Montreat News Archive

Montreat Minute 10/16/20

October 14, 2020

American Chestnut Tree Planting October 20 At the request of the Tree Board and the Town Council, Town Hall Landscape Architect Joel Osgood worked to obtain four chestnut tree seedlings for the Town of Montreat from The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). After conversations with the Tree Board, Public Works Director Barry Creasman and PW staff…

Meeting Notice: Planning and Zoning Commission

October 14, 2020

NOTICE OF MEETING Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in.  The purpose of this…

Montreat Minute 10/09/2020

October 9, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Hello Fellow Montreaters, I must first apologize for something. We had a problem with our internet service last night and did not find out about it until shortly before the Public Forum began. We were not able to fix it in time for the meetings. We…

Mayor’s Summary of the October 8, 2020 Town Council Meeting

October 9, 2020

Hello Fellow Montreaters, I must first apologize for something. We had a problem with our internet service last night and did not find out about it until shortly before the Public Forum began. We were not able to fix it in time for the meetings. We weren’t able to send out a message of the…

Special Meeting – Bid Opening

October 9, 2020

               Town of Montreat P.O. Box 423, Montreat, North Carolina 28757 Phone:  (828) 669-8002 • Fax:  (828) 669-3810                   www.townofmontreat.org PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, October 13, 2020– 11:00 a.m. The Town Staff Montreat will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Town Hall, 1210 Montreat…

Montreat Minute 10/02/2020

October 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update NC moves to Phase 3.0 Today The Governor has announced that NC will be moving into phase 3.0 of Coronavirus restrictions as of 5:00pm this afternoon. For us here in Montreat, there is not a significant impact. Mass gathering limits remain the same as in the previous Phase 2.5: 25 people indoors, 50…

October Town Council Meeting

October 1, 2020

*Updated Agenda Packet 10/8/20* NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:00 p.m. Public Forum begins at 6:30 p.m. The packet can be found here Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software. …

Montreat Minute 09/25/2020

September 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update Just a reminder that we are in Phase 2.5 of easing Coronavirus restrictions in North Carolina. The major impacts here in Montreat are as follows: Mass gatherings indoors have been increased from 10 to 25 persons. Masks and social distancing are still in effect. Mass gatherings outdoors are now at 50 persons. Likewise,…

Board of Adjustment Meeting 09/24/20

September 18, 2020

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 5:00 p.m. Town Hall/Zoom Meeting Packet can be found here The Montreat Board of Adjustment will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter in the Town Hall, 1210 Montreat Road, Montreat, NC. The purpose of the…

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting 9/24/20

September 18, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Thursday, September 24, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software Agenda can be found here. Minutes from 09/10/2020 can be found here. The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is…

Montreat Minute 09/18/20

September 18, 2020

Last Call to be Counted! The Constitutionally mandated 2020 Census will remain available for being counted until September 30. Currently, more than 40% of all North Carolina households have not yet filled out the 2020 Census, representing more than 4 million North Carolinians not currently included in the Census. And here in Buncombe County, our…

PUBLIC NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Engineering and Design

September 17, 2020

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TEXAS ROAD BANK STABILIZATION / RETAINING WALL PROJECT NUMBER 2020-001 1.0  INTRODUCTION The Town of Montreat is seeking interested firms to bid on infrastructure repair engineering and design. Heavy rainfall and high water resulting from Tropical Storm Alberto on May 30, 2018 damaged the bank, road, and retaining wall along Puncheon Branch and…

Use Caution: Construction on Lower Greybeard

September 15, 2020

Please use caution Tuesday, September 15th. Lower Greybeard Road will see light construction in the late afternoon. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic.

