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If you own a single family home or duplex in the Town of Boone's town limits, the easiest place to start is to Contact Shannon Isaacs, Adoption Program and Sanitation/Recycling Coordinator, to see if you qualify for a free composting bin. However, if you don't qualify, don't fret! We still want you to compost in any capacity you can. That is why we have some alternative suggests on how to get started.
Boone's face mask order takes effect Saturday, June 20th at 9 am.
While indoors in any commercial business or Town office, in an area that is open to the general public, all customers, employees, and any other occupants or users of such area shall wear a face covering.
Commercial business means any for-profit business open to the general public for the purchase of goods, entertainment, or services, including by way of example but not limited to:
Commercial business shall not be deemed to include County or State properties or facilities of any kind.
All Town of Boone offices requires face coverings including:
Face covering means a material covering the nose and mouth for the purpose of ensuring the physical health or safety of the wearer or others (Session Law 2020-3 s. 4.3. (a) amending G.S. § 14-12.11). A face covering can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. Acceptable, reusable face-covering options for the general public include:
Almost any cloth item that can be tied around your mouth and nose can be considered a face covering. The order suggests using scarves, bandannas, or neck gaiters if you don't have a cloth mask. You can even cut up t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels to make a covering that can be tied around your head. Whatever you use for a face covering, it should be laundered between uses.
You do not have to wear a face mask if you are exercising outdoors alone (or with someone from your household) as long as you are physically distanced from other people.
Yes. Anyone who works in a restaurant, grocery store, retail store, nail salon, hair salon, tattoo parlor, or other personal care or grooming establishment in the Town of Boone is required to wear a face-covering (covering the mouth and nose) while on duty.
Many businesses already do, but the new order from the Town of Boone requires customers to wear face coverings while inside establishments.
Children under 11 years old are not required to wear a face covering.
Take the mask off when eating or drinking, but wear it other times.
There are some exemptions to the order such as:
The order is in effect until modified or rescinded.
A violation of this Section shall constitute a class 2 misdemeanor as provided at G.S. §166A-19.31(h); provided, however, that law enforcement officers shall first educate the offender as to the requirements set forth herein; upon a subsequent violation may issue a warning; and only in the event of repeat violations manifesting willful flouting or circumvention of this Declaration issue a criminal citation for violation of this Section; and further provided, that no criminal citation shall be issued for a violation of this Section until on or after 9 am on July 11, 2020, so that residents, workers, and visitors may be educated as to the requirements of this Amendment.
Review the Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidance (PDF) for information about outdoor dining.
Contact the Fire Department or call 828-268-6180 to determine Emergency Maximum Occupancy.
View the Governor's Executive Order (PDF) to see what businesses are exempt.
Review the Watauga County Emergency Declaration Order (PDF) to see which hotels, rentals, and Airbnbs are open.
The Boone Greenway is open. However, picnic shelters and playgrounds are closed to limit transmission.
The Town Manager has directed staff that there will be no shut-offs during the Declaration of Emergency. Citizens who have to make utilities or other payments should use the city's online payment system.
Payment by check or cash can be made at the city's drop night depository box at Town Hall located on the side of the building next to the driveway. Utilities will not be disconnected during the duration of the Declaration of Emergency; however, arrangements must be made for payment by calling 828-268-6220.
Residential trash pick-up is on a normal schedule. In an effort to protect collection workers so they can continue this service, please make sure to place all garbage in a garbage bag, which reduces their exposure potential! Republic Services can be reached at 828-264-3689.
View the letter from the Mayor and Town Manager (PDF) to learn other operations that have been impacted.
Police officers in North Carolina use blue lights. There are many types of police cars with many different looks and colors. If you see blue lights behind you, you are required to pull over to the right in a safe place for you and the officer out of traffic. If it is an unmarked police car it will still have blue lights. Most officers will be in police uniform with identification and police badge. If the officer is a plainclothes officer, you may ask to see their identification and badge. Sit and wait for the officer to request your valid driver’s license, insurance, and registration cards.
Often the officer will do computer checks of the vehicle before approaching your vehicle. You should remain in your vehicle and not exit unless told to do so. It is a good practice for you to place your hands on the steering wheel or where your hands can be seen by the officer so the officer does not perceive you as a threat. Have your passengers do the same with their hands. You can turn on the interior light.
The officer will likely ask for your:
If you are driving without a driver's license you will either receive a citation (which means that you will be given a ticket with a date to appear in court). The other option that the officer has is to make an arrest. The decision is up to the officer's discretion. The more you can cooperate and be honest with the officer to provide identifying information the greater your chances are of receiving a citation and not getting arrested.
You are not required to do anything if you get a warning.
The Boone Police Department does not generally report arrests to ICE. It is rare that officers would even ask your legal status, as we do not have the authority to enforce immigration laws.
Yes, of course. The Boone Police Department will its best to help anyone regardless of legal status or ability to speak English.
