Montreat News Archive

Montreat College to Test Emergency Notification System

September 13, 2018

EMERGENCY ALERT TEST AT MONTREAT COLLEGE   Morning of Thursday, September 13, 2018 In an effort to strengthen its emergency preparedness, Montreat College will be testing their emergency alert system this morning (9/13). This system includes an audible alarm that may be heard in areas near campus. There will be a minimum of two audible…

Montreat is Growing

September 11, 2018

Official population estimates are in and Montreat is steadily growing. See the letter from the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management by clicking the image below.

Dam Release at Lake Susan

September 11, 2018

In coordination with the Towns of Montreat and Black Mountain, at 1:00 PM today the Mountain Retreat Association (M.R.A.)  opened a release valve on the dam at Lake Susan. The M.R.A.’s intent is to lower lake levels in advance of Hurricane Florence. Regulations allow preemptive releases of up to 12 inches a day, which should…


September 10, 2018

Your Town staff and leadership are preparing for the potential of Hurricane Florence tracking into Western North Carolina.  Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall somewhere near Wilmington on Thursday night. Though Montreat is more than 320 miles away, the slow moving storm could bring high winds, heavy rains, and flooding to the mountains. Montreat…

Town Announcements for September 7th

September 6, 2018

Council Meeting A reminder that the monthly Town Council Meeting will be this Thursday, September 13, in the Walkup building. The Public Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Agenda Packet can be found here.   Addressing the Address Issue During the August Town Council meeting, Mayor Helms appointed Commissioner Alice Lentz to address…

Town Announcements for August 31

August 31, 2018

Happy Labor Day Monday is Labor Day, which marks the unofficial start of Fall. Please note that the Town Offices will be closed Monday and will reopen Tuesday at 8:00am.   Trash Pick Up Two important notices about trash pick up: Due to Monday’s holiday, trash pick up is being rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 4…


August 28, 2018

REMINDER: Curbside trash and recycling pickup returns to a once-weekly schedule after Labor Day. At the end of the summer season curbside pickup is limited to Mondays. However, Due to the Labor Day holiday, next week trash and recycling pickup will be on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH. You may also bring trash to the Town Services building…

Town Offices Closed for Labor Day

August 28, 2018

The Montreat Town Offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. we will re-open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday the 4th. HAPPY LABOR DAY!


August 28, 2018

On Monday evening, August 27, the Town Council heard presentations and held Q&A with three finalist firms for the new Town Hall design and construction project. After the presentations and Q&A, the Council had a lively discussion of the firms and their capabilities.   In the end, the Council voted to begin contract negotiations with…

Congratulations to Angie Murphy

August 24, 2018

Congratulations to our own Town Clerk, Angie Murphy! After a long period of study, she recently received her designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC).  To earn the certification, Angie attended extensive education programs. The CMC designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality. We’re proud of Angie’s achievement and are grateful to have her…

Don’t miss what’s happening!

August 23, 2018

Don’t miss what’s happening! Feel like you’re missing news of what’s happening in the Town? Sign up for the Sunshine List to get emails about the Town of Montreat’s happenings. Click here and ask to be added to the list!

Reminder: Bid Opening August 16th

August 16, 2018

Reminder: The Board of Commissioners will open Bids today for RFQ 2018-004: Town Hall Design-Build Project. This meeting is open to the public. All ionterested parties are invited to attend.   Where: The Walkup Building, 300 Community Circle, Montreat, NC 28757 When: 4:00 PM  

8/27/18 Update: Brown Water?

August 14, 2018

Original Post: The Black Mountain Fire Department is conducting annual testing of Montreat’s fire hydrants. The “scouring” requires the department to open two hydrants simultaneously, causing the water flow to dramatically increase. A byproduct is that normally settled iron in the system is stirred up causing brown water at the taps. Though unsightly, the water…

Update From the August 9th, 2018 Town Commision Meeting

August 13, 2018

Mayor’s Summary of the August 9 Town Council Meeting   Greetings friends,   Our meeting started as a celebration with the “reveal” of the new logo and website. More about that in a bit. But, we did get a few things accomplished as well!   Here are the highlights of the meeting: Prior to the…

August 9, 2018 Town Council Meeting

August 8, 2018

Join us on Thursday August 9th at 7:00 p.m. for the August Town Council Meeting. The meeting will be held in the Walkup Building. The Public Forum begins at 6:30 p.m. and the unveiling of the new Town Website and Logo will begin at 6:15 p.m. Come join us!

