Town News Winter 2019

2020 MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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MEET OUR 2020 LAKE LURE TOWN COUNCIL

 

On 12/12/19, the new Town of Lake Lure, NC Commissioners were sworn into office. Pictured here on the Front row from left to right: new Commissioner Patrick Bryant, Mayor Carol Pritchett, and new Commissioner Dave DiOrio

Pictured on the back row from left to right: Town Manager Shannon Baldwin, Mayor Pro Tem John Moore, Commissioner John Kilby.

 


 

 

GUIDELINES FOR DREDGING IN BOAT SLIP AREAS WITH HAND TOOLS

Lake Lure has been drawndown for key infrastructure projects including dredging to maintain our beautiful lake, hydro-electric plant restoration, sewer system repairs and building a new marina and boardwalk. 

If you are planning silt removal and enhancements of your boat slip area with hand tools, please be sure to remove all materials and do not place any material in the lake bed.  For further information, please read the guidance in the Army Corp of Engineers General Permit on the ecavation and maintenance of recreational boat basins and canals/channels (including return water discharge) where excavated material is placed and retained on high ground.  

 

 


 

PUBLIC NOTICE

TOWN OF LAKE LURE, NORTH CAROLINA

 

The Town Council of the Town of Lake Lure, NC, has received an offer to purchase the property (with building) at the corner of Harris Road and Memorial Highway (US 64/74A), PIN 1604850 for the sum of $261,500.00:

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, December 23, 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.

For terms and additional information, please read the full Public Notice.  



 

DO BEARS REALLY HIBERNATE?

by BearWise.org

Some people believe that bears are not true hibernators. Squirrels, bats, rodents, marmots and other true hibernators enter a state close to suspended animation where body temperatures fall close to freezing and metabolisms slow almost to a halt.

A bear's metabolism, heartbeat and respiration rate drops dramatically, but its body temperatures only drops about 12 degrees during hibernation. They don't eat at all, nor do they go to the bathroom; bears' dens are remarkably clean and odor-free ... unlike true hibernators who wake up every few days to drink, go to the bathroom and nibble some stored food before going back to sleep.

A bear's body is a model of recycling. While they're hibernating, they recycle all of their waste products and actually heal any injuries they may have had when they turned in. So many scientists now call bears "Super Hibernators" because they can fall into a deep sleep for four to six months without eating or drinking, wake up in the spring and head back out into the world.

Why the Long Nap?

Bears don't necessarily den up because it's cold; they put themselves to sleep for the winter because food is in short supply. In far northern climates, bears might be in their dens fasting and living off their fat reserves for up to six months. In more temperate climates where natural foods are available longer, they may turn in anytime between November and mid-December, and emerge again in late March or early April.

Bears may den for much shorter periods of time and sleep less deeply if food (natural or human-provided) is available all year. In sub-tropical Florida only pregnant females den up for the short winter; other bears may turn in for just a week or two or not at all.

Life in the Den

Bears in their dens live off the fat reserves they worked so hard over the late summer and fall to acquire. Bears often change their position in the den and may even wander out into the world for brief periods and then go back to sleep. Hibernating mothers-to-be give birth in their dens, nurse their cubs and even clean up after the youngsters while they are "asleep," something that many of you human mothers can probably relate to.

Never crawl into a bear den; bears wake up very quickly and can swiftly react to danger. And imagine how grumpy you'd be if someone interrupted your long winter's nap.

For more information contact BearWise.org 



 

12/10/19 LAKE LURE TOWN COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

1.    Mayor’s Communications: Mayor Carol Pritchett welcomed everyone and wished attendees a happy holiday season.  She remarked that this was a special time of year and she was reminded of people who had had such an impact on our community like former Mayor Kevin Cooley who contributed so much to the Town.  She thanked Stephen Webber and Bob Cameron for their service to the Town as Commissioners.  She noted that although this was a time of transition, she assured everyone that the Town Council would remain focused on the key priorities to strengthen our infrastructure for future generations.  She asked Town Manager Shannon Baldwin to provide updates on these critical areas.

2.    Town Manager Communications:
Shannon Baldwin introduced Consulting Engineer Kurt Wright from SDG Engineering to provide updates on current projects.

a.    Hydroelectric Plant: Mr. Wright presented a video of the work being completed in the hydroelectric plant.  The video showed eight contract employees working inside the penstock 

•    They were seen cleaning the penstock and the two butterfly valves.  
•    He noted that they discovered a small two-inch hole in the penstock which is causing a constant pool of water and advised that they are plugging this leak with a special cement packet (QuakeWrap), at no charge as it helps the contractor with their work to keep the area dry.  
•    In order to patch this hole it will require the water to be drawn down to 12 ½ feet, slightly lower than the original plan of 9 feet.  
•    Mr. Wright stated that there were no other leaks in the tower.  
•    He explained that cleaning the interior of the pipes is the primary function at this juncture.  
•    As far as the penstock and the two butterfly valves he stated they appear to be in good shape and that there was no other breach in the integrity (so far as leaks are concerned) of the concrete cylinder all the way up the intake structure.
•    He reported that the work is currently on schedule and is being monitored on regular basis.  
•    He advised that there was no reason to believe at this time that the remaining work will not be completed on schedule.
The photo below shows the Lake Lure Dam's penstock after it has been sandblasted and cleaned. It is now ready for the first coating of the QuakeWrap system.

