A Message From Our Mayor

Lake Lure's Forward Focus

By Carol Pritchett, Mayor 

August 2020

 

The Lake Lure Town Council held three Community Forums on 7/28/20 at the Lake Lure Classical Academy Gymnatorium. We held the meetings at 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, and 6-8pm to allow individuals with various schedules to be able to attend the meeting in smaller groups.  I would like to thank the over 120 citizens who joined us for these important meetings in addition to the State oversight representatives, engineers, consultants, advisors, your Town Council,  and Town of Lake Lure staff.  Additionally, I would like to thank the following special guests for attending our forum: Don Cason (Executive Director, Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority), Barbara Cohen (Director, Lake Lure Classical Academy), Walter Dalton (President, Isothermal Community 

College), Morris “Moe” Davis (Candidate for NC House Seat, 11th Congressional District), Graeme McGufficke (Campaign Manager, Moe Davis for Congress, NC11), Steve Garrison (Rutherford County Manager), Ralph Hise,Jr. (Senator, NC Senate District 47), Ken Jordan (Chairperson, Rutherford County Democratic Party), Bryan King (Chairman of the Board - Rutherford County),James Ledgerwood (Superintendent , Chimney Rock State Park), Dick McCallum (Former Town Council Member and Chairman, Rutherford County Republican Party), Chuck McGrady (NC House of Representatives, 117th District),Roger Kumpf (10th District Director, Representative Patrick McHenry), Peter O’Leary (Mayor, Chimney Rock Village),

We realize this was a challenging time to hold an in-person meeting, but we found a way to hold the forums safely so we could share critical updates with the community through a partnership with the Lake Lure Classical Academy.  We thank the school for their support.  The School nurse took everyone's temperature before they entered the school. Everyone wore face coverings and all seats were physically distant from each other for safety. For those that were unable to attend the meeting in person, you may view a recording of the meeting at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNkNHFE72AA

We were very pleased to have our state oversight at the meeting including Landon Davidson, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Water Resources Regional Supervisor, Water Quality Regional Operations and George Eller, NC DEQ Dam Safety Officer. Additionally,the Town’s key engineers, financial consultants and policy advisors present included:  Kurt Wright (SDG Engineering/Town Engineer-Dredging), Reese Walsh (LaBella Associates-Sewer System), Jonathan Pittman (Schnabel Engineering-Dam), Seth Robertson (WithersRavenel/WR Martin-Finance),Steve Metcalf (The Policy Group-Policy Advisors), and forum moderator Scott Dadson (Isothermal Regional Planning Commission).

The Town is moving forward with an extensive plan for Lake Lure Dam renovations,Sewer System rehabilitation, and Lake maintenance.  Protecting and maintaining our community requires an aggressive plan to foster federal and state support, promote partnerships, and increase tax payer investments to set the conditions for our long-term success. The Town has addressed these issues with our FY20-21 Budget; however, these projects will be funded one budget at a time over many years to come.

We have partnered with the best engineering firms available and have worked closely with state agencies to develop a long-term infrastructure plan. The Town is working to fund the plan from multiple sources.  We are implementing efficiency measures to mitigate the financial stresses on local taxes and user fees, but more is required. Higher Lake use fees, water and sewer rates, and taxes are required to build capital reserves and provide vital seed money for infrastructure repair/rehabilitation.  These subjects were addressed during the meeting, followed by a question and answer session. You may review all of the questions and answers that were addressed during the meeting at the following link on the Town’s website: community-forum.php

These specific questions were highlighted during the presentations made by the consultants listed above:

1. What rates are going up? Property Taxes, Utility Rates, and Lake Use Fees  

2. What critical repairs are needed? Dam, Sewer, and Dredging  

3. Why repairs must be made now? Avoid Infrastructure Collapse, Remain a Viable Community,    and Implement State Mandates  

4. Why rates must increase? Repairs and maintenance are not optional and must be made. We    must pay for repairs/maintenance. We have to pay our share while seeking state and federal    funding. 

Your Town Council understands the hardships associated with increasing taxes and user fees, and we are committed to making good use of your hard-earned dollars.We are facing a convergence of state-mandated repairs, renovations, and replacements that will cost in excess of $100 million dollars over the next several decades. The resourcing of these projects is beyond the capacity of our small tax base, but we have to build a strategic cash reserve to bolster confidence in state agencies and outside investors. Lake Lure, in good faith,must impose new fees and taxes in conjunction with seeking external financial support. About two-thirds of your property taxes fund County services and only one-third may be applied to Lake Lure municipal services and infrastructure.

Your Town leadership has worked diligently over the past several years to keep Lake Lure’s tax rate in the lower third of municipalities within a 50-mile radius and for towns with a similar size population.  An Ad Valorem Tax Rate increase from .36 to.42 is in keeping with similar municipal rates and is essential to maintain adequate public safety (Police and Fire), Parks, Recreation, and Lake Operations, and to move forward with the aforementioned infrastructure projects. This increase will result in a transfer to the Capital Reserve Fund in the amount of $483,936. 

It is vital that the Town demonstrates to potential federal and state funding sources that we are doing everything on our part to implement the long-term infrastructure plan. If we are going to succeed, we are going to need their partnership for future funding.  We ask for your understanding and support. Together,we will overcome our daunting infrastructure needs with a forward focus to successfully secure the natural beauty and prosperity of our Lake for generations to come.  

Carol Pritchett

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

 

 

Leaning Forward with an Investment in Lake Lure 

June 2020

I hope everyone in Lake Lure is enjoying the summer.  We have endured many months of restricted activities, but the citizens of Lake Lure adapted well.  Your diligence with social distancing and conscientious use of prevention techniques has made a significant impact in minimizing the impact of COVID-19 in our Town. We will all need to continue to adjust and utilize these practices to reduce the chance of spread this summer.

Another exceptional example of adaptability was seen in the Lake Lure Classical Academy 2020 Graduates.  These students could never have imagined how soon they would need to demonstrate their flexibility and leadership.  Can you imagine having to cancel most of the events associated with your senior year of high school?  It was a challenging year for these future leaders, but they rallied and found ways to overcome the hurdles they faced.  These young adults brainstormed and came up with the graduation ceremony of all graduation ceremonies in Lake Lure’s Morse Park.  Each student stood in the lush green field with the grandeur of our mountains and the Lake as a backdrop.  Their families and friends watched from a safe distance while they were given their diplomas. It was a very special day and one they will always remember. Perhaps this ceremony was even more special than it would have been if there were no restrictions at all.

Like these students, we have all had to adjust over the past months, but everyone seems to have persevered.  We recently began reopening the Town, which coincided with the soft launch of our new Washburn Marina and Lake Lure Boardwalk. Although the number of boat slips at the new marina has increased from 72 to 208, I am pleased to report that the number of boats using the Lake has not increased.  The increased number of boat slip swill make it much more convenient for people with permits to moor their boats in Town.  We are grateful to the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority for the grant that help support this project, which required no taxpayer funds to complete. The increased boat slips in the new marina will ensure this valuable asset is self-sustaining in the future.  

Although this undertaking did not require your tax dollars, other more significant improvements will necessitate a tax expenditure. Since the Town acquired the Lake in 1965, the low population density and overwhelmingly skewed residential tax base (95%), combined with the minimal investment that has historically been made to support the Town’s infrastructure, a substantial investment is now unavoidable. The Town must move forward to accomplish the large scale advancements that are required to support Lake maintenance, Dam renovation, the Hydro-Electric Plant repairs, and the Sewer System rehabilitation.   This investment in our infrastructure cannot be deferred. We have time to prepare, but protecting and preserving our Lake will require an aggressive plan to foster federal and state legislative support,promote public-private partnerships, and tax payer investment to set the conditions for our long-term success. We have addressed these issues in our 20-21Town Budget.  We will be providing an opportunity to discuss these issues with you in detail at an upcoming Town Hall Meeting that will be held on 7/28/20. You may attend the meeting from 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, or 6-8pm at the Lake Lure Classical Academy Gymnatorium.

We look forward to continuing our work with the entire Lake Lure community, our neighbors in Rutherford County, and the state of North Carolina as we move forward with our future goals.

Carol Pritchett

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

  

 

 

April 2020

Protection and Progress Throughout the Pandemic

I would like to thank everyone in Lake Lure for taking the COVID-19 Pandemic seriously. Our citizens acted quickly in response to requests to “Stay at Home” and to practice social distancing. Many of you cancelled events and gatherings to ensure the safety of others.  Though it was very difficult to refrain from all the enjoyable springtime activities, I believe our prudence made a significant difference in controlling the spread of the virus in Lake Lure. 

 

The early measures that your Town Council and Town Staff took to strengthen safety measures has also helped protect our community from the full impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic thus far.  We suspended Residential Vacation Rentals, closed public boat ramps temporarily, and restricted Parks that did not allow space for social distancing, while allowing golf and access to the Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Mountain Trail and the Dittmer-Watts Park so citizens would have an opportunity to exercise and enjoy nature while practicing social distancing. 

Your Lake Lure Town Council and Town Staff have continued to move important priorities forward, despite this very challenging time.  The Town’s new Assistant Community Development Director, Mitchell Anderson, has a background in audiovisual technology from UNCA.  He was able to quickly prepare Town Hall for a series of virtual meetings which enabled critical Town Council Workshops to continue with key partners participating virtually from across the state. Town Manager, Shannon Baldwin stated that “Mr. Anderson has been an asset to Lake Lure.”  He added, Mr. Anderson’s skills allowed us to map and understand the relationship between Residential Vacation Rentals and our residential neighborhoods.  This became a major reason we acted so decisively with an expanded emergency declaration.”

We have been able to continue essential government business including further repair to the Hydro-Electric Plant Generators.  We hired a new Dam &Hydroelectric Plant Director, Dean Lindsey, who brings a wealth of power generation, electrical, and maintenance experience with him.  I am pleased to report that the Hydro-Electric Plant is now operational again allowing the Town to generate power which is sold to Duke Energy.  In fact, in the first month of operation the Hydro-Electric Plant generated $49,000.  These revenues go to pay for expenditures and future capital repairs.

Furthermore, we have recently enhanced our Police Department with the addition of a female Police Officer named Kortney Burrell.  Officer Burrell is a recent graduate of Blue Ridge Community College. She has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and successfully completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.  Officer Burrell was born and raised in the Dana area of Henderson County, NC but she says she “absolutely loves working in Lake Lure.”  We are fortunate to have a new female officer. Officer Burrell said that everyone has given her a warm welcome.

Finally, I am thrilled to report that the new Marina/Boardwalk project is on track for completion by May 22, 2020, just before the Memorial Day Weekend. You may have noticed the new aluminum docks that have been staged in Pool Creek Park before they were installed. The new Boardwalk includes a section of attractive pavers near the Beach that connect to a floating aluminum Boardwalk that leads to the Marina.  I am pleased that this project will pay for itself while generating extra revenue for the Town.  Revenue will be generated by those who lease slips in the Marina and no tax dollars have been used to fund this project. The Town’s Parks, Recreation, and Lake Director Dean Givens has done an outstanding job overseeing this project. The graphic below is an artistic rendering of the new Lake Lure Boardwalk and Marina along with photographs of the work as it is being accomplished.

 

         

 

         
   

 

 

Despite the challenging weeks and months that we have all endured, progress has been made in Lake Lure and this progress. Your Lake Lure team continues to focus on restoring our infrastructure.  The citizens of Lake Lure are strong and resilient and we will work together to preserve Lake Lure for future generations.

Carol Pritchett

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

 

 

 

March 20, 2020

Greetings from the Town of Lake Lure,

We are here to serve you during this challenging time.  Your Town Council and Staff want to ensure your critical needs are met and we are here to support you as needed.

We are providing daily updates on our Town Website under Town News. Please see the latest information on prevention, resources, and the latest Center for Disease Control and Prevention updates related to COVID-19.  

If you did not receive our electronic notification on 3/17/20, the Town of Lake Lure designated an Emergency Period from March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020.  We want to ensure you have the latest information and contacts to call in case you need assistance.

