A Message from the Mayor

January 2019

Looking Back… Looking Forward

By Kevin Cooley

Mayor, Town of Lake Lure


Looking back…

2018 was certainly a challenging and extraordinary year for our Town. Record rainfall (95”+) caused mudslides and flooding that closed roads and required extreme measures to manage lake levels and protect our aged dam. A major, December winter storm recently dumped a foot of sleet and wet snow on our Gorge, making roads impassable and bringing down many trees and utility lines. These damaging storm impacts delayed plowing until road blockages could be cleared and knocked out power to virtually all homes and businesses in the Town for several days. We declared our 4th State of Emergency in 2018 to deal with the impacts of this storm. We successfully weathered these events, learned from them and recovered well… becoming a stronger community, better-prepared to deal with these types of events going forward

During the past year we promoted and hired high-caliber personnel to successfully fill numerous open positions, including the key, senior-level positions of Town Manager, Fire Chief, Town Clerk, Communications Director and Human Resources Director. I believe our team is definitely stronger and performing better overall today than December 2017 when I took office.