Montreat Minute 6/7/24

Landcare Receives Flat Creek Crossing Grant

The Town of Montreat and the Landcare Committee gratefully thank The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) for providing the Pigeon River Fund Grant of $34,065 for the Flat Creek Crossing Accessible Trail. “We are so thankful for the support of the Community Foundation as we continue to work to make the dream of an accessible trail a reality,” stated Town Manager Savannah Parrish.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitated $34 million in charitable giving last year. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.

Designed to provide wheelchair access to Flat Creek, the new trail is located just inside the gate on the right side, south of the Memorial Garden. Flat Creek Crossing will have designated parking, easy drop off, hard surface, and a gently-sloped trail route, which will make Flat Creek Crossing a great destination for anyone with mobility or sensory challenges. A picnic area with an accessible picnic table will add to the enjoyment of creekside recreation at this lovely site.

Montreat Finance Officer Rachel Eddings Receives Scholarship

The Town of Montreat’s Finance Officer, Rachel Eddings, was recently notified that she has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship. The national competition awards one $25,000 scholarship annually to a worthy individual working in the government finance area. The scholarship will be awarded to Rachel Monday at the GFOA Annual Meeting in Orlando.

In commenting about Rachel’s receiving the scholarship, GFOA Executive Director, Christopher Morrill, commented, “Our scholarship committee was impressed with your academic achievements, your course concentration at Montreat College, and your other accomplishments. Your desire to dedicate your many talents to work in government is to be commended.

Rachel is currently studying for her Masters of Public Finance degree at Montreat College, where she previously received her Bachelor’s and MBA degrees. We are proud of Rachel’s accomplishments and are happy she is working at Montreat.

Town Council Meeting June 13, at 7:00pm

The Montreat Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting next Thursday, June 13th, 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.

Please remember: beginning in July, Town Council meetings will begin one hour earlier  at 6:00pm. The Public Forum will begin at 5:30pm.

Bears Can’t Read

Just a reminder that bears can’t read the sign that says “Trash Container for Tenants Only”, nor would they abide by it if they could! Additionally, chains, locks and latches do no good if they are not affixed to the clasping mechanism.

Please be sure you, your guests, and your tenants know to lock trash containers securely. Situations like this often result in Town staff having to pick up the mess, with fines levied to the property owner. Please help us to minimize the bear activity in Montreat.

New 2024 Cottager Directory Coming Soon

The Montreat Cottagers are happy to announce that the 2024 Montreat Cottager Directory will go on sale starting June 22. Purchasing information includes:

When:            Saturday, June 22 –Wednesday, July 3 (excluding Sundays) from

9:00 am – noon

Where:           The Montreat Post Office

Cost:            $25.00 per directory (if bought in person)

                        $35.00 per directory (if mailed)

Payment terms include cash or checks, but no credit cards please. Make checks out to Montreat Cottagers, Inc.

If you will not be here during the sales period, directories can be mailed. Please send a request by mail to Montreat Cottager Directory, PO Box 1135, Montreat, NC 28757. Include your full name and mailing address, number of copies requested, and a check made out to Montreat Cottagers, Inc. for the total amount of directories ordered ($35.00 each including shipping). Include “2024 Montreat Directory” on the memo line.

For questions, please contact Laurie Morgan at 828-669-7626 or email [email protected].

Updates and Reminders

  • Have you met the Montreat Police Department’s newest patrol officer? Olivia Presley recently joined the MPD and works full-time days. Welcome Olivia when you see her. A full bio will be in a future issue of the Montreat Minute.
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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