Rain brings good news and bad news

For Town of Lake Lure
Jul. 11, 2013 @ 06:02 AM

The abundance of rain brought good news to the Town of Lake Lure and it brought bad news.

Because of the record rainfall in some areas, the fiscal year 2012-2013 closed out with more than $500,000 in revenues from the hydro-generating plant.

The $569,102 in revenues from selling electricity will help fund many more projects at the dam and hydro plant, said Town Manager Chris Braund said.

However, while the rain has been great for generating power, the business at the Lake Lure Beach has decreased significantly this year.Braund said it is unlikely the loss of revenues at the beach can be met this summer, even if there is sustained sunny weather into fall.

The golf course has also suffered because of the rain.

Braund reported 625 rounds of golf were played in June compared to 856 in June 2012.

Braund said the weather also points out the deficiencies in the bunker reconstruction due to poor drainage. A plan is being developed to fix the problem along with mapping the areas around greens and in fairways that need attention. Braund said it will be a long-term process but will provide a great improvement in course conditions. 

Membership sales are low, despite quality course conditions.

Meeting Monday night for its regular business meeting, Town Council approved the purchase of property at the western end of the Flowering Bridge.

Council decided to table a matter regarding a consolidated concession agreement with Lake Lure Tours for the beach, marina and tour operations. Council wants to hear from the town's Zoning & Planning Board, the Parks & Recreation Board and the Lake Advisory Board.

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Land purchase tabled in Chimney Rock 

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CHIMNEY ROCK — Village Council will continue discussions with the Chimney Rock Fire Department regarding land located below the fire station.

Meeting Tuesday night for its regular business session, Council members talked about leasing the property from the fire department for the development of parking.

Council will continue its talks when the board meets in August.

Also Tuesday night, Council agreed it is not planning to continue discussion regarding possible property acquisition from Tim Turner.