Lake Lure — a year of planning and implementation

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 05:03 AM

LAKE LURE — Undertaking a branding and marketing plan for Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, was among the highlights for the Town of Lake Lure in 2012. The plan will be completed the first of the year and the towns will begin the implementation of the marketing package as soon as possible.

The plan supports existing items already in place as well as ways to provide for collaboration between both the Town of Lake Lure and the Chimney Rock Village while reinforcing each community's identities.

The marketing materials are extremely valuable in explaining to the public and business owners the results of the study, recruiting new investors, and soliciting interest in the community.

When the plan is completed, "This process will have provided both of our communities with a solid direction toward packaging ourselves for positive economic growth" said Town Manager Chris Braund.

The Flowering Bridge Project, undertaken by a community of volunteers, is progressing. The Historic Bridge was turned over to the Town of Lake Lure to allow for the creation of a unique community garden bridge, to be developed by local people to further enhance the natural beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge for generations to come.

The gardens at the east end of the bridge have been planted and additional work has been done in cooperation with the Town to further beautify that area. Irrigation and lighting infrastructure has been put in place across the span and the planters on the bridge itself will be ready to plant in the spring.

The town has also been involved in other other planning projects regarding transportation and the Lake Lure Classical Academy and numerous renovation projects.

In other news in 2012: 

The town renovated its marina off Memorial Highway, providing for additional boat slips in the modern floating marina.

Town Hall received a new roof and there was a complete overhaul of the large hydroelectric generator at the dam. 

Morse Park underwent drainage and wetlands enchancements.

Also in 2012, the Town Center Master Plan, Phase 1 Concept Plan; the market and branding study and the Comprehensive Transportation Planning, were studied and revised during the year.

Five miles of trails are designed at Buffalo Creek Park as the town received $180,000 in grant money for trail building.

Lake Lure Classical Academy received the nod when new legislation was passed, enabling the town to contribute land to the new school construction project off Hwy. 9.

The town also saw improvements to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and achieved a small surplus for the fourth consecutive year, that was added to the fund balance.

The Town welcomed Don Byers as the new operator at the sewer plant and Dale Minick became the new operator at the golf course. 

There was an overhaul of the town's website; new online, searchable document repository with up to 900 subscribers to the electronic town newsletter and also communicating through Nixle & Facebook, was new in 2012.

The crime rate in Lake Lure remained low in 2012 and it was another safe year on the lake.

Looking to 2013, the town will continue its trail construction at Buffalo Creek Park, the Welcome Center renovation by the Tourism Development Authority in the former Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber building; and once financing is obtained,construction on the new school.

There will also be construction on the Medical Center/Professional park.