Montreat News Archive

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

Date: May 29, 2020 To: All Montreat Residents- Full and Part Time From: Montreat Town Council Subject: COVID-19 Greetings from the Town Council. We hope you are staying well during this most unusual time. Even as restrictions loosen up, it remains a confusing and frustrating time for all of us. As a Board, we want…

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…

UPDATED: March 12th Town Council Meeting Packet

March 5, 2020

The March Board of Commissioners Meeting will be held March 12, 2020 in the Walkup Building at 7:00 p.m. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please join us! The meeting packet can be found here.

Planning & Zoning Commission Agenda Packet

February 28, 2020

The Town of Montreat Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Thursday, March 5th at 10:30 a.m. in the Walkup Building to continue their review of the Montreat Zoning Ordinance. The public is as always invited. The meeting packet can be found here.

Montreat Minute 02/28/2020

February 27, 2020

Montreat Did It Again! Earlier this week we learned that Montreat was once again awarded “Tree City USA” designation. The award is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Montreat earned the award due to its commitment to effective urban forest management…

Board of Adjustment 02/27/19-CANCELLED

February 25, 2020

The Variance Applications have been withdrawn and the February 27th Board of Adjustment meeting has been cancelled.

Special Montreat Minute 02/24/2020

February 24, 2020

Town Survey Closes Wednesday Several weeks ago we announced the availability of a survey seeking your opinion regarding key issues for future planning. Many thanks to the nearly 200 people who have completed it. We will be closing out the survey this Wednesday, February 26. If you have not completed it, we really do need…

Montreat Minute 02/21/2020

February 21, 2020

Congratulations Daniel Wiggs Back in November, we introduced you to Daniel Wiggs in our Public Works Department. We told you Daniel had a focus on Montreat’s trees, capitalizing on his background in landscaping. After some intense studying, Daniel received his designation as a Certified Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture earlier this week. To…

Montreat Minute, February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day From all of us on the Town staff and Board of Commissioners, we wish you a happy Valentine’s day and hope you receive your favorite candy today! Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Greetings, friends. I hope you are appreciating our quirky mountain weather. If we don’t like it,…

Mayor’s Summary of the February 13th, Board of Commissioners Meeting

February 14, 2020

Greetings, friends. I hope you are appreciating our quirky mountain weather. If we don’t like it, all we need to do is wait a bit. Public Forum questions/comments included: Emory Underwood appealed to the Board that as we begin the long term planning process, that we seriously consider the balance of growth in the higher…

Special Montreat Minute 2/11/20

February 11, 2020

We Still Need Your Opinion Several weeks ago we announced the availability of a survey seeking your opinion regarding key issues for future planning. Many thanks to the 140 people who have completed the survey. If you have not completed it, we really do need your opinion. As mentioned previously, the Town engaged in a…

February 13th Town Council Meeting Packet

February 6, 2020

Please join your Montreat Board of Commissioners at the February 13th Town Council Meeting in the Walkup Building. The meeting packet can be found here

Montreat Minute 02/07/2020

February 6, 2020

We Still Need Your Opinion Last week we announced the availability of a survey seeking your opinion regarding key issues for future planning. Many thanks to the more than 100 people who have completed the survey. If you have not completed it, we need your opinion. As mentioned previously, the Town engaged in a planning…

Montreat Minute 1/31/20

January 31, 2020

Condolences Perhaps you have noticed the Black Mountain and Montreat Town flags flying at half staff since Wednesday. The tribute is in honor of the passing of Black Mountain Alderman Carlos Showers. In a news release from Black Mountain Mayor Don Collins: Carlos L. Showers, 64, found peace and comfort after an extended illness January…

Water Interruption Notice

January 30, 2020

Water service will be interrupted on Lower Kentucky Rd, From Arbor Lane down. We apologize for this inconvenient as crews work to make repairs.

Town Hall Flag at Half-Staff in Memoriam

January 28, 2020

The American Flag at the Montreat Town Hall is being flown at half-staff beginning January 28th – February 2nd in honor of our friend and neighbor Black Mountain Alderman Carlos Showers who passed away from an extended illness on January 27th.  Carlos served as Alderman since 2009 and was the second African American to ever do…

Answers to Questions to RFP: Municipal Finance Software

January 27, 2020

1. How many utility bills are run each month? 674 2. Do you print them in house or use a third party printer/mailer? In house 3. Who is your meter vendor and how are they read (i.e., manually, touch read, radio read, etc). Meuller—read by street machine 4. Do you currently take credit cards for…

Montreat Minute January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

It’s a slow news week, but here are several important items for your review: Another New Request for Proposal Several weeks ago, we informed you about a request for proposal for a new financial software system. We recently added another RFP, this time for Independent Auditor Services. We have been with our current auditor for…

NOTICE: Request for Proposal for Audit Services

January 21, 2020

Due Date:  Friday March 6, 2020                             Time: 2:00 P.M. Receipt Location: MEMO TO:                            Prospective Firms FROM:                                    Darlene Carrasquillo, Finance Director SUBJECT:                              Request for Proposals – Selection of the Independent Auditor DUE DATE AND TIME:        Friday, March 6, 2020 – 2:00 P.M. The Town of Montreat is currently seeking proposals from qualified auditors for the project entitled…

Water Outage on Kentucky Road

January 21, 2020

There will be a water outage in the Kentucy Road area of Montreat due to routine maintanence.  We will update the website as necessary.

Montreat Minute January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Town Hall Update Progress continues on the new Town Hall. On the inside, painters have been busy applying prime coats. Electrical and plumbing rough in has been completed, and trim work like doors and door frames, baseboards and other trim will begin in several weeks. Stonework will begin soon as well. On the outside, exterior…

Mayor’s Summary of the January 9th Town Council Meeting

January 10, 2020

Happy New Year, friends. We appreciated the 20 people who came out for the first Town Council meeting of this new decade. There were some lively discussions, and here’s a summary. As you know, a full overview will be in the official meeting minutes in February’s agenda packet. Public Forum questions/comments included: Tom Frist stated…

Montreat Minute January 10, 2020

January 9, 2020

Mayor’s Meeting Summary of Last Night’s Town Council Meeting Happy New Year, friends. We appreciated the 20 people who came out for the first Town Council meeting of this new decade. There were some lively discussions, and here’s a summary. As you know, a full overview will be in the official meeting minutes in February’s…

Request for Proposals: Municipal Finance Software

January 6, 2020

RFP #2020-001 SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  January 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm The Town of Montreat is requesting proposals for municipal finance software including conversion and implementation services, ongoing training and technical support for the system. There is no expressed or implied obligation for the Town of Montreat to reimburse an organization for any expenses incurred in…

Montreat Minute for January 3rd, 2020

January 3, 2020

Montreat Minute for January 3, 2020 Happy New Year from all of us at the Town and best wishes for a gratifying 2020. 2020 Community Calendar Several of you have mentioned that you learn about key Montreat events after they are over or too late to enter them into busy calendars. Therefore, we decided to…

UPDATED: Town Commission Meeting Packet

January 2, 2020

Please join your Town of Montreat Commissioners at the January 9, 2020 Town Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building.  The Public Form will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The Meeting Packet can be found here.

Town Offices Closed for New Year’s Day

December 31, 2019

Just a reminder that the Town Offices will be closed in celebration of New Year’s Day. The office will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd at 8:00 am. Brush collection will be postponed from Wednesday to Thursday, the 2nd.

Montreat Minute for December 27, 2019

December 27, 2019

New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service Will you be in town on New Year’s Eve? If so, plan on attending the annual Watch Night Service sponsored by the Montreat Cottagers Association. This year, Rev. George Logan, pastor of the New Day Christian Church in Morganton, will be officiating. The service will be held in Gaither…

Montreat Minute for December 20, 2019

December 20, 2019

Congratulations Angie Murphy We are delighted to announce that our Town Clerk, Angela Murphy, has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC), which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). The CMC designation is granted only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of…

Special Montreat Minute: 2nd Detour Update

December 19, 2019

Traffic light repairs have been made and the Greybeard Trail detour is in effect once again. Greybeard Trail is closed between Assembly Circle and West Virginia Terrace. Yellow and orange signs marked “Greybeard Trail Detour” show the way. To access Greybeard Trail take: Louisiana Road to Virginia Road Virginia Road to West Virginia Terrace (watch…

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