By Bob Keith
Mayor of Lake Lure, NC
Assisted Living Facility
The number one question since the lake was restored to full pond has been, “when are they going to start on the assisted living facility?” rather than “when’s the lake coming up?” I spoke with Hunter Trefzger, Meridian VP of Development and Acquisition, who stated that there had been some minor permitting and water issues, but that he anticipated breaking ground for the assisted living facility in the fourth quarter of this year. Meridian projects a construction timeframe of approximately one year. And that’s real good news for our community! More to come in future issues of the Breeze as Meridian’s plans firm up.
Rutherford County EDA initiative
Several months ago, the Rutherford County Commissioners voted to restructure the county Economic Development Commission into a public/private partnership. A program, “Transforming Tomorrow Together”, is designed to spur and enhance the growth of the county’s economy by attracting industry, tourists and jobs to the area.
This initiative will improve workforce development, retain jobs within the county, attract new residents and improve the many quality of life factors we have been blessed with. Thanks for the county’s vision in creating this economic development emphasis. And while we’re on economic activity, Don Cason, TDA Executive Director, informs me that tourist traffic in the Welcome Center is up 20% over last year. Further, year-to year occupancy tax revenue was up 16% last year and is tracking around a10% increase this year. And that’s good news!
With just a week to sign up, several candidates have stepped forward to run for town government positions in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. In Chimney Rock, April Sottile plans to run and retain her seat while Bruce Godzik will move on to other activities. That leaves Mayor Peter O’Leary in search for someone new and by now, with the printing of the Breeze, has found someone to fill Bruce’s capable shoes. In Lake Lure, Kevin Cooley is running unopposed for Mayor; yours truly, for multiple and various reasons, has decided not to run for a fifth term J. In the race for Lake Lure Commissioner, John Kilby, Esther Lusk and incumbent John Moore will compete for the two open seats. Current Commissioner, Mary Ann Dotson Silvey, has decided to step down after 8 years of dedicated service. The Village and the Town greatly appreciates Bruce’s and Mary Ann’s service in their respective communities.
School Bells Ring
Lake Lure Classical Academy opens its ninth year of operation expecting an enrollment of approximately 465 students K-12. Twenty-four of those kids are entering their senior year at the Academy. We want to wish all students the best but particularly the seniors in this milestone and transitional year in their young lives. You Go Raptors!