Landcare Launches New Kids’ Programs

August 8, 2018

In partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum, the Parkway Foundation and Montreat College, the Montreat Landcare Committee has launched three new outdoor activity programs for children of all ages right in Montreat. Eco-Explore, Track Trail and Nature Backpacks were initiated earlier this month to bring fun and educational opportunities for children. Check out the Track…

Trash Pick Up Update

August 8, 2018

As another service, the Town of Montreat provides both curbside and Pay-As-You-Throw trash services. The traditional curbside service provides trash pickup on Mondays and Fridays during the summer months, and on Fridays from September through May. Simply put out your trash at your curb during normal pick up times. The Pay-As-You-Throw program was started several…

The Town’s New Look!

August 8, 2018

We’ve been talking about it for several months, and we’re ready to unveil the new graphic identification for the Town and the new website. Come to the August 9 Town Council meeting to help celebrate this important step. We’ll have a special “unveiling” at 6:15pm prior to the Public Forum. Stay tuned for more information…

Brush and Leaf Pick Up

August 8, 2018

As a Town service, leaf and brush are picked up curbside every other Wednesday by town staff. Homeowners should place leaves in brown biodegradable paper bags. Limbs should not exceed six foot lengths and six inches in diameter. Please limit brush piles to approximately three cubic yards (about the size of a small pick up…

Wanted: Owner’s Representative/Project Manager

August 8, 2018

What with the imminent start of the Town Hall, the Town of Montreat is seeking an individual to serve as Montreat’s Owner’s Representative. This position will serve as an advisor to Town leadership in the design and construction of the new Town Hall and will represent the Town and its interests in all interactions with…

Update From July 12, 2018 Town Council Meeting

July 16, 2018

Mayor’s Summary of the July 12 Town Council Meeting Greetings fellow Montreaters, Despite heavy rain and a somewhat unexciting agenda (lots of budget amendments), there was quite a turnout for the meeting. We’re grateful for the community support. Here are the highlights of the meeting: Public Forum questions/comments included: The Montreat “address” issue: no resolution yet but…

July 12, 2018 Town Council Meeting

July 16, 2018

Please join your Town of Montreat Board of Commissioners on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m in the Walkup Building for the July Town Council Meeting. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The REVISED agenda packet can be found here with all the Budget Amendments.

RFQ: Town Hall Design-Build Project, Project Number 2018-004

July 16, 2018

There are an updated Addenda to the Town of Montreat’s RFQ: TOWN HALL DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT, PROJECT NUMBER 2018-004. Material changes are made in Addedum #2, and bidder questions are answere in Addendum #3. The original RFQ, issued on 6/6/208, has been revised in this current version. The purpose of the revisions in Addendum #2 is…

Montreat Minute: Montreat Has Grown!!

July 16, 2018

Montreat Has Grown!! The size of the Town grew last week, it really did! The property that we bought from MRA for the new Town Hall was not within Town limits, but in Black Mountain instead. Earlier this year the Town, along with Black Mountain, began the process of de-annexing the property from Black Mountain…

PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Meeting, June 28, 2018– 7:00 p.m.

July 16, 2018

The Agenda can be found here. Supplemental documentation will follow. SPECIAL MEETING Thursday, June 28, 2018– 7:00 p.m. The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Montreat will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Services Office, 96 Rainbow Terrace, Black Mountain, NC.  The purpose of this meeting…

Communications Advisory Committee: June 27th

July 16, 2018

The Communications Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 27th at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Tom Widmer on 218 Tennessee Road. The Public is always welcome to attend.

Mayor’s Summary of the June 12 Council Meeting

July 16, 2018

Greetings friends, The June Council meeting combined social time with business. Here are the highlights of the meeting: The Town Council hosted a “Welcome to Summer” reception prior to the Public Forum. Tasty food was served as Montreaters, both permanent and seasonal, took time to catch up with one another and greet those arriving for the summer.…

June Town Council Meeting

July 16, 2018

Join your Town of Montreat Board of Commissioners for the June 14th Town Council Meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The “Welcome Back to Montreat” Reception will start at 6:00 p.m.

Reminder: No Agenda Meeting April 5

April 2, 2018

At the March Town Commission meeting, the Commission voted to suspend separate agenda meetings in advance of the regular Town Commission meetings. Agendas will be published one week in advance of Town Commission meetings so the public and Commissioners will have time to study and seek information about specific items on the agenda. Such a…

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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