Town News - Fall 2019



The national holiday of Thanksgiving traces back to the proclamation by President Lincoln in 1863, the year of the pivotal victory at Gettysburg, declaring the last Thursday of November to be a "day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

The Town of Lake Lure is grateful to all our citizens and to all those who visit our spectacular Lake Lure!



                                     Routine Maintenance and Boardwalk Replacement

The Town of Lake Lure historically lowers the lake on a three-year cycle to allow lakefront property owners the opportunity to repair and maintain lake structures, particularly seawalls. Most lake construction can be completed with the lake up; however, certain types of shoreline stabilization work, such as seawall installation and repairs, require the water to be down.  

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.  The Town posted Facts You Need to Know Before Starting Work During Lake Drawdowns for those who were making repairs or planning construction during this time.

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 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.


Additionally, the Town will be installing a valve in the sewer line, making further assessments of the dam, and completing routine maintenance/repairs to the hydro-electric plant during the lake drawdown.   At full pond Lake Lure is 990.5 feet above mean sea level.  The rate of the planned drawdown is 1 foot per day. The following is the schedule for the lake drawdown and planned Town maintenance and repairs as well as an illustration of the Lake Lure Power Generation System that will undergo repairs


  • 12/1/19: Begin lake drawdown.
  • 12/8/19: Lake is expected to be 9 feet below full pond
  • 12/8/19 – 12/29/19: Town begins conducting level IV rehabilitation of the Penstock. 

This is a fully structural rehabilitation using Quake Wrap.

All work must be done with the Penstock empty, which means the lake must be down 9' below full pond.

This is considered routine maintenance work.

  • 12/8/19 – 12/29/19: Town begins rehabilitating the interior components of the butterfly valves on the Penstock which is expected to take two weeks.

•    Once the contractor has conducted a condition assessment of the interior components of the butterfly valves and determines the materials needed for rehabilitating them, it may take longer than two weeks for the following:  

1.    obtain the materials that are needed.

2.    install materials in the butterfly valves, and

3.    finish the rehabilitation work on the butterfly valves such that the Penstock can be filled with water.

•    The lake level must remain at 9-feet below full pond during this work.

•    This work is considered routine maintenance.


(Illustration by newly elected Town Commissioner, Dave DiOrio)
  • 12/15/19 – 1/15/20: Dredging around the Lake Lure Marina
  • 1/5/20: Lake is expected to be raised to 6 feet below full pond 
  • 1/15/20: Delivery of new floating aluminum docks
  • 1/15/20 – 3/16/19: Lake Lure Boardwalk Demolition

•    Note that the replacement Boardwalk is being built out of town simultaneously and will be installed as soon as possible once the demolition is complete and the lake is back up.

•    The goal is to install the replacement Boardwalk before the spring season kicks off.  

  • 3/1/20 – 3/16/19: Lake Lure Boardwalk Demolition

•    For additional information you may review the Detailed Schedule for the Lake Drawdown . If you have questions regarding the lake drawdown, please call Lake Lure Town Hall at 828-695-9983.





Photo courtesy of Buddy Morrison

The Town of Lake Lure has openings for those who are interested in volunteering to serve on Town Boards. 

Residents of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply for appointment to the various Town boards including Alcoholic Beverage Control, Board of Adjustment, Lake Advisory, Lake Structures Appeals, Parks and Recreation, Utilities Advisory, and the Zoning and Planning Boards. 

The role of citizens as advisory board is important to the Town as each board provides a vital link between the community and our local government. 

Members will be appointed by a majority vote of Town Council during their regular meeting in December 2019.

Please click here to learn more about these boards and to download the Volunteer Application.





Rutherford Outdoor Coalition and the Town of Lake Lure got together on Wednesday, 11/201/19 with some spectacular volunteers at Dittmer-Watts Nature Trails Park.

The team cleared two fallen trees, widened the corridor of the Roller Coaster trail, repaired a giant hole on Creekside Trail, and cleared up the magnificent view at the top of the Mountain Vista trail!