Montreat Minute 09/11/2020

September 11, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Greetings Montreaters, Last night’s meeting was a special one in that it was the first meeting since March that was open to the public and included the Public Forum prior to the Council Meeting. With the Governor’s change in allowing up to 25 persons indoors, we…

Mayor’s Summary of the September 10, 2020 Town Council Meeting

September 11, 2020

Greetings Montreaters, Last night’s meeting was a special one in that it was the first meeting since March that was open to the public and included the Public Forum prior to the Council Meeting. With the Governor’s change in allowing up to 25 persons indoors, we were able to accommodate ten chairs for the public…

Notice: Planning & Zoning Commission 09/10/2020

September 4, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The agenda packet can be found here The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100…

Montreat Minute 09/04/20

September 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update: NC moves to Phase 2.5 Today NC Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order moving the state into Phase 2.5 of easing Coronavirus restrictions. The order is effective today, Friday, at 5:00pm. The major impacts here in Montreat are as follows: Mass gatherings indoors have been increased from 10 to 25 persons. Masks…

Town Council Meeting 09/10/20

September 4, 2020

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:00 p.m. Public Forum begins at 6:30 p.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Agenda Packet can be found here The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is…

Montreat Minute 08/28/20

August 28, 2020

Don’t Forget to be Counted! The Constitutionally mandated 2020 Census will remain available for being counted until September 30. Currently, more than 40% of all North Carolina households have not yet filled out the 2020 Census, representing more than 4 million North Carolinians not currently included in the Census. And here in Buncombe County, our specific census…

Notice: Tree Board Special Meeting

August 21, 2020

NOTICE OF  TREE BOARD MEETING Tuesday, August 25th 2020 2:00 p.m. Town Services Building The Montreat Tree Board will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the Town Hall, 1210 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC.  The purpose of the meeting is to conduct regular business. The Town of Montreat…

Montreat Minute for August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

Don’t Forget to be Counted! The Constitutionally mandated 2020 Census will remain available for being counted until September 30. Currently, more than 40% of all North Carolina households have not yet filled out the 2020 Census, representing more than 4 million North Carolinians not currently included in the Census. And here in Buncombe County, our…

Planning and Zoning Meeting 8/25/20

August 20, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING The agenda packet can be found here. Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100…

Montreat Minute 08/14/2020

August 14, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Greetings Montreaters, We had a milestone Council meeting: it was our first meeting in the new Town Hall. Admittedly, it was not quite what any of us anticipated since it was just the Council and staff, with Montreaters joining in via Zoom. But, we look forward…

Mayor’s Summary of the August 13, 2020 Virtual Town Council Meeting

August 14, 2020

Greetings Montreaters, We had a milestone Council meeting: it was our first meeting in the new Town Hall. Admittedly, it was not quite what any of us anticipated since it was just the Council and staff, with Montreaters joining in via Zoom. But, we look forward to the time we can all be together in…

Montreat Minute 08/07/2020

August 7, 2020

Last Week for Cottager Directory/Wearables Sales at Post Office The Committee and volunteers will sell directories for the final week from 9:30 – noon on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, August 12-14 at the Montreat Post Office.  This will be the last week of direct sales. Directories are $25.00 a copy. A check made payable to…

Firewise-How to Prune Rhododendron

August 7, 2020

Montreat’s Firewise Initiative:  Montreat has plenty of fuel for a fast-spreading wildfire – in particular, leaves, mountain laurel, and rhododendron.  Our initiative is designed to raise awareness among Montreat residents and to encourage each other to do what we can to reduce the potential for a destructive fire. Wondering when to prune rhododendron?  Right after…

August 13th Town Council Meeting

August 6, 2020

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:00 p.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The agenda packet can be found here The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people…

Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

August 6, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING The agenda packet can be found here Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100…

Montreat Minute for July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

American Chestnut Trees Return to Montreat! More than a century ago, the American chestnut tree dominated the eastern US landscape. Nearly four billion chestnuts grew tall, fast and strong. The wood was rot-resistant, straight grained, and extremely suitable for building–  everything from house framing to furniture. In fact, Graham Chapel in Gaither Hall is completely…

