March 2021
Governor's Office Press Release 2/24/2021

Governor Cooper Announces Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions as North Carolina Trends Stabilize

Today’s Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors. 

Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space. 

30% Capacity Limit (may not exceed 250-persons in indoor spaces):

  • Bars
  • Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
  • Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
  • Indoor areas of Amusement Parks
  • Movie Theatres
  • Entertainment facilities (e.g., bingo parlors, gaming establishments)
  • Sports Arenas and Fields*
  • Venues*

Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be excepted from the 250 person limit if they follow additional safety measures up to 15% capacity.

50% Capacity Limit: 

  • Restaurants 
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries
  • Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, bowling alleys, rock climbing facilities)
  • Pools
  • Museums and Aquariums
  • Retailers
  • Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks
  • Salons, Personal Care, Tattoo Parlors

Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will continue to be important as people adjust to the new order, health officials said. 
Arbor Day Program

The Town of Weaverville will be holding its annual Arbor Day program on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:00am in the Main Street Nature Park. The Town will be honoring the legacy of Mary "Bett" Stroud, former Mayor and Town Council member. The public is invited to attend this important observance. Mark your calendars!
Free Tax Help Available
Because of the Covid-19 restrictions, the Buncombe County Library Tax-Aide program is changing the way you can get help with your taxes in 2021. Tax assistance is available now through April 8th.

You will need an appointment this year to speak with a tax help aide at the library. At your appointment, you can drop off your tax documents and you’ll be given another appointment in about two weeks to pick up your paperwork and completed tax form.

Weaverville Library
and Weaverville First Baptist Church:

Appointments available between 1 - 5pm

  • To make an appointment for tax help at the Weaverville First Baptist Church email with your name and telephone number OR call the Weaverville Library at (828) 250-6482 with questions. An AARP volunteer will contact you to set up your appointment. At your appointment, a tax volunteer will check all documents and give you a follow-up appointment to pick up your completed tax return and documents in 1 or 2 weeks.

West Asheville Library:

Appointments available between 1 - 5pm

  • To make an appointment at the West Asheville Library email with your name and telephone number. An AARP volunteer will contact you to set up your appointment. If you don’t have access to email, someone at the library can email AARP for you. At your appointment, a tax volunteer will check all documents and give you a follow-up appointment to pick up your completed tax return and documents in 1 or 2 weeks.

Pack Library:

Appointments available between 1 - 5pm

  • To make an appointment on Wednesday at Pack Library, email with your name and telephone number OR, on Wednesdays only between 1 and 5 p.m. call (828) 747-3579. An AARP volunteer will contact you to set up your appointment. At your appointment, a tax volunteer will check all documents and give you a follow-up appointment to pick up your completed tax return and documents in 1 or 2 weeks.

Appointments available between
10:30am and 2pm

  • To make an appointment for Saturday tax help at Pack Library, email with your name and telephone number. A volunteer will contact you to set up your appointment. At your appointment, a tax volunteer will check all documents and give you a follow-up appointment to pick up your completed tax return and documents in 1 or 2 weeks. This tax help is provided by UNCA.
In Memory
Mary "Bett" Speir Stroud
1946 - 2021

It is with sadness that the Town of Weaverville notes the passing of former Mayor Mary “Bett” Stroud. She served as Mayor from 1993 to 2009 after having served on Town Council for four years. In a 2009 article about her in the Citizen-Times, Bett pointed to her legacy for the Town as "Trees" and in helping in "enhancing the small-town atmosphere". She was instrumental in establishing and growing the Town's Tree Board and in receiving the annual Tree City designation among many other projects that were near and dear to her. Bett was passionate that the town be walkable, assuring that the town planned for and built the sidewalk system that now links Lake Louise to Main Street and beyond. She also spearheaded the protection of the land that now comprises our Nature Park. The town is a far better place for having had Bett as our leader.
Carl Wainwright Loftin
1936 - 2021

One of the first decisions the new Town Council made in 1991 was to name Carl Loftin as our new Town Attorney. At that time the majority of the Council grew up in our Town and had known Carl since childhood. He and his sister, Pat, lived on S. Main St., Weaverville. His father, Edward "Rat" Loftin had previously served as Town Attorney.      

I, personally, could fill up this FOCUS newsletter relating all the tales he told me, plus all the adventures we had as teenagers and adults. We both belonged to a very close group of teens, and our parents were close friends. JT Ray, Reggie's father, told me how he used to pull Carl around Town in his wagon when they were child hood friends. Their backyards joined. As teens none of us had cars, so we had to rely on borrowing from our parents. Carl could get many of his friends in his Dad's green Packard. I never let him forget the times he wrecked with all of us in it. Carl graduated from Lee Edwards (now Asheville High School), Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Carl's knowledge about so many things beside law was astonishing. He loved sports and knew the rules of most. UNC basketball was his favorite. It would be hard for me to describe watching a UNC - Duke game with his long-distanced phone conversations with his son, Edward. He was so loved by Council members and staff who had been fortunate enough to have worked with him. One of the things that made him such a wonderful Town Attorney for Weaverville was his deep knowledge of Town and knowing its citizens. With his colorful personality he could tell so many wonderful stories of happenings of the people and places of his hometown. He served as Town Attorney from 1990, until 2007, when he retired from Roberts & Stevens Law Firm.  Of course, who could forget the holiday presents he gave to all of us. His famous homemade cheese straws. We teased his successor that we still expected our cheese straws. I was fortunate to call him my good friend and to have his daughter, Brooks, as my next door neighbor.

Tribute by Town Councilwoman Dottie Sherrill
A Note from our Planning Department
In 2019 the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the long debated and worked upon Chapter 160D which is the first major recodification and modernization of municipal and county development regulations since the early 1900’s. The changes to the statutes as a result of 160D affect the language of local ordinances, the options for local decision making processes, and administrative practices related to development regulations. Text amendments to the Town’s subdivision ordinance and zoning ordinance are necessary as portions of 160D denote mandatory legislative changes for local jurisdictions. In the coming months staff, in conjunction with Town Council and the Planning Board, will be working to ensure that the Town’s land development regulations are compliant with state statute as a result of these recent changes.
Additional information related to the new Chapter

160D of the North Carolina General Statutes may be found at the following link provided by the University of North Carolina School of Government.
With a deadline of July 1, 2021, staff will be presenting ordinance revisions related to 160D to the Planning Board and Town Council for review over the coming months. Please check in to future versions of the Town’s newsletter to receive additional information.
Reminders from our Police Department
Spring is upon us and with the new birth of this season comes the enjoyment of outside activities. As we get out to enjoy the weather and our town’s beautiful amenities, here are some safety tips and reminders for visiting Weaverville’s great parks.

  • Dogs must be on leashes at all times. Weaverville town ordinance requires that all dogs inside the city limits be on a leash when off the owner’s property. While visiting our parks, the leash cannot exceed eight (8) feet and must be under a person's control. Please be sure to pick up after your dogs as well.

  • Parking is allowed in visibly marked parking places only. Please do not park on the walking trails, grass, or on private property without the property owner’s permission. Parking spaces in town lots near the Nature Park are time-restricted. Make sure to read the signs and honor the time limits. 

  • Do not trespass onto Quarry Road, as it poses a serious safety concern. Walking by the river and near the old mill wheel is beautiful and encouraged, however, citizens are not allowed to pass the “No Trespassing” signs that lead onto Quarry Road, as this is a highly-utilized road by Public Works and a public walkway has not been established in this area. Trespassers will be asked to leave and can be issued a citation for trespassing.
  • Drivers - Watch out for pedestrians. Pedestrians - Watch out for cars. Whether near the parks or on Main Street, folks are getting out and walking more. The speed limit on Main Street is 20mph and just 15mph around Lake Louise. Pedestrians should utilize walking trails, crosswalks, and sidewalks whenever possible.

  • Finally, please remember the “Three W’s” while visiting the parks. Wait 6 ft. apart, wash/clean hands frequently, and wear a mask. Remember, just because we are “so over” this pandemic, does not mean that the pandemic is over!
Public Notices
Public Notice Stating that an Ordinance Amending the Charter of the Town of Weaverville has been Adopted which Changes the Number of Councilmembers from Five to Six and to Provide the Elected Mayor with the Right to Vote on All Matters

The public will take notice that the Town Council of the Town of Weaverville adopted an ordinance on Monday, February 22, 2021, amending the Town Charter, as set forth in Chapter 335 of the 1909 Private Laws of North Carolina, as amended, to change the number of Councilmembers from five to six beginning with the municipal elections in 2021, and to provide the elected mayor with the right to vote on all matters coming before Town Council beginning with the organizational meeting following the municipal elections in 2021.
James Eller
Weaverville Town Clerk
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, MPA, 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:
Currently open by appointment only

Town Council Meetings:
4th Monday of each month at 7:00pm
Currently meeting via Zoom

Town Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes: