Montreat Has Grown!!
The size of the Town grew last week, it really did! The property that we bought from MRA for the new Town Hall was not within Town limits, but in Black Mountain instead. Earlier this year the Town, along with Black Mountain, began the process of de-annexing the property from Black Mountain and annexing it to the Town of Montreat.
But, it takes a state law to de-annex property. Working with our local delegation in Raleigh, we had a bill introduced in the legislature to take care of the transfer. The bill passed in the Senate first and passed in the House last week. It became official last Thursday. Take a look at the map of the new, expanded Montreat by clicking HERE. What you see in light green is the Town Hall property, which now represents the new expanded Town boundaries. Many thanks to the Town of Black Mountain for their willingness to de-annex the property to us. We’re also thankful for our local delegation and their bi-partisan support of this effort in the legislature. Senator Edwards and Representative Ager led the efforts in their respective chambers, but Senator Van Duyn and Representatives Fisher and Turner were strong backers and supporters of the bill. We are most grateful for their work in making this happen.
Other Town Hall News
We thought you might be interested in seeing some “key dates” for the construction of the new Town Hall. Of course, everything is subject to change, but the Council is determined to stay on schedule.
July 27 Proposals from Design/Build firms are due
July 30 Council will open the proposals and begin studying them for finalists
Aug 10 “Short list” of 3 candidate firms will be decided upon and invited to present
Aug 27 Presentations will be complete and Council will select the best firm to design and build the Town Hall
September Final public input session (actual date to be announced) led by Design/Builder architect to seek ideas
Fall Construction begins
Aug 31 2019 Town Hall is completed!
Stay tuned for the date of public input. And, send your ideas/comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the Commissioners.
Reminder: Bulk Pick Up July 10
Don’t forget to place bulk items at the curb on July 10 for the twice-per-year bulk pick up. White goods like appliances may also be disposed of. There will be a $5 per item fee for mattresses and box springs, but everything else is free removal. For more info, call the Town Offices at 828/669-8002.
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