Montreat Minute 5/10/24

Mayor’s Summary of the May 9, 2024 Town Council Meeting

Greetings Montreaters!

We are thankful for those who joined us. We missed Commissioners Widmer and Dasher who were unable to attend the meeting.

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

  • Although we had a few folks join us, there were no comments at the public forum.

To read more, CLICK HERE

Be Prepared: I-40 Westbound to be Closed Again this Weekend

A stretch of Interstate 40 will close again this weekend like two weekends ago. Weather permitting, crews will continue rehabilitating bridges and resurfacing between Hendersonville Road (Exit 50) and I-26 East (Exit 46A) from 8:00pm Friday through Monday at 6:00am. Traffic will be detoured along I-240 from Friday night to Monday morning. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic on to and off I-240.

Plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

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
  • MPD 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.

Treasured Tree Walk Rescheduled

The treasured Tree Walk, originally scheduled for last weekend, was cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 19th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

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.

The Walk is a tour of the 14 trees. 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

  • The Montreat Town Council will meet for a Budget Workshop today, Friday, May 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will be live streamed. CLICK HERE for streaming instructions. All are invited to attend.
  • The Open Space Conservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 14th, at 3:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The meeting will not be live streamed. To view the agenda and other meeting information, CLICK HERE. All are invited to attend.
  • At last night’s Town Council meeting, the Council voted to begin the monthly Town Council meetings one hour earlier beginning in July. The Public Forum will begin at 5:30pm, with the Council meeting following at 6:00pm.
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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!