  • 9-1-1: If you need emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.  
  • COVID-19 Screening: If you need COVID-19 Health Screening call Rutherford County, NC Medical Screening Hotline at (828) 289-1185.
  • If you need resources or information in COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.
  • NC 2-1-1- is staffed by United Way of North Carolina and this is a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 
  • North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19.  You may sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response. 
  • NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities.
  • Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.
  • Emergency Notification System: We also want to take this opportunity to ensure you are registered for Everbridge, the Town’s Mass Emergency Notification System.  To register for Everbridge you may visit the Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com. and look for the link for Everbridge on the left hand side of the page.   You may call 828-625-9983 ext. 103 and our staff will assist with your registration. 
  • Needs Assessment Officer: If you have further questions or need additional support during this Emergency Period, please contact Laura Krejci our Needs Assessment Officer at 828-625-9983, ext. 103.

Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.  It is important that we stay united as a community to take the necessary precautions to assist in controlling the spread of COVID-19.  Please take this opportunity to support each other and to staying in touch with friends and neighbors.   

Carol Pritchett

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

 

 

 

March 2020 Updates

A Team Approach to Achieving Our Goals in Lake Lure
 

Greetings to everyone in our Lake Lure community.  As spring unfolds I wanted to share an update with you on all that has been accomplished during the winter months.  Your team of Town Staff and Council Members have been working hard to bring a number of projects to completion and I want to be sure you are kept informed on our progress.


Safety: First and foremost on my mind is the safety of our citizens and visitors.  During the first week in February our community received approximately 5 inches of rain in a 48 hour period.  The amount of rain received during this short period of time creates hazardous situations and dangerous road ways.  Thank you for using precaution during this time frame.  


I am pleased to report that there were no major incidents throughout the storm event though our Fire Department and Emergency Management Team made several weather related rescues. Our Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Dustin Waycaster did a superb job overseeing the event.  He worked closely with our Town Manager, Police, Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Lake Departments to ensure safety throughout the storm. Our Dam Operators worked 24 hours a day to monitor Lake Levels, ensuring not to release more water than was received from the storm event.


Restoration: By the time you are reading this article, our stunning Lake Lure will be refilled following the Lake drawdown that took place from 12/10/19 – 2/10/20.  The Town maximized this opportunity to provide maintenance, repairs and restoration of critical equipment and machinery that supports our infrastructure.  I am pleased to report the following accomplishments.


1. Penstock Rehabilitation: The Town conducted a full structural rehabilitation of the penstock, which is the enclosed pipe that delivers water to the hydro-electric plant turbines.  The purpose of this project was to rehabilitate this valuable asset and restore its service life to over 50 years.  


2. Infrared Thermography Conducted: Infrared thermography is applied for dam surface monitoring. The infrared thermal imager is a nondestructive testing method for determining internal material changes by examining surface changes in radiation temperature. No issues were found.


3. Breaker Testing: All manufacturer recommended testing was conducted on our medium voltage    breakers.  No issues were found.


4. Butterfly Valve Rehabilitation: The butterfly valves help ensure safe operation of the generators. The interior components of the butterfly valves have been repaired.  Both butterfly valves were cycled completely and found to be functional.  Both baffles were blasted and coated with an epoxy coating.       


5. Gear Adjustments Made: Adjustments were made to gearing for the large valve and both bypass valves were installed.


6. Intake Structure Repaired: The Dam’s intake structure has been inspected and a small leak was   repaired.  The intake can seals and seat all looked good. These seals were replaced about 5 years ago.


7. Tainter Gates Inspected and Strengthened: An inspection was made of the Tainter gates on the Dam.  The Tainter gate is a type of radial arm floodgate used in dams to control water flow.  New lift cables were installed on all 3 gates.


8. Hydro-electric Plant Generator Repaired: The lower bearing in the large generator was replaced.  An overspeed test was conducted on this generator.  No issues were identified.   


9. Intake Drum Gate Hoist Replacement: The new hoist was ordered and the replacement will be completed in March after the Lake is full , a requirement for this work to be completed.


10. Sewer System Repair: A sewer system valve was installed while the Lake levels were down and it is now fully operational.  


