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SCORE Transylvania Co. Leaders Reflect On Gratitude, Hope


Last updated 12/23/2020 at 5:21pm

(Editor’s Note: This the last in a series of articles from SCORE in which local leaders express their gratitude and hope and how they affect their own organizations. Following are the Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland’s reflections on the past year and hopes for 2021 and beyond.)

Jim Fatland

Brevard City Manager

• This is what we experienced during 2020 and how we reacted.

High points:

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 to present), the City of Brevard has moved forward. Some of the many accomplishments during the year, include the following:

Rosenwald Community Projects

•A year ago, Bethel “A” Baptist Church deeded Silversteen Memorial Park and an adjacent parking lot to the City of Brevard.

•Also, last year the Mary C. Jenkins Board of Trustees deeded the community center site to the City of Brevard. We are pleased to report that the design for the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center is now complete, and advertisement for construction bids is scheduled for January 2021.

•Construction on Silversteen Memorial Playground is underway with new playground equipment and a new basketball court. Special thanks to Brevard City Council, Mary C. Jenkins Community Center Task Force, Mary C. Jenkins Board of Trustees and Bethel “A” Baptist Church Board of Trustees.

Funding Nonprofits

•The Brevard City Council made it a priority to support nonprofits, especially during a year in which the community and its citizens needed help.

•Sharing House was awarded $27,500 to assist our citizens with utility bills, and $60,000 in grants was awarded to Transylvania Tomorrow Small Business Program to support our local businesses. Other nonprofits receiving grants included Rise & Shine, Boys & Girls Club, Transylvania Community Arts Council, Heart of Brevard, Bread of Life and Transylvania Farmers’ Market.

Depot Railroad Avenue Park

•Depot Railroad Avenue Park was completed this past year and has become a very popular gathering spot. A big thank you to Rotary Club of Brevard and Transylvania Garden Club for being major nonprofit sponsors.

Brevard Skate Parks

•Tannery Skate Park on Silversteen Drive opened at the end of June and Brevard Skate Park at the Sports Complex opened to skateboarders on Oct. 16, 2020. It is exciting to see so many young people enjoying these two new amenities.

Brevard Dog Park

•Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) deeded property to the City of Brevard in June 2020 to make the dog park a reality. City Public Works immediately moved on site preparation. A big thank you to the Dog Park Task Force for their hard work in the planning and design. The fencing contract was recently awarded with completion expected by the end of February. We are looking forward to an early spring opening.

Downtown Outside Dining

And Curbside Pickup

•With local restaurants and retail severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, downtown open spaces and alleyways became opportunities for outside dining. Special thanks to City of Brevard Planning and Public Works Departments, Downtown Master Plan Committee and Heart of Brevard for making this a reality.

Low points:

Unable to celebrate our successes with our community. With COVID-19 restrictions, large gatherings have delayed project dedications and canceled community events. I miss our downtown special events (White Squirrel, 4th of July, Halloweenfest festivals), Rotary Club of Brevard’s 5K races, Pisgah Forest Rotary Club’s Assault on the Carolinas, Brevard Music Center concerts, and I can go on and on.

Learning Points:

City employees in administration, planning, human resources, and finance can now perform job duties from home. We are ready if and when other emergencies arise in the future.

This Is What I Am

Grateful For In 2020

•Extremely grateful that despite the pandemic and impact on budgets, city departments delivered public services to our community. While other cities and counties in our nation suffered greatly, I am proud that Brevard and Transylvania County came together as a community to help each other.

This Is What I Am

Hoping For 2021

•Hoping that community gatherings will return so we can celebrate life!

Personal Seasons Greetings

This past year has not been easy and has provided many challenges for all of us. Faith, hope and love have kept us going. May God bless you and your family!

(Anyone can contact SCORE by phone at (828) 693-8702, by email at [email protected]; and on the internet at SCORE mentors and supports businesses and nonprofits.)


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