Thank you very much for your time and hard work maintaining the beautiful trails in Lake Lure!





Special thanks to the Lake House Restaurant for hosting the Lake Lure Police Department Night of Honor on Friday, 11/15/19.  The Lake Lure Police Department appreciates all those that came out to support the event. 

This annual event raises funds to support the Lake Lure Police Department and gives Lake Lure Police Chief Sean Humphries an opportunity to recognize his staff and Police Officers that have gone above and beyond the call of duties. The following awards were presented:

Citations of Bravery

This year’s Citation of Bravery award is as much about teamwork and compassion for the citizens we serve, as it is about bravery.   On 7/20/19, a member of the Police crew being honored was contacted by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department who advised that an individual working in a local restaurant was wanted by several out of State agencies, as well as the U.S. Marshall’s office.  He reported that the suspect was known to be armed and dangerous and had violent tendencies. 

After confirming these warrants, the Lake Lure Police crew devised a plan to apprehend the individual.  Police Chief Humphries noted that many officers would have immediately attempted to apprehend the suspect but after a quick surveillance of the property, they decided the area was too crowded to make the arrest.  Chief Humphries acknowledged this tactic which demonstrated the level of professionalism and caring within this crew.  He added that sometimes these small decisions made by officers are not highlighted and these critical decisions can significantly impact the outcome.  The Supervisor of the crew made contact with restaurant management and asked them to call the suspect to the front parking area to pull him away from the crowd.  The crew waited for the suspect and after several minutes, staff advised them that the suspect was running east bound along the river.  The crew left the parking area and went to the neighboring area in an effort to take the suspect into custody.  One member of the crew found that the suspect had entered the river in an effort to escape.  Another member saw the suspect swimming in the river from another tactical view point.  All members converged on the suspect and took him into custody without any injuries.

The Citation of Bravery Award was presented to Sgt. Glen Gittens, Patrol Officer Carlos Sanchez, Patrol Officer Tommy Lytle, and Patrol Officer Chris Shuford with Police Chief Sean Humphries (photographed above from left to right in this order) because of their skillful apprehension and arrest of this dangerous individual without incident. 


Distinguished Service Award

On 6/28/19, the Lake Lure Police Department received a call of a motor vehicle accident with an unknown injury.  The caller was a female who said her husband had been missing for 2 hours and when she went to find him, she noticed his vehicle had ran off the driveway down the mountain.  The caller was unable to find her husband, but she could hear him yelling for help.  Once on scene, the officers could barely hear the male moaning.  The vehicle was approximately 30 to 40 feet from the bottom of the driveway on the side of the mountain.  Without hesitation or regard for his own safety, the recipient of this award wasted no time getting down the mountain to the victim.  The recipient began giving comfort to the victim and relaying valuable information about the patient to Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  The recipient went beyond the expectations of his duties and took a chainsaw from one of the EMS trucks and started cutting a path down the hillside to help get the victim to the EMS truck.  The victim was flown out by helicopter and survived the accident.  The recipient of this award showed true compassion and professionalism during this call. The 2019 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Patrol Officer Bailey Worley.


Community Service Award

At the beginning of the past summer, Police Chief Humphries received an anonymous tip from an individual that witnessed numerous dangerous violations related to the sale and consumption of alcohol at a local establishment.  This person told Chief Humphries that he witnessed "over serving" individuals that was hazardous. Chief Humphries notified the recipient of the Community Service Award who serves as the Town's ABC Officer.  Chief Humphries advised him to make it his number one priority to get this establishment in compliance.  The officer immediately reached out to the local Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Agency for help.  The award recipient convinced our local ALE agent of the need for assistance and together they prepared for a team approach to bringing the establishment into compliance.  Over the summer months many nights of surveillance were conducted by the recipient.  This tactic yielded numerous violations and penalties against the establishment for operating out of compliance.  There was at least one occasion where numerous impaired drivers were apprehended and charged due to the combined efforts of our recipient and our ALE Agent.  Police Chieif Humphries stated that he knew the tactics were working when Police dispatch received a call from an individual that complained about the establishment because the bartender had cut her off at 4 beers.  This alone is a testament to the dedicated and diligent work put in by this recipient on this important task.  This year's Community Service Award was presented to Corporal Aaron Collin’s.  





The following is a summary of the meeting topics discussed.  There were 40 in attendance for the meeting.

1. Mayor’s Communications

2. Town Manager Communications including Lake Drawdown Schedule, Hydro Repairs, Dam Structure, Sewer, and Comprehensive Financial Analysis

3. Council Liaison Reports and Comments: Commissioners

4. Public Comment: The public was invited to speak on any non-agenda and/or consent agenda topics. Comments should be limited to less than five minutes.

5. Consent Agenda including Adoption of the 10/8/19 Mary Regular Town Council Minutes and the 10/15/19 Special Town Council Meeting Minutes, Budget Amendment 258 – Communications Specialist Position Hours, Budget Amendment 259 – Sewer Fines, Budget Amendment 260 – Butterfly Valves, Appoint Members to TCC and TAC

6. Unfinished Business including Memorandum of Understanding Between the Town of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce for Economic Development, Hydro Operations – Drum Gate Hoist, Butterfly Valve., Penstock

7. New Business including Appeal of a Civil Penalty from the Highlands POA, Commercial Center – Bid Decision and Approval, Lake Advisory Board Regular Member Appointment, Board of Adjustment/Lake Structure Appeals Board Regular Member Appointment

8. Closed Session in Accordance with G.S. 143-318.11(a) (3) for the Purpose of Discussing Attorney Client Privilege or Legal Claims

Please click here to download the meeting materials.




Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the Veterans Day Celebration

Honoring All Who Have Served So Bravely!

Please take a moment to see photos taken from the event.


Honoring Deceased Veterans and Laying of Wreath: Mr. Duane Massman (Navy)  

Posting of Colors: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Color Guard

National Anthem: Led by Ms. Kathy Cox

Invocation: Reverend Everette Chapman

Opening Remarks: Mayor Carol Pritchett  


Tribute to Veterans: Mr. Gary Wilson (Air Force) 

God Bless the USA: Ms. Kathy Cox

Recognition: Mr. Randy Snyder (Navy)

Closing Remarks: Mr. Jeff Geisler, General Manager, Rumbling Bald Resort

Benediction: Reverend Everette Chapman

Bugler: Mr. Patrick Bryant

Breakfast Compliments of Rumbling Bald Resort


A bountiful breakfast was served at Legends Restaurant following the program.

Veterans and their guests enjoyed a complimentary meal, especially our beloved WWII Veteran Duane Massman.



The Nashville Disc Golf Store sponsored the Lake Lure Disc Golf Tournament on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the Lake Lure Golf Club, 658 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746.  Disc golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target; it is  played using rules similar to golf. Enjoy these photos taken at the tournament on Sunday.




                              LAKE LURE ARTIST SHOW AND SALE

The Lake Lure Artist Show and Sale was held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm at the Lake Lure Municipal Center in the rear meeting room.    Attendees enjoyed seeing one of a kind items created by artists who live in the Hickory Nut Gorge! Enjoy a sampling of the artwork that was displayed.








Congratulations Mayor Carol Pritchett!

Congratulations New Commissioners - Dave DiOrio and Patrick Bryant!


Thank you for your many years of service, Bob Cameron and Stephen Webber! 





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 for more information on how you may serve.





Please click here to join the Lake Lure Veterans Registry. 
Send us your Name, Branch and Period of Service, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address. 
We want to ensure you are invited to special programs like the Lake Lure Veterans Day Program: 



On-Call Professional Services

November 4, 2019

The Town of Lake Lure, Rutherford County, North Carolina is seeking Consultants to provide Qualifications for On-Call Professional Services.

