Current Town Topics
Our new Town Manager, Ron Nalley, is on board and settling in with distinction. As a tribute and testimony to Ron’s talents and capabilities, two former Commissioners and Mayor from his previous job in Montreat attended our August town meeting and spoke of Ron with praise and a touch of humor. I guess you call it a semi-roast. What came across was Ron’s knowledge of NC regulations and statutes, his calm but decisive, proactive nature, his project management skills and his strong, confident personality. He has been quick to assess our town issues and opportunities and where to focus his attention and priorities. I encourage all Lake Lure residents to come in and meet with Ron. He is anxious to feel the pulse of our community and I can assure you he will do his best to provide the leadership necessary to support Lake Lure’s objectives, goals and direction.
The Town has been seeking a solution for our wastewater management for more than a decade. It is with great pleasure to announce that last month the state Division of Water Infrastructure ranked us at the top of state projects (in terms of critical need) and approved our project as eligible for funds to construct a sewer line to the waste treatment plant in Spindale. The cost of the line, in round numbers, is $12,500,000. Approved is $500,000 principle forgiveness (also known formerly as a grant) and a zero interest loan, saving the town over $2 ½ million over the term of the loan. Our thanks to our town engineers, Brown Consulting, for helping us achieve this result. Many of you know the project as the Greenline. More can be found on the town website about the history of the issue and the importance to the town, Hickory Nut Gorge and county in general.
Olympiad XII was an overwhelming success. In the words of one Triathlon athlete, Evelyn Agin of Asheville, “You sure know how to put on an AWESOME event!!! I did the triathlon Saturday and absolutely loved it. Great venue, best volunteers ever and the nicest triathletes I’ve raced against. Thank you for a spectacular event. I’m already looking forward to next year – and possibly doing more of the events!” Her opinions were shared in all the feedback we received. And I want to echo her words and thank all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success. HNG Gorge was ablaze with activity during the three day, fun-filled sports festival. I’m sure the economic benefit to the entire area was extremely positive.
There have been some inflated rumors floating around about a new expensive bridge (roadway) near or upon the current dam. In order to clarify the situation, a team of representatives from Lake Lure met with our area Department of Transportation Executive Engineers to determine what was going on. It turns out that there is a future project on the horizon. The road over the dam needs replacement to provide greater width for traffic, improved railings for safety and, most important, greater weight carrying capacity. Many options will be developed and considered. For the facts of what is planned, please see the town website for the latest information. Town website is: www.townoflakelure.com
Finally the hot, steamy days of summer are almost over. Let’s all look forward to a fantastic, fun-filled fall.