Mayor on Duty

I had hoped we could do a hybrid Town Board meeting last Thursday night. The plan was to ZOOM the meeting and conduct an in-person meeting following standard COVID-19 protocols. There were technical glitches that […]

Mayor on Duty

A major COVID challenge facing our community is how to protect and manage first responders and personnel that continuously interact with the public. County and municipal officials are doing everything possible to keep employees healthy […]

Mayor on Duty

I attended the Transportation Advisory Committee of the Southwestern Commission last Thursday by way of ZOOM. As always, NCDOT Division 14 staff were present, along with county and municipal elected officials. In a previous article […]

Mayor on Duty

The municipal election early voting is underway at the Highlands Recreation Center. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. I hope we have a tremendous turnout for this election that will determine the representation for three […]

Mayor on Duty

On Tuesday the quarterly joint meeting of Macon County, the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands was held in Franklin. These meetings provide elected officials an opportunity gather together and exchange information. The […]

Mayor on Duty

The beginning of March is when town staff and commissioners begin to look at budget priorities for the coming fiscal year. I am already in general discussions with key staff members. Here is the problem, […]

Mayor on Duty

Most of my week has been spent dealing with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  I will provide updates on projects this week and next week. Monday morning town manager Josh Ward told me the […]