Montreat Minute, July 24

July 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update A reminder that COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect here in Montreat. Particularly, the staff and Town Council urge residents and guests to social distance and wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Given the open environment here, it is easy to forget to social distance and wear masks when gathering outdoors…

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting

July 22, 2020

The Meeting Packet can be found here. NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100…

Montreat Minute 07/17/2020

July 17, 2020

COVID-19 Reminder re. Town Services A reminder that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Town Hall remains closed to the public. Staff are working in the building and may be reached by calling 828-669-8002. All Town functions (except Friday trash pickup) are operating as normal. Green and blue Town trash bags are available by calling before…

Firewise Certification Achieved by Montreat

July 16, 2020

Montreat is one of only two municipalities to receive such recognition, and the only one in western North Carolina!  Residents have demonstrated a commitment to mitigating the potential effects of wildfire by reporting over 800 hours of working to prune shrubbery and remove debris and leaves. As a recognized Firewise community, Montreat will update its…

Montreat Minute for July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020

New COVID-19 Restrictions in North Carolina NC Governor Roy Cooper announced new coronavirus restrictions last week. Originally June 26 was scheduled to be the day to begin Phase 3 of reduced restrictions. But due to a significant spike in COVID-19 related infections in the state, the Governor has delayed Phase 3 until at least July…

July 14th Planning & Zoning Meeting

July 9, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, July 14, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in.  The purpose of…

July 9th Town Council Meeting-Canceled

July 6, 2020

Due to the lack of agenda items the July 9th Town Council Meeting has been canceled!

Montreat Minute 07/03/2020

July 3, 2020

Montreat Minute for July 3, 2020 New COVID-19 Restrictions in North Carolina NC Governor Roy Cooper announced new coronavirus restrictions last week. Originally June 26 was scheduled to be the day to begin Phase 3 of reduced restrictions. But due to a significant spike in COVID-19 related infections in the state, the Governor has delayed…

July 4th Town Hall Open House

July 2, 2020

Come celebrate the new Town Hall on Saturday, July 4th with an Open House tour for everyone. Self-guided tours will be available from 10:00am to 1:00pm, with a flag raising ceremony at 9:45. Social distancing precautions will be taken with a proscribed tour route, adequate distance between visitors, and mandatory masks. Please keep at least…

Special Meeting 6/30/2020

June 30, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:00 p.m. Agenda packet can be found here Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software. The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who…

Montreat Directories!!!!

June 29, 2020

DIRECTORY 2020 STAY IN YOUR CAR DIRECTORY PURCHASE      The 2020 Cottager Directory is HERE. Stop by the gate July 1-3 from 9 to 1 where volunteers will help you with your purchase; OR stop by on July 4 from 9-2 after you have toured the Town Hall. Directories are $25.00 a copy. A check or…

Montreat Minute June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

New COVID-19 Restrictions in North Carolina NC Governor Roy Cooper announced new restrictions Wednesday afternoon affecting all of us. Originally June 26 was scheduled to be the day to begin Phase 3 of reduced restrictions. But due to a significant spike in COVID-19 related infections in the state, the Governor has delayed Phase 3 until…

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting 6/30/2020

June 25, 2020

The Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting will meet by Zoom software on Tuesday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m.  The zoom link will be posted below The meeting packet can be found here Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84681913647 Or iPhone one-tap :     US: +13017158592,,84681913647#  or +13126266799,,84681913647# Or Telephone:     Dial(for higher…

Montreat Minute 6/19/20

June 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update Given the expected increase in visitors and activity here, the Montreat Town Commissioners have prepared a letter for all residents, full and part-time. The letter outlines pertinent information for residents and guests about COVID-19 regulations in place at Montreat. Signs have been posted at the gate informing everyone that COVID-19 regulations are in…

Special Montreat Minute 6/17/20

June 17, 2020

We are preparing a special Montreat photo presentation for the new Town Hall and we need your help! We need your photos. We will have two special presentations on the video screens. One will be Montreat scenes like the ones above. The other will be Montreat activities, like rock hopping, Fourth of July parade, square…

Montreat Minute for June 11, 2020

June 12, 2020

Mayor Pro Tem’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Greetings Montreaters, It was my honor to chair tonight’s meeting in the absence of Mayor Helms. Tim had hip replacement surgery Wednesday afternoon and I am happy to say that his wife, Mimi, reports that he is doing well. We pray for a full…

Mayor Pro Tem’s Summary of the June 11, 2020 Virtual Town Council Meeting

June 12, 2020

Greetings Montreaters, It was my honor to chair tonight’s meeting in the absence of Mayor Helms. Tim had hip replacement surgery Wednesday afternoon and I am happy to say that his wife, Mimi, reports that he is doing well. We pray for a full recovery for him. With the continued COVID-19 restriction limiting indoor meetings…

Planning and Zoning Committee

June 12, 2020

NOTICE OF MEETING The meeting packet can be found here. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign…

Questions from May 28 Budget Public Hearing

June 11, 2020

At the May 28th public hearing for the budget, a number of questions were asked. Many of those questions were technical in nature and could be appropriately answered by staff. Those questions were compiled and answered in the document which can be could by clicking here.

Firewise Initiative: Tips for Pruning a Mountain Laurel

June 10, 2020

Hasn’t the Mountain Laurel been glorious this year!!!  Now that it has just about finished blooming, it is time to prune.  If you wait until late fall or winter, you will diminish the amount of blooms that will appear the following growing season.  Remember that mountain laurel is an extremely flammable plant, so cutting it…

Montreat Minute 06/05/2020

June 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update Given the expected increase in visitors and activity here, the Montreat Town Commissioners have prepared a letter for all residents, full and part-time. The letter outlines pertinent information for residents and guests about COVID-19 regulations in place at Montreat. Signs have been posted at the gate informing everyone that COVID-19 regulations are in…

Town Council Meeting Meeting Packet 06/11/2020

June 5, 2020

The June 11th, 2020 Town Council Meeting will be held electronically via Zoom software at 7:00 p.m. The meeting packet can be found here. The Zoom instructions are as follows: NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:00 p.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a…

Planning & Zoning Meeting 06/09/2020

June 5, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING The meeting packet can be found here Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100…

Notice of Regular Town Council Meeting 6/11/2020

June 5, 2020

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:00 p.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in.  There will be two…

Montreat Minute 5/29/2020

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update Regulations have changed again with adoption of Phase 2 last Friday. Given the expected increase in visitors and activity here, the Montreat Town Commissioners have prepared a letter for all residents, full and part-time. The letter will be sent via traditional mail and email as well as posted on the Town website. Signs…

Information on Covid-19

May 29, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order moving the state into Phase 2.5 of easing Coronavirus restrictions. The order is effective Friday Seotember 4, 2020, at 5:00pm. The major impacts here in Montreat are as follows: Mass gatherings indoors have been increased from 10 to 25 persons. Masks and social distancing are still in…

Special Meeting 05/29/2020

May 29, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Friday, May 29, 2020 1:00 p.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in.  The purpose of this…

Special 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget Presentation and Public Hearing

May 28, 2020

Please join the Town of Montreat Board of Commissioners on May 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom for the Special Meeting 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget Presentation and Public Hearing. The updated meeting document link can be found at the bottom of this email. This meeting can be accessed as follows: Please click the link…

2020-2021 Updated Administrator’s Proposed Budget

May 26, 2020

The Updated Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Administrator’s Proposed Budget may be viewed by clicking here. The proposed budget will be presented to the Commission on Thursday, May 28th. Please provide public comment to info@townofmontreat.org . Your comments will be read aloud at the Public Hearing at the same meeting and will be broadcast via Zoom.

