March 2020 |  Volume 51
Community Center Groundbreaking
Photos courtesy of Paul King
Now the work begins!

In late 2017, the town’s former community center was demolished to make room for a new Community Center facility. After many months of considerable effort, an architect was selected, the design of the building and site was completed, applications for permits were submitted and approved, competitive bids were received, the low bid of approximately $2.8 million was accepted by town council, and the project was awarded to Goforth Builders of Asheville.

Work on the site began on February 26, 2020 by the town’s Public Works staff, starting with the removal of a portion of the existing asphalt pavement to clear the area for the building’s footprint, as shown in the related pictures. PW staff will follow the pavement removal with cutting of several trees above and below the building footprint, as well as installing orange tree-
protection fencing to prevent damage to trees that

will be saved as well as limiting access into the project area.

During the next few weeks, the contractor will mobilize to the site with his construction office and equipment, and begin the project layout on the ground. Once their work begins, a gate at the project’s entrance off Lakeshore Drive will be installed to allow only authorized personnel and town staff into the site. Once the gate is installed, the existing parking area will be closed to citizens and visitors to Lake Louise Park for the next 14 months or so until the exciting new facility is completed and open to the public.
During construction, questions may be directed to: Selena Coffey, Town Manager ( ), at 828-645-7116 or Dale Pennell, Public Works Director ( ), at 828-645-0606.
Need Help Filing Your Taxes?
The deadline to file your tax returns is April 15, 2020. The Buncombe County Library System and Council on Aging, in cooperation with the IRS, NC Dept of Revenue, and AARP is once again offering free tax preparations for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Both Federal and NC State tax returns will be electronically filed for safe and accurate preparation with faster refunds.
The service is available from February 1 st through April 15 th at the following locations: Brookstone Baptist Church in Weaverville, Pack Library in Asheville, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, and Black Mountain Library. For more information and a list of documents to bring, please visit  
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Introducing Water Treatment Operator Ronnie Edwards!
Ronnie Edwards was hired in July of 2017 as a trainee. Since that time, he successfully passed his class B water treatment certifications. Ronnie will be going to NCWOA school in the fall for preparations on obtaining his class A certification, which is the highest class possible.

"As a water treatment plant operator for the Town of Weaverville, it gives me great joy when my family or myself dines out in Weaverville knowing the water and beverages containing water are clean and safe for all to consume... That I am part of a team that takes great pride in their job so that people can enjoy a clean safe glass of water," Ronnie shared.
Ronnie added, "I try to be an example for my children. Always do what you say you will do. Treat people with respect. I enjoy time with my family from the simplest of things to the grandest of things. Live every day like it can be your last. Just be happy!"

When he's not working, Ronnie enjoys camping and riding ATVs with his family and friends. He enjoys spending time with my family and "tinkering" with cars and trucks.a limited time
We thank you, Ronnie, for your hard work and friendly approach!
Important Information on the 2020 Census
Mark your calendars!
Garden Club of Weaverville Presents:
Integrating Natives Into An Established Garden/Landscape
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:30am
Weaverville Town Hall Community Room
30 South Main Street, Weaverville

Pat Sommers, owner of Natural Selections Nursery in Weaverville, will be presenting a program on “Integrating an established garden/landscape with natives.” The talk will feature a variety of native perennials for sun/shade, wet-dry conditions, small and large spaces. We will also discuss how native perennials enhance our gardens and why they are important to the ecology of our larger landscape.  
Pat’s background: 
Natural Selections Nursery: Pat started growing natives from seed 11 years ago when she moved to this area. She moved to Weaverville in 2015 and have been steadily growing since then.  
Pat studied horticulture/landscape design at the Chicago Botanic Garden, including an internship in plant breeding and plant evaluation.
 Her native plant background: 
  • Her Mother taught her about the native plants of New England through walks in the woods for many years.
  • Worked as an outdoor volunteer for 9 years at Asheville Botanical Garden.
  • Has taught a number of classes in how to grow natives and the importance of their place in various ecosystems.  
Can be frequently found hunched over a plant on the side of a trail any place in the area !

~Submitted by Garden Club of Weaverville
Chilly Challenge 2020
8k Race and 1-Mile Chili Chase
Leap Day, February 29, 2020
Make your leap day 2020 memorable by signing up for the 8th annual  Chilly Challenge 8K Race & 1-Mile Chili Chase Fun Run and Chili Cook-off  in Weaverville, NC!     Runners will enjoy a brisk scenic run and post-race celebration that includes a tasty chili lunch, live music and fantastic prizes. For runners and walkers of all ages, this event is hosted by the North Buncombe Middle School PTO and presented by TS Orthodontics to raise funding for the school. 

The chip timed 8K race takes place on a rolling hills course with start and finish on the school campus.   Sign up by February 15th and save! The 8K entry fees are $35 for adults and $20 for students. The 8K fees increase $5 on February 16th. The 1-Mile Chili Chase entry fee is $15. Runners will warm up after the race with a chili lunch including cornbread and fixings. Free t-shirts are guaranteed for all participants who register by February 5th.  Spectators can purchase a chili lunch for $5. For more detailed event information and to register, go to

Mark those calendars, recruit your running buddies, and plan to RUN, EAT & CELEBRATE with us!
Chilly Challenge 8K Race & 1-Mile Chili Chase and Chili Cook-off
51 N. Buncombe School Road, Weaverville NC (NBMS school campus)
 Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00am

More Info:

Interested in sponsoring, volunteering, donating or entering the Chili Cook-off?
Contact:  Kellie Lynch, Event Director
Phone: (828)713-8911


Saturday, March 28, 2020
Start Time:  11:00am EDT
End Time:  1:00pm EDT
Price:  $30.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee
Registration:  Registration ends March 28, 2020 at 11:00am EDT
Town of Weaverville
Mayor & Town Council

Al Root, Mayor

Doug Jackson, Vice Mayor

Dottie Sherrill, Councilwoman

Patrick Fitzsimmons, Councilman

Andrew Nagle, Councilman

Jeff McKenna, Councilman

Town Manager
Selena Coffey, ICMA-CM

Town Hall Physical Location:
30 South Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 338, Weaverville, NC 28787

(828) 645-7116

Town Hall Business Hours:
8:30am- 5:00pm Monday - Friday

Town Council Meetings:
4th Monday of each month at 7:00pm
Meeting at Town Hall, 30 South Main Street

Town Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes: