LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS
TOWN OF LAKE LURE
INCORPORATED IN 1927
Mayor: Bob Keith
Commissioners:Linda Turner, Wayne Hyatt, Mary Ann Dotson and John Moore
Town Manager: Chris Braund
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
MAYOR’S COMMENTS and went to Beachside Restaurant and enjoyed a
by Bob Keith wonderful breakfast. We replaced a twenty minute
car ride along windy roads with an enjoyable,
Something’s new in town. The Transit sunny, 10 minute water experience. The boat slips
Authority of Rutherford County (TARC) has begun are yours to use; why not take advantage of them?
a low cost “Park and Ride” capability across August means it’s time for the Olympiad.
Hickory Nut Gorge. This public bus service, Details about the Olympiad may be found later in
developed primarily to accommodate tourists, this paper or at www.HickoryNutOlympiad.com.
connects many of the attractions throughout the There is something for everyone, whether you are a
Gorge. A 15-passenger van will transport guests well-tuned athlete, a weekend warrior or merely a
from Rumbling Bald Resort to Chimney Rock Park spectator. Put a team together to play golf or if
with stops at Apple Valley, the library, the tennis is your thing, get a partner. If you can throw
municipal golf course, Ingles, the post office, Lake a shoe or bean bag, get over to the Geneva on
Lure Inn and Beach, visitor’s center and Chimney Saturday to compete. Paddle a kayak, swim a
Rock Village. They will then reverse the trip and distance or do the family fun run. If you have kids
repeat until the final return trip around 7pm. “Park between the ages of four to fourteen, have them join
and Ride” service will run from Memorial Day the Junior Olympiad and compete in events
through mid-October excluding certain holidays. including running, shooting a basketball, throwing a
The cost for each ride is $1 per person and is baseball, riding a mini-bike, and performing in the
applied each time one gets on board. Hopefully this obstacle course. And for you spectators, there’s the
offering will benefit our guests and have some Water-Ski Show, Shag Dancing Competition,
impact on reducing traffic congestion in a safer, Fireworks, Dragon Boat Racing and the Race up
greener fashion. For more information, call TARC Chimney Rock. Remember, all proceeds go to local
at 288-1830. charities with this year’s focus on the kids of the
Did you know that the town installed 12 new Charter School. It’s a great weekend to invest
boat slips on the boardwalk near the town marina? your time in the community. It’s all about
Over the weekend of July 4th, Pam and I got on our community spirit!
pontoon boat early Saturday morning for a cool, 6th Annual Olympiad – August 26 through 29th
pleasant ride downtown, tied up at the town dock Come out and join in the fun!
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TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT * authorized the town manager to draft lease
by Chris Braund agreements with the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber
of Commerce and the Rutherford County Tourism
End of Fiscal Year Budget Update Development Authority regarding a portion of the
Nearly all of the receipts and invoices are in for the year building owned by the Town of Lake Lure
ended June 30, 2010 and our preliminary results show commonly known as the “Community Center” and
very good fiscal health. While our expected revenues nonexclusive use of six adjacent vehicle parking
fell about $140,000 short of initial estimates, this was spaces during hours of operation; also, authorized
mainly due to 6 months of golf course closure for
the town clerk to publish at least 10 days prior to
renovations. Anticipating this, all departments worked
to spend less than what was appropriated in the budget. August 10, 2010 regular council meeting, a notice
They succeeded…and ended up with a $150,000 surplus as required by G.S. 160A-272 pertaining to the
even after covering the revenue shortfall. leases and agreements with the Hickory Nut Gorge
Chamber of Commerce and the Rutherford County
General Fund $51,000 surplus Tourism Development Authority .
