PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
for the Public Hearing on 6/9/2020
In order to maintain the safety of Town residents, the Town of Beech Mountain Town Council meeting and Public Hearing for the FY: 2020-2021 Annual Budget scheduled for 4:00 PM Tuesday, June 9, 2020 will be conducted remotely. The Town Council agenda is available on the Town’s website at:
https://townofbeechmountain.civicweb.net/Portal/ which can be found on the Town’s website under the tabs: ‘Civic Engagement Portal’ or ‘Town Meetings Live Stream’
As always the public may ‘Live Stream’ the Council meetings, but you may also enter the meeting via, our Zoom meeting set-up if you wish to engage as a virtual attendant in the meeting.
Beech Mountain Town Council Scheduled Zoom meeting:
Join Zoom Meeting (use the following link) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83381872020
Meeting ID: 833 8187 2020
To Dial by Phone: 877.853.5247 US Toll-free or 888.788.0099 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 833 8187 2020
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kBb2rxygY
WE REQUEST PUBLIC COMMENTS IN ADVANCE
The Town is making every effort to ensure that the Public is able to, not only listen to the meeting, but to also participate in the Public Comments portion of the agenda.
You may submit written Public Comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by US Mail to:
Beech Mountain Town Clerk, Town Hall, 403 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
WE REQUEST PUBLIC COMMENTS IN ADVANCE
Public Comments received by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 8, 2020, will be read during the Public Comment period on the agenda.
Public Comments received after 5:00 PM Monday June 8, 2020 will be read at the next regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting during the Public Comments period of the agenda.
The meeting will be live streamed via the Town of Beech Mountain’s website as well as recorded and archived for access immediately after the meeting.
To reiterate, Citizens may watch and/or listen to the regular Town Council virtual meeting on 5/12/2020 by:
1. Joining the Zoom link from a computer or personal device using the supplied Zoom link and meeting ID. You will be able to listen and watch the meeting only.
2. Joining via the toll-free phone number to listen to the meeting.
3. Watch the meeting on-line via the live stream from the website: www.townofbeechmountain.com by clicking the Civic Engagement Portal or Town Meetings Live Stream tabs
This virtual meeting set-up is enacted under the Town of Beech Mountain Declaration of a State of Emergency for COVID-19
OFFICIAL NOTICE: The proposed budget is available for review, inspection online or in the Clerk’s Office.
Annual Budget FY: 2020-2021 proposed copy for public review
Tamara Mercer, CMC Town Clerk/HR Director
BEECH MOUNTAIN WATAUGA RIVER WATER INTAKE PROJECT WEBSITE
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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PHASE II NOTICE
Beginning Friday, May 22nd, Governor Cooper’s move to Phase 2, in Watauga County and the Town of Beech Mountain will lift the 14 Day Quarantine and the Short-Term Rental Ban. Again this begins Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
NC State Phase 2 in effect is a Safer At Home recommendation. Gatherings of more than 10 people in a single indoor space is prohibited. For outdoor spaces, gatherings of more than 25 are prohibited.
The Town of Beech Mountain will allow some relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions such as the 14-day quarantine and Short-term Rentals can begin again.
The lobby of Town Hall is open. The public must wear a mask in order to conduct business at Town Hall. Frequent hand washing and maintaining a 6-foot distance remain in effect.
Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation
Buckeye Recreation Center facility is still closed
OUTDOOR COURTS, PARKS, AND PLAYGROUNDS OPEN – 10 person Maximum occupants
Members Only may use the Weight Room at Buckeye Recreation Center – 4 person Maximum occupants
Sean Royal, Parks and Recreation Director email@example.com
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR LATEST LOCAL and STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
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
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TOBM Utilities Billing Response Procedures to COVID19
If you have concerns about water services being shutoff or utilities billing concerns?
The Town Manager has directed staff that there will be no shut offs during the Declaration of Emergency. Citizens who must make utilities or other payments should use the town’s online payment system found at OfficialPayments.com or by calling (800) 272-9829. Payment by check or cash can be made at the town drop depository box at Town Hall located in the entrance foyer or by mailing.
Utilities will not be disconnected during the duration of the Declaration of Emergency; however, arrangements must be made for payment by calling 828-387-4236.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org – Rebecca Ward, Taxes and Utilities
email@example.com – Kelsey Wise, Permitting and Utilities
firstname.lastname@example.org – Tamara Mercer, Town Clerk/ Human Resources
email@example.com – Riley Hatch, Special Projects
firstname.lastname@example.org – Steve Smith, Finance Billing
email@example.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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828.387.9283 or Call Daniel Davis, Public Works Superintendent at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.