Enjoy Beech Mountain Golf

Visit Buckeye Recreation Center

Stroll Around Lake Coffey



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EMAIL SCAMS ON THE RISE: DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY OR GIFT CARDS
Please note: there are email requests coming from criminal actors asking for money on gift cards, do not become a victim of scams, do not follow any directions in an email!  No elected official would ask for money, not the mayor, nor any councilmember. If you have any questions call Town Hall directly (828) 387-4236. 

Pro tip for spotting Phishing scams: hover over the person’s name and check what the actual recipient’s email address is and you will notice it is not a legitimate address to reply to as it will be an unknown email domain. Usually the grammar will be incorrect or they will use all CAPS to earn trust and imply urgency. Never click on attachments or links, never call the number on the email. Call Town Hall offices directly and follow-up outside of the scam. Email addresses are sold on the ‘dark web’ over and over and that is why emails get hacked. Learn spearing techniques designed to gain trust, such as using your name and address which are public records, they try to personalize emails but it is a scam!

Hacker’s Tools 101: Social Media employs ‘social engineering’ which is the clever manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust.  Never will the IRS, or Amazon, or Apple, or Facebook call you. Never. If it smells fishy, it is! Do not give out your personal information which is the ‘name of your childhood pet, where you were born, the name of your high school, or first car or best friend’s name, or children’s birthdays, etc.,  this is all an attempt to crack your password codes. Never conduct banking on a public Wi-Fi network, this requires your password to access and it is not safe nor secure. Learn cyber-security knowledge and you will protect yourself from becoming a victim.
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The Town of Beech Mountain Town Council calls a Special Work Session Meeting for Thursday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. to receive the Public Works Department Solid Waste report and discuss Solid Waste.  All interested parties are invited to attend virtually. Beech Mountain scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Town Council Special Work Session Meeting- PW Solid Waste

Time: Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 868 9471 0882

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PLEASE send any comments, questions and concerns to Tamara Mercer, Town Clerk clerk@townofbeechmountain.com 828-387-4236 ext. 104

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!! TO Schedule your Covid-19 VACCINATION for Watauga County go to: COVID-19 Vaccinations – AppHealthCare


AVERY County Press Release:

Avery County and the Avery County Health Department are proud to announce COVID-19 vaccines are now available for anyone 65 years or older at the Agriculture Extension Center (661 Vale Road above Ingles in Newland),  on January 20 –  January 22 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.   No appointments are necessary.  Please bring your insurance card and wear appropriate clothing for easy access to have the vaccination in your upper arm.  Masks are required. If you have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinners, please contact your physician for written documentation to receive the vaccine. For questions concerning the vaccine, please call 828-733-8273.


COVID-19 Latest Update:https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/NCDHHS-Secretarial-Directive-January-6-2021.pdf


NC eased restrictions: 
Practice the 3Ws: Wear a Mask, Wait 6 feet, & Wash and sanitize! Thank you

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 195:
Executive Order 195-Easing-Restrictions.pdf (nc.gov)

Executive Order No. 195 FAQ (nc.gov)

Effective 5 p.m. Feb. 26, 2021, this order:

  • Lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order established under Executive Order 181
  • Still requires face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Allows many businesses to operate at 50% capacity
  • Extends onsite service of alcohol until 11 p.m.
  • Lifts the 100-person cap on some businesses that were operating at 30% capacity 
  • Allows some indoor businesses – including bars and taverns, indoor amusement parks, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas – to open at 30% capacity (with a cap of 250 people)
  • Allows larger indoor arenas with a capacity of more than 5,000 people to open at 15% capacity with no cap (as long as additional safety protocols in place)
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 25 people (the outdoor mass gathering limit remains at 50 people)


EXECUTIVE ORDER 180: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO180-Face-Coverings-Requirements.pdf
FACTS PAGE: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO-180-FAQ.pdf

     

    An illustration of the structure of the identified COVID-19, CDC image


    PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR LATEST LOCAL and STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

    https://www.apphealthcare.com/covid-19-information/

    https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

    https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00818

    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

    Residential trash pick-up is on a normal schedule. In our effort to protect collection workers so they can continue this service, please make sure to place all garbage in a garbage bag, which reduces their exposure potential! Questions concerning Town Utilities Services, call 828-387-9282.


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    SLED HILL MAX. CAPACITY 50 PERSONS

    Attention: Beech Mountain’s public sledding hills will be operating at a limited capacity and requires mandatory masks for all users. The capacity limit for each hill, Sled Hill #1 & Sled Hill #2, is 50 persons including sledders and spectators and staff. The town wants to provide a fun and safe place for young sledders and in order to do so we must abide by the Governor’s Executive order. Please help keep all our visitors and staff safe by following the rules this sledding season.