Water/Sewer Fund $40,000 surplus
Hydro Fund $64,000 surplus SPECIAL MEETING: Town council held a
$150,000 special meeting on Monday, July 12, 2010, 3:00
p.m., in the meeting room of the Lake Lure
This surplus can help in several ways: it can be Municipal Center to discuss attorney client privilege
contributed to fund balances for rainy-day savings or
and legal matters in accordance with G.S. 143-
Council can appropriate it this year for projects and
capital improvements that have been eliminated, 318.11(a) (3) regarding a lawsuit between the Town
deferred or some combination of both. In a time where of Lake Lure and McGill Associates, P.A., Randall
many states and municipalities are nearly bankrupt, I D. Hintz and Brentwood Industries, Inc.
really appreciate the work of the entire staff’ to
maximize services and manage costs. SPECIAL MEETING: Town council held a
special meeting on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 9:00
School Update a.m., at the law office of Attorneys Cloininger,
It has not been much of a summer vacation for the team Barbour, Searson, and Jones at 21 Battery Park
involved in building the new school. Through countless Avenue, Suite 201, Asheville, NC to discuss
volunteer hours and much-appreciated contributions by attorney client privilege and legal matters in
local contractors, the project is on track for completion.
accordance with G.S. 143-318.11(a) (3) regarding a
There will be an open house at the site on August 14th,
from 1-4pm. All are invited to come meet the teachers lawsuit between the Town of Lake Lure and McGill
and tour the campus. Associates, P.A., Randall D. Hintz and Brentwood
TOWN COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
by Town Clerk Mary Flack, MMC, CTC
COMMUNITY POLICING NEWS
REGULAR MEETING: The regular town council by Lt. Chris Francis
meeting was held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 7:00
p.m., in the meeting room of the Lake Lure On July 2, Lt. Francis and Chief Hester had
Municipal Center. the opportunity to give a presentation to the “Senior
Under the “consent Under the “consent agenda,” Gorgers” group that meets on Fridays at the
Town Council approved: Municipal Center. The presentation consisted of tips
* minutes of the June 7, 2010 (special meeting) and to protect your home and tips to protect yourself
June 8, 2010 (regular meeting). away from home. There was good discussion by the
Town Council also: group after the presentation. One of the most
* removed from the agenda as requested by Tom important tips given was to write down serial
Greene, a proposal for the Lake Lure Classic Car numbers of valuable possessions and update the list
show; and often. A resident who had the serial number of his
August 2010 LAKE LURE NEWS & VIEWS Page 3
moped that was stolen this month has already had POLICE REPORT FOR JUNE 2010
the moped returned. The serial number proved very
important in this case as the moped was located in ALARM CALLS RECEIVED ----------------------- 17
Spartanburg, SC and the subject arrested. ACCIDENTS ------------------------------------------- 5
We had a great crowd visiting the Lake for ARRESTS ------------------------------------------- 2
the July 4th festivities and firework display. The BANK ALARMS --------------------------------------- 0
police department is happy to announce with all of BREAKING AND ENTERINGS -------------------- 0
the added traffic and visitors, that there were no BUSINESS CHECKS ----------------------------- 9,825
reported serious problems or vehicle accidents. CITATIONS ISSUED -------------------------------- 47
COMMUNITY CONTACTS -------------------- 1,622
Youth Center EXTRA PATROLS ----------------------------------- 79
It’s been an incredible summer at the Lake LARCENY REPORTS -------------------------------- 1
Lure Youth Center. Our summer program this year REQUESTED RESIDENTIAL CHECKS ------- 187
consisted of every Tuesday field trips and beach day ROAD CHECKS ---------------------------------- 2,938
Fridays, all of which has given the youth of the VANDALISM REPORTS ---------------------------- 0
Hickory Nut Gorge area plenty to do with their WARNINGS ISSUED -------------------------------- 65
summer. CASES CLEARED------------------------------------- 2
The first part of July we visited with Ranger CASES CLEARED BY ARREST ------------------- 0
Glen, from Chimney Rock State Park. He met with
us on the Rocky Broad River with rods and reels as LAKE ACTIVITIES
well as fly fishing gear. The kids were taught about PATROLS ------------------------------------------ 23
fly fishing and were allowed to fish in the river. COVE CHECKS ------------------------------------- 595
Everyone was excited when one of the youth caught VERBAL WARNINGS ------------------------------- 3
a largemouth bass, which was one of the very few WRITTEN WARNINGS ------------------------------ 0
Ranger Glen has seen caught out of the Rocky CITATIONS ISSUED --------------------------------- 2
Broad. Several youth walked away with stories of ASSISTANCE TO OTHER VESSELS ------------- 1
nibbles as well as the old, “I had it but lost it” fish ASSISTANCE TO OTHER AGENCIES ----------- 0
tale to tell for years to come. BOATING ACCIDENTS ----------------------------- 0
We also visited the Chimney Rock Gem HOLIDAY EVENTS----------------------------------- 0
Mine which donated bags of gem-filled sand for the OTHER ------------------------------------------- 0
kids to sift through. PATROL HOURS ------------------------------------- 20
Clint Calhoun with the Town of Lake Lure
took us on a Wetland Tour around Morse Park. It
was fun and educational as the kids were taught CUSTOMER SERVICES
how important the wetlands are. by Linda Ward
Every Friday the kids get to enjoy the beach
at Lake Lure swimming and throwing water Our boat permit sales are about the same as last year
balloons. at this point in the season. We have four categories
The businesses around Lake Lure and that have an annual sales limit. Below is a list of
Chimney Rock have been very supportive of our what is still available in those categories:
programs. We appreciate all the donated time and Annual Resident – sold 836 of the 1000 allowed,
interest from them. 164 available
We also were treated to a tour of the Lake Annual Resident Peak Weekday – sold six of 250
Lure Police Station. We were able to see where allowed, 244 available
people are fingerprinted as well as the equipment Annual Non-Resident – sold 27 of the 50 allowed,
room and officer’s area. Many thanks to Chief 23 available
Hester! We appreciate everything you do to make Annual Non-Resident Peak Weekday– sold 17 of 50
this program such a success. allowed, 33 available.
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Water conservation is always a good thing to think Just wet your brush and fill a glass for
about, but times like this when we are not getting mouth rinsing
much rainfall it really comes to mind. 9. Rinse your razor in the sink.
Fill the sink with a few inches of warm
Water conservation in the home... water. This will rinse your razor just as
1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A well as running water, with far less water
small drip from a worn faucet washer waste.
can waste 20 gallons or water per day. 10. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer
2. Don’t use the toilet as a ashtray or only for full loads. Most makers of
wastebasket. Every flush uses five to dishwashing soap recommend not pre-
seven gallons. rinsing which will be a big water
3. Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little savings.
food coloring in your toilet tank. If 11. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the
without flushing, the color begins to fridge. Running tap water to cool it off
appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, for drinking water is wasteful. Store
you have a leak that should be repaired drinking water in the fridge in a safe
immediately. Most replacement parts are drinking bottle.
inexpensive and easy to install.
4. Install water-saving shower heads and Water conservation in the yard or garden.
low-flow faucet aerators which are also
easy to install. Also, long, hot showers 1. If you are planting a new lawn, or over
can use five to ten gallons every un- seeding an existing lawn, use drought-
needed minute. Showers should only resistant grasses.
take as long as it takes you to soap up, 2. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants
wash down and rinse off. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture
5. You can put a plastic bottle or float while discouraging weed growth. Adding 2 -
booster in your toilet tank. Put an inch or 4 inches of organic material such as compost
two of sand or pebbles inside of a plastic or bark mulch will increase the ability of the
bottle to weigh it down, fill it will water soil to retain moisture.
and screw the lid on tight. Place the 3. Don’t water the gutter. Position your
bottle in the tank away from the sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or
operating mechanisms. This may save garden, not on paved areas. Also avoid
ten or more gallons of water per day. Be watering on windy days. Water in the early
sure at least three gallons of water part of the day.
