By Benjamin Cohn
Weaverville – At the last meeting of the Weaverville Town Council Monday night (Dec. 21), several items were on the consent agenda, including the town’s monthly tax report, the acceptance of a real property donation to be used alongside Lake Louise Park and the furtherance of the town’s planned community center.
Another important move made during the meeting’s consent agenda was to nominate Earl Valois, a previous candidate for town council, to the Metropolitan Sewerage District Board (MSD) for a three-year term beginning in the new year.
During the general public comment portion of Monday’s meeting, only two speakers elected to voice their opinions. Lou Accornero recommended to town council that the town not include the Dry Ridge Museum within the new community center, instead that it should be moved to town hall. Jon Varner then spoke, thanking the town for the support his brewery, Eluvium, has received during its first year of operations.
A proposal by Carolina Technical Services, Inc related to the town’s water treatment plant was recommended for approval by Selena Coffey, town manager. According to the town council agenda packet, Carolina Technical’s bid was for nearly $60,000 to install SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), essentially a computer program used for monitoring and managing the automation involved in the town’s water treatment.
Finally, a subdivision outside Weaverville known as Barkley Terrace submitted to the town a notice of voluntary annexation, which, if approved, will grant to the neighborhood all the municipality rights and responsibilities afforded to normal Weaverville residents.
Coffey then gave her monthly report to the town council. Her report covered outgoing police chief Alan Wyatt’s departure at the end of the year and mentioned her vetting process for selecting Wyatt’s replacement. Coffey reported further that more than 30 town employees volunteered for CPR training.
Regarding the town’s application for a USDA loan, Coffey had this to say:
“Our finance director and I have been working with our USDA representative in supplying information for our waterline grant application. I believe that we have provided all of the information they need for now and our application is moving forward to the underwriters for review.”
In a measure meant to combat “the workload that the Planning and Zoning board is experiencing right now,” according to the agenda packet, town staff recommended to town council an increase in zoning board terms from two years to three years, and to allow for additional alternates for sitting members.
Pursuant to this, Mayor Root recommended town resident Tom Balestrieri to be appointed as an alternate zoning board member and recommended the extension of Steve Warren’s board membership to September 2021 “in order to provide for staggered three-year terms.”
In other news, Coffey relayed that the sale of the town’s old bus garage at 13 Central Avenue to Lexington Glassworks fell through. According to the meeting’s agenda packet, the deal fell through as a result of a low bank appraisal of the property. Lexington Glassworks countered with an offer of $300,000 for the property, an offer the town is still considering.