Bechtler House future on tap for Rutherfordton Council

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 06:10 AM

The future of The Bechtler House in relation to tourism in Rutherford County is among topics to be discussed Wednesday when Rutherfordton Town Council meets at 5:30 p.m. at town hall.

 The Bechtler House is located on West Sixth Street in Rutherfordton. 

Michelle Yelton will present information to the Town Council regarding the Bechtler House and a feasibility study she recently completed on tourism in Rutherford County.

The Bechtler House once belonged to Christopher Bechtler, who minted America's first gold dollar in 1832. Today it is privately owned and last year served as a museum for the 225th anniversary of the Town of Rutherfordton.

Bechtler memorabilia, the Bechtler coin press and other historical artifacts of Rutherfordton and Rutherford County are located at the home. 

Also Wednesday night, the Council will discuss two requests to be made to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. DOT will be asked to close Main Street for the annual Mayfest and a resident is asking DOT to lower the speed limit on North Main Street. 

The board will also discuss a resolution requesting the North Carolina Rural Center for a planning grant to assist with the Rutherford County/Municipalities Joint Sewer Study.

Council will ask for permission to hold an Easter Sunrise Service in the town cemetery on March 31 and will also discuss changing its next meeting to April 10.