remains in the tank so it can flush 4. Water your lawn only when it needs it
properly. A good way to see if your lawn needs
6. For new installations, consider buying watering is to step on the grass. If it springs
"low flush" toilets, which use 1 to 2 back up when you move, it doesn't need
gallons per flush instead of the usual water. If it stays flat, the lawn is ready for
usual three to five gallons. watering. Letting the grass grow taller (to
7. Insulate your water pipes. 3") will also promote water retention in the
It's easy and inexpensive to insulate your soil. Most lawns only need about 1" of water
water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe each week. During dry spells, you can stop
insulation. You'll get hot water faster watering altogether and the lawn will go
plus avoid wasting water while it heats brown and dormant. Once cooler weather
up. arrives, the morning dew and rainfall will
8. Turn off the water after you wet your bring the lawn back to its usual vigor. This
toothbrush. There is no need to keep the may result in a brown summer lawn, but it
water running while brushing your teeth. saves a lot of water.
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5. Deep-soak your lawn. When watering the inflatables. First of all, NO STRUCTURE shall be
lawn, do it long enough for the moisture to placed in the water more than 30 feet or one third
soak down to the roots where it will do the the distance to the opposite shore, whichever is less.
most good. A light sprinkling can evaporate Second, NO STRUCTURE shall be located closer
quickly and tends to encourage shallow root than 15 feet to any side lot line, as projected into the
systems. Put an empty tuna can on your lake. Floating platforms are lake structures by
lawn - when it's full, you've watered about definition so they must comply with the Lake
the right amount. Structure Regulations. All floating platforms
6. Don't run the hose while washing your car (temporary and permanent inflatables included)
Clean the car using a pail of soapy water. must have some type of identification on them
Use the hose only for rinsing - this simple showing the owner’s name, address, and local
practice can save as much as 150 gallons telephone. Permanent floating platforms (solid
when washing a car. Use a spray nozzle surfaced or inflatable) must have reflectors affixed
when rinsing for more efficient use of water. since they remain in the lake at night. Temporary
7. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways inflatables are only allowed on the lake during
and sidewalks. Check for leaks in pipes, daylight hours and must be removed from the lake
hoses, faucets and couplings. Leaks outside when not in use. Temporary inflatables can be no
the house may not seem as bad since they're larger than 80 square feet or 10 feet in diameter or
not as visible. But they can be just as they will be considered to be permanent structures
wasteful as leaks indoors. Check frequently and shall require a lake structure permit or must be
to keep them drip-free. Use hose washers at removed from the lake. All floating structures must
spigots and hose connections to eliminate be kept in good repair or removed from the lake.
leaks. Due to the increase in floating structures, we will be
Water conservation comes naturally when closely monitoring these for activity, size,
everyone in the family is aware of its reflectors, distance into the water, and identification
importance, and parents take the time to teach and will be issuing Notices of Violations in cases of
children some of the simple water-saving non-compliance. We want everyone to enjoy the
methods around the home which can make a big lake, but safety is our highest priority, and these
difference. rules are in place for the safety of everyone. Please
pay attention to your structures.
LAKE OPERATIONS Lastly, Dean wants to remind the folks who like to
by Clint Calhoun, Environ. Mgmt. Officer go boating before 7am, that the No-Wake rule is
from 9pm to 7am. This means idle speed only. So
Just a few informational tidbits from Lake if you are out there breaking wake between those
Operations this month. A boating safety course is hours, you might want to reconsider because you
being given by Jim Boxerman of the Lake Lure never know who might be patrolling the lake
Coast Guard Auxiliary. The course is scheduled for between 9pm and 7am.
