Montreat Minute 3/15/24

Montreat Minute for March 15, 2024

Mayor’s Summary of the March 14, 2024 Town Council Meeting

Hello Montreaters!

I’m not sure if it was the agenda or a beautiful 70-degree evening that brought everyone out to fill up the Town Hall Community Room! We were very appreciative of everyone’s participation tonight.

My meeting summary follows below, but the official minutes will be in next month’s agenda packet. And remember that you can view tonight’s meeting recording by CLICKING HERE.

Public Forum

  • The Public Forum began a little differently than usual. I opened the Forum with a question: What is your opinion about creating a special honorary designation of Assembly Drive as Billy Graham Way? We showed a sample of how the signage might look and I explained that we are not suggesting renaming Assembly Drive. It will always be Assembly Drive. But, we would do an honorary designation as Billy Graham Drive with street signs indicating so. I then opened it up for public comments. Six individuals spoke:

To read more, CLICK HERE

We Want Your Opinion

As reported in the Mayor’s Meeting Minutes of last night’s Town Council Meeting, there was an open discussion about creating an honorary designation of Assembly Drive as Billy Graham Way. A few residents voiced their opinions at the meeting, but we want to hear from others.

Please take a short survey to give us your opinion on the idea of the honorary designation. Again, to be clear, Assembly Drive will remain Assembly Drive. No name change is being considered. Instead, there would be a special designation with street signs on Assembly Drive much like the one in the photograph above.

Take the two minute survey by CLICKING HERE. We want to hear from you.

Preparing to Dredge Lake Susan

You may have noticed a boat on Lake Susan recently. These are not recreational boaters. They are scientists who were taking measures and samples from the lake, all of which is part of the preparation for dredging. The heavy work is scheduled for the fall, but preliminary tasks are being done now so that everything will be ready to dredge when the time comes.

MRA is very appreciative of the State of North Carolina for including this project in the state budget. We will keep you informed of timing and progress as fall grows closer.

Does Your Water Bill Look Higher than Normal? —  Just a Reminder

You may recall from the February 23rd Montreat Minute that two Metropolitan Sewerage District (MSD) charges were inadvertently left off your February water bill and would be added to your March bill. Those charges were added to the bills that were sent this week. Everything will be properly handled next month and provided your water consumption is normal next month, your bill should be lower than this month’s bill.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Introducing Montreat’s New Online Customer Service Portal

The Town of Montreat is excited to announce the launch of our new online utility customer service portal. Using the portal makes it easy to pay any of your town bills, including water bills, permit fees, fines, and other fees. Using the portal, you can:

  • Make one-time current and future dated payments
  • Schedule your own recurring payment with the Auto Pay function
  • Enroll for e-bills and go paperless. As an incentive, if you elect to receive e-bills, the Town will waive your monthly billing fee from your water bill!
  • View your transaction and consumption history
  • Manage your account online 24/7/365

Sign up today by going to:

Questions? Call Angie or Rachel at 828-669-8002, x1 or x2.

Presbyterian Heritage Center Invites You to “Meet and Greet”

The Presbyterian Heritage Center is one of Montreat’s most valuable and educational resources. Yet many people, local and visitors, have little or no knowledge of what the PHC offers! A group of Montreat neighbors is hosting five gatherings at the PHC to “show off” this community jewel. Come and enjoy wine and refreshments, a “backstage tour”, fellowship with neighbors, and even some prizes. As a special treat, come and meet Anne Chesky, PHC’s new Executive Director. 

Event details include:

  • March 18, 19, 21, 22 and 26
  • From 4:00 to 5:00pm
  • Please RSVP by calling 828-669-6556 or emailing [email protected] with name, number attending and preferred date.

Come learn, visit with friends, and have fun!

Updates and Reminders

  • The Montreat Town Council will meet on Friday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm in the Town Hall Community Room for a Budget Workshop. The meeting will be live streamed. CLICK HERE for streaming instructions. The Public is invited.
  • 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 Angela Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!