Montreat Minute 01/05/24

As you may know, predictions are for bad weather starting late tonight and into tomorrow. The Town received a notification from Duke Energy this morning that said, in part:

“Currently, Duke Energy meteorologists forecast widespread precipitation will overspread the area Friday night into Saturday morning with the main winter weather impact of accumulating ice due to freezing rain for the mountains and foothills. The forecast is for precipitation to begin as snow and sleet/ice pellets across the mountains toward western Triad, then transition to freezing rain across the valleys and lower elevations before becoming a cold rain by the afternoon hours.

“The Mountain Zone has the potential for ice accumulations 0.10-0.25” with locally higher amounts up to 0.30” possible.  Across the higher elevations, several inches of snow accumulation are likely.”

For other pertinent information, you may access the Duke Energy Outage Map, report an outage and sign up for text message alerts by visiting the Duke Energy Storm Center. Town staff will be on the ready to take care of roads and any down trees. Be careful.

Town Council Meeting January 11, at 7:00pm

The Montreat Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting next Thursday, January 11th, at 7:00pm in the Town Hall. For a copy of the agenda, CLICK HERE. The meeting will be live streamed and recorded. For information about streaming the meeting, CLICK HERE. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited.

2024 Town Calendar in the Mail

The 2024 Town of Montreat Collection Schedule was late last month. The calendar shows dates for garbage/recycling, brush and bagged leaves, bulk pickup, Town Services holidays, and more. Check the back of the calendar for useful tips and suggestions. Additional copies are available at the Town Hall and can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

Cottager Directory to be Reprinted in 2024

It’s that time again: the Montreat Cottager Directory Committee is updating the Montreat Directory for 2024. The Directory is updated every four years. As part of the updating process, individual emails will be sent to all Montreat homeowners toward the end of January. The email will contain the most up-to-date contact information the Directory Committee has for you. Please review the information in the email and follow the directions to confirm the information or to make corrections. You can also opt not to be included in the directory.

There are a lot of moving parts to updating this document, and the Directory Committee appreciates your taking the time to provide the information by the deadline. The new Directory will be on sale to Montreat homeowners over the July 4th weekend next year. Details regarding sales will be announced in the Montreat Minute and MRA Announcements late next spring. 

If you have any questions, contact Laurie Morgan at [email protected] or 828-669-7626. The Directory Committee, which puts a great deal of time and effort into the Directory, is composed of Meredith Greene, Ellen Henschen, Laurie Morgan, Grace Nichols, and Ann Vinson. Thank them for their work.

Christmas Tree Pick Up Provided by Town

Have a Christmas tree to dispose of? Public Works staff will be picking them for the next several weeks. Just place them at your curbside (but please don’t block our already narrow roads!) and they will be picked up.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Planning & Zoning Commission will have a Spring Training meeting on Thursday, January 11th, from 10:00 until 11:30am, in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will not be live streamed, but the public is invited to attend.
  • As of the end of January, several openings on Town boards will be available. There will be two openings on the Board of Adjustment—one for a regular member and the second for an alternate member. Additionally, one opening for a regular member on the Planning and Zoning Commission will be available. If you are interested in being considered for any of the positions, please contact Savannah Parrish, Angela Murphy, Kayla DiChristina, or a Town Council member.
  • Do you receive your own copy of the Montreat Minute or know someone who doesn’t? Sign up for the Sunshine List to receive the Montreat Minute and stay “in the know” about the Town’s happenings. CLICK HERE to sign up for the list!

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 safe and warm weekend!