Montreat Minute 5/3/24

Montreat Minute for May 3, 2024

Town Council Meeting May 9, at 7:00pm

The Montreat Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting next Thursday, May 9th, 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.

Receive Text Emergency Notifications from the Town– We Just Need Your Info

As you may recall, the town recently transferred to a new financial system. As part of that system, we are able to send out emergency notifications, including items such as:

· Boil Water Notifications

· Road Closures

· Montreat Police Department Messages

The new system texts notifications to residents, giving you instant information. However, for you to participate, you will need to provide updated cell phone numbers so we can ensure you receive the notifications. There are two ways to update your information: 1. Email your mobile phone numbers to [email protected] 2. Visit, then register. Note, you do not have to sign up for utility bill pay in order to register. It takes three minutes to register (honestly, that’s all it takes!).

Please do not call the Town Office to provide your updated information. Instead, use one of the two options above.

Need to Reach the Montreat Police Department? A Quick Refresher

Several residents have inquired about the process to contact the Montreat Police Department. Here’s a quick “primer” on the process:

· For Emergency Situations: Call 911 for situations such as fire, ambulance, intrusions, and life threatening situations. Give them your address and they will immediately dispatch the appropriate emergency response team to your home or specified location.

· For Non-Emergency Situations: Call the Dispatch number at 828/250-6670. Please know that this is not a Montreat dispatch center. Most of the municipalities in the area, including Montreat, use a central dispatch call center. Give them your address and they will get in touch with the Montreat Police Department. You do not have to ask to speak to Montreat Police. They will know who to call based on the address you provide.

Montreat Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day Celebration Tomorrow May 4

Come tomorrow, Saturday, May 4th to the 2024 Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day observance from 9am to 2pm at the Moore Center field at Lake Susan. Come for a day of shopping, learning, eating, visiting and enjoying the beauty that is afforded us in this special place. Additionally, the Landcare Committee and the Tree Board will have exhibits about their efforts to enhance the natural setting we enjoy. Kids activities will be available as well.

Also Tomorrow: Treasured Tree Walk

In January, the Town Council voted to participate in the Swannanoa Valley Tree Alliance’s Treasured Tree program. Fourteen special trees in Montreat have been selected to be designated in the Treasured Tree program and marked accordingly.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, from 10:00am to noon, a walking tour of the 14 trees will be held. The tour is approximately 2-2.5 miles, with stops along the route to learn about the history and significance of each tree.

For additional information, including the tour starting point and other key facts, CLICK HERE.

Updates and Reminders

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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!