Mayor on Duty

Last Friday Mayor Bob Scott of Franklin, Mayor Lynda Sossamon of Sylva and I carpooled to Black Mountain for a regional mayors roundtable. The event was sponsored by the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM). […]

Mayor on Duty

This is the time of the year where I attend numerous meetings concerning budget initiatives and projects impacting the town. Here are some meeting highlights. Two weeks ago, I traveled to Cherokee to attend a […]

Mayor on Duty

We have a growing problem in this country with recycling. The Chinese have stopped taking American recycle materials, aka garbage. I have recently read articles in the New York Times, VOX, The Asheville Citizens Times […]

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

Last week was very busy for me.  On Wednesday I was in Raleigh at the NC League of Municipalities Legislative Dinner. On Thursday we had the February Highlands Town Board meeting, followed by the Community […]

Mayor on Duty

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission recently sponsored a BearWise workshop in Asheville. Cynthia Strain of the Highlands B.E.A.R. Taskforce and I, along with BEAR board members Elaine Carlton, Gerri Tulley, Debbie Lassiter and Kelly and […]

Mayor on Duty

Last week I met at town hall with Brian Burch, the NCDOT Division 14 Engineer. Also, at the meeting was Wesley Grindstaff, the division road maintenance engineer and Steven Buchanan the division traffic engineer. Chief […]

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 […]