Council pursuing property purchase

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

Village Council received a request Tuesday to investigate purchasing property that can be used for parking along the tourist town's Main Street.

Steve Gale, business owner and lifelong resident of Bat Cave and Chimney Rock, asking council to inquire about buying land from Tim Turner off US64/74 west where the former Cajun Pig was located. A fire destroyed the restaurant several years ago and the property is owned by Turner.

There is a need for more parking in the Village.

Council will present the request to Turner.

Mayor Barbara Meliski told council members there is a piece of property also on US 64/74 traveling that the property owner is considering donating to the town.

The property is just past the Rutherford County line sign on the East bound side of the river. It will be surveyed and the property owner will be notified.

The town cleared the property and put a fence to keep trash and debris away.

Both items will be discussed at the next meeting.

Council unanimously adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. The budget is being balanced with a tax rate of 7.5 cents per $100 property valuation. The Municipal Service District taxes are also the same as last year at 6 cents per $100 property valuation. 

Council adopted the new Comprehensive Transportation Plan developed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation which affects the Town of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock and the connections to the towns for business and the tourism industry.  

Medical personnel Tina Owen and Dr. Gray Tilden discussed plans for building the Mountain Area Health Education Center/Lake Lure Professional Park off N.C. 9 near Ingles market.