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    Never Put Salt on a Gravel Road

    Winter driving can be hazardous in the High Country. To keep yourself and your family safe while traveling around the Town of Beech Mountain, be prepared with the best equipment possible. On snow-covered roads, a 4WD vehicle with chains provides the ultimate grip and traction. In all but the most severe conditions, an AWD vehicle, outfitted with snow tires, handles our roads admirably. At a minimum, tire chains on a 2WD vehicle will provide the driver with some traction. If the yellow Department of Transportation sign at the bottom of the mountain is flashing, 4WD or chains are required. Please don’t ignore the warning. Chains are easily obtained at the Banner Elk Exxon or High South Wrecker Service, among other outlets.

    Drivers should stock their vehicle with a shovel, blanket, warm clothing, and sturdy boots. If your vehicle is unable to gain traction, non-clumping kitty litter or sand in front of the tires is always helpful. NEVER USE SALT on a gravel road. The salt eats away at the surface of the road and within a day or two, a mudhole will form. Depending on the amount of salt that has been deposited on the road, the underlayment may also soften up and render the entire area an impassable mud pit. A salted gravel road will remain mud for weeks to months, while the salt dissipates into the environment. The worst cases will require expensive repairs.

    The Beech Mountain Public Works Department plows all roads and uses a diluted salt mix only on paved roads, where it is not harmful to the road surface. On gravel roads, the plows are careful not to scrape the gravel off the road, and they add a coating of grit or chat, which is finely ground gravel. This gives the surface the traction that is needed for careful winter driving.

    For information about road conditions in the town, call 828-387-2342 or 828-387-9283. To report a problem with a road within the town limits, call 828-387-9282.



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    Hello Beech Mountain Residents and Businesses:

    As we begin 2021, on behalf of the Town of Beech Mountain Council and Staff I would like to thank you for your patience and kindness towards those families who visited our mountain for the holidays.  Your continued support during the holiday season and throughout 2020 helped our Town navigate a difficult time in our history and I know that we are all looking forward to a Happy and Healthy New Year.

    As many of you are aware, the Town of Beech Mountain will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.  A full year of special events and activities are planned for this important achievement.  Each month we will be celebrating a Town improvement or upgrade.  Our January “Present for the Town” is the new overflow Sledding Hill which has been constructed to help our visitors comply with social distancing as they enjoy one of the most popular activities on Beech.  In addition to the overflow hill, the Visitor Center added portable restroom facilities and a temporary warming station.  More “Presents” will be revealed throughout the year.

    Please mark down May 1st on your calendars to join us for the Town Birthday Party down at Buckeye Recreation Center.  Look for additional information about our 40th Celebration Activities to come your way this month and should you wish to participate in planning this celebration, please call Sandy Carr at 954.931.1810 or email slcarrcomm@outlook.com.

    Best Wishes for 2021,

    Bob Pudney, Town Manager

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    Dear Town of Beech Mountain Homeowner:

    Town leadership has listened to your concerns regarding the difficulties encountered by renters attempting to dispose of household garbage at the Town’s Convenience Center, and they have developed a solution. While homeowners may continue to use the pass they received in the mail earlier this summer, a second type of pass has been created, primarily for renters.

    We are pleased to inform you that the Beech Mountain Town Council approved single-use passes for the Town’s Convenience Center at its November meeting. The pass allows the holder to dispose of up to five bags of household waste or recycling and must be turned in to the site attendant at the time of use.

    Passes are $5 each.

    You may still choose to allow your renters to use your permanent pass. The single-use passes are intended to provide you with an alternative to giving out your permanent pass.

    Single-use passes may be purchased at Town Hall Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, excluding holidays or from Fred’s General Mercantile during normal operating hours. Questions about the passes may be directed to Town Hall at 828-387-4236, or jriley@townofbeechmountain.com.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to balance the Town’s waste disposal needs with the need to provide quality service to our homeowners and renters.

    Bob Pudney, Town Manager

    Town of Beech Mountain

    UTILITIES URGENT NOTICE! – WATER OUTAGES EXPECTED!


    Charter Hills/Greenbrier

    Grouse Ridge/ Pond Creek Areas

    Ongoing Weekly Projects are occurring in these areas for water and sewer main improvements.  Scheduled outages are to be expected in the 6 hour long estimated time frame, this is only an estimate and outage times may vary due to situation.

    Please Call Public Works at 828-387-9282 for More information.

    If you experience an outage after 5pm. Please contact Police Dispatch for assistance at 828-387-2342.