The term of the possible contract will be through June 30, 2022 with options to renew.

Please click here for further details.


Forward Submittals to: Mr. Shannon Baldwin, Town Manager, Town of Lake Lure, 2948 Memorial Highway, PO Box 225, Lake Lure, NC 28746







October 31, 2019 

The Town of Lake Lure opened one flood gate open to 3.75 feet due to heavy rainfall in the area on 10/31/19.

Please use caution around streams and rivers.

Contact 911 if you need any assistance.

This notification was sent out using the new Everbridge Mass Notification System.  If you have not registered for Everbridge, please click here to sign up so you will receive future messages. 

Everbridge is the notification system utilized by Rutherford County and it will replace the Code Red System that is currently in place. You may opt-in to enter your contact information and subscribe based on your location. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.  

The Town of Lake Lure will complete the transition from Code Red to Everbridge by December 1, 2019. Dual notifications will be made until this date. If you are registered for the Code Red System you cannot be automatically enrolled in Everbridge. You must register for Everbrige to continue receiving notifications.   You may unsubscribe from Code Red after subscribing to Everbridge to avoid dual notifications.




Buffalo Creek Park Loop Work Day

The Town of Lake Lure and the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition held a workday on October 29th.  Bruce, Ken, and Robin worked hard yesterday on the trails at Buffalo Creek Park.  They removed a large tree and performed erosion control along the Blue Loop.

 Thank you guys so much for your time and effort! WE APPRECIATE YOU!  





Becoming A Volunteer

The Town encourages residents of all ages and from all backgrounds to apply for appointment to the various Town boards and committees. The role of citizens as advisory board or committee members is important to the town as they provide a vital link between the community and its local government.

Local government is dependent upon its citizens to volunteer their services on these bodies.  Service on these boards and committees fosters direct and meaningful citizen participation in local government affairs.  This is particularly important in small communities like ours with small budgets and limited staff. We rely heavily on volunteers here in Lake Lure.  

There are also several boards that assist and advise the council or act on appeals based on the Town's regulations. These boards are:

 ABC Board

Lake Structure Appeals Board

Board of Adjustment

Parks & Recreation Board

Lake Advisory Board

Utility Advisory Board

Zoning & Planning Board


The Lake Advisory Board, Board of Adjustment and the Lake Structures Appeals Board now have openings for new board members.  To apply to serve on one of these boards, you may email your Volunteer Application to, drop your application off at the Town of Lake Lure Office at 2984 Memorial Highway, or mail it to P.O. Box 255, Lake Lure, NC 28746, Attention: Town Clerk.

Members will be appointed by a majority vote of Council during their regular meeting in December.




Please take a moment and read this short article on our newest Police Officer, Carlos Sanchez! 
This article is a part of our ongoing series intended to help us get to know our new employees better as they join our staff.

You may click on the following links below to read some of the other introductory articles. 

Mitchell Anderson

Carl Landrum

Scott McCormick

Garrett Murphy

Amy Wright



October 26, 2019


The Town of Lake Lure will proactively lower the lake 2-3 inches this evening in preparation for predicted rains. 






On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Public Works Teams throughout Rutherford County came together to meet each other, collaborate, and strengthen working relationships.  These teams support each other when they face challenging situations.  This event allowed 70-80 coworkers from across the county to enjoy time together, eating lunch provided by the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and taking a boat tour courtesy of Lake Lure Tours. 

The idea for this event titled "One Rutherford" came from David Arrowood, Public Works Director at the Town of Lake Lure.  The One Rutherford event was sponsored by the Town of Lake Lure and Lake Lure Tours because of their appreciation for the hard work and dedication of these individuals who work throughout Rutherford County.  






Photo by Around Lake Lure 

The 2019 Autumn Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival sponsored by the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach took place Saturday, 10/19/19 and Sunday, 10/20/19.
Over 90 talented crafters and artisans presented unique gifts and handmade works of art. There was also live music and performances throughout the event.
Hundreds of residents and visitors enjoyed the festivities, food, and family-fun while enjoying the stunning views of beautiful Lake Lure.

Proceeds from parking, raffles and vendor fees go to support the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach. Their mission is to help eliminate hunger and provide emergency services with love and compassion to those in need living in our community.

The Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving families in the Hickory Nut Gorge Community, which extends into four counties. The Outreach is funded solely through donations from generous members of our community, fundraisers, and local food drives.  Food and other products are purchased at a minimal cost from the MANNA Food Bank (a Feeding America partner), as well as at local stores. The Outreach does not receive any federal funds and all programs and activities are fully supported by 40+ volunteers.




October 18, 2019

The Town Council of the Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina, has received an offer to purchase the following property, with building, for the sum of $211, 400.00: at the corner of Harris Road and Memorial Highway (US 64/74A), PIN 1604850.

Any person may submit a sealed upset bid to the Town Clerk at PO Box 255, Lake Lure, North Carolina 28746 by 2:00 pm, October, 28, 2019. At that time bids will be opened, and the highest such bid will become the new offer. If there is more than one bid in the highest amount, the first such bid received will become the new offer.

If a qualifying higher upset bid is received, the Town Clerk shall cause a new notice of upset bid to be published and shall continue to do so until a 10-day period has passed without any qualifying upset bids having been received.

To be a qualifying higher bid, an upset bid must raise the existing offer (or subsequent higher upset bid) by not less than ten percent (10%) of the first $1,000.00 of that offer and five percent (5%) of the remainder of that offer.

If a qualifying higher bid is made, the bidder must deposit the five percent (5%) of the higher bid with the Town Clerk. The deposit may be made in cash, cashier’s check, certified check, or surety bid bond. The Town will return the deposit on any bid not accepted and will return the deposit on any bid that is upset. The Town will credit the deposit of the final high bidder to the purchase price at closing.

The terms of the final sale are that:

a)      The Town Council must approve the final high bid before the sale is closed, which it will consider at the next regular meeting after the final upset bid period has passed;

b)      The buyer must pay with cash at the time of closing;

c)      There must be approval of a purchase agreement by the Town Council.

The Town reserves the right to withdraw the Property from sale at any time before the final high bid is accepted and the right to reject at any time all bids.




Please take a moment and view the latest videos on Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and the Blue Ridge Foothills.  These videos were produced by the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority in support of the tourism campaign titled, Moments that Matter.

Rutherford County


Lake Lure Beach

Lake Lure Water Sports





Modular Home Move

NOTE: On 10/23/19, this move was placed on hold until further notice.

Blue Ridge Log Cabins is planning a modular cabin move from their facility in Campobello, SC to a site on Cattail Drive in Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure. 

• They will be staging components of the home at Ingles on Hwy. 9 on Wednesday, 10/23/19, with the move to Cattail Drive beginning first thing Friday morning, 10/25/19.
• The planned route is Hwy. 9, to right on US 64/74A East, to a left on Bill’s Creek Road, then a left on Buffalo Creek Road toward Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure.
• The move will not expected to require road closures on US 64/74A, Bill’s Creek Road, or Buffalo Creek Road.
• The plan from this point is to utilize the maintenance entrance off Buffalo Creek Road (near the Fire Department) to enter the resort.
• The move terminates at the end of the cul-de-sac on Cattail Drive within Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure.

NOTE: On 10/23/19, this move was placed on hold until further notice.  




October 15, 2019

This Special Meeting of the Town Council was held October 15, 2019 to discuss the following agenda items: 

1. Adoption of Minutes

2. Proposed Resolution 19-10-15 Authorizing Upset Bid Process

3. Schnabel Engineering – Scope of Work Review and Discussion

4. Hydro-Electric Repairs Review and Discussion  

Please click here to review a meeting summary and here to download the agenda and meeting materials. The following graphic image was provided by Dave DiOrio (Utilities Advisory Board Member) to illustrate the components of the hydro-electric plant that generates power.  




October 8, 2019

Please click here for a summary of the 10/8/19 Town Council Meeting which covers the following topics:

1.  Welcome and Opening Remarks: Mayor Carol Pritchett called the meeting to order and asked Mayor Pro Tem John Moore to give the invocation. Council members led the pledge of allegiance. The Mayor thanked the Chamber for hosting the recent candidates forum. She encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election.

 2.  Town Manager Updates: Town Manager Shannon Baldwin provided updates on the following topics with respective department heads:

a.  Sewer System Updates

b.  Chimney Rock State Park Egress 

c.  West Side Connector 

d.  Speed Limit Signs

e.  FEMA High Hazard Potential Dam Grant  

3. Public Hearing: Proposed Resolution Authorizing the Town of Lake Lure to Enter into an Installation Purchase Contract of Approximately $1.1 Million to Finance the Cost of the Marina Expansion and Boardwalk Replacement

4. Board Liaison Reports: Please click here for links to the latest meeting minutes and future meeting agendas.
•  Commissioner Bob Cameron reported the activities of the Utilities Advisory Board.
•  Commissioner John Kilby reported the activities of the Lake Advisory Board and the ABC Board.
•  Commissioner John Moore reported that the Zoning and Planning Board did not meet this month.
•  Commissioner Stephen Webber reported the activities of the Parks and Recreation Board     and mentioned that the Board of Adjustment and the Lake Structures Appeals Board did not meet.
•  Commissioner John Kilby advised that as the end of the calendar year approaches and appointments encouraged citizens to fill out an applications for Town Boards that they may be interested in serving on.

5.  Public Forum

6.  Consent Agenda:  
     A. Adopt the September 10, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes and the September 20, 2019 Special Joint Town Council and UAB Minutes with minor edits.
     B.  Budget Adjustment BA# 255 - New Fire Truck Body

7.  New Business:
     A.  Request for Quotes for Professional Engineering Services  
     B.  Hydro-electric Penstock – Risk Assessment Report
     C.  Schnabel Engineering Proposal – Task Order #3 as Revised – Hydro Repairs and “Go/No Go       Assessment” and Budget Adjustment #256
     D.  WR Martin Proposal – Comprehensive Analysis and Budget Amendment 257  
     E.  Upset Bid for Commercial Center at Harris Road and Memorial Highway   

8.  Closed Session:  Lucia Hodge lawsuit.

9.  Adjournment: With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.






The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge hosted two candidates forums 10/1/19 at Rumbling Bald Resort and 10/3/19 at the Lake Lure Municipal Hall.  About 80 attendees participated in the forum with  incumbent Commissioner Stephen Webber, Dave DiOrio, Utilities Advisory Board Member and Zoning and Planning Board Member, and Patrick Bryant, President of the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge. These three candidates are running for the two seats on the Lake Lure Town Council. Mayor Carol Pritchett attended the forum and spoke about her priorities for the Town to preserve Lake Lure for future generations by focusing on rebuilding and strengthening Lake Lures infrastructure. She yielded her time to the candidates since she is running unopposed.

The Candidates Forum allowed the candidates to share their qualifications for Town Council and to address questions from the audience. 




By Sha' Linda Pruitt







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Before Starting Work During Lake Drawdowns

The Town historically lowers the lake on a three-year cycle for to allow lakefront property owners the opportunity to repair and maintain lake structures, particularly seawalls.  The Town also makes needed repairs at this time. 

Generally, all work within the lake boundary (995 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL)) will require permits from the Town of Lake Lure. Additional permitting from North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWQ) and/or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and/or Rutherford County Building Inspections is likely to be required from any work below the shoreline (990.5 feet MSL).

State and federal permits, if required, shall precede and accompany town applications, as required.  Property owners and/or contractors are responsible for getting permits from county, state, and federal agencies, as appropriate. The Town does not provide these services.

Please be advised:
 State and federal review times might exceed lake drawdown period.  It is recommended that permits are submitted to these authorities as early as possible. 
Please click here for additional information and to download a Quick Reference Guide.





The Town of Lake Lure's Mass Notification System is Everbridge

The Town of Lake Lure is implementing Everbridge, a new Mass Notification service that allows the Town of Lake Lure to alert you when necessary. This is the notification system utilized by Rutherford County and it will replace the Code Red System that is currently in place. You may opt-in to enter your contact information and subscribe based on your location. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.


The Town of Lake Lure will complete the transition from Code Red to Everbridge by July 1, 2019. Dual notifications will be made until this date.  You may unsubscribe from Code Red after subscribing to Everbridge to avoid dual notifications. NOTE: The Code Red System will be discontinued 12/1/19. 

How It Works

When the Town of Lake Lure issues a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered. If requested for the notification, you can confirm that you have received the message and you will not be contacted by any subsequent methods regarding that particular notification. If you do not confirm, the system will continue to attempt to reach you at all of the contact paths that you have registered.

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The Town of Lake Lure, NC proactively lowers the lake on a three-year cycle to allow lakefront property owners to maintain their lake structures.  The Marine Commission held a special public forum on 8/13/19 to discuss and gather input on the cycle and timing of lowering the lake.  Thank you to the approximately 65 people who participated in the meeting. The purpose of lowering the lake during the offseason is to allow lakefront property owners to maintain their lake structures, including boathouses, docks and seawalls.  By having a schedule in place, property owners can plan for the desired work and have a contractor and permits in place prior to the lake being lowered.  The Town has lowered the lake between 4-5 feet on a three year cycle in the past.

The Marine Commission presented the pros and cons associated with lowering the lake for these reasons during the meeting.  Citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions as individuals and by a show of hands so the Marine Commission could assess the number of people in the room who supported various options for lowering the lake.  Ultimately, the Marine Commission voted to begin the drawdown of the lake on December 1, 2019, and to begin raising the lake to full pond on February 10, 2020.  Town Staff requested that the lake be lowered for at least thirty days to replace a valve in the sewer line mandated by the state.  The Town retains the ability to lower the lake at other times, as necessary, due to the weather, maintenance, dredging, construction, or for evaluation/inspections.





In February 2019 a public meeting was held with Duke Energy to discuss improving local power service.  Duke Energy has announced that they are about to begin work on a project that will help to increase reliability to the Lake Lure area.  From early August to around mid-November multiple crews will be working to upgrade the feeder tie that runs south down Hwy 9 to the Mill Springs area.  This will include installing bigger wire, taller poles, etc.   This is part of our long range strategy to enhance reliability to Lake Lure by strengthening the ties to other feeders and substations in the area.

As much of the work is right along Hwy 9, we encourage motorists to be aware of work zones and pay attention to flaggers.  We expect there will be occasional lane closures, but crews will work to minimize impacts to the public.  

We are pleased this project is being implemented this fall and look forward to the benefits that our long term strategy will bring to customers in area.





                                    BANK MERGER IN LAKE LURE


Carolina Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CARO) (“Carolina Financial”) and Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (Nasdaq: CART), the parent company of Carolina Trust Bank (together, “Carolina Trust”) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement.

Subject to the terms of the merger agreement, Carolina Trust shareholders will receive 0.3000 shares of Carolina Financial common stock, or $10.57 in cash for each share of Carolina Trust’s common stock outstanding, subject to election and proration such that the aggregate consideration will consist of 90 percent Carolina Financial stock and 10 percent cash.  Based on Carolina Financial Corporation’s closing stock price of $35.62 as of July 12, 2019, this equates to an aggregate deal value of approximately $100.1 million.

Carolina Trust, which is headquartered in Lincolnton, North Carolina, currently operates 11 banking locations and a loan production office in and around the Charlotte – Concord – Gastonia, NC-SC metropolitan statistical area.  As of March 31, 2019, Carolina Trust reported assets of $621 million, gross loans of $474 million and deposits of $523 million.

“This transaction allows for Carolina Financial to deepen its market presence in North Carolina. Carolina Trust represents the best opportunity for Carolina Financial to expand our footprint in these markets and the merger will allow us to execute on many of our publicly stated goals,” said Jerry Rexroad, Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Financial. “We welcome the Team Members at Carolina Trust to our organization.  This partnership is an excellent opportunity to create value for both institutions.” Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company will have over $4.5 billion in assets, $3.1 billion in loans and $3.3 billion in deposits.  This transaction will further solidify Carolina Financial’s position as one of the largest Carolinas-based community banks.

Jerry Ocheltree, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Trust, will be named President of CresCom Bank’s North Carolina Commercial Banking Operations.  “We are excited about partnering with a high-performing company that shares our community banking culture and values like Carolina Financial. We find the strategic fit of the two organizations compelling, especially for our customers that will benefit from the broader array of products and services,” commented Jerry Ocheltree.  “We will leverage the new resources and products available to us through CresCom Bank and are attracted to the opportunity to operate in our current markets with a significantly larger scale.”

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of each company.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approval and Carolina Trust shareholder approval.  Upon completion of the transaction, Mr. Johnathan Rhyne, Carolina Trust’s current Chairman of the Board, will be appointed to the Carolina Financial and CresCom Bank boards of directors.

Sandler O’Neill & Partners, LP served as financial advisor and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP provided legal counsel to Carolina Financial.  Raymond James served as financial advisor and Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP served as legal counsel to Carolina Trust.

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Lake Lure was recently listed as one of Ten Best Lake Towns in North America on SmarterTravel.  (SmarterTravel provides independent expert advice and unbiased reviews for the best travel deals, destinations, and money-saving travel tips.) You may click on the link above to read the entire article or read the reference for Lake Lure below.

At the edge of the Blue Mountains, the scenic town of Lake Lure was the film set for the 1987 blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Several locals were extras in the movie. Each summer, residents relive the magic at the Dirty Dancing Festival with a “Baby & Johnny lake lift” competition.

This lake town is an adventurous getaway less than an hour’s drive from Asheville. There are bumper boats, water cannons, waterslides, and certified ski and wakeboard instructors ready to pull you behind their boats. Sunsets are especially spectacular here and best enjoyed by paddleboat or pontoon cruise.

If you go: Spend some time exploring the Blue Mountains foothills that surround the lake. Chimney Rock State Park is the main attraction. From mountain biking and hiking trails you can take in views of Hickory Nut Gorge and see one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. There’s also an area where kids can learn to rock climb.




Please click here for a summary of the dam’s history, present day realities, and findings of the exhaustive analysis that has been recently conducted. 

This report also includes the next steps Town Council is taking to ensure the dam meets current day standards.   





The Lake Lure Dam Bridge is owned by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Town of Lake Lure requested a copy of the latest safety inspection report from NCDOT. 

Please click here to read this report.

Town leaders are working to ensure a coordinated effort is made as NCDOT considers future options for renovating/replacing the bridge.



Town News - September 2019

This issue includes the following:                         

*     Facts You Need to Know Before Starting Work During the Lake Drawdown

*     Lake Lure Police Officer Bailey Worley Receives Region C Award

*     Employment Opportunities for a Lake Lure Fire Fighter and Police Officer

*     Community Education on Staying Safe Around Bears

*     Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Community Education on Hydrangeas

*     Special Joint Meeting of the Lake Lure Town Council and the Utilities Advisory Board

*     Buffalo Creek Road Updates

*     Temporary Road Closures on Buffalo Shoals Road

*     Charters of Freedom Monument Dedication in Rutherfordton

*     Special Thanks to all the faithful Dirty Dancing Volunteers!

*     Read about "PanCan" Funds Raised and Don’t Miss the Festival Photographs

*     In Remembrance of All Those Impacted by 9/11

*     Lake Lure Fall Beach Hours

*     September Town Council Summary 

*     Labor Day – A Distant Memory