Author: Selena Coffey

Tuesday, February 2 Garbage & Recycling Collection Postponed until Thursday, February 4

Due to the need to utilize the Town’s Public Works staff on clearing roads, today’s garbage collection has been postponed to Thursday, February 4. Curbside (Curbie) will be collecting recycling on Thursday as well. Thank you for your understanding. We encourage everyone to stay safe.

Town Offices Open By Appointment Only

Effective Monday, January 11, 2021, Town of Weaverville offices will be staffed, but open by appointment only. This will include administrative offices for the Police, Fire, Water, and Public Works departments.

Customers are encouraged to use dropboxes located in front of Town Hall and in its rear parking lot for payments and correspondence that cannot be emailed. Call Town Hall at (828) 645-7116 should you need further assistance from staff at Town Hall or wish to schedule an appointment with staff.

For emergency calls for medical, police, or fire, please remember to call 911.

For all other offices please use the following telephone numbers:

Weaverville Police Department:  (828) 645-5700
Weaverville Fire Department:  (828) 645-3500
Weaverville Public Works:  (828) 645-0606

Mayor’s Response Concerning Legal Framework for Mask Mandate

Dear Weaverville Community,

The Town of Weaverville has received many inquiries from residents concerning the legal framework behind the mask mandate. In the mid-1970s the state legislature passed the “North Carolina Emergency Management Act,” which is codified as Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes. Pursuant to that Act, the Governor is empowered to declare a health emergency, and to issue orders to respond to the emergency. Such orders are state law pursuant to the North Carolina Emergency Management Act. On November 23, 2020 Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 180, which contains a face mask requirement, and makes the violation of that requirement a Class 2 Misdemeanor. That order contained a December 11, 2020 expiration date, but the Governor has since extended it to January 8, 2021.

Should any citizen of the state believe that the facts do not justify the declaration of emergency or the remedy imposed by the Governor, he or she can go to court and seek a court order revoking the Governor’s order in its entirety or in part. During the course of the past year several such suits have been filed, and there have been some orders trimming some of the Governor’s remedies.

Mayor Al Root
Town of Weaverville

 

N.C. Executive Orders can be reviewed or downloaded at this link.

Governor Modifies Executive Order with Requirements Extending through January 8, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced Tuesday, December 9, 2020 that North Carolina will begin a Modified Stay at Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends. The Order, which takes effect Friday, December 11, requires people to stay at home between the hours of 10pm and 5am and will be in place until at least January 8, 2021.
The Order requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and more to close at 10 pm. Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted.
Additional information from the Order:
What are the major changes under this Order?
Under this Order:
  • Certain businesses and facilities are ordered to close to the public between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (the “Night-Time Public Closure Period”). This includes restaurants (with exceptions for take-out and delivery, as noted below), bars, entertainment venues, parks, museums and aquariums, certain retail establishments, and other businesses and facilities specified below and in the Order.
  • All individuals in North Carolina must stay at home or the place they will remain for the night between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (the “Stay at Home Period”), unless an exception applies.
  • The sale and service of alcoholic beverages is prohibited for on-site consumption between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Events or convenings outside of the home must end by 10:00 p.m. and guests must leave the establishment and travel home or to the place where they will stay for the night.
  • The capacity limitations on certain businesses, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and other public health measures implemented by previous executive orders are extended through January 8, 2021.
What remains the same under this Order?
Under this Order:
  • The gathering limits remain at ten (10) individuals for indoor settings and fifty (50) individuals for outdoor settings.
  • The limitations on certain businesses, sanitation standards, and other public health restrictions outlined in the Phase 3 Executive Order and NCDHHS Guidance remain in effect.
  • A face covering is still required in all public indoor settings if there are non-household members present, regardless of the individual’s ability to maintain social distance. Face coverings continue to be required in public outdoor settings if individuals are unable to maintain six feet of social distance from non-household members.
  • Retail business locations with more than 15,000 square feet of interior space must continue to have a worker at each entrance open to the public, who is responsible for enforcing the executive orders’ face covering and capacity limitations.
Please review Frequently Asked Questions and Executive Order 181 for additional information.

Face Coverings Required & Violations Enforced in Town of Weaverville

On November 23, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 180, “Increase Face Covering Requirements to Prevent The Rapid Spread of Covid-19.” It went into effect on Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m., and currently runs through December 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., and is subject to extension by the Governor.  It contains requirements for the wearing of face masks in virtually all places of business and outdoors, and specifically includes wearing masks on sidewalks due to routine and frequent pedestrian traffic. Business owners must require masks to be worn by employees and customers in their places of business. A violation of this order is a Class 2 misdemeanor. The Town of Weaverville will be enforcing this Order within town limits. To aid in this enforcement, violations may be reported by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling the Town’s Police Department at (828) 645-5700.

Read the Governor’s Order here:  Executive Order 180