    The Town of Beech Mountain has undertaken a continuing project to increase water flows for Fire Protection, improve Water Quality, reduce water loss, and improve system longevity.  This project is scheduled for completion in July of 2021 and is part of the ongoing Capital Improvement plan for the betterment of the Town entire.  We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your continued support and understanding, as we progress in this and other projects.  We are working in many areas of the town on roadways, ditch lines, utility repairs and many other projects that may cause short time delays, all in an effort to improve our township.  Please call with any further questions.

      Daniel Davis, Public Works Utility Director

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      The Beech Mountain Police Department seeks new or gently used coats!


      Beginning Oct. 1st drop off coats at the Beech Mountain Town Hall to help share the warmth!
      Oct. 1st – Feb. 28th

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      NEW- BILL PAY!!
      Bill Pay Flyer
      Go To Link below!
      https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/beechmountainnc

      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 which is strongly encouraged. Face masks are required in the lobby.

      rward@townofbeechmountain.com – Rebecca Ward, Taxes and Utilities
      kwise@townofbeechmountain.com – Kelsey Wise, permits, billing 
      tmercer@townofbeechmountain.com – Tamara Mercer, Town Clerk/ Human Resources
      rhatch@townofbeechmountain.com – Riley Hatch, Fire Dept. Assistant & Special Projects
      ssmith@townofbeechmountain.com – Steve Smith, Finance Budget
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      Beech Mountain Convenience Center Permitting Process

      The Beech Mountain Town Council approved changes to the Town’s Solid Waste Ordinance on June 9, 2020. Only those who have accounts with the Town and share the financial viability of the town will have permitted use. This includes homeowners, rentals, businesses, and purchased permit holders to use the convenience center for solid waste disposal.

      Only permit holders will be allowed access to the convenience center. If you reside outside town limits and would like to purchase a permit, the fee is $370 per year, payable at the Town Hall office, 403 Beech Mountain Parkway.

      It is our intention to make the process of disposing of household waste and recyclables as easy as possible. The Convenience Center will continue to be staffed seven days a week from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Please contact Whitney Spagnolo or Daniel Davis at the Public Works Department, 828-387-9282, if you have any questions or need additional information.

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      NC Phase 3-
      Practice the 3Ws: Wear a Mask, Wait 6 feet, & Wash and sanitize! Thank you

      North Carolina will enter Phase 3 Ext. COVID-19 restrictions, last updated Nov. 23rd 2020:

      EXECUTIVE ORDER 180: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO180-Face-Coverings-Requirements.pdf
      FACTS PAGE: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO-180-FAQ.pdf

      Executive Order 176 Facts Page:  https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO-176-FAQ.pdf

       Under Executive Order 176: https://governor.nc.gov/documents/executive-order-no-176


        An illustration of the structure of the identified COVID-19, CDC image


        PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR LATEST LOCAL and STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

        https://www.apphealthcare.com/covid-19-information/

        https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

        https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00818

        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

        Residential trash pick-up is on a normal schedule. In our effort to protect collection workers so they can continue this service, please make sure to place all garbage in a garbage bag, which reduces their exposure potential! Questions concerning Town Utilities Services, call 828-387-9282.


        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/ business conducted, face masks are required.

        rward@townofbeechmountain.com – Rebecca Ward, Taxes and Utilities
        kwise@townofbeechmountain.com – Kelsey Wise, Permitting and Utilities
        tmercer@townofbeechmountain.com – Tamara Mercer, Town Clerk/ Human Resources
        rhatch@townofbeechmountain.com – Riley Hatch, Special Projects
        ssmith@townofbeechmountain.com – Steve Smith, Finance Billing
        jriley@townofbeechmountain.com – 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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        BEECH MOUNTAIN WATAUGA RIVER WATER INTAKE PROJECT WEBSITE
        https://beechmtnwater.com/

        Watauga River Intake Project 
        The Town of Beech Mountain seeks a secondary water source in times of draught.  Information on the history and background, the project specs, conservation and a interactive public forum and contact page can be researched at your fingertips!  Click on the website link to view, learn and review the information!


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        Town of Beech Mountain - garbage bins

        Damaged Garbage Bins – the environment – the aesthetic impact of scattered refuse on Beech Mountain


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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 rhatch@townofbeechmountain.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.


         

        Town Hall
        Phone: (828) 387-4236

        Tax / Billing
        Phone: (828) 387-2751

        Police (non-emergency)
        Phone: (828) 387-2342

        Town of Beech Mountain
        403 Beech Mountain Pkwy
        Beech Mountain, NC 28604
        Phone: (828) 387-4236
        Fax: (828) 387-4862


        Fire Department (non-emergency)
        Phone: (828) 387-4612

        Public Works & Utilities
        Phone: (828) 387-9282

        Parks & Recreation
        Phone: (828) 387-3003