the public before making their official decision. During the meeting, Mounty Mantinence Director Robert Marsh stated that 15 companies had surveyed the property of the former High School and that 12 of those companies had placed bids on performing the demolition. Of those 12 companies, the lowest bid came from the NEO Corporation out of Canton with a demolition price at $328,000, well elow what the County had originally expected. According to Marsh, the company would be ready to start the demolition project within the next month. Commissioner David Blust questioned holding a public hearing before anything was set in stone in order to see what the public thought should be done about the old property and buildings that sit on it. Other Commissioners insisted on not holding a public hearing, saying there was no need and that the county already has all of the information necessary. Blust urged the Commissioners to hold the hearing, saying that he is interested in hearing what the public thinks about what should be done. We spoke with Commissioner Blust earlier today about his views on holding a public hearing.
The Commissioners agreed to hold a public hearing on the demolition of the Old Watauga High School building. If you are interested in attending that meeting, it will be held on June 5th at 8am at the Watauga County Courthouse.