Montreat Minute 05/22/2020

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update Once again, here are several COVID-19 updates pertinent to the Montreat community: Although the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County announced new Phase 2 regulations in the last two days, little has changed for us here in Montreat other than when we leave the gates to go into town. Tourism is now…

Planning & Zoning Commission Special ZOOM Meeting 5/26/2020

May 20, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in.  The purpose of…

Montreat Minute 05/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Hello Montreaters, We continue in this strange way of pandemic life. We’ve adjusted schedules, social calendars, our ways of communicating and so much more. It’s my hope that you are faring well through it and adapting to this new normal. As we did in April, we…

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of 5/14/2020 Town Council Meeting

May 15, 2020

Hello Montreaters, We continue in this strange way of pandemic life. We’ve adjusted schedules, social calendars, our ways of communicating and so much more. It’s my hope that you are faring well through it and adapting to this new normal. As we did in April, we conducted our May Town Council meeting virtually. The meeting…

REVISED-May 14th Meeting Packet

May 14, 2020

The revised May 14th Town Council Agenda Packet can be found here

Special Meeting-Audit Committee 05/18/2020

May 14, 2020

The Montreat Audit Committee will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Town Services Building, 96 Rainbow Terrace to discuss the following topics: -Review the Request for Proposals bids for selection of auditor -Review the Audit Structure for 2020 The meeting is open to the public

Montreat Minute 05/08/2020

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update Everything is pretty confusing given state, county and in some cases, local COVID-19 rules. Hopefully we can clarify some of it for you. Here are a few updates pertinent to all of us at Montreat: As of 5:00pm today, Friday, Buncombe County will move into Phase 1 of reopening. The county still remains…

May 14th Town Council Meeting Packet

May 8, 2020

Please join the Montreat Town Council on May 14th by Zoom at the following link: Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81876253413?pwd=emRFLytmY2lsRXlucHNXdHVQa21YUT09 Password: 898276 Or iPhone one-tap :     US: +13017158592,,81876253413#,,1#,898276#  or +13126266799,,81876253413#,,1#,898276# Or Telephone:     Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):         US: +1 301 715 8592 …

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting 5/12/2020

May 5, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:30 a.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The agenda packet can be found here. The Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in. …

Montreat Landcare/Firewise Initiative

May 5, 2020

FIREWISE ASSESSMENT WEBINAR WHEN:  Wednesday, May 6, 4-5 PM WHERE:  On your computer via Zoom! Justin Query, Wildfire Mitigation Forester with the NC Forest Service, visited Montreat on March 3 and performed a Wildfire Risk Assessment for our community.  In this webinar, he will present the result of his findings, speaking to us live and…

Montreat Minute 5/01/2020

May 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update Here are several COVID-19 updates pertinent to the Montreat community: This morning, Buncombe County eased its ‘stay home’ restrictions to coincide with the governor’s order. Additionally, the county will likely follow the state’s directives on any future orders. The immediate impact is that groups of up to 10 people can gather together as…

Montreat Landcare/Firewise Initiative

April 28, 2020

FIREWISE ASSESSMENT WEBINAR WHEN:  Wednesday, May 6, 4-5 PM WHERE:  On your computer via Zoom! Justin Query, Wildfire Mitigation Forester with the NC Forest Service, visited Montreat on March 3 and performed a Wildfire Risk Assessment for our community.  In this webinar, he will present the result of his findings, speaking to us live and…

Special Montreat Minute 4/27/20

April 27, 2020

Don’t Forget to Thank the Stone Masons Today! Everyone loves the stone work that makes the new Town Hall so distinctive. Today, Monday, April 27, at noon there will be a “drive by” to thank the stone masons for their amazing work on the Town Hall. We’ll organize ourselves in the parking lot next to…

Montreat Minute 4/24/20

April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update Here are several COVID-19 updates pertinent to the Montreat community: Yesterday Governor Cooper extended the “Stay Home” Order until at least May 9, depending upon how certain key indicators look at that time. However, the Buncombe County “Stay Home” order, which is slightly more stringent than the Governor’s, is still indefinitely in place.…

And the winner is….

April 21, 2020

Willa Roberts! Willa Roberts, age 9, is the winner of the Mayor’s Chalk Art Challenge. Willa’s masterpiece, Rainbow Dog, was a runaway winner against the other eight entries of the contest.  Willa was inspired by her own dogs as well as the color palette in her chalk box. Willa is a third grader at Black…

Don’t Forget to VOTE!

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020 Have You Voted? The artwork submission phase of the Mayor’s Chalk Art Contest is closed. But, voting is open until the end of the day today. So please check out the entries and make your vote with a “Like”. To vote on your favorite, go to the Town Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TownofMontreat, scroll…

Mayor’s Summary of 4/16/2020 Virtual Town Council Meeting

April 17, 2020

Greetings Montreaters, Here we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and it has changed our lives significantly. Life here in Montreat is different—very quiet and somewhat secluded. But it is even more changed outside of the gate. However, we are not letting the virus stop the work of the Town. After checking with…

Montreat Minute April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Greetings Montreaters, Here we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and it has changed our lives significantly. Life here in Montreat is different—very quiet and somewhat secluded. But it is even more changed outside of the gate. However, we are not letting the virus…

Special Meeting Packet 4/16/20

April 15, 2020

Please join the Montreat Town Council for a special meeting held electronically through Zoom software on April 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. Only the first 100 people to sign in will have access. The Packet can be found here. The purpose of this meeting is as follows: Presentation of the Texas Road Bridge design Presentation…

Submit your Masterpieces!

April 14, 2020

Have You Drawn Your Chalk Masterpiece? Last Wednesday we announced the Mayor’s Chalk Art Challenge. We are encouraging everyone to use their “Stay Home” time to create a chalk art masterpiece, take a photo of it, and enter it into our contest. Montreaters will also be the judges by voting. Read about voting below. With…

Special Town Council Meeting 4/16/2020

April 13, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:00 p.m. Will be conducted electronically using Zoom software The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. electronically using Zoom software.  The webinar is limited to the first 100 people who sign in.  The purpose of this…

Caution on Assembly Drive

April 13, 2020

Please use caution if traveling on Assembly Drive this morning. Tree crews are working in the area. Thank you.

Montreat Minute for April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update Once again, here are several COVID-19 updates pertinent to the Montreat community: Buncombe County updated its “Stay Home- Stay Safe” order yesterday, extending the time limit and following many of the Governor’s orders in EO121. The order enacted other provisions, and we recommend you review it by reading the Interpretive Guidance document by…

Request for Proposals: Audit Services

April 9, 2020

The Town of Montreat has re-advertised a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Audit Services. You may download the full RFP by CLICKING HERE, or you may visit the BIDS PAGE and scroll under “Finance Services.”

Special Montreat Minute 4/8/2020

April 8, 2020

Join the Mayor’s Chalk Art Challenge! We are three weeks into the Stay At Home order. It’s good that we are doing so to manage the COVID 19 spread. But, we suspect you are getting tired of Netflix , jigsaw puzzles, playing Sudoku, cleaning closets, watching old ACC Championship games and spending money on Amazon.…

Special Montreat Minute 4/7/2020

April 7, 2020

Do You Need a (Free) Cloth Facemask? In the developing news of the Coronavirus, authorities have changed their position on wearing masks in public and now recommend it. As a result, three benevolent and talented Montreat residents are making cloth facemasks for other Montreat residents. Jacqueline Clark, Lila Ray and Kitty Fouche have put their…

Montreat Minute 04/03/2020

April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update Once again, here are several COVID-19 updates pertinent to the Montreat community: Most Town staff continue to work from home. Call 828-669-8002 or email info@townofmontreat.org for questions or comments. A water bill dropbox has been installed at the Town Services Offices for payment of water bills. It is to the right of the…

Montreat Trails, Parks, and Fields are Closed

March 31, 2020

The Mountain Retreat Association has closed all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities to the public until Wednesday, April 29, 2020 In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper’s executive order. This includes public restrooms. Go to https://montreat.org/ for more information.

Sanitation Reminders!

March 30, 2020

It’s trash day in Montreat and we have two crews working hard to get your trash up safely and securely. Please remember to have your trash at the curb at 8:00 a.m. – this will insure your trash gets picked up in a timely fashion. Also please make sure your trash bags are tied!! Stay…

Montreat Minute 03/27/2020

March 27, 2020

Montreat Minute for March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Update Once again, here are several COVID-19 updates pertinent to the Montreat community: Town administrative staff continue to work from home. Call 828-669-8002 or email info@townofmontreat.org for questions or comments. A water bill dropbox has been installed at the Town Services Offices for payment of water bills. It…

“STAY HOME – STAY SAFE” Order issued for Buncombe County

March 25, 2020

Buncombe County has issued a “Stay Home – Stay Safe” order that goes into effect Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00pm. The intent of this supplemental declaration of emergency is to further minimize all opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19. The order directs all Buncombe County, including all of Montreat, to “Stay Home –…

COVID-19 Update

March 25, 2020

Special Montreat Minute March 25, 2020 Greetings, Montreaters— We hope and trust everyone is doing well during this challenging period. We’d like to give you several pertinent updates that, we hope, will be helpful during this crisis: As you may know, Ingles grocery stores have set up a special time for seniors to shop. Tuesdays…

Montreat Minute 03/20/2020

March 20, 2020

Special Announcement: Greybeard Trail is OPEN! As mentioned below, Greybeard Trail is open as of this afternoon. It remains unpaved. Weather permitting, it will be paved next week to complete the job. COVID-19 Update It seems that every media outlet is focusing on the coronavirus crisis. So, instead of telling you information you probably already…

Town Wide Hydrant Flushing

March 19, 2020

Crews will be doing heavy hydrant flushing in Town today (3/19) and you may find yourself with dirty water. Please turn on faucets and let them run until the color clears up. Thank you for your patience.

COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020

From: Mayor Tim Helms             Town Administrator Alex Carmichael To:  The Montreat Community In this confusing and unprecedented time, we feel it is important to keep you continually updated about situations here in Montreat and actions being taken. Reiterating our statement from last Friday, the Town of Montreat takes the COVID 19 virus seriously and…

Annual Board Retreat CANCELLED

March 16, 2020

Out of concern for the potential spreading of the COVID-19 virus we are cancelling the March 20th Annual Board Retreat.

Tree Board CANCELLED

March 16, 2020

Out of concern for the potential spreading of the COVID-19 virus we are cancelling the March 24th Tree Board Meeting.

Planning & Zoning Meeting CANCELLED

March 16, 2020

Out of concern for the potential spreading of the COVID-19 virus we are cancelling the March 19th Planning & Zoning Meeting.

Montreat Minute March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Hello Montreaters, We were thankful for the 18 people who attended the meeting. Here’s a summary of the discussions. As you know, a full overview will be in the official meeting minutes in April’s agenda packet. Public Forum questions/comments included: Sally Stansil expressed her continued concerns…

Mayor’s Summary of the March 12th, Board of Commissioners Meeting

March 13, 2020

Hello Montreaters, We were thankful for the 18 people who attended the meeting. Here’s a summary of the discussions. As you know, a full overview will be in the official meeting minutes in April’s agenda packet. Public Forum questions/comments included: Sally Stansil expressed her continued concerns about high noise levels from traffic near the entrance.…

Audit Committee Meeting Cancelled

March 10, 2020

The March 11th Audit Committee Meeting has been cancelled due to lack of responses to the posted Request for Proposals. This meeting will be rescheduled at a later time.

Montreat Minute March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

The First Lady of Trash Brace yourself: In this beautiful, peaceful, quaint place we call Montreat, people throw trash on the ground. Yes, it happens. No doubt you have driven down Assembly Drive and seen drink cups, wrappers and other assorted trash along the road. It aggravates most of us. But for one person, she…

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