We patrol all neighborhoods. Areas that have higher crime generally receive more patrol activity. We also respond to calls for service throughout the town of Boone and requests for extra patrols.
All local law enforcement agencies can, and generally do, conduct check points.
Police officers are public servants and guardians of the community. Police officers have the duty to uphold the law, but we want to do so in the most professional manner possible. While the vast majority of police officers are honorable and do the right thing if you feel like our officer did something wrong you may make a complaint. If you have a complaint about a Boone Police
Officer you can contact the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 and ask to speak with a supervisor. The supervisor will take your complaint and investigate the situation.
That is a great question, but unfortunately, it is not one we can help with if you are not here legally. This involves state law. Police only enforce the law we do not write the law.
Any documents that can help identify you are better than nothing if you cannot get an official State identification.
The Boone Police are not doing round-ups. We have been invited to many meetings and no one has been arrested yet. Also, please understand that we cannot give people permission to break the laws that we are responsible to enforce, such as driving without a license, etc.
Contact the appropriate person(s) or office listed below. If you do not get a satisfactory response, you have the right to make a formal complaint to the Board of Education, individual school principal, Boone Police Department, or NAACP - Watauga (whichever is appropriate).
Call 911. Boone Police will help anyone who calls us for help. We do have translation services that we can call upon if needed.
Todos los autos de la policía en Carolina del Norte usan luces azules. La policía usa diferentes tipos de vehículos, inclusive estilo y color. Pero, si ve luces azules en su retrovisor, tiene que orillarse hacia la derecha, fuera del tránsito, en un lugar seguro para y el oficial de policía. Aun cuando el auto de la policía no esté marcado, éste tendrá luces azules. La mayoría de los policías visten uniforme con identificación y chapa. Si el policía viste ropa común, puede pedirle que muestre su identificación y chapa. Quédese sentado en su auto y espere que el policía le pida su licencia, seguro y tarjeta de registro.
El policía le va a pedir:
Si está manejando sin licencia vigente, puede recibir una multa con fecha para comparecer al tribunal o puede ser detenido. La decisión queda a discreción del policía. Tendrá mejores posibilidades en obtener una multa si muestra un documento de identificación, si coopera y es honesto.
Si le dan una advertencia, no hay que hacer nada.
En general, el Departamento de Policía de Boone no informa sus detenciones a ICE. Es raro que un oficial le pregunte sobre su estatus legal, por que el departamento no tiene autoridad sobre las leyes de inmigración.
Claro que el Departamento de Policía de Boone hará lo mejor para ayudarlo en esta situación, independiente de su estatus legal o habilidad de hablar Inglés.
Nosotros patrullamos todas las áreas residenciales. Especialmente las áreas con mayor criminalidad. Nosotros respondemos a llamadas de toda la ciudad de Boone, como también pedimos refuerzos.
Todas las agencias de la ley pueden y generalmente conducen los puntos de control.
Los policías son servidores públicos y guardianes de la comunidad. Su deber es mantener la ley de la forma más profesional posible. La mayoría de los policías son honorables y correctos, pero si siente que un policía de Boone hizo algo incorrecto, Ud. puede dar queja. Contacte al Departamento de Policía de Boone (Telefono: 828-268-6900 y pida para hablar con un supervisor. El supervisor anotará su queja e investigará la situación.
Esta es una gran pregunta, pero desafortunadamente, al no estar en el país legalmente, no lo podemos ayudar. Esta situación requiere crear una ley estatal y nosotros no las creamos, solo las hacemos cumplir.
Si no tiene una identificación oficial del Estado, mejor es tener algún documento que lo pueda identificar.
Hemos sido informados que algunos de no se sienten seguros en ir y venir de sus reuniones. La Policía de Boone no esta reuniendo a las personas. Hemos sido invitados amuchas reuniones y no hemos detenido a nadie. Por favor comprendan que somos responsables por mantener la ley y no podemos permitir que las leyes sean violadas, como manejar sin licencia, etc.
Entre en contacto con la persona o el escritorio encargado. A seguir ponemos la información de contacto de las diversas organizaciones. Si no obtiene una respuesta satisfactoria tiene el derecho de hacer una queja formal: al Consejo de Educación, al rector de la escuela, al Departamento de Policía de Boone o al NAACP de Watauga.
Ellos investigaran y tomaran acción adecuada. Comportamiento de acoso o intimidación a veces puede ser criminal, como amenazas o asalto. Pero a veces, el comportamiento simplemente es grosero y no una violación criminal.
Nuestro parecer es que los medios de comunicación exageran y proyectan temor con propósitos políticos. ¿En realidad, cuantas personas conoce que han sido deportadas?¿Cuántos amigos o familiares han sido visitados por ICE en su casa o en su trabajo? Nuestra observación es que esto no esta ocurriendo en gran escala. Viva tranquilo y no se preocupe por algo que tal vez no ocurra y que esta fuera de su control. Como miembro de nuestra comunidad, nosotros estamos aquí para ayudarlo. Deseamos que a su vez, Ud. nos ayude a mantener a su familia a amigos salvos y seguros. Por favor informe a su familia y a sus amigos de este sitio en la internet.
