Montreat Minute 05/12/23

Hello Montreaters,

We had a lively and upbeat Council meeting with approximately 17 guests 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.

Public Forum

Tom Frist asked what to do if bears get into trash cans and strew everything in the street—if he cleans it up can he take it down to the trash Convenience Center to dispose of it? We told Tom that he is welcome to take the trash to the Convenience Center, and we appreciate his taking care of neighbors’ messes.

CLICK HERE to continue reading the Meeting Summary

Duke Power Working in Montreat

Duke Power is working in Montreat to upgrade their power delivery equipment to provide Montreaters with more reliable service. They are replacing utility poles and upgrading power lines across the town. Please be ready for detours, delays and some inconvenience. However, more reliable service will be our payoff in the end. Thank you for your patience.

Public Works Appreciation Week May 21-27

At last night’s Town Council meeting, the Council passed a proclamation designating May 21-27 as Montreat’s first Public Works Appreciation Week. It is a national recognition week to recognize the importance of public works in our society. However, Montreat has not celebrated it in the past.

Please take time to thank our Public Works staff, including Barry Creasman, Director, as well as Daniel Wiggs, Mike Harrison, Jarod McIntosh and Drew Brown, for the excellent work they do for our town.

Public Works’ Daniel Wiggs Receives Certification

Public Works specialist Daniel Wiggs recently completed certification through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a pesticide specialist. Daniel attended a 1½ day school and passed an exam designed to prepare students “to protect the public health, safety and welfare” and to promote continued environmental quality by minimizing and managing risks associated with the legal use of pesticides.

We are proud of Daniel for taking the initiative to earn the certification, ensuring the safe use of pesticides in our Town.

Book Presentation at PHC May 18

The Friends of the Nelson Bell Library and the Presbyterian Heritage Center are sponsoring a book presentation and Native American Exhibit on Thursday, May 18th, at the PHC. The book, Even as We Breathe, by author Annette Tapsaddle, is an historical novel about a Cherokee boy working at the Grove Park Inn during World War II when the Inn was used as a German detention facility. Through his experiences, the young boy navigates through cultural divides of the time.

Refreshments and the exhibit tour begin at 3:30pm, with the author’s presentation at 4:00. Admission is free and all are invited. The PHC is located at 318 Georgia Terrace. Call 828/669-6556 for additional information.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Montreat Tree Board will meet on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 9:30am, in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will be live-streamed watch the website for details.
  • Town Offices will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day. Sanitation services will not occur on Monday, but will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

Questions or Comments?

Do you have Town-related questions or comments to offer? 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!