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2016-2017 Town of Montreat Sanitation Schedules

The new Sanitation Schedules will be mailed out this week. They can also be found here. Please call Town Services at 828-669-8002 ext 301 if you have any questions.

Expanded Program for Disposal of Trash and Recyclables

The Board has approved the following changes to the Town of Montreat's Sanitation Services:

On May 30th, the Town of Montreat will begin a new, expanded program for disposing of trash and recyclables. Because the trash compactor site located behind the Town Services Building will be closing to the public, the Town will be accepting the specially printed green trash bags and the specially printed blue recycling bags. For your convenience, Town Staff will be distributing one of each bag to each household, free of charge beginning the week of June 6th. Additional trash bags and recycling bags can be purchased at the Town Services Building. A box of five bags is $5.00.

The new program is quite simple. Should you, or someone staying at your home, need to dispose of small amounts of kitchen or household trash or recyclables outside of the regular pickup schedule, the filled pre-printed bags can be dropped off at the Town Services Building between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. ONLY the special pre-printed bags will be accepted by the Town for disposal at the Town Services Building. A special collection area has been built to accommodate the bags. Just ask any Town employee for instructions on where to place the bags. Out of courtesy, please do not leave the bags in the parking lot, outside the building or along the fence. NC General Statute 14-399 regulating littering and illegal dumping will be enforced.

The weekly curbside pickup schedule WILL NOT change, and you WILL NOT need to purchase the special bags if you use our curbside or backdoor service.

We hope that you find this new program a safer and more effective method of disposing of extra kitchen garbage and recyclables that often accumulate during the week. The new system will help to reduce the illegal dumping and to resolve safety issues and concerns at the compactor site.

Should you have questions or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at (828)669-8002.

 

June Town Council Agenda Meeting

The June Town Council Agenda Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building. The Public Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The packet can be found here.

 

Proposed 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget for the Town of Montreat

The proposed 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget for the Town of Montreat has been presented to the Board of Commissioners and is available for public inspection in the Town Services Office each weekday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Budget Cover Pages and Table of Contents

Introduction and Organizational Information

Policy Document

Financial Plan

Capital Improvement Plan

Operational Guide

Glossary and Miscellaneous Statistics

The Montreat Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on June 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon possible thereafter in the Walkup Building, 300 Community Center Circle, Montreat, NC for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed budget.

 

Montreat Receives Tree City USA Designation

Congratulations to the Town of Montreat for becoming a Tree City USA! In
2015, the Montreat Landcare Committee submitted an application for Tree City, USA status. To achieve this recognition, the town met the following criteria: (1) celebration of Arbor Day; (2) spent at least $2.00 per capita on tree-related efforts, such as plantings and curbside brush and Christmas tree removal, (3) established a tree ordinance setting out policies for care of trees on our public lands and rights-of-way; and (4) established a citizens' "tree board" to address issues regarding the care and maintenance of trees on public lands.

Shane Baker, NC Forest Service, was on hand to present the plaque to Mayor Tim Helms and Commissioner Ann Vinson (Chair of the Tree Board) at April's Town Council Meeting. Special Thanks to Bill Seaman for his hard work preparing for the Awards Ceremony, for Joe Standaert and his wonderful photography skills and for Montreat Landcare for their year round efforts in preserving our Tree Canopy!!

 

Conversation with the Commissioners

Remember on the first Thursday of every month, prior to the Agenda Meeting, the Town Council will hold an open forum for anyone who has questions or concerns. There was a great turnout on March 3rd. The Council hopes to see more people on April 7th.

Montreat Gate Update

On Monday, February 22nd a truck hit the gate but thankfully no one was injured. A structural engineer has recommended that the Gate remain closed until repairs can be made. Please use caution when using the detour around the Gate.

 

Congratulations

The Town of Montreat welcomes Commissioner Kent Otto. He was sworn into office at the January Board of Commissioners meeting last night.

 

Congratulations

The Town of Montreat welcomes Mayor Tim Helms, Commissioner Bill Gilliland, Commissioner Kitty Fouche and Town Clerk Angie Murphy. They were all sworn into office at the December Board of Commissioners meeting last night.

 

First Release of the "Lari" Beetle

The Town of Montreat is pleased to report that the first successful release of 125 Laricobius nigrinus "Lari" beetles was made on September 25th at the Post Office in Montreat. The beetles arrived by FedEx overnight shipment from Tacoma, Washington and were released by John Johnson and Rusty Frank. A couple thousand beetles are expected to be released over the next year to help stop the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid within Montreat. The release of the beetles are part of a "Save Our Hemlocks" campaign sponsored and administered through Montreat Landcare. Funding for the project was made possible by generous donations from Montreat residents and institutions. Support and partial funding was provided through the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information on the Program, visit www.savehemlocksnc.org.

Sanitation Services

The Board of Commissioners held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 to discuss the sanitation services offered by the Town of Montreat. The presentation given by Mayor Letta Jean Taylor can be found here. The Board of Commissioners will continue their discussion of sanitation services at their September Board Meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Walkup Building, 300 Community Center Circle in Montreat.

Compactor Site Changes

Beginning June 9, 2015, the Town will alter the operation of the Compactor Site located behind the Town Services Building in order to help accommodate the sanitation disposal needs of our residents and visitors as well as to ease unauthorized use and illegal dumping at the site. On that day, the compactor site will be open for a fee, with revised hours of operation and staffed by an attendant. The site attendant will collect your bags, manage the fee payment and lock box, and place the bags inside the compactor for you. Revised hours of operation and the new fee schedule can be found here. No changes are being made to the existing curbside or backdoor garbage collection schedule.

Proposed 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget

The proposed 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget was presented to the Board and public on May 21. There will be a public hearing to receive comments on the budget document on June 11 at 7 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible in the Walkup Building. Print copies are available in the Town Services Office upon request.

2015-2020 Capital Improvements Plan Adopted

The Board of Commissioners adopted the 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Plan on April 9, 2015. View the full document here, or on the Administration Department webpage.

Sales Tax Redistribution Proposals - SB 369 and SB 608

Senator Terry Van Duyn gave a brief summary of SB 369 and SB 608 during the April 9, 2015 Town Council Meeting. These bills, currently under discussion in the NC Senate, propose to distribute all sales tax revenues on a per capita basis at the state and local level. Buncombe County municipalities currently receive these distributions on an ad valorem basis. For Montreat, the loss in local sales tax revenues under the currently proposed bill language is estimated at $223,605, a 67% decrease. The Town will monitor the status of these bills very closely throughout this legislative session. Citizens are encouraged to contact Senator Van Duyn, Senator Tom Apodaca, Representative John Ager, Representative Susan C. Fisher, Representative Brian Turner, and Governor Pat McCrory to express their concerns and comments about these proposed bills.

Online Credit/Debit Card Payment Now Available

Credit or debit card payments for a number of Town-related bills and fees can now be made online here, or in person at the Town Services Office.

Numbers to Know - Police and Fire Department Dispatch

If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, burning of leaves or brush, a possible water leak or something that needs attention quickly but is not life-threatening, please call the 24-hour non-emergency police and fire dispatch numbers listed below. This service covers both the Town of Black Mountain and Montreat, so don't hang up thinking you've gotten the wrong number. Refrigerator magnets with these numbers are available in the Town Services Office. Your calls are welcomed and are important.

Police Department Dispatch: (828) 419-9320
Fire Department Dispatch: (828) 419-9350

 

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P. O. Box 423 | Montreat, NC 28757 | P: 828.669.8002 | F: 828.669.3810