January 2020 |  Volume 49
2019 Christmas Parade Recap
The annual Christmas Parade was held on its regularly scheduled date, first Saturday, December 7, 2019. The weather really was almost perfect. The skies were clear with very little wind and temperatures nearly 60. Hundreds of people lined the streets from the post office to the elementary school. A lot of work goes into a parade beginning around October when a telephone committee starts calling prospective entries. The Town Manager along with the Police Chief and Fire Chief begin assessing street closures, parade route and line-up procedures. Then all entries are put on a computer for line-up. A Grand Marshal and float judges are chosen. Posters have to be made and advertising completed. Santas sleigh has to be cleaned and decorated. Santa's candy has to be purchased. The telephone committee calls each entry in order to get mailing and calling data. Police Chief Ron Davis, Fire Chief Ted Williams, Public Works Director Dale Pennell, Rick Harper, Town Manager Selena Coffey and myself meet to finalize all plans. Location and spaces must be decided and marked for all entries. For the past fifteen years parade lineup has been at North Buncombe Middle School. Because there are so many entries, the North Buncombe High School Marching Band moves out at Tractor Supply Company.

Again this year we decided to have a PA system set up to announce all the entries as they came down Main Street. The system was set up at Rodney’s Auto by Stewart Sound. Weaverville Realty owner, Cindy Ward, and local resident, Fian Arroyo again did an excellent job as parade announcers. They told me they really enjoy being MC’s.

The morning of the parade Weaverville Firefighters and Weaverville Police Department, volunteers and myself are stationed early at the command post to see all entries have their line-up numbers and are directed to their proper spaces. Both Departments are helping me with the line-up and overseeing traffic control. When the parade (which this year was the largest one ever with 102 entries) is over, then the Public Works Departments hard works really begins so as to get up all the thrown candy and trash off the streets before dusk. Finally Santa's sleigh has to be cleaned and put in storage for the next year.

A special thanks to:
  • Weaverville Public Works Director, Dale Pennell and all Public Works Department
  • Selena Coffey, Town Manager (trophies, ribbons and overall assistance)
  • Weaverville Fire Chief,Ted Williams and the Weaverville Fire Department
  • Weaverville Police Chief, Ron Davis and the Weaverville Police Department
  • The Christmas Parade Committee:  Tina Jenkins, Jill Totman, Debbie Wallen, Lynne Sherrill Boring, Patrick Fitzsimmons, and Gracie Vetas.
  • Masters of Ceremonies, Cindy Ward and Fian Arroyo
  • Stewart Sound System

The Grand Marshal for Weavervilles 2019 Christmas Parade was Doug Theroux. Doug and his wife, Bonnie, have lived in Weaverville many years. Upon moving to Weaverville Doug has always been involved with Town happenings. He was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board in 2009 and became the Chairman in 2014. He just recently retired from this position.
  
As stated earlier 102 entries signed up to be in the parade, and to my knowledge all showed up in the line-up. Spectators lined the streets from the corner of Dula Springs Road down N. Main and S. Main Streets to witness the Town Parade with everyone awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus with lots of candy.  

Float Winners: Each received a trophy and a ribbon.

  • 1st place: Black Ice Softball Travel Team float submitted by Dustin Rogers
  • 2nd place: Rays Chapel float submitted by Casey Robinson
  • 3rd place: Bullman Heating and Air float submitted by Jennifer Jones
Town Support for Worthy Causes
The Town's Departments have gone above and beyond their routine duties in the last few months raising funds and awareness for issues that extend beyond our departments and Town. These efforts have been undertaken because our folks truly care about making a difference in the greater community and world in which we live.

The Police and Fire Departments led the way for all Town departments in participating in the #PinkPatchProject , raising over $3,800 for the month of October. These funds were donated to the local Hope Chest for Women.

The following month, the Police Department participated in No Shave November , raising funds for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. These funds will go towards helping those with blood-borne cancers and funding research to provide a cure for these terrible forms of cancer.

Finally, leading up to and culminating in December, the Police Department collected toys and raised funds to provide needy children Christmas gifts through the Cops for Kids program.

Thank you to our Departments, community members and businesses for all of your support for these worthy causes! The
Holiday Cheer Served by the Police and Fire Departments
The Weaverville Primary and Elementary Schools hosted holiday meals on December 12 and 13, serving hundreds of students and their special guests. The dedicated school staff was joined in their efforts by members of the Weaverville Police and Weaverville Fire Departments. The police officers’ and firemen’s’ duties included the food service lines, washing dishes, and helping with kitchen clean-up. Everyone had a great time working together and visiting with the children. The Weaverville Police Department and Weaverville Fire Department were honored to have been invited to this festive event. It is the goal of both departments to diligently support and serve the community.
Police Chief Davis and School Resource Officer Ray
Fire Marshal Davis, Deputy FIre Chief Harwood, and Captain Blackwell
Introducing Water Meter Technician Kevin Childers!
Kevin Childers is a Water Meter Technician in the Water Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department. Kevin has filled this position since February of 2003, serving the town for almost 17 years. Kevin is responsible for reading over 2,900 water meters each month, as well as re-reading any meters which have questions about the monthly billings. His tasks also include installing new “radio-read” meters as his time allows, assisting with repairs on water line breaks and leaks, and locating water lines due to 811 Utility Service Calls. At one time or another, most town residents have talked with Kevin about billing questions, possible water service leaks, or pressure issues in their neighborhood or home. During his tenure with the town, Kevin’s job started with reading water meters individually by driving to an address, getting out of his truck and opening the meter box lid to read the meter register. He has seen the town move from that slow process to a system that now uses “radio-read” meters in approximately 75% of the system, which can be read by driving the meter truck along the road near the meter and a computer with receiver reads the meter remotely, using the black disc antennae mounted on the top of the meter box lid.
 

Kevin has been an asset to the town for over 16 years, but sadly is retiring in February 2020, having a combined 30 years of service with the Town of Weaverville and the City of Asheville. He has plans to enjoy retirement by spending time with his family and 3 grandchildren, farming and gardening, raising goats, hogs, ponies, donkeys and horses, and pursue his love of deer and turkey hunting and fishing. A retirement reception will be announced in January 2020 before his retirement. 
What should you do with your discarded Christmas trees?
As you remove your home decorations, we want to remind you that our Public Works Department will be collecting used Christmas trees and re-purposing them as aquatic habitat in Lake Louise. Please remove all decorations and place your tree at the street with your garbage. We will pick up the trees and take them to Public Works, where they will attach a concrete block to the tree. The trees will be carried to Lake Louise where they will be placed individually and in groups throughout the lake, serving as fish habitat. These trees provide a place where aquatic vegetation and algae find a place to grow, which attracts minnows and small fish, which in turn attracts game fish, such as trout, bass and catfish.
More Information on the 2020 Census
Mark your calendars!
Join the Town as we Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 20, 2020
11:0am

Weaverville United Methodist Church
Town Council Meeting Dates Change for 2020
At their November 19 meeting, Town Council voted to change their meeting dates in 2020 from the 3rd Monday monthly to the 4th Monday each month . The meetings will remain at 7:00pm.
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  www.chillychallenge.com.

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

More Info:  http://www.chillychallenge.com/

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

Email: NBMS8K@gmail.com
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

Phone:  
(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: