Montreat Minute for January 14, 2022

Mayor Pro Tem’s Summary of the January 13, 2022 Town Council Meeting

Greetings Montreaters,

The Mayor was not available for the meeting and he sent his regrets. It was my honor to preside this evening.

Approximately 18 people joined the Council in the Town Hall tonight for the Forum and Council meeting. Approximately 20 others were live streaming. If you missed it and want to see the recording, CLICK HERE.

Here’s a summary of the meeting. Remember you can read the complete, official summary in the minutes that will be published next month.

CLICK HERE to read the full meeting summary

Alex Carmichael Resigns Position

The Mayor and Town Council recently received a letter of resignation from Town Administrator Alex Carmichael, effective February 20, 2022. In the letter, Alex explained that he had been approached about and accepted a position as Town Manager of Laurel Park, near Hendersonville. Moving from a Town Administrator to a Town Manager is a significant increase in responsibility, one that Alex’s experience at Montreat has prepared him for. Laurel Park has a population of approximately 2,400.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as Montreat’s Town Administrator,” Alex stated in his resignation letter. “Through the able leadership of the [Town] Commission, Montreat is poised for more great things to come, and I am grateful that I have been able to play a small role in the Town’s history.”

In commenting about Alex’s departure, Mayor Helms stated, “We are thankful for Alex’s leadership over the past five years. Alex did a lot of good for Montreat and Montreat did a lot for Alex. We wish him and his family the best in his new venture.” Coincidentally, Alex pointed out that his departure date “is exactly five years to the day since I began my tenure with Montreat.”

The Council is making plans to find Alex’s permanent successor and has begun the search for an interim administrator.

Let it Snow… And We’re Ready For It!

Tennessee Rd. Ext. one year ago  

You have no doubt seen the forecast for snow on Sunday. Fortunately, with the advance warning, Public Works Director Barry Creasman and the PW crew have been preparing for the storm for several days now. The town has four plow trucks, two sanders, and a salter. The staff will be running 24 hours during the alert period.

Barry and a staff member will be coming in Saturday evening and will be monitoring the road conditions closely along with Montreat Police. Once the snow starts, crews will be running twelve hour shifts until the event is over.

Please be careful when outside, both walking and driving. But be sure to enjoy our unique winter wonderland.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 17th, for the MLK holiday. Sanitation/Trash pickup will be delayed until Tuesday, January 18th.
  • The Montreat Tree Board will meet on Tuesday, January 25th, at 9:30am in the Town Hall. The meeting will be streamed and all are welcome to attend. Check the town website ( for streaming instructions.
  • The Comprehensive Plan Update Committee will have its first meeting on Wednesday, January 26th, at 10:00am in the Town Hall. The meeting will be streamed and all are welcome to attend. Check the town website ( for streaming instructions.


Do you have Town-related questions you would like answered? If so, please send them to Angela Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!