Wastewater is sewage. This charge covers transport and treatment of sewage, from residential and commercial sources. The Town of Boone releases treated wastewater safely into the New River.
The Town of Boone is responsible to repair leaks between the water meter and the street. The customer is responsible to repair leaks between the water meter and their house.
If your regular meter reading has unusually high consumption it may be an indication of one of the following problems:
If you have any questions, Contact Public Utilities or Contact Utility Billing.
The Town of Boone’s water comes from Winkler’s’ Creek and the South Fork of the New River. The water is treated at our water treatment facility and delivered to your house via underground pipes.
Contact Public Utilities to report concerns about the taste, smell or appearance of your water. Hydrant flushing may be required to clear lines of cloudy water due to construction or maintenance of water mains.
Contact Public Utilities for water pressure problems.
The range of water pressure is between 40 and 225 psi (pounds per square inch).
To report water leaks during regular business hours, which are 7:00am to 4:00pm, Contact Public Utilities. To report at any time, Contact Boone Police Department.
If a fire hydrant is leaking, Contact Public Utilities.
Report the overflow immediately and Contact Public Utilities. If you witness the overflow after operational hours please Contact Boone Police Department.
If there is a sewer backup at your home, please Contact Public Utilities.
The Town of Boone is not currently under any water restrictions.
To insure continued accuracy, the Town of Boone schedules to replace water meters every 10 years.
Hydrants are opened twice per year to clear out sediment and keep the hydrants in good working order in case of fire. Some hydrants at the edges of the city limits where water is not running through the lines at high volumes are also flushed more regularly in order to maintain water quality.
When the Town of Boone digs a hole in the street, we are generally repairing or replacing water or sewer lines.
Recyclables accepted in your 96-gallon recycling cart are listed below.
Items not accepted in your 96-gallon cart are listed below:
Contact Public Works Department for proper disposal of the above non-recyclable items.
Contact Republic Services, Incorporated if your recycling cart is damaged or lost.
The Public Works Department invites citizens to bring applicable recyclables to the Public Works building located at 321 E. King St, Boone, NC 28607. Listed below are the accepted items:
Recycle mixed paper by placing it in their roll-out carts and leaving said carts outside and to the right of the Public Works building.
Mixed paper can include:
The public is also invited to recycle corrugated cardboard in the green corrugated cardboard recycling dumpster located inside the gate in the back of the parking lot to the left of the Public Works building between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm.
Deliver oil/filters to the Fleet Maintenance garage at the first bay garage door on the left side of the building.
During office hours (8 am to 5 pm) the following items can be dropped off for recycling:
To determine whether your property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area please contact the Town of Boone Planning and Inspections Department by phone at 828-268-6960 or visit the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System website where you can conduct a search based upon your address.
To determine whether the Town of Boone has an elevation certificate on file for your structure, please contact the Town of Boone Planning and Inspections Department by phone at 828-268-6960.
Maintaining the drainage system on private property is the owner’s responsibility
Please see below for tips on how to reduce the chance of stormwater from ponding on your property:
WaterSense is the Environmental Protection Agency’s labeling program for water efficiency products. WaterSense labeled toilets use an average of only 1.28 gallons of water per flush and have passed rigorous testing standards.
No. Individual customers may choose to install the toilet. If you purchase a toilet through a plumber, be sure the model number of the toilet is listed on the receipt.
Yes. However, you will be held responsible for gaining the appropriate approval from your landlord.
No. As long as the toilet is an HET on the EPA’s WaterSense List, a customer can buy it from any retailer, even online, but we will require the original invoice(s) or sales receipt(s) sent in with the application. The Public Utilities Department advises the customers to keep a copy of sales invoice(s) or receipt(s) for their records.
This will depend on the toilet purchased, as some toilets come in complete kits. It may be possible that a new wax ring or additional bolts may be needed when purchasing the toilet. Check with your retailer or plumber to ensure you have all the equipment needed to have a working toilet.
Once all required information is received by staff, a check will be mailed to the qualified applicant who is a town water customer.
Usually checks will arrive by mail in 6-8 weeks.
As part of the rebate process, customers must agree to allow a post installation inspection.
The program is offered on a first come, first served basis and will function as long as allocated funds permit.
That is unlikely. No retailer will have every toilet, but approved toilets are available locally. Many plumbing supply stores can special order toilets as well.
Bills are always due the 20th unless it is a weekend or holiday. Then they will be due the next business day.
The bills are sent out the first of every month.
We use a third party processor for online payments and they don't recognize you as a customer until your first statement is created.
Once you receive your first statement, right above the portion that you tear off if you're mailing your payment is a website and registration code to sign up.
No, the Town of Boone is only in charge of water and sewer utilities. The electric utility providers are:
Blue Ridge Energy
New River Light and Power