Town of Montreat Update
Much work has been accomplished by the Town Council and staff since the last report. Here are some of the more notable actions:
- The Town recently closed on a lot purchased from MRA just outside the Montreat Gate for the site of the new Town Hall. With the unanimous support of the Black Mountain Town Council, the request to de-annex the property that is currently within their boundary so that we can annex it into Montreat is moving to the NC Legislature for approval. Once asbestos abatement is completed the house that currently sits on the property can be removed. Watch the Montreat Town website for dates of forums for community input for the design of our new facility.
- The property on Florida Terrace had been re-zoned as Residential and divided into two buildable lots. These lots are ready to go on the market. Both lots will have frontage on Florida Terrace and Arkansas. Pass the word to potential buyers.
- The bridge at Texas Road has been designated a pedestrian bridge. Hopefully, the orange cones will be replaced with something more attractive soon. Again, pass along any ideas for the bridge. Remember what we do must fit within the State’s guidelines on pedestrian bridges and stay within our budget.
- The much-needed Public Works Building will become a reality as a small piece of property behind the MRA’s Public Works facility has been rezoned and is being prepared for a metal structure where our staff and equipment can find shelter and protection.
- In November, three Commissioners were elected to the Town Council. Kent Otto was appointed two years ago to fill the seat of Tim Helms when Tim was elected Mayor. Alice Lentz and Tom Widmer, along with Kent, were elected to four-year terms. Kent was also appointed as Mayor Pro Tem. These three join Kitty Fouche and Bill Gilliland on the Council.
- There were a number of long planned retirements and staff changes during the past year:
- Jack Staggs retired as Police Chief to his full-time granddaddy duties. Jack, Ed Teters, and Mac McClintock still fill in when needed so give them a shout out when you see them.
- David Arrant was promoted from within to Police Chief.
- Stephan Stackhouse retired as Finance Officer and Erin Marie Wheeler joined us part-time in that role.
- When David Currie resigned, the Council took advantage of the opportunity to restructure his position. Adrienne Isenhower was hired for two days in Montreat as Zoning Administrator. Inspections are being contracted through connections in Black Mountain.
- Steve Freeman retired as Public Works Director and Barry Creasman was promoted to fill his position.
- Jarod McIntosh, formerly with the Town of Black Mountain, is our new Senior Water Operator.
- Alex Carmichael has completed his first year as Town Administrator and Angie Murphy, Town Clerk, keeps everyone and everything in order.
- The Council Members along with our Mayor, Tim Helms, will attend the UNC School of Government Essentials of Municipal Government training and updates in Asheville this month. At our recent Board retreat, Commissioners were appointed to the following areas of responsibility:
Kitty Fouche – Environment and Public Buildings
Bill Gilliland – Sanitation and Public Works
Alice Lentz – Finance
Kent Otto – Planning/Zoning and Public Safety
Tom Widmer – Communications and Public Buildings
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