Town gearing for Cycle North Carolina ‘Mountain Ride’

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 04:03 AM

Lake Lure is gearing up for Cycle North Carolina “Mountain Ride” Aug.1- Aug. 3 after action Tuesday night by the Lake Lure Town Council. 

Council approved several requests from Michelle Yelton from McConnell Group PR, including suspending the Peddling Ordinance to allow selling food, craft and beverages; granting a portion of Morse Park Meadows parking lot to be used to park an 18-wheel trailer housing a portable shower and bathrooms and suspendingthe alcohol ordinance to allow selling of alcoholic beverages in an enclosed beer garden.

Council also agreed to allow the group to use the town-owned dumpster for free. The sign permit fees is also waived.

The town hosted the first stop on Cycle North Carolina’s “Mountains to Coast Fall Ride” in 2012 bringing 1,100 cyclists from 38 states, the District of Columbia, and five foreign countries to the area.

Positive reviews from participants and organizers alike motivated Cycle North Carolina to host its new weekend “Mountain Ride” in Lake Lure.

Also during Monday night’s meeting, residents brought a petition before Town Council requesting significant road improvements be made to Boys Camp Road.

Town Manager Chris Braund said the town will do an analysis of the road and research costs.

Council also posted taking action on a lease agreement with Sky Runner, pending modification to a lease. 

In his routine Town Manager’s report, Braund said the hydro-electric plant has generated $70,000 in revenue for the year. 

Braund also report that during the month of June, the police department logged 724 activities, including conducting 145 traffic stops and responding to four accidents. Officers checked 11 motorcycle mufflers and staff received updated training on motorcycle straight pipes as well as testing motorcycles for noise violations. 

Police reported seeing more visitors to the beach area and in Chimney Rock Village. Some visitors are leaving animals in their vehicles. One dog was in a vehicle more than two hours and the Rutherford County Animal Shelter was alerted.

The Lake Lure Fire Department responded to one overnight rainfall with nearly five inches of rain that resulted in downed trees, mudslides and the evacuation of one campground.