Thursday, August 12th from 9am to 5pm at the We hope everyone keeps it safe out there. If
Rumbling Bald Resort fire station. The cost for you need to reach us regarding a lake or
materials is $25. If two members of the same environmental issue, please contact Dean Givens at
family want to take the course, the cost is $35 for (828)625-9318 or email@example.com or Clint
both. This course is required for anyone under 26 Calhoun at (828)625-9983 ext. 123 or
that wants to operate a boat with a 10 horsepower firstname.lastname@example.org.
engine or larger. If you are interested, call Jim
Boxerman at (828)779-2670. NEWS AROUND LAKE LURE
We would also like to give a reminder
regarding floating platforms. We are seeing a fair The deadline for newsletter articles to be received
number of floating platforms on the lake this year, at Town Hall for the September issue is August 18,
many that are considered to be temporary 2010.
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Rubber Duck Race set for August 21st PLUS: Rumbling Bald Resort (9am –
behind the Lake Lure Town Hall. The American Noon): Kayak sprints, swim sprints, tennis doubles
Red Cross is sponsoring its first Rubber Duck tournament, open water swim
Regatta fundraiser. Games and festivities will start Lake Lure Town Beach and Park (11am – 3pm): Jr.
at 11 am which include face painting, water balloon Olympiad,
toss, a free blood pressure clinic and blood drive. Inflatable Playground, KidSenses Planetarium, Face
The rubber duck race will follow at 2 pm. Ducks Painting, Dragon Boat Racing, Kids’ Fun Zone,
can be adopted for $5 and the winner will receive Medals Ceremony at 4pm, Volleyball Tournament
the grand prize of $500. There will also be runner on the Beach at 9am
up prizes for the first 25 ducks.
Adopt your ducks at RBC locations, Hill’s Sun. August 29: Race to the Rock, 7:30am
Hardware, Scoggin’s, Medicine Box in The grueling 7K bike race and the equally difficult
Rutherfordton, Big Dave’s, Greenhill Store, Lake 5K run both grind uphill at a 7% grade and finish
Lure Salon & Spa and at the Chapter House of the just below the 315-foot tall Chimney Rock. The
Red Cross on Oakland Road in Forest City. For view at the finish line is astounding and this is the
more information including other local possible ONLY TIME you can run or bike up to Chimney
duck adoption locations call 828-287-5916. Rock.
For more info on all the family fun
The 6th Annual Hickory Nut Gorge happening during Olympiad weekend, call 828-429-
Olympiad will be held August 26th – August 29th. 9011 or visit www.HickoryNutOlympiad.com.
Rumbling Bald is hosting this event that you won’t Special thanks to our presenting sponsors -
want to miss. This year’s featured beneficiary will Rumbling Bald Resort and Pinnacle Sotheby's
be Lake Lure Classical Academy. Proceeds will be International Realty.
used to help with the purchase of playground and
athletic equipment. A Boating Safety Course will be held
Thursday, Aug 12th from 9 am till 5 pm at the fire
Schedule of events: station at Rumbling Bald Resort. The cost to cover
materials is $25. If two members from the same
Thurs. August 26: Golf Tournament, 8am family want to take the course, the cost is $35 for
Hosted by the Lake Lure Lions Club at Rumbling the two. You will receive a certification card, which
Bald Resort. does not expire, upon completion and passing the
course. Anyone under the age of 26 who wants to
Friday August 27: 10K DAM Run, 7pm operate a boat with a 10hp motor or larger is
This challenging course begins at Ingles on Rt 9, required to complete this course.
heads east, crosses the dam and finishes on the For more information, or to sign up for this
beach at Rumbling Bald Resort before a crowd of class, call Jim Boxerman at 828-779-2670.
PLUS: Rumbling Bald Resort (5:30-10pm): Dirty Dancing Festival – Community
BBQ on the Beach, Ski Show, 1-mile Family Fun Meeting - Want to know more about the Dirty
Run, Free Ice Cream Sundaes, Opening Ceremonies Dancing Festival at Lake Lure taking place
with the lighting of the Torch, Shag Dance and September 17-18? Then come to the Dirty Dancing
FIREWORKS! Festival community meeting Wednesday, August
4th at 6pm at The Old Rock Cafe in Chimney Rock.