Although it is always difficult to lower the Lake, I hope you will share in my appreciation to the teams of people who worked together to bring all these accomplishments to fruition during this short timeframe.  I thank our community for supporting the Lake drawdown so these critical infrastructure projects could be completed.


Future Projects


New Marina/Boardwalk:
 I am pleased to share the news that tax dollars are not funding the new Marina and Boardwalk that is being built.  This project will be self-sustaining and pay for itself while generating extra revenue for the Town.  Revenue will be generated by those who lease slips in the Marina.  Additionally, a portion of the cost for the new Boardwalk is being covered through a grant with the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority.  The new Marina and Boardwalk are being constructed off site and will be installed after the demolition is finished.  The service provider is under contract to have this work completed by May 22, 2020, just before Memorial Day Weekend.  


Dredging:  When the Lake is lowered, it illustrates the critical need for ongoing dredging. During the Lake drawdown, dredging was focused in the Marina area. The plan is to refocus dredging in the main channel when the Lake is back up in February 2020.  Ongoing dredging is required to maintain all lakes and it is budgeted in Lake Lure’s Capital Improvement Plan.


Morse Park:
 An additional project is underway to expand the Morse Park event space for development of a future outdoor amphitheater.  Be sure to notice the work that has taken place to enhance the lawn (and view) between Morse Park and the Broad River, by removing the excess materials.  

Your Lake Lure team is hard at work with great focus on restoring our infrastructure.  We are collaborating with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Transportation, the State Parks and other agencies to ensure excellent communication and partnership.  We are reaching out to our political representatives, working with expert consultants, and writing grants to support our efforts.  Our citizens are a most important partner in our progress.  To enhance our ongoing communication with you, we will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings to keep you informed and to hear your input as we move forward.  Please stay tuned for further information on these Town Hall Meetings. I look forward to speaking with you in person as we work together to preserve Lake Lure for future generations.

Carol Pritchett

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

 

 

 

January 2020 Updates

Happy New Year to everyone in Lake Lure. I hope that you have all enjoyed the joy of family and friends during this holiday season. A season to reflect upon the blessings and challenges of the past year and a season to peer into the marvels of the year to come. Our entire community in the past few months has demonstrated its resolve to move forward with the tasks facing Lake Lure with enthusiasm and determination.

We gathered together in Rumbling Bald Resorts as one community in an extraordinary Veterans Day celebration of the men and women who have served our country with courage, dedication and loyalty. We were honored to have all branches of the military represented and to be in the presence of men and women and their families who have given so much to ensure our country’s safety.  It is with grateful hearts that we thank all those who have gone before us and those whom we are so fortunate to have now as our family, friends and neighbors.

The Town of Lake Lure, together with the Flowering Bridge Board and Lake Lure Classical Academy, rang in the beginning of the holiday season with a spectacular show of lights and festivity. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge has become a cherished focal point of our community, attracting visitors far and wide. It is tended and pampered by so many dedicated volunteers and supported by the incredible generosity of the community. The highlight of the evening had to be the Lake Lure Classical Academy Choir raising their voices to celebrate the joy of the season and the hope of the year to come. Our future truly lies in our children.

We reflect in this season on all that has happened in Lake Lure in 2019 and look ahead to the coming year 2020. We often talk about the need for continuity as we discuss our future hopes and plans for Lake Lure. But continuity does not preclude change, it just demands thoughtful transition. We are grateful for the contribution of all of our leaders in the past year. Our beloved Mayor Kevin Cooley who gave so much to Lake Lure and who will always be remembered for his tireless efforts, engineering skills, and contributions to our town.

We are grateful for the dedication and service of our former Commissioners, Bob Cameron and Stephen Webber, who retired from the Council at the end of 2019. Each brought insight, dedication and many hours of hard work to the Council. They will all three be missed but their contributions remain a part of the fabric of Lake Lure and of our future.

We have elected two new Commissioners, Patrick Bryant (Photographed here in the front left) and David DiOrio (Photographed here on the front right), to carry the torch.  They are both well qualified and bring fresh perspectives, energy and ideas. Patrick Bryant brings an in-depth knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industry, so vital to Lake Lure. David DiOrio, Captain USN retired, with a degree and successful career in engineering, joins the Council at an opportune time to support our critical infrastructure projects. Commissioner Patrick Bryant and Commissioner David DiOrio join Commissioners John Moore and John Kilby to complete our new Council. Under their collective leadership we begin the business of ensuring that Lake Lure continues to grow and flourish.

