Beech Mountain self-quarantine statement
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Due to the COVID-19 alert and State of Emergency issued by Gov. Cooper, the Town has put our Emergency protocols into place and Town Council adopted the Declaration of State of Emergency
State of Emergency COVID 19
State of Emergency Declaration for Suspension of Short Term Rentals and Self-quarantine on Beech Mountain
State of Emergency Declaration STR Avery Watauga TOBM
NOTICE for the health and welfare of the community
For the health and welfare of the community and Town Staff
due to the State of Emergency under Governor’s orders for COVID-19 the following list of meetings are cancelled:
CANCELLED 3/31/2020- Planning Board
CANCELLED 4/6/2020- Tree Committee
CANCELLED 4/7/2020 -Board of Adjustment
CANCELLED 4/8/2020- Tourism Development Authority
CANCELLED 4/9/2020- Parks & Recreation
CANCELLED 4/13/2020- Chamber of Commerce
CANCELLED 4/22/2020 Town Council Budget Workshop
CANCELLED 4/28/2020- Planning Board
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Town of Beech Mountain offices are closed to the visiting public until further notice as of March 23, 2020.
Employees are conducting business during normal office hours. Offices are available during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and can be reached via phone and email or by virtual appointment only. In-person Appointments will be available in emergency cases only.
email@example.com – Rebecca Ward, Taxes and Utilities
firstname.lastname@example.org – Kelsey Wise, Permitting and Utilities
email@example.com – Tamara Mercer, Town Clerk/ Human Resources
firstname.lastname@example.org – Riley Hatch, Special Projects
email@example.com – Steve Smith, Finance Billing
firstname.lastname@example.org – Jackie Riley, Reception
POLICE (828) 387-2342 -non emergency
FIRE (828) 387-4612
TOWN HALL (828) 387-4236
PUBLIC WORKS (828) 387-9282
BUCKEYE RECREATION CENTER (828) 387-3003
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Town of Beech Mountain Approves Paving Buckeye Creek Road
Beech Mountain, NC, March 13, 2020 – At the March 10, 2020 Beech Mountain Town Council Meeting, the Council Members unanimously approved a contract bid to pave Buckeye Creek Road at a cost of $685,000. The project will be funded entirely by the Town of Beech Mountain. This project has been part of the Town’s long-term comprehensive plan for over ten years. The paving should be complete by early this summer.
“This is a huge step for Beech Mountain and will open up many areas to easier access,” stated Mayor Barry Kaufman. “Our residents and visitors will now have a quicker way to travel to communities on and off the mountain, including the Lake Watauga Recreational Area.”
“Another important consideration for paving this road is that it will provide a second, paved route to enter or exit the mountain in case of an emergency,” said Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Chief Pudney and Interim Town Manager. “It also improves the mutual aid for both the town and the Fall Creek Volunteer Fire Department.”
“Paving the two-mile stretch of gravel on Buckeye Creek Road will link the Town of Beech Mountain to Hwy 321,” said Kate Gavenus, Director of the Beech Mountain Tourist Development Authority. “We are opening up a new corridor for travelers to expand lodging, shopping and recreational activities in the High Country and eastern Tennessee.”
Plans are underway for a community celebration to showcase area merchants, restaurants, hotels and more. Several hiking and biking trails are located off this vital artery including the newly created Buckeye Lake Loop Trail which circles the entire four-mile lake. The new Shane Park Outpost and Campground are also located off this section of road and are due to open in late summer.
Beech Mountain is the highest town in Eastern America and an ideal vacation spot in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Our elevation (5,506 feet) sets us apart 12 months a year.
Should you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Kate Gavenus, Tourism Development Director at email@example.com or call 828.387.9283 or Call Daniel Davis, Public Works Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org 828.387.9282
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New Public Works Building and facility
Including: 12,000 square feet with 5 bays, one vehicle wash, offices, new compactors for a new convenience center and a salt storage facility.
You may contact Special Projects Director, Riley Hatch for more details email@example.com
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GOLF CART ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
On February 11, 2019 the Town of Beech Mountain Town Council appointed a Golf Cart Committee consisting of citizens to engage in vetting the issue of golf cart usage on the mountain. The Golf Cart Committee met and conducted meetings on March 13, 2019, March 27, 2019, & April 10, 2019. On April 17, 2019 an amended Golf Cart Ordinance in accordance with the Golf Cart Committee was presented to the Town Council by the Golf Cart Committee Chairman including two other members of the committee to discuss the issue. The proposal was recommended: 5 to 2 by the committee.
On May 7th the Council considered an amended version of the proposed ordinance and passed it on a 3 to 2 vote. The ordinance and inspection forms are are available here. There is a $75 fee associated with registration.
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As Eastern America’s Highest Town (5,506 ft.), Beech Mountain is abundant in charm, hospitality and mile-high tranquility.
For those seeking a part-time or permanent residence, Beech Mountain offers comfortable living in a friendly family atmosphere. And for those looking for an adventure-filled vacation—or just some peaceful time away—it’s a beautiful, all-season destination.
At an elevation of 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated town east of the Rockies. The Town has a full time population of 350, but the population swells as high as 10,000 folks during the winter and 5,000 in the summer. People flock to Beech Mountain in the winter to ski at Beech Mountain Resort and in the summer to take advantage of the mild climate and recreational opportunities at Beech Mountain Club , biking at Beech Mountain Resort, and numerous town hiking and biking trails and recreational programs.
Even though there are only 350 full time residents on Beech Mountain, there were at last count over 2,350 dwelling units on the mountain. Beech Mountain has become a popular location for vacation and second homes for many people from North Carolina to Florida.