Saturday August 28: Lake Lure Sprint Learn more about the event, its large anticipated
Triathlon, 8am, Rumbling Bald Resort - This is tourism draw, its potential for a strong positive
without a doubt the most scenic triathlon on the Set effect on our area and businesses, and how you can
Up Events calendar. 500M Lake Swim / 16.9 Mile get involved. Please come and bring your
Bike / 5K Run questions! In particular, the meeting will
discuss the logistics-planning for the event. We
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want everyone to be enthusiastic about the Dirty Brown Thornton at 828-625-8693 for an application
Dancing Festival and being informed will make the or any questions.
weekend more fun and successful for everyone. In
the meantime, for tickets, event information and Check out the free Mountain Breeze
other details, please visit our website newspaper, news of the greater Lake Lure area, at
www.DirtyDancingFestival.com. www.mountainbreezenews.com. We are in our 22nd
The "Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake
Lure" is scheduled for September 17-18. The Senior Gorgers – Shepherd’s Care Senior
"Dirty Dancing Festival" GALA is on the evening Program is for adults over 50 who live in the
of Saturday, Sept. 18th after the Friday night film Hickory Nut Gorge Community. This program is to
screening, afternoon dance and music festival. You enhance and promote togetherness in our
can learn more about the festival events by visiting community. We are not trained to accommodate
www.dirtydancingfestival.com or calling the people who are not mobile, however; individuals
Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce at 828- with disabilities are welcomed to come with their
625-2725. The festival will benefit Hospice of caregivers. Programs will vary from week to week.
Rutherford County, the Isothermal Foundation It’s held every Friday at the Town Municipal Center
Performing Arts Center and the Lake Lure Youth from 10 am to 2 pm.
Center. Free light lunch is provided to all
participants with a menu change each week.
Lake Lure Newcomers Club invites new BINGO is provided by Nancy McNary and is
residents of Lake Lure (24 months or less), zip code played after lunch most Fridays.
28746, to join with them in many activities in and Park Ridge Health and Rutherford Hospital
around the area. If you are interested in joining and Inc. are supporters of this program and help provide
becoming a member, call Nancy at 625-9670 or the weekly speakers.
Karen at 625-4000.
Park & Ride! – There is now a shuttle bus
Free online newspaper for Lake Lure, in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village. The
Chimney Rock and Rutherford County. Find local Rutherford County Transit Authority has
history, comprehensive calendar, groups, preserving established a local shuttle service that will run from
the Gorge, fun things to do in the Gorge and local spring to fall. It runs from Chimney Rock Village to
authors. http://www.hickorynutgorgenews.com the Rumbling Bald Resort, with stops at:
Lake Lure Lakefront Owners Association Rumbling Bald main entrance
(LLLOA). If you are a Lake Lure Lakefront Owner Apple Valley Clubhouse
and do not belong to the LLLOA, we encourage you Mountains Branch Library
to join us to stay informed about lake issues. LL Municipal Golf Club
Associate memberships are welcome. Each year Ingles
members receive a membership booklet,
Lake Lure Beach
informative Muse Letters, and a first class mailed
HNG Visitor Center
subscription to the Town of Lake Lure monthly
newsletter, Lake Lure news and Views. Members Chimney Rock Village & Park
hold a social and business meeting annually at the Riders may request pickups or drop-offs at
Town Community Center. Annual dues are other locations along the route. Schedules are
currently $25.00. You may pick up an application posted at each bus stop location. Fares are $1 per
for membership at the Municipal Center or via the ride, $3 for a day pass or $32 monthly.
website www.townoflakelure.com under Lake
Complaints concerning the operation of tour boats on Lake
Management. You may also call LLLOA President Lure may call 828-625-1373.