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New Kiosk to Dispose of Medications 

Located at Biltmore Forest Police Department

Communities throughout the United States are pitching in to protect children from inadvertent drug ingestion or drug abuse, and to keep citizens safe from contaminated drinking water resulting from flushing, trashing or tossing of expired or unused prescription drugs. 

With the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Biltmore Forest Police Department has implemented a collection system that provides a simple way for individuals to safely dispose of unused or expired medications.  Effective July 27, 2017, citizens are now able to bring their expired or unused medications to the Biltmore Forest Police Department and dispose of them in a secure Kiosk in the lobby of the police department.  Citizens should notify the desk officer on duty, who will then unlock the door to “pitch in” the medications. The medications collected will be disposed of on a quarterly basis by the North Carolina SBI. 

For additional information, contact the BFPD at (828) 274-0822 or drop by the Police Department.

What Can Be Accepted?

YES

All expired, unused or unwanted controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications, including pet medications. Liquid medications can only be accepted if they are tightly capped.

NO

Regulated Medical Waste, Sharps, Syringes, Thermometers, Hazardous Waste, Aerosols, Illicit Drugs, or Commercial Waste.  

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:20:00 AM

New Police Department Website 

Updates Ongoing

Please check out the newly updated Biltmore Forest Police Department webpage. Chief Bates and the Department are working to update the site to provide more resources for citizens and more information on our community policing efforts. Photos of department members, a Chief's message, and mission and vision statements for the Department provide insight into how our Department is working for you.

Biltmore Forest Police Department Website

Feel free to provide suggestions or updates on what you would like to see on this page, as well as on the entire website.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, July 21, 2017 10:02:00 AM

New Ordinances regarding Fences and Walls 

Ordinance Took Effect July 1, 2017

Following a public hearing on June 20, 2017, the Biltmore Forest Board of Commissioners approved amendments to the Town's accessory structure ordinance related to fences and walls.

The ordinance, as amended and approved, is included in its entirety below. Those wishing to make application to the Board of Adjustments for ANY fence should refer to the newly adopted ordinance for guidelines on whether the fence is allowable as a conditional use, or whether it is disallowed specifically by this ordinance. For questions, please contact the Town Hall at (828) 274-0824.

Accessory Structure Ordinance Amendment

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Saturday, July 1, 2017 1:34:00 PM

Fourth of July Festivities 

Parade Registration Begins at 9am

The Town's Fourth of July parade and picnic will occur next Tuesday, July 4th from 9am-12pm. The parade will begin at 9:45 with kids, pets, and families walking from Vanderbilt Road to Rosebank Park. A breakdown of the day's schedule is below, and we hope that all residents and their families can help celebrate the 4th of July with us!

If your child wants to enter the costume or "best wheels"  contest, please have them at Town Hall for registration beginning at 9:00 am, and if you'd like to have your pet registered for "Most Patriotic Pet" please arrive at 9:00 am as well.

9:00 am - Registration begins for contests in front of Town Hall
9:30 am - Judging will begin for contests
9:45 am - Parade will process to Rosebank Park
10:00 am - Festivities begin in Rosebank Park, including inflatables, balloon artists, and other activities for the whole family. As always, hot dogs (with all the trimmings), chips, and watermelon are available, and plenty of ice cream, sno-cones, and cotton candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
12:00 pm - Festival concludes

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:09:00 AM

Town announces new Police Chief 

Formal appointment at May Board meeting

The Town of Biltmore Forest is pleased to announce the selection of T.J. Bates as its new Police Chief. Bates has served as the Assistant Police Chief for the