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 By Derek McKissock    News    August 21, 2014 

City Hoping To Create New 25-Acre Park - Brevard NC

Brevard City Council approved real estate contracts Monday that could eventually see the creation of a 25-acre park in the Rosenwald community. The contracts, which could be finalized in mid-October after the city conducts its due diligence, call...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 21, 2014 

Genie Products Sold, But It's Business As Usual - Brevard NC

Genie Products on the Old Rosman Highway has been bought by Praxair Surface Technologies, a leading global provider of engineered protective coatings and thermal spray equipment and consumables. “It’s business as usual at Genie Products, where th...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 18, 2014

Caldwell Street Widening Project Delayed- Brevard NC

The South Caldwell street widening project in Brevard has been delayed until next summer at the earliest, impacting other proposed projects in the city. The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) had initially planned to begin constructing two...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 11, 2014

Yard Complaints Can Take Time To Resolve - Brevard NC

When a complaint is made about a messy yard or empty lot with tall grass or trash within Brevard city limits, it can take time before it’s resolved. Similar to a criminal investigation, city officials must go through a “due process,” a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 4, 2014

Sewer Plant Fined - Brevard NC

Jay Johnston believes Brevard’s wastewater plant is a “more pressing need” than a new water plant at this time. The city’s engineer said Oskar Blues brewery’s introduction to the system has accelerated that need. In June, the N.C....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 14, 2014

Board: More Information Needed - Brevard NC

The Brevard Planning Board wants more specific information before deciding whether to recommend approval of a preliminary master plan for the former Rodeway Inn site and nearby properties, and the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 7, 2014

Tea Party Symposium Focuses On Economic Development Efforts - Brevard NC

One of the challenges for the new Economic Development Organization (EDO) is to develop a sense of “trust” between county natives and newcomers and realize they have a “common goal” — Transylvania County’s “success and happiness.”...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 3, 2014

Partnership Agrees To EDO Takeover - Brevard NC

The Transylvania Partnership, Inc., the private economic development group, has effectively agreed for its financial assets and nonprofit status to be taken over by the county’s new Economic Development Organization (EDO). On Monday, the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 30, 2014

Sue Fox Doesn't File For Another Term On School Board-Brevard NC

Six candidates have filed to run for two seats on the Transylvania County Board of Education, but incumbent Sue Fox is not one of them. Filing ended Friday for the school board election in November when the four-year terms of incumbents Fox and...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 23, 2014

Meals Tax 'Dead' - Brevard NC

A proposed food and beverage tax for the city of Brevard is “dead,” according to N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca. Opposition from the N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) has effectively killed the legislation needed to approve the tax. “I had...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 23, 2014

Five Of 11 EDO Members Chosen - Brevard NC

As of Friday, five of 11 members of the county’s new Economic Development Organization’s (EDO) board of directors have been picked. In April, the Transylvania County commissioners voted to approve the EDO board’s make-up after a recommendation...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 19, 2014

Council OKs Budget, Utility Bill Increases -Brevard NC

Brevard City Council Monday unanimously approved its 2014/2015 budget, which includes no property tax increase, but water and sewer customers will see increases in monthly bills. As previously reported, this year the city’s annual debt from loans t...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 16, 2014

Debiase Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter - Brevard NC

More than seven years after 26-year-old Christopher Lien died after a fight at a bonfire party in Pisgah Forest, Robert Frank Debiase last week pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Thursday morning in Transylvania County Superior Court, Judge...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 16, 2014

Nonprofits Funded In City's Budget -Brevard NC

As part of the budget preparations, Brevard City Council received funding requests from several nonprofit organizations, but it has agreed to fund the five it believes can best help with economic development efforts. Those who asked but weren’t...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 12, 2014

Council Majority Changes Mind On Tax Increase - Brevard NC

A majority of Brevard City Council Monday decided not to approve a 1-cent property tax increase, reversing an earlier decision. During the third and final workshop for its 2014/20145 fiscal year budget, council voted 3-2 against the tax increase...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 9, 2014

Council: Can't Rush Planning Decision-Brevard NC

With a new county manager scheduled to come on board later this year and not wanting to “rush” a decision, Brevard City Council will hold off on making significant changes to the Planning Department’s operations. During a recent budget...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 9, 2014

Rosman's Class Of 2014 Graduates - Rosman, NC

There may have been a blue sky Saturday morning, but black and orange were the colors of the day during the 2014 Rosman High School Graduation. At a packed Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 5, 2014

City Council Backs 1-Cent Tax Increase - Brevard NC

A 1-cent property tax increase to help pay for staffing the fire department in the evening and to construct a bike/hike path near Cherry Street were backed by Brevard City Council Monday during its second budget workshop. A 1-cent increase in the cit...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 5, 2014

City Utility Bills Could Go Up – Brevard NC

This year, the city of Brevard’s annual debt from loans to pay for improvements to its utility system is $300,000. By 2018, the debt amount will be more than $1 million. To help pay for that debt and the continuing operational costs for providing...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 2, 2014

Glen Cannon Sold; Plans For The Site Still Unknown - Brevard NC

Last Wednesday, Josh Leder took his option to buy the former Glen Cannon County Club property for $850,000. A company, Le Parc, LLC, is now listed as the owner of the roughly 129 acres and buildings. Leder, a local businessman who also owns the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 2, 2014

County, City To Study Parks – Brevard NC

Brevard City Council gave its backing last week to partner with the county on the creation of a new recreation master plan. During its budget workshop last week, council approved a motion to take up to $20,000 out of fund balance to pay for the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 2, 2014

Fire Chief Pushes For Evening Staffing At City Department - Brevard NC

On Thanksgiving evening, 2012, a call came into E-911 dispatch of smoke coming from a home at Glen Cannon Point. The home, roughly 5 miles from the Brevard Fire Department, is located in an area called Sylvan Valley 2, which the department is contrac...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 26, 2014

Human Relations Council Discussed-Brevard NC

Brevard City Council’s recent decision to remove its involvement in the Human Relations Council (HRC) was not based on the assumption that intolerance or racism no longer exists in the community. During its regular meeting last week, council...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 26, 2014

Sewer Program Going Ahead - Brevard NC

Brevard City Council’s decision last week for staff to develop and implement a sewer pretreatment program comes at a time the state may soon start fining the city for noncompliance and the Environmental Protection Agency has placed it on a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 22, 2014

City Manager Proposes No Tax Hike In Budget - Brevard NC

Brevard City Manager Joe Moore presented his 2015 fiscal year budget Monday, calling for no property tax or water and sewer fee increases and for less amounts to be spent in the general and utility funds. Pointing to a “stagnant” property tax...

 

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