We have additionally added new members to the Lake Lure Advisory Boards to fill open positions.  We appreciate all of the collective expertise of the boards and their members and profit from their wisdom and advice. We are so fortunate to have so many people who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to our town.

You have of course noticed that Lake Lure is below normal pond level. Although we all wish that the lake could be at full pond level for our constant enjoyment, there are necessary repairs and maintenance that require our attention. The Lake Lure Marine Commission voted to begin the drawdown of the lake on 12/1/19 and to begin raising the lake to full pond on 2/10/20.

Lowering the lake this year will allow the Town to make numerous routine repairs and enhancements, including the replacement of the Town’s Marina and Boardwalk.  The new marina dock and boardwalk (illustrated below) are being built off site and will be installed following demolition with a goal of completing the project before the spring season kicks off.  The rendering below illustrates the new Lake Lure Marina and Boardwalk which will increase the number of boat slips to 212, adding 134 additional slips.

These are exciting times for Lake Lure. We look forward to collaborating with our entire Lake Lure community, our neighbors in Rutherford County, and the state of North Carolina as we move forward with our future goals.

Carol Pritchett

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure

 

 

 

A Message From Our Mayor  

Progress with Priorities to Preserve Lake Lure for Future Generations

November 2019

Thank you for the warm welcome and support I have received since I was sworn into Office at the September Lake Lure Town Council Meeting.   I have appreciated the input many citizens have provided since this time and I am  incorporating several of these recommendations as I carry out the important    work we are undertaking with Town Council and our Town’s leadership team.

My priority as Mayor is to preserve Lake Lure for our children and grandchildren. This work begins with fortifying our infrastructure.  Let me take this opportunity to provide a few updates on key areas of focus that are underway.   

Dam Renovations: The Town conducted a thorough condition assessment of the Lake Lure Dam in 2019.  Our dam has performed very well during its lifetime and has been evaluated as an “engineering marvel” by engineers.  The dam is designated as a “High Hazard Dam” based on its size, not its condition.  The dam is evaluated to be in “fair condition” based on its age and based on all that we have learned from an exhaustive expert analysis.  We are confident the dam will continue to serve us well as we make recommended repairs.  To that end, Town staff have been working closely with the NC State Dam Safety Office engineers to obtain funding to support necessary repairs.  In July, we applied for a High Hazard Dam Rehabilitation Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The focus of this grant is on planning, engineering, and design work.   We learned 10/14/19 that the Town of Lake Lure was awarded $70,000 towards further analysis of our dam’s spillway.  In addition to helping to fund this critical analysis, this grant may lead to additional construction funds in the coming years.


Sewer System Enhancements: Town Council and the Utilities Advisory Board (UAB) held a special meeting in September to discuss the Low-Pressure Sewer System Engineering Report that was recently updated. The meeting was open to the public, as are all our Board meetings.  The proposed Low-Pressure Sewer System presented included excessive cost which would have necessitated increased sewer rates for the Town.  Town Council asked the UAB to provide alternative recommendations for upgrades and repairs to the existing sewer system - rather than developing such a costly new system.  Town Council and the UAB directed Town staff to work closely with the NC Department of Environmental Quality to seek further guidance on this decision and how best to proceed with the necessary renovations.  Our next steps are to develop a proactive, phased renovation approach to the existing system that will be presented to the State. This plan for solving the sewer system challenges will be developed within the amount of funding the Town will receive through an existing low interest loan that has been pre-approved by the State.  


Boardwalk and Marina:  The Town is utilizing a $100,000 Rutherford County Tourism Authority Grant that will be provided over two years to help fund the development of a new Boardwalk and Marina.  We hope to have phases of the project completed seamlessly in the off season.

The timeline is tight and if the project cannot be completed before the 2020 tourist season, it may be postponed until the next year. 

This will ensure tourism is not impact as we work to secure financing to support the completion of the project.   


Public Wi-Fi:  The Town recognizes the importance of “Wi-Fi” for the Lake Lure area.  In an effort to enhance and expand Wi-Fi opportunities for our citizens and guests while they enjoy Morse Park, the Lake Lure Beach and Town Center areas, the Town reviewed requests for proposals (RFP) to enhance these services in these specific areas.  The UAB reviewed the first round of Wi-Fi proposals in October. The Board decided to allow time to amend the nature of the proposal request.  Our next steps are to meet with and discuss installation details with potential vendors.  Based on interest from these vendors, the Town will either put out an amended RFP for the Wi-Fi installation, or potentially directly contract with one of the original respondents for the installation of these services.


Lake Lure is one of the gems of the Carolinas and we serve as a beautiful gateway to Western, NC.  As such, we are working with State agencies and adjacent community leaders to enhance our partnership as we seek resources to sustain our infrastructure. We are applying for grants and working with Federal and State elected officials to initiate funding for our Town.  We need your ongoing support through participation in Town Council and our Town Boards as we work together to preserve Lake Lure for future generations.  Please visit www.townoflakelure.com for more information on how you may serve.

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Meet Our New Mayor!

Carol Coulter Pritchett Takes the Oath Office 


The Lake Lure Town Council unanimously passed Resolution 19-08-13B appointing Carol C. Pritchett as the Mayor of the Town of Lake Lure Mayor on Wednesday, 8/13/19.  Mayor Pritchett will complete former Mayor Kevin Cooley’s
unexpired term, following his untimely passing.  

Mrs. Pritchett was sworn into office at the Lake Lure Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, 8/13/19.  This appointment became effective August 14, 2019 and will remain in effect for the remaining term of the former Mayor.  The appointment will expire in conjunction with the official oath of office for the newly elected Mayor, at the Regular Town Council Meeting on December 10, 2019. The filing period for the 2019 municipal election has expired and Mrs. Pritchett is the only person running for Mayor.  She will therefore be the next elected Mayor of Lake Lure. 

Following the passing of the resolution, Mayor Pritchett thanked Town Council and Mayor Pro Tem John Moore for her appointment as Mayor and for their service to the Town of Lake Lure.  She 
recognized the many accomplishments of former Mayor Kevin Cooley during his tenure and remarked that he was an incredible presence in our community.  She stated that his work will survive his passing and noted that we would all profit from his efforts for a long time to come. 

Mayor Pritchett added that she thought the community had a shared goal of preserving Lake Lure for future generations.  She shared that she and her husband, Joe Pritchett, moved to Lake Lure from Houston, Texas in 2011.  Mayor Pritchett noted that she and her husband built a home in Lake Lure to establish a gathering place for their family, including their two sons and their wives, including five grandchildren. 

Mayor Pritchett stated “For the first time in a long time we have a good sense of the challenges that we are facing and the things that need to be done. I look forward to working with all of you in the future.” 

Mayor Pro Tem John Moore remarked that “Carol C. Pritchett has vast experience and an outstanding track record of establishing operational excellence and driving profitable, sustainable, revenue growth, while championing optimal outcomes. She has 17+ years of experience managing national organizations with annual revenue in excess of $300M and more than 70 separate facilities in 13 states across the country. She is a results-driven, transparent, and inclusive leader who will serve Lake Lure well.  Lake Lure is fortunate to have Carol Pritchett as Mayor as she will help the Town expand the current positive trajectory and help us address the infrastructure challenges we face, while building upon the exceptional beauty that surrounds Lake Lure.” 

Carol Pritchett founded Coulter Consulting LLC in Asheville, NC and served as President from 2014 until the present.  Her company contracted with standalone healthcare facilities and oversaw their operations including the establishment of strategic plans, policy development, training and successful certifications.  Mrs. Pritchett served as the Senior Vice President of Encore Healthcare 
Corp in Columbia, MD from 2011 – 2014 and as a Regional Vice President of Operations with Life Care Centers of America, Inc. in Houston, TX from 2015 to 2011. The Town of Lake Lure is honored to have Carol Pritchett as their new Mayor.