The Chimney Rock Village Council met on Tuesday July 17, 2012. Councilor Campbell was absent.
Mayor Barbara Meliski called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm and asked for a Moment of Silence for Thoughtful Reflection
The agenda was approved with no changes. There were no public comments on the agenda.
The Planning Board reported that officers were elected with:
- Bill Whitman – Chair,
- Peter O’Leary – Vice Chair, and
- Barbara Meliski – Secretary
There were no other volunteers for the board.
The Water System report was given. McGill Engineering is assigning a new engineer to the town. The current engineer will bring the new engineer up to date.
There was no Old Business or New Business.
The proposed resolution supporting the expanding of fire districts to 6 miles was discussed. Mayor Meliski reported that she had spoken with the VFD Chief and with the County Fire Marshall about the effects on Chimney Rock VFD. She said that it would not affect CR-VFD at all.
Mayor’s Report: A letter from their Auditor was received advising that the will be assigning a new account manager for the Village. Introductions will be made in a few weeks. Letters were received from the Hickory Nut Gorge EMS, the Chimney Rock VFD, and the Lake Lure Police Department thanking the Village for sending donations.
There was a discussion about the required $300 event insurance for use of the Gathering Place. It was felt that this requirement was inhibiting the use of the facility. Mr. Whitman reported that in a survey of nearby towns none required this insurance. He pointed out that the use agreement already contained a “hold harmless” clause.
Whitman also proposed revising the rental fee to resident – $100, non-resident – $200. Nearby towns charge as follows:
- Tryon res-$115 non-res $215,
- Columbus no charge,
- Black Mountain – res $50, non-res $75,
- Lake Lure – $300
However it was noted that Lake Lure has more amenities. The Council agreed that the changes to the fee schedule and requirements were reasonable and that the Town Clerk had been granted the authority to revise as needed.
Mr. Whitman advised Council that he had ordered an Ethics webinar for the Councilors to take to meet the ethics education requirements.
Methods of controlling the parking lot and collecting fees during special events were discussed. No changes were made.
A letter received from the newly selected attorney’s office did not answer all the questions that were asked in an email. Council decided to contact the attorney for clarification.
A motion to adjourn was made, 2nd, and approved unanimously.