Montreat Minute 04/14/23

Mayor Pro Tem’s Summary of the April 13, 2023 Town Council Meeting

Hello Montreaters,

Mayor Helms is out of town. Thus, as Mayor Pro Tem, I presided over the meeting. The Council, staff, and approximately 10 guests convened for the Public Forum and Council meeting. My summary follows below. The complete official meeting minutes will be in next month’s agenda packet. You can view the meeting recording by CLICKING HERE.

Prior to the Public Forum, we had a reception to formally welcome our new Town Manager, Jason Burrell, and say goodbye to our interim Town Manager, Ben Blackburn. We’re delighted Jason has taken on the role and has already begun building relationships with residents, MRA, Montreat College, and those outside Montreat. We look forward to working with him. We are also thankful to Ben for his 14 months with us. Ben brought a great deal of experience and expertise. He led us through an effective budget process and successfully oversaw the timely submission of important reports. As resident Tom Frist stated, we benefitted from his kindness, competence and humor. We wish him well in his retirement.

CLICK HERE to continue reading the Meeting Summary

Montreat Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day Celebration April 22

The Montreat Landcare Committee’s 2023 Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day observance are scheduled for Saturday, April 22, from 9am to 2pm at the Moore Center field by Lake Susan. Come by for a day of shopping, learning, eating, visiting, and enjoying the beauty of Montreat.

Community volunteers are needed on the day of the sale to assist vendors and shoppers. For more information or to volunteer, contact Betty Douglas at [email protected] or by cell at 662-392-3050.

Before the Native Plant Sale, Help Clean Up Montreat!

As an act of public service, Montreat College students will be cleaning up trash and other rubbish in the areas around Moore Field to make our campus look more inviting for the Native Plant Sale. Come join the students on Friday, April 21, from 3:00-5:00pm for some “sprucing up” and a great opportunity to meet some Montreat College students. We are thankful for their initiative of public service.

Bring your work gloves. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Bears Are Awake and Very Hungry!

Be aware that bears are awake and they are very hungry. Natural food like berries and nuts is not currently available, so bears are foraging for anything to eat, especially things like our trash and birdseed. The five bears (can you find all five?) found the bird feeder and made a meal of the seed during daylight hours. So, be careful to monitor bird feeders and secure trash, especially during this lean food period for bears.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will meet on Friday, April 21st, at 10:00am, in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will be live streamed and all are invited to attend. For streaming instructions, CLICK HERE.

Questions or Comments?

Do you have Town-related questions or comments to offer? If so, please send them to Angie Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!