LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS TOWN OF LAKE LURE INCORPORATED IN 1927 Mayor: Jim Proctor Commissioners: Russ Pitts, Jeanine Noble, Linda Turner, Wayne Hyatt Town Manager: H.M. “Chuck” Place, III January 2008 Published by Town of Lake Lure, P.O. Box 255, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Newsletter Editor & Coordinator: Linda Ward Telephone: (828) 625-9983 Fax: (828) 625-8371 Website: www.TownofLakeLure.com Email: TownHall@TownofLakeLure.com TOWN COUNCIL ACTIVITIES MAYOR’S COMMENTS by Town Clerk Mary Flack, MMC, CTC by Jim Proctor REGULAR MEETING: The regular town council meeting was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 7:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Lake Lure Municipal Center. Best wishes for a great new year in 2008 from the entire town council and me! Under the “consent agenda,” Town Council approved: * minutes of the November 13, 2007 (regular meeting and closed session), November 12, 2007 TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT (closed session), and November 13, 2007 (closed by H.M. “Chuck” Place III, AICP session); * a budget amendment regarding the control panel This month is a bittersweet one for me. On at the hydro-electric plant as presented by the the 31st, I will retire after 9 years as town manager, finance director; 10 years as an employee of the Town of Lake Lure * a budget amendment regarding invoices from the and 43 years as a public servant in local employment security commission as presented by government. My career has been deeply fulfilling the finance director; and rewarding and I have been honored to spend my * a budget amendment regarding the special order last decade in this glorious place. I plan to relax, do by consent from the North Carolina Department of some traveling with my dear wife of 39 years, and Environment and Natural Resources Division of try to make a dent in her “honey-do” list, but this Water Quality as presented by the finance director; town and all of you will remain in my heart. Lynn * a budget amendment regarding the town center and I wish to all of you the blessings and happiness walkway - greenway project as presented by the that have come to us. May your new year be finance director; and healthy, happy and prosperous. * the town council meeting schedule for year 2008 as presented. Town Council also: January 2008 LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS Page 2 * approved a budget amendment to purchase * heard reports from council liaisons on the fertilizer at the golf course; activities of various boards and committees. * approved a budget amendment and an agreement with from Devine Tarbell Associates regarding a proposal relating to an earthquake inspection of the Public Notice town’s dam; authorized the town manager to sign this agreement; The regular Lake Lure Marine Commission meeting * authorized the town manager to have McGill scheduled for January 8, 2008 has been changed to Associates to review and inspect Carsons Way January 18, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Lake Lure Road for compliance with the town’s standards; Municipal Hall. * suspended Ordinance No. 04-12-14 providing for the delayed harvest of fish this season; * directed the town manager to revise the Lake COMMUNITY POLICING NEWS Advisory Committee by-laws to include a section by Chief Eric Hester appointing the lake operations administrator as an ex-officio member of this committee; The Lake Lure Police Department held its * adopted the Town of Lake Lure Parks, Recreation, 2nd Annual Evening of Honor Benefit Dinner and Trails and Open Space Plan as amended; Awards Ceremony. This ceremony was once again *approved amending the agreement between the presented by Larkins on the Lake. The evening Town of Lake Lure and The Chalet Club, Inc. began at Larkins with hors d’oeuvres and then regarding the lease of water reservoirs; shortly afterwards we had the welcoming * reappointed Wiley Bourne, Gary Hasenfus, and announcements. This was followed by the Bo Williams to serve on the Lake Advisory invocation and a wonderful dinner. After dinner, Committee with terms expiring on December 31, there was an awards banquet held in honor of the 2009; appointed Roberta Proctor to serve on this Lake Lure Police Department. There were committee with a term expiring on December 31, approximately 68 people from the town who had 2009; reserved seats and participated in this special event. * reappointed Harvey Jacques to serve as regular The entire evening was very special to all the member on the Board of Adjustment/Lake officers and their families. The officers and their Structures Appeals Board with a term expiring on families mingled with all that were present getting December 31, 2010; reappointed Fred Noble to to know a lot of people in our community on a first serve as alternate member on this board with a term name basis. This 2nd Annual Event was sponsored expiring on December 31, 2010; by Mark and Larkin Hammond along with General * reappointed Bill Bush and Bud Schichtel to serve Manager Kyle Pertuis. I would like to thank Kyle on the Zoning and Planning Board with terms for all of his hard work by contacting sponsors for expiring on December 31, 2010; the award ceremony, the dinner, and also for the * reappointed Richard Lamb and Carl Nelson to contribution that was presented to the Lake Lure serve on the Golf Course Committee with terms Police Department at the end of the awards banquet expiring on December on December 31, 2009; in honor of Larkins on the Lake. The entire staff appointed Stuart J. Byers to serve on this committee once again put on a wonderful evening with great with a term expiring on December 31, 2009; service, food and desserts. * reappointed Stuart Richardson to serve on the The Awards Ceremony started with Kyle Lake Lure ABC Board with a term expiring on Pertuis giving the Rookie of the Year award to December 31, 2010; and Patrol Officer Chris Shepherd. Next was the * appointed William McNary to serve as regular Distinguished Service Award that went to Sgt. member and Todd Dunnuck to serve as alternate Dallas Draper, and the Community Service member on the Parks and Recreation Board with Award which was given to Patrol Officer Dean terms expiring on December 31, 2010. Givens. In addition to last award, a 5 day 4 night In other activities: vacation was presented by Wyndham Resorts at January 2008 LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS Page 3 Fairfield Mountains to Officer Givens. This was VANDALISM REPORTS --------------------- 0 followed by awards for Citations of Bravery which WARNINGS ISSUED -------------------------- 34 were presented to Sgt. Sean Humphries, Cpl. Windy Hobson, and Patrol Officer Dean Givens. The final award presented was the Larkins Officer COMMUNITY FIRE NEWS of the Year, which was presented to Lt. Thomas by Ron Morgan Lytle. This was his second year receiving this award. BURNING BAN I would like to give a special thanks to Mark The state wide burning ban is still in effect and Larkin Hammond, Robin and Lewis Bentley due to the severe drought conditions. This means and all their staff for making this Evening of Honor no outdoor burning until the ban is lifted. Cooking so very special. I also would like to thank all the on enclosed grills is allowed but charcoal ashes sponsors and all the people in our community that should be soaked with water before disposing and were able to participate in our 2nd Annual Evening should be dumped on bare dirt with no leaves or of Honor. brush around. Ashes, whether charcoal or from a In other policing news, we were sad to lose wood stove, should be completely cold through out Cpl. Windy Hobson who went to work with before disposing. We have had numerous fires Morganton Public Safety. Derek Papesh who lives because of discarded ashes that were rekindled by locally in Lake Lure will fill her position. Officer the wind. Derek Papesh is a veteran police officer with 8 years experience and was employed as a Lieutenant STREET ADDRESSES at the Asheville Airport prior to accepting the LLPD Many people still do not have their street position. We are glad to have him aboard our staff address numbers posted at their home or boat house. with the Police Department. Please check your home to insure your address I would like to congratulate Sgt. Dallas numbers are posted where they can be easily seen. Draper for once again winning the Lake Lure If your house is close to the road, less than 100 feet Police Department’s Mayor Jack Powell and can be easily seen, posting address numbers Memorial Top Gun Award. near the front door is adequate. If your home The staff of the Lake Lure Police cannot be easily seen or sets off the road the Department wishes everyone a Happy New Year. numbers should be posted adjacent to your driveway or the mail box or a post, etc. Remember, white reflective numbers, at least three inches high, POLICE REPORT FOR NOVEMBER, 2007 on a dark background will work the best. ALARM CALLS RECEIVED ---------------- 22 EMERGENCY ACCESS TO HOMES ACCIDENTS ------------------------------------ 5 More and more people have fire/burglar ARRESTS ---------------------------------------- 5 alarms in their homes and with most of our homes BANK ALARMS ------------------------------- 0 being secondary homes contacting the owner is BREAKING AND ENTERINGS ------------- 0 becoming a concern. We regularly respond to fire BUSINESS CHECKS -------------------------- 5,992 alarms in which the alarm company does not have CITATIONS ISSUED -------------------------- 6 contact information such as a cell phone for the COMMUNITY CONTACTS ------------------ 588 owner who likely lives in another state. This EXTRA PATROLS ----------------------------- 280 requires us to spend a lot of extra time on the scene LAKE – CITATIONS -------------------------- 0 and potentially causes unnecessary damage in LAKE – COVE CHECKS --------------------- 172 gaining access. LAKE – PATROL------------------------------- 8 If you have a fire or burglar