        


b.    Sewer System:  Mr. Baldwin advised that Mr. Wright was also overseeing the process for objectively selecting the engineering contractor who will support the Town with Sewer System repairs.  Mr. Wright advised that four proposals had been received and he was working with the UAB to provide a systematic process for their objective review and scoring of the proposals. He will not be evaluating the proposals; but he will record and compile the scores for those who were evaluating them. Mr. Baldwin advised that a meeting would be held on 12/19/19 at 2:00 to discuss the proposals and the scoring process and Council will be invited to attend.  Mr. Baldwin advised that a follow up meeting is scheduled for 1/7/20 at 2:00 when the recommendation will be made on which contractor to hire.

c.    Events:
Mr. Baldwin asked Communications Specialist Laura Krejci to provide a brief report on events.  Mrs. Krejci advised Council that now that a year of events had taken place in 2019, a cost-benefits analysis would be conducted.  She reported that this evaluation was just beginning and she would be reporting back to them in the near future with a recommendation on future events that the Town could consider supporting.  Mr. Baldwin added that event costs and staff time is one of the items to be discussed at the upcoming budget meetings.

d.    Budget Workshop:
Mr. Baldwin advised that the Budget Workshop was scheduled for 12/17/19. Presentations were planned from Schnabel Engineering, the League of Municipalities, and WR Martin. He reported that department heads would be presenting their short and long term goals.  This is a public meeting and will be held at the Justice Academy from 6:30-5:00 in room.C102 for anyone who would like to attend.

e.    Dam Renovations:
Mr. Baldwin advised that 2 Divisions of DEQ (the Water Divisions and the Dam Safety Office) will be at the Budget Workshop on 12/17/19, as well as representatives from the Department of Transportation. They will be present to hear the presentation by Schnabel Engineering on the Dam assessment. 

f.    The Highlands:
Mr. Baldwin noted that a hearing for a notice of violation from the Highlands needed to be scheduled.  The hearing was confirmed on 1/7/20 at 9:30.

3.    Council Liaison Reports and Comments:
Council Members provided updates on the following Town Boards.  Please visit Meeting Agendas and Minutes to review meeting schedules and the latest information from each Board.

•    Commissioner Bob Cameron reported the activities of the Board of Adjustment, the Lake
Structures Appeals Board, and the Utilities Advisory Board.

•    Commissioner John Kilby reported the activities of the ABC Board and noted that the Lake Advisory Board did not meet.

•    Mayor Pro Tem John Moore reported the activities of the Zoning and Planning Board.

•    Commissioner Stephen Webber reported the activities of the Parks and Recreation Board.

4.    Public Comment:
The public is invited to speak on any non-agenda and/or consent agenda topics. 
•    Mrs. Pat Cook asked Commissioner Kilby about the ABC Store closing on 3:00 p.m. on the day before Thanksgiving and asked who sets those hours. Commissioner Kilby stated he would find out and follow up with her. He noted that Council does not set those hours.

5.    Consent Agenda:
The Consent Agenda was approved with the following items: Adoption of the 11/12/19 Regular Town Council Minutes, FY 20-21 Budget Development Calendar, Budget Amendments for Sludge Removal and Geo-Tubes, Sewer Engineering Services, Penstock Repairs, Sewer Valve Expense, Deputy Town Clerk Appointment – Ms. Sha’Linda Pruitt, Tax Collector Appointment – Mrs. Amy Wright.

6.    Unfinished Business:

a.    Animal Control: Police Chief Sean Humphries advised that assistance with animal control is needed from time-to-time and recommended a contract with Rutherford County Animal Control to assist with this issue as needed. He explained that this agreement is for transport of a problematic animal. The fee would be per animal, per call with no retainer needed. The agreement was approved.

b.    Cover for the Flood Gates:  Commissioner Cameron reminded Council that he recommended safety covers be provided for the flood gates. Earlier this year a plan was discussed  to provide this structure to provide physical protection and enhanced lighting for the dam operators. There was a discussion about this possible addition.

c.    Tourism Development Authority (TDA): Commissioner Cameron thanked the TDA for their $100,000 contribution to support the new Lake Lure Boardwalk and Marina.  d.    Status on the Visitors Center Project: Community Development Director Brad Burton provided an update on this project, advising that a request for proposals (RFP) had been sent out for this project.  He advised that two vendors expressed interest however the RFP was deficient in some specifications.  Mr. Burton as met with the architect who as agreed to put together a specification sheet and tighten it up to get a revised RFP out. 

e.    Awards of Appreciation: Mayor Pritchett presented awards of appreciation to outgoing Commissioners Bob Cameron and Stephen M. Webber in recognition of their dedicated public service and contributions to the Town of Lake Lure. They received a standing ovation from the Commissioners and the audience.

