New Lake Lure, Blue Ridge Foothills signs approved

May. 17, 2013 @ 06:01 AM

Lake Lure Town Council approved several requests and recommendations when it met Tuesday night at the municipal center for its regular business meeting.

Council  received a draft of the 2013-14 fiscal year budget during a special meeting Tuesday morning.

 Town Manager Chris Braund said the staff is trying to keep the property tax the same as last year.

 "Costs are continuing to go up and we're still trying to maintain a balance and keep the tax rate," Braund said.

Council approved a request by Tom McKay to use town property for the annual Lake Lure Dragon Boat Race on June 15 and also suspended the town's peddling ordinance for the day.

New signs for the Lake Lure and Blue Ridge Foothills Welcome Center were approved by the board.

Council named Blaine Cox, Braund and Valerie Hoffman to the new Rutherford County Enhanced Recycling Promotions Committee.

The board also approved an agreement between the town and 4 Guys, Inc. concerning the purchase of fire department equipment and gave the town manager authorization to execute documents on behalf of the town.

In his report to the council, Braund said he has completed and submitted the proposal for the Ironman event. 

The Ironman event is the world's largest participation sports platform and there are only 13 full-distance Ironman locations in North America and 29 worldwide.

Each race brings an estimated $7 - $15 million in economic impact over a six-day period. 

The winning host location received a five-year race contract.

According to statistics there are 3,500 athletes and 6,000-10,000 specators and supporters.

Braund also reported he has notification of a $200,000 grant for trail building on town, Chimney Rock State Park Property and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy property. The grant will be included in the 2013-14 budget. The grant is a match and will be met with the land donated by CMLC.

Braund also reported painting has begun on the metal structures above the water at the dam.

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Ellenboro approves paving contract

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ELLENBORO — Aldermen in Ellenboro approved paving projects when the board met for its regular business session Tuesday night. 

Tri City Paving received the bids for the projects to resurface Oak, Heith and Owens roads. Depot and Short Road will be repaired. 

The Alderman approved a $500 donation for Ellenboro's Big Day on July 4.

Alderman approved the audit contract with Don Heath of Forest City.

A budget workshop was set for May 28 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.