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January 2019   |  Volume 37
New Police Chief in Town
Town Manager Selena Coffey has announced her appointment of Ron Davis as Weaverville’s new Chief of Police. Davis, current Assistant Police Chief for Fletcher, North Carolina, will begin his employment with the Town of Weaverville on Tuesday, January 2, 2019.

Davis, who has served as Assistant Police Chief for Fletcher Police Department for almost eight years, will fill the role being vacated by retiring Police Chief Alan Wyatt. Davis holds an advanced law enforcement certification and is a certified criminal investigator. He is a police instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and has had numerous roles in law enforcement, including as a police officer, a criminal investigator for the 29B District Attorney’s office, Sheriff’s Department detective, and has served as an international police advisor. Davis is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Army National Guard and as a paratrooper and sergeant of an airborne infantry squadron.

Asked to provide a statement about his new role, Chief Davis, stated, “I am deeply humbled and honored for the opportunity to be part of the fine men and women of the Weaverville Police Department. I appreciate the confidence Manager Selena Coffey has in me and I want to continue to
build on the success of those dedicated professionals who have come before in the service of their community. I am committed to be open and approachable any time my community needs me or has a question. I look forward to serving the businesses and citizens of Weaverville and hope to speak to all of you soon.”

Town Manager Selena Coffey stated, “We are looking forward to having Chief Davis onboard. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and is very enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve our Town of Weaverville.
Welcome to the team, Chief!”
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.  
There's Still Time to Purchase a Toter 64-Gallon Garbage Can
The Public Works Department is responsible for the collection and disposal of garbage within the town limits. Residential collection is done once per week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in various areas of the town. As a reminder, all garbage must be placed in garbage bags (not to exceed 25 pounds) or in cans (limited to 32 gallon capacity and 50 pounds in weight). Recently, the Public Works staff has noticed that some residents are not observing these weight restrictions, thereby slowing the collection times and affecting the health of our crew members as they struggle to lift the overweight bags and cans.
To assist our crews and help to resolve the issues of overweight cans, the Town has purchased toter garbage cans (pictured here) for re-sale to the public. These garbage cans are intended to be filled by the home owner and then rolled to the street on garbage day. Our garbage crews can roll the “Toter” to the back of the garbage truck where a lift-assist device mounted on the truck uses a special attachment on the back of the can to pick it up and empty it into the truck. Our crew then rolls the empty toter back to the curb, without ever having to manually pick up the loaded can. Retail price for a comparable can is $65-$70; the Town’s cost for town residents is $45 per toter and includes delivery to the resident’s home and future maintenance of the lid, wheels, and axle. When a homeowner needs to add or replace their garbage
can, the Town encourages its citizens to consider purchasing a toter to speed our garbage collection and more importantly to save the backs of our hard-working sanitation staff.
 
For additional information, please call the Public Works Department at (828) 645-0606 and speak with Kara Shea. If you wish to purchase a toter, please come to Town Hall to arrange payment and delivery.

~ Submitted by Weaverville Public Works
News on the Lake Louise Community Center Project
As you may have heard, Town Council recently gave direction to Town staff to begin the planning and design for a new Lake Louise Community Center! Town Council approved an architect contract and the project is moving forward! You can find additional information regarding this project at this link:

Town Accepting Applications for the 2019 Citizens Academy
The Town is now accepting applications for the Town of Weaverville's 2019 Citizen's Academy. The Academy will begin with the first class on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:00pm at Town Hall. All classes will be held on Thursday evenings at various locations (listed on the application) monthly through July. The classes will be informative, fun, hands-on, and most importantly, our hope is that you walk away with a better understanding of how your Town works for you. The class size is limited to 20 participants to allow for maximum interaction, discussion and hands-on
activities. Acceptance will be based on first-come, first-served basis. Certificates will be issued to participants who attend at least five of the seven classes and one Town Council Meeting.

The application is available on the Town's website here: weavervillenc.org/living/citizens-academy
What about Weaverville's Water?
You may have heard that the Town of Weaverville is submitting an application for USDA loan funds for the construction of waterlines along Clark's Chapel Road and Ollie Weaver Road. The Town has developed a fact sheet to answer your questions regarding this expansion of the Town's water system. You can view and download this document from the Town's website by clicking on this link:

Recap of the 2018 Christmas Parade
The annual Christmas Parade was held on its regularly scheduled date, the first Saturday December 1, 2018. The weather really wasn't the best this year simply because of rain from the beginning of the 11am line-up until the start of the parade at 1pm. The skies did clear for the entries to get through the parade. Still, many lined the streets from the post office to the elementary school.

A lot of work goes into a parade, beginning in October when the telephone committee starts calling prospective float entries. The Town Manager, along with the Police Chief and Fire Chief, begin assessing street closures, the 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. Santa's 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, as well as entry information. Then, a letter is mailed to all participants with line-up numbers and necessary parade information. After meeting with Fire Chief Ted Williams, Police Chief Alan Wyatt and Town Manager Selena Coffey, location and spaces must be decided and marked for all entries. For the past 14 years the parade line-up has been at North Buncombe Middle School. Because there are so many entries, the North Buncombe High School Marching Band normally moves to Tractor Supply Company, but due to rain, the Band was unable to appear for fear of damaging instruments, as well as uniforms.

Again this year, we decided to have a PA system set up to announce all entries as they came down Main Street. The system was set up at Rodney's Auto Service by Stewart Sound. Weaverville Realty owner Cindy Ward, and local resident Fion Arroyo, did an excellent job as parade announcers.

The morning of the parade, Weaverville Firefighters, Weaverville Police Officers, volunteers and myself are stationed early at
the command post to see that all entries have their line-up numbers and are directed to their proper spaces. Both the Police and
Fire Departments, help me with the line-up and overseeing traffic control.

When the parade, which this year was much shorter due to the weather, is over, the Public Works Department's hard work 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 Department; Town Manager Selena Coffey; Weaverville Fire Chief Ted Williams and the Weaverville Fire Department; Weaverville Police Chief Alan Wyatt and the Weaverville Police Department; the Christmas Parade Committee, including Tina Jenkins, Jill Totman, Debbie Wallen, Lynne Sherrill, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Gracie Vetas, and Tim Laster; Master of Ceremonies Cindy Ward and Fion Arroyo.

The Grand Marshal for Weaverville's 2018 Christmas Parade was Harriet Burnett. Harriet is a life-long resident of Weaverville, sings in the choir at First Baptist Church of Weaverville, President of the Weaverville Music Study Club, volunteers at NBCCM, and is a loyal fan of NBHS athletics.

Event though 100 entries signed up to be in the parade this year, many did not show up due to the rain. Still, many spectators lined the streets from the corner of Dula Springs Road down North Main and South Main Streets to witness the parade with everyone awaiting Santa Claus.

Float Winners:  (each received a trophy and ribbon)

1st Place: Ray's Chapel float submitted by Casey Robinson

2nd Place: Santa's Sleigh decorated by Weaverville Public Works and Dottie Sherrill

3rd Place: Jeep Crew organized by Laura Bradley

~ Submitted by Dottie Sherrill
2019 Town Council Meeting Schedule

  • Regular Town Council meetings are held on the third Monday monthly at 7:00pm in Town Hall Council Chambers, except for January and February meetings, which are held on the fourth Monday monthly.
  • Special-called Town Council workshops are held on the second Tuesday monthly at 6:00pm in Town Hall Council Chambers.
Mark your calendars!
7th Annual Chilly Challenge
Lace up your running shoes, grab your winter hat, and join us for the 7th Annual Chilly Challenge 8K & 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, February 23, 2019 . Run or walk with us to benefit North Buncombe Middle School! The chip-timed 8K will start at 10:00 am. The race is on a rolling hill course in beautiful Weaverville, North Carolina. This scenic course starts and finishes at North Buncombe Middle School. There is also an untimed 1-Mile Fun Run beginning at 10:05 am. Race registration includes: a scenic run, a t-shirt, and a post-race chili lunch with cornbread and fixings. 
Register at our website:


~ Submitted by Rebecca Manske, NBMS PTO Volunteer
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 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:
Regular Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00pm
Meetings at Town Hall, 30 South Main Street

Town Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes:
e-Focus  Editor:  Selena Coffey , Town Manager