alarm please LARCENY REPORTS ------------------------- 0 contact your alarm company and make sure they REQUESTED RESIDENTIAL CHECKS --- 71 have your home number, your address and cell ROAD CHECKS -------------------------------- 1,031 phone numbers so you can be contacted at any time. January 2008 LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS Page 4 Also, consider having someone you trust, local to Golf Camp” for our aspiring junior golfers. As our Lake Lure keep a key that can come to the scene season gets started with more exciting things and let the fire department or police department in happening be sure to read next months newsletter to check for the problem in the event of alarm for more updates, or come by and see them for activation. As always if you have any questions or yourself. concerns please contact me at 828-625-9333 or email me at email@example.com. “Golf is the only game where the better you are, the less you play.” CUSTOMER SERVICES by Linda Ward NEWS AROUND LAKE LURE The Town Council suspended the policy The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa is regarding the catch and release for the 2007/2008 hosting the largest New Year’s Eve party in the winter season at the council meeting December 11. history of the Inn! Call 828-625-2525 to make The town will not be stocking the lake this reservations, call early before it’s too late. year and feel no need to implement the policy that is usually in effect from December 1st through March Lake Lure Newcomers invite those who 1st. are new residents in Lake Lure (24 months or less) to join them in various activities which include: potluck, gourmet, out’n about, theater, bridge/poker, GOLF COURSE NEWS book club, and hiking. Anyone interested in by Matt Griffin becoming a member, call Chuck and Char Leneschmidt 828-625-5201. We here at Lake Lure Municipal Golf Course hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday Lake Lure Lakefront Owners Association Season and that Santa Claus brought you everything (LLLOA). If you renewed your membership in the that you asked for… winter of 2007, please note the renewal deadline for For those of you who got new golf clubs for 2008 is January 31. If you did not recently fill out a Christmas and are anxious to try them out, you are provided renewal application in the fall Muse invited to join us and play in our “Captain’s Letter, then another one will be inside this month’s Choice” tournaments on Sunday afternoons at winter Muse Letter or call the LLLOA President to 2:00pm (during the Winter) or with “The Men’s obtain the application. If you are a Lake Lure Club” on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:00am. lakefront owner and not a LLLOA member and Call the Pro Shop for more information. want to receive information about lake issues and New Job Duties and New Faces at the Pro-shop: news, then the LLLOA invites you to become a Matt Griffin is now our new Golf Course member. Associate memberships are also Superintendent. encouraged for those who are interested in our Claudia Ogle is the Pro-shop Manager. Lake. Each year members receive a membership Chris Reid is the new fulltime Pro-shop directory, informative Muse Letters, and a first class clerk mailed subscription to the Town of Lake Lure Savannah Anthony is the part time/fill in monthly newsletter, Lake Lure News & Views. pro-shop clerk. Members meet at the Town Community Center We would like to take this chance to welcome socially at least annually to meet neighbors and our two new Golf Course Advisory Board members, discuss issues. Annual dues are currently $25.00. Rich Lamb and Stuart Byers. The first meeting in You may pick up an application for membership at 2008 for the committee is January 27th. the Municipal Center or via the website at Lots of new projects are in the works for this www.townoflakelure.com under Lake Management summer. For example we are planning “A Junior January 2008 LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS Page 5 or call Harvey Harris, Pres. at 828-625-8872 for an application or any questions. For the convenience of the public, the VFW Post 10473 has placed a receptacle for old and worn out American flags in the covered walkway at the town hall near the entrance to the police department’s door. If you would like a replacement flag, for a small fee, or are eligible and wish to join the VFW contact VFW Vice Commander Charles Hicks at 828-625-9278. Free online newspaper for Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and Rutherford County. Local history, comprehensive calendar, groups, preserving the Gorge, fun things to do in the Gorge and local authors. http://www.hickorynutgorgenews.com . NOTICE For questions or comments about the hours or operations of the Lake Lure Tours, call 828-625- 1373. If you would like to purchase gas at the marina pump during the winter season, please call ahead to make an appointment. The deadline for newsletter articles to be received at Town Hall for the February issue is January 23, 2006.