By Bob Keith, Mayor of Lake Lure, NC
Utilities Advisory Board: Town Council created a new committee to assist in focusing on water, sewer and town infrastructure issues. The Board is made up of knowledgeable volunteers from across the Town. Former Councilman Wayne Hyatt was elected Chairman serving with Paul Westbrook, Roger Peterson, Steve Miller, Richard Glassen, Debbie Franberg and John Chapman. The initial challenge will be to come up with a solution to inadequacies in our Waste Water Treatment Plant. For those of you who have been here awhile, this effort was formerly dubbed “The GreenLine Project”. Meetings are scheduled the first Tuesday each month at 2pm. If interested, please come and participate in this major town initiative.
Winter Storm: Although winter’s snowy wrath is most likely behind us as we enter early Spring, I want to thank and recognize Public Works, the Police and Fire Departments and Safety Officer Ron Morgan and Town Manager Chris Braund for their leadership in minimizing the impact on the Town during the late January snow event. Planning meetings were held, preparations were made, alerts went out to inform the public, roads were plowed, sanded and salted on a 24/7 basis, shelters were set up in the event of lengthy power outages, disabled cars were pulled from ditches and enabled to proceed on their journey, fallen trees were cut and removed and VFD’s manned the fire stations around the clock ready to assist those in need. I have heard nothing but praise from the public and wish again to thank all who participated.
Chris Braund Moves On: Seven years ago, as a member of the Lake Advisory Board, Chris Braund stepped up to fill an unexpected personnel void as the “Interim Town Manager” while a search for a permanent manager was conducted. Although Chris had little experience in municipal governance, it was quickly recognized that Chris possessed most of the attributes that the Town was looking for. He committed to a two-year assignment; it’s now seven years later. Chris has literally reshaped the Town. He has brought financial, communications, project management, interpersonal, negotiation and a broad range of leadership skills to the table. His professional demeanor is unsurpassed. Chris will stay on with us until at least the end of March to complete some projects, assist in the transition and help with the search for a new Town Manager. Chris has accomplished much for and with the Town. We are proud of him. We will miss him. We all wish him and his wife Karen all the success and happiness in the future.