Author: Selena Coffey

SCHEDULED WATER OUTAGE ON JUNE 4-5, 2022

The Town of Weaverville has scheduled a water outage on June 4-5, 2022 for the area along Merrimon Avenue between Lake Louise and Reems Creek Road.  This outage is planned for town crews to install a new main-line water valve at the intersection of Merrimon Avenue and Aiken Road and to allow the construction of a new water tap by a contractor.  The outage is scheduled to begin at 6 pm on Saturday June 4, with the water scheduled to be back on by 6 am on Sunday June 5.  The general area to be affected includes:

  • Creekside Village
  • Homes and Apartments along Aiken Road from Merrimon Avenue to I-26 bridge
  • Hickory Lane
  • Sample Group Inc.
  • OTS
  • Thermo-Fisher Scientific
  • A-B Emblem
  • General Equipment
  • Bochiro Health & Wellness
  • Dodge on Chlopek Way

Residents in the affected area may experience low or no water pressure during this outage.  When the work is completed, customers may experience discolored water or air in the lines and are advised to wait until the water is clear before using it.  For more information, please contact the Town of Weaverville Public Works Department, Water Maintenance Division, at 828-645-0606 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

 

MAYOR’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON WATER CAPACITY ISSUES TO TOWN COUNCIL

May 23, 2022 —- Mayor Patrick Fitzsimmons

I was tasked by the Town Council Water System Committee to meet with various stakeholders and area governments to examine possible alternatives to water plant expansion or collaborative opportunities to meet future regional water demands. Over the past few months I have done that and as a result of those conversations, I make the following recommendations to Town Council:

  • Develop a more aggressive tiered pricing system for water. The current pricing structure provides no incentive for users to conserve water usage. Conservation is the easiest and least expensive way to reduce usage and delay need for expanded water capacity. I suggest we create a tiered pricing structure that provides the first 3000 gallons per month at $9.22 per 1000 gallons, the current rate and the amount the average household uses in one month. For 3,001 to 10,000 gallons the rate would be 50% more at $13.83 per 1000 gallons, and for more than 10,001 gallons at $18.44 per 1000 gallons. As an example a customer who uses 5000 gallons currently would pay $48 and under new system would pay $55.00.

Timeline: implement in new fiscal year, July 2022

  • Apply for state funds in conjunction with the town of Marshall. Marshall is interested in building a water line to connect to Mars Hill’s system. Mars Hill wants to connect help provide water to Marshall but be able to use our water also as their capacity is fairly limited. Marshall anticipates they will have their engineering reports completed for such a project in July. I recommend we apply for state funds to expand our water treatment plant with the provision that we will supply Marshall with their water needs via Mars Hill at rates we charge our customers. Our chance of acquiring funding in conjunction with Marshall is much greater than if we pursue funding ourselves due to the fact the Marshall is considered a town at financial risk and in a Tier 2 county ranking their prospects of funding much higher. It is anticipated that there will be a second round of state ARP funding for infrastructure projects in August or September. We need to be an applicant and we should apply for as full cost of expansion. The max municipalities can apply for in the current round of ARP funds is $15 million.

Update: I have met with our local state legislator and secured his support for this project. I meet with the Madison County officials this week and will ask them to gain the support of their state legislators also.

Timeline: Apply to the state in August 2022

  • Retrofit water line connection to Mars Hill. Apparently the water line we have between the two cities has water only flowing one way. Seemingly the pump could be retrofitted for water to flow both ways. This would mitigate both of our risks for any water emergencies that may occur. Mars Hill agrees this is a good idea and that we would sell water to each other as needed at regular customer rates.

Update: Public Works Director researched this and advises this can be easily accomplished.

Timeline: end of 2022

  •  Connect our system to Woodfin Water. Our water lines literally cross over Woodfin’s water lines at several locations yet there is no valve to connect the two systems anywhere. We should build such a connection so that we could get water from them or they from us in emergencies or when either needed supplemental water. Woodfin currently produces water and purchases extra from Asheville all which could flow into our system through such a connection.

Update: Public Works Director researched this and advises we actually had a connection in the past and that this too could be easily accomplished.

Timeline: by the end of 2022

  •  Negotiate extra water supply from Asheville. Asheville has considerable water capacity and by law can only charge other municipalities the same rate they charge their own customers. We __ gallons per day which we could supplement our water supply with at a low cost.

