Montreat News Archive

Informational Meeting of the Communications Advisory Committee

April 2, 2018

There will be an Informational Meeting of the Communications Advisory Committee on Wednesday, March 28th at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Commissioner Tom Widmer (218 Tennessee Road). The meeting is open to the public.

Letter from the Mayor

April 2, 2018

Greetings friends. I was reflecting on Thursday evening’s Town Council meeting where the agenda was full and many good things were discussed and acted upon. I thought it might be good to begin a new practice with you since you’re an integral part of the Montreat community. After each meeting, I’ll summarize some of the…

Gigi Grahm Receives Resolution Honoring Billy Graham

April 2, 2018

Gigi Graham was in attendance on March 8h to receive a resolution written in honor of her father and Monthreat neighbor, Billy Graham. Also in attendance were Maury Scobee and Kerri Bruce of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

March 8th Town Council Meeting

April 2, 2018

Please join your Montreat Board of Commissioners on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building for the March Town Council Meeting. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The agenda packet can be found here.

Property for Sale

April 2, 2018

Two parcels of Town-owned property on Florida Terrace and Arkansas Trail are up for sale. Check the “Bid Opportunities” page for more information.

Montreat Bids Farewell to a Special Resident and Friend

April 2, 2018

The people of the Town of Montreat are saddened at the passing of Montreat’s most notable resident, Rev. Billy Graham.  The end of a legacy is at hand.  He has been a quiet but special resident of Montreat since his marriage to Ruth Bell Graham in 1943. The Town is honored to have been actively…

Call for Volunteers: Walking Bridge Aesthetics Committee

April 2, 2018

Please complete an application and submit it to the Town Clerk by Tuesday, March 6th. Applications can be found in the post office, at the Town Services Building and here.

March Agenda Meeting on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m.

April 2, 2018

Please join the Montreat Board of Commissioners on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building. The agenda packet can be found here.

Have Questions About Capital Projects in Montreat? Join Town Staff for a discussion on the Capital Improvement Plan

April 2, 2018

Join town staff Tuesday, February 27th for an opportunity to ask questions, get answers, and provide your input on the Town’s Capital Improvement Plan (C.I.P.). The doors to the Walkup Building will open at 5:00 pm.

A Message From Franklin Graham

April 2, 2018

Please read the attached letter from Mr. Franklin Graham with regards to his father. The letter can be found here.

A Message From Mayor Helms and the Montreat Board of Commissioners:

April 2, 2018

As you are no doubt aware, the beloved evangelist and fellow Montreat resident, Rev. Dr. William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr., passed away early this morning. It is with great sympathy that our community mourns the passing of Dr.Graham. Dr. Graham has been a beloved member of the Montreat community since his marriage to Ruth Bell…

Town of Montreat Update

April 2, 2018

Town of Montreat Update Much work has been accomplished by the Town Council and staff since the last report.  Here are some of the more notable actions: The Town recently closed on a lot purchased from MRA just outside the Montreat Gate for the site of the new Town Hall.  With the unanimous support of…

What’s going on in Montreat?? Do you know?

April 2, 2018

Sign up for the Sunshine List to get periodic emails about the Town of Montreat’s happenings. Email here to be added to the list!

Free Compost Available

April 2, 2018

Getting ready for Spring Plantings? The Town of Montreat has the leaf litter compost for you for FREE. Stop by the Town of Montreat Town Services Building from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. to pick up as much as you can haul off. Photo by Gabriel Jimenez on Unsplash

New Bid Opportunities

April 2, 2018

Check the “Bid Opportunites” page for for contracts with the Town. New projects will be posted there.

February Town Council Meeting

April 2, 2018

Please join us on Thursday, February 8th for the February Town Council Meeting which will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Meeting Packet can be found here. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m.

December Town Council Meeting

April 2, 2018

It was a great night in Montreat as we thanked our numerous volunteers for serving our Town. We also swore in new Commissioners Alice Lentz and Tom Widmer and swore in Kent Otto as Mayor Pro Tem.

Letter from the Mayor

April 2, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I want to update you on a number of matters pertaining to the Town Council. Reception: Thursday, December 14, 5:30-6:30PM to thank Mary Standaert and Ann Vinson for their service to the Town and to welcome Alice Lentz, Kent Otto, and Tom Widmer who will be sworn into office at the…

Montreat Designated as a Community Wildlife Habitat for the 12th Year

April 2, 2018

Montreat Landcare Chair Martha Campbell presented Mayor Tim Helms and Environmental Commissioner Ann Vinson with the Community Wildlife Habitat Certificate. This is the 12th year that Montreat has received this designation from the National Wildlife Federation. The Town of Montreat was one of the first municipalities in the State to receive this honor.

What to Do in an Emergency?

April 2, 2018

Recently several people have asked about planning for an emergency. If we ever have to evacuate, what is the best way to get out of Montreat? The answer to that question really depends on the nature of the emergency. If there is a forest fire for example, the location of the fire will dictate the…

Montreat Tree Board Receives Grant

April 2, 2018

The Town of Montreat Tree Board has been selected as a recipient under the North Carolina Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant Program. The project, entitled “Town of Montreat Public At-Risk Tree Inventory and Short-Term Plan”, was selected among 10 other proposals this year and will receive a grant award of $4,994.

Town Hires “New” Police Chief

April 2, 2018

Congratulations to David Arrant who has been appointed as Chief of Police. David will be sworn in at the July 13th Town Council Meeting.

Town Council Regular Meeting

March 26, 2018

The July Town Council Regular Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building. The Public Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m.

2017-2018 Sanitation Calendar

March 26, 2018

The 2017-2018 Sanitation Calendar is now available and will be mailed out later this week.

Special Meeting of Board of Commissioners

March 26, 2018

The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in the Town Services Office, 96 Rainbow Terrace, Black Mountain, NC.  The purpose of this meeting is as follows: To enter into Closed Session in accordance with North Carolina General Statute §143-318.11(6) to interview candidates for the…

Volunteers Needed for Tree Board & Board of Adjustments

March 26, 2018

The Town of Montreat needs 2 volunteers: one for the Tree Board and one for the Board of Adjustments. Please call Angie at 828.669.8002 ext 301 for more information. This is a great way to give back with minimal time commitments.

Notice of Special Meeting – Adoption of Final 2017-2018 Budget

March 26, 2018

The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building, 300 Community Center Circle, Montreat, NC. The purpose of the meeting is as follows: -Adoption of final 2017-2018 Budget -To enter into Closed Session in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(5) to…

New Day for Public Forum

March 26, 2018

Beginning July 13th, the Public Forum will occur on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. just prior to the Regular Town Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and join us!

Town of Montreat’s New Sanitation Truck

March 26, 2018

Coming soon to a house near you!!! The Town of Montreat’s new Sanitation Truck will be hitting the streets this week. It will hold more sanitation, can be used to plow snow and it’s quieter than the old truck. Be sure and wave at Bill when you see him coming!!

Bi-Weekly Sanitation Begins the Week of May 29th!

March 26, 2018

Bi-Weekly Sanitation Pickup begins this week with pickups on Tuesday (due to the holiday) and Friday. Beginning next week, June 5th pickups will be on the regular Monday and Friday schedule.

Government Finance Officers Association News Release

March 26, 2018

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Town of Montreat by Government Finance Officers Association of the United State and Candad (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting,…

Letter to Montreaters from the Mayor

March 26, 2018

Dear Montreat Community, I want to continue to communicate with you about matters pertaining to the Town of Montreat. New Town Hall: The Montreat Town Council voted earlier not to build the new town hall on the Florida Terrace property, and it has now voted to start the rezoning process on the Florida Terrace property…

Addition to the Mayors Most Recent Letter to Montreaters

March 26, 2018

I want to clarify information stated in my last communication to you.  To ensure any actions taken by the Town Council regarding the Texas Road Bridge are taken in proper sequence, the earlier decision by the Town Council for there to be no vehicular bridge at Texas Road was rescinded.  I will keep you informed…

Letter from Mayor Helms

March 26, 2018

The Montreat Town Council and I want to keep you informed about matters pertaining to the Town of Montreat. Since my last letter to you in early July, there is additional information that I want to share with you. I recently appointed a Citizen Town Hall Committee, chaired by Brinkley Melvin, to study details pertaining…

Mayor’s Message to the People of Montreat

March 26, 2018

This is the first message from me as Mayor to you, the taxpayers of Montreat.  The Town Council, staff and I value all of you in this wonderful community that we are privileged to be a part of, whether you live here all the time or divide your time in different places. First, let me…

Expanded Program for Disposal of Trash and Recyclables

March 26, 2018

The Board has approved the following changes to the Town of Montreat’s Sanitation Services: On May 30th, the Town of Montreat will begin a new, expanded program for disposing of trash and recyclables. Because the trash compactor site located behind the Town Services Building will be closing to the public, the Town will be accepting…

Montreat Receives Tree City USA Designation

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to the Town of Montreat for becoming a Tree City USA! In 2015, the Montreat Landcare Committee submitted an application for Tree City, USA status. To achieve this recognition, the town met the following criteria: (1) celebration of Arbor Day; (2) spent at least $2.00 per capita on tree-related efforts, such as plantings and…

First Release of the “Lari” Beetle

March 26, 2018

The Town of Montreat is pleased to report that the first successful release of 125 Laricobius nigrinus “Lari” beetles was made on September 25th at the Post Office in Montreat. The beetles arrived by FedEx overnight shipment from Tacoma, Washington and were released by John Johnson and Rusty Frank. A couple thousand beetles are expected…

Compactor Site Changes

March 26, 2018

Beginning June 9, 2015, the Town will alter the operation of the Compactor Site located behind the Town Services Building in order to help accommodate the sanitation disposal needs of our residents and visitors as well as to ease unauthorized use and illegal dumping at the site. On that day, the compactor site will be…

Online Credit/Debit Card Payment Now Available

March 26, 2018

Credit or debit card payments for a number of Town-related bills and fees can now be made online here, or in person at the Town Services Office.

Numbers to Know

March 26, 2018

If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, burning of leaves or brush, a possible water leak or something that needs attention quickly but is not life-threatening, please call the 24-hour non-emergency police and fire dispatch numbers listed below. This service covers both the Town of Black Mountain and Montreat, so don’t hang up thinking you’ve gotten the…

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