Montreat Minute 12/15/23

Mayor’s Summary of the December 14, 2023 Town Council Meeting

Greetings Montreaters!

We had a small but participative group for our last meeting of the year. We’re thankful for our guests, as they add a great deal to the meeting.

My summary follows below. The official minutes will be in next month’s agenda packet. Please remember you can view tonight’s meeting recording by CLICKING HERE.

Public Forum

Nancy Midgette, FireWise Chairman, presented a report of Montreat FireWise activity. The Town received national FireWise recognition for the fourth year in a row. However, the two primary metrics we and FireWise track decreased in 2023. The two metrics are:  1) resident hours reported in cleaning yards to reduce wildfire fuel, and 2) cubic yards of debris removed from residences by Public Works. After an informal survey, Nancy concluded that Montreaters find raking…

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Black Mountain Fire Department Wants Your Opinion

No doubt you are aware that Montreat’s fire protection and EMS services are provided by the Black Mountain Fire Department (BMFD). We are grateful for their important and essential service.

The BMFD would like your opinion on the services they provide. Would you take a few minutes to complete a survey so they can assess and improve services? CLICK HERE to take the short survey. They will be most appreciative of your participation.

Hiring Two Police Officers

The Montreat Police Department is in need of two police officers. Officers Morgan Bocanegra and Kayla Gant are leaving with new opportunities. Spread the word and direct inquiries to Chief David Arrant at [email protected]. And, take time to thank Morgan and Kayla for their service.

Expect Late Water Bills This Month

Due to implementation of new financial software in the Town, December water bills will be slightly delayed. They will likely be mailed next week or the following. But no worries, you will have the same amount of time to pay your bill and no late fees will be assessed for the December bills.

Thank you for your understanding, and we are excited about the rollout of this new software system.

Don’t Miss the Montreat Post Office Christmas Party!

Don’t forget to stop by the Montreat Post Office on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, from 10:30am to 12:30pm for “Sweets and MonTREATSs, say hello to friends and neighbors, tell Nova how much we appreciate her, and meet the new Postmaster, Jordan Henry, who is taking over from our previous Postmaster, Tim Bryson. 

As a special feature, post your name in the “BOX” at the party for a chance to win a 16“x 20” canvas print of the Montreat Post Office by Joe Standaert.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Montreat Board of Adjustment will meet on Thursday, December 21st at 5:00 in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will be live streamed and all are welcome to attend. For streaming instructions and agenda information, CLICK HERE.
  • The Montreat Town offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on Monday and Tuesday, December 25th and 26th. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, December 27th. Please note that sanitation pick up will not occur until Wednesday the 27th. However, the Town Sanitation Convenience Center will be open 24/7 for Montreat residents. Of course, police services will be available as usual.
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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!