Update: We have requested a meeting with the Asheville Water System

Timeline: by the end of 2022

  •  Expand our Water Treatment plant. All of the above recommendations will help reduce water usage, provide for emergency and supplemental water for our system, build regional diversification of water supply by connecting Asheville, Woodfin, Weaverville, Mars Hill and Marshall systems, thereby mitigating risk during emergencies for all communities. However, if an attempt to acquire state funding to pay for our water plant expansion through a cooperative proposal with Marshall (with Madison Co. and Marsh Hill as partners) is not successful in the fall of 2022 Weaverville will need to expand their own water treatment plant through a USDA loan soon after.  A decision to do so, if the proposal with Marshall fails, should be done before the end of 2022.

Timeline: by the end of 2022

 NOTICE: The Mayor and Town Council will be further discussing the aforementioned recommendations at a workshop on June 20, 2022 at 6pm at Town Hall. The public is invited to attend and give input at this meeting.

Weaverville Interim Fire Chief Announced

Weaverville, May 23, 2022 – Town Manager Selena Coffey has named her appointment for Interim Fire Chief subsequent to the resignation of Fire Chief Ted Williams. Chief Williams was appointed as Weaverville’s Fire Chief in 2016, serving in fire services since 1992, and has resigned to accept a position with the City of Hendersonville.

Town Manager Coffey has appointed Weaverville Police Chief Ron Davis to serve as Interim Fire Chief while the Town recruits a permanent Fire Chief.  While Chief Davis serves in his interim capacity as Fire Chief, Assistant Police Chief Somer Oberlin will assume a greater leadership role in the Weaverville Police Department.

“After much intentional thought, I have chosen to appoint Chief Ron Davis to this role for his leadership abilities. He is a proven leader and I respect his practical management skills. But more than that, I trust his ability to foster an environment of trust and fairness within a department that needs strong leadership,” states Manager Coffey.

Chief Davis was appointed as Weaverville Police Chief in 2018.  Although law enforcement has been his long-term career of choice with 32 years of service, Chief Davis served approximately 2 years as a firefighter, having completed the Asheville Fire Academy in 1998. During this time, he also served as an EMT and a Fire Inspector. Chief 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.

Town Manager Coffey, who is responsible for choosing the next fire chief, hopes to hire someone as soon as possible, but takes “comfort in knowing that Chief Davis will provide for the leadership the department needs while I make a calculated and thoughtful decision as to who should be Weaverville’s next Fire Chief.”

Manager Coffey has stated, “We will truly miss Chief Williams as he pursues his future endeavors. He was a respectable Chief, an excellent team player on my leadership team, and I consider him a friend.” Manager Coffey hopes that the community will join in celebrating Chief Williams at a reception in his honor to be held on May 31 at 3pm at the Community Center.

 

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Town Accepting Applications for the 2022 Citizens Academy

The Town of Weaverville hosts an annual Citizens’ Academy to promote open dialogue and provide the community with education about the workings of town government. Any resident is welcome to participate. The curriculum covers current town programs, services, policies, procedures, plus a “behind the scenes” look at how Weaverville’s government operates.
The Weaverville Citizens’ Academy offers citizens insight into how the town functions with workshop sessions led by town department heads, town staff, and elected officials. Most sessions are held at the given department, which allows department staff to provide a tour. An overview of the department functions, along with a question-and-answer session at the end of each program are also part of each session.
Participants of the Weaverville Citizens’ Academy are given a foundation of knowledge regarding town government and services. This foundation and interaction with the town’s key department staff creates a stronger, informed community, which makes it easier for the town government to function smoothly. Sessions are held once per month on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.
In order to graduate, participants are expected to attend at least five of the seven sessions and attend one Weaverville Town Council meeting. Application to the program is required. Applications may be sent to Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey via mail at P.O. Box 338, Weaverville, NC 28787, or via email at [email protected]. Applications may also be hand-delivered to the Weaverville Town Hall, 30 South Main Street.
Interested parties should apply by completing the following application:

Delay in Opening Town Offices on January 18, 2022

Town Offices will open on a delayed schedule tomorrow, January 18, 2022, due to inclement weather. Offices will open at 10:30am.

Stay safe!