 
RECESS MEETING UNTIL DECEMBER 12TH AT 5:00 P.M. FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
  • Oath of Office Mayor, Carol C. Pritchett     
  • Oath of Office Commissioner, Christopher Patrick Bryant     
  • Oath of Office Commissioner, David Diorio     
  • Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Appointment of Council Liaisons
  • Board Member Appointments
  • Request from Jim Hodges to Remove a Tree within the Lake Boundary
  • Set Minimum Bid Amount for the Commercial Strip Center,
  • Resolution No. 19-12-10B Authorizing Upset Bid Process
  • Adoption of the 2020 Town Council Meeting Schedule

7.    Adjournment
 



LIGHTING UP LAKE LURE


(Photograph by Alice Garrard, Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Volunteer.)

The Town of Lake Lure officially welcomed in the 2019 Holiday Season on 12/3/19.  Enjoy these photos from this festive event which featured the 12 Days of Christmas! Better yet....come and visit the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge in person to enjoy the beautiful sights and lights.

Overview: The Town of Lake Lure, in partnership with the Lake Lure Classical Academy will hold the 2nd annual program to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by lighting up the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge featuring the 12 Days of Christmas!


 


 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

 

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!

 


 

LAKE LURE LAKE DRAWDOWN

Routine Maintenance and Marina/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.

                         
                                 (Illustration by newly elected Town Commissioner, Dave DiOrio).

•    12/1/19: Begin lake drawdown.

•    12/8/19: Lake is expected to be 9 feet below full pond.

•    12/8/19 – 1/5/20: 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.
3.    Complete rehabilitation work on the butterfly valves so 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.

•    12/15/19 – 12/29/19: Lower bearing replaced on large generator.  


•    12/15/19 – 1/15/20: Dredging will occur in the Lake Lure Marina during the drawdown and in the main channel when lake comes backup.

•    1/6/20: Lake is expected to be raised to 6 feet below full pond. 

•    1/15/20 – 5/22/20:
Assembly of new Boardwalk/Marina.

•    1/15/20:
Delivery of new floating aluminum docks.

•    1/15/20 – 3/16/20: 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.  

•    1/15/20 – 5/22/20:.Assembly of new Boardwalk/Marina

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.


 

Unfortunately we will not have the plunge into 2020 due to the necessity of lowering the lake for multiple repairs and improvements including the new Lake Lure Marina and Boardwalk.

 

 

 


 

BOARD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.


 



 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE

DITTMER-WATTS TRAIL WORKDAY!

    

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!

 


 

LAKE LURE POLICE DEPARTMENT NIGHT OF HONOR

 

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.  

 


 

NOVEMBER 12, 2019 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

 

The following is a synopsis of the meeting.  There were 40 in attendance for the meeting. Please click here for the full meeting summary.

1. Mayor’s Communications from Mayor Carol Pritchett

2. Town Manager Communications including Lake Drawdown Schedule, Hydro Repairs, Dam Structure, Sewer System Updates, 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. 

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.

 

 


 

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

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.

 


CALLING ALL VETERANS

 

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: 
 

 


 

LAKE LURE DISC GOLF OPEN

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.

      

      

      

 


 

LAKE LURE ELECTION RESULTS

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! 

        

 


 

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.


 

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

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.

NO LATE SUBMITTALS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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

ENVELOPE MUST STATE CLEARLY THAT THE ENCLOSED SUBMITTAL IS FOR THE:

STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR ON-CALL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 

 

 

MOMENTS THAT MATTER

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

 

Adventure


 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IN PREVIOUS MONTHS...

  FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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.

 

 


 

SIGN UP FOR EVERBRIDGE TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS

 

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.


Timeline

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.


Sign up for Notifications

Please click here to create an account and add your contact and location information into the Mass Notification system. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.


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DUKE ENERGY UPDATES IN THE LAKE LURE AREA


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 - 10 BEST LAKE TOWNS IN NORTH AMERICA

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.

 

 


 

LAKE LURE DAM UPDATES

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.   

 

 

 


 

LAKE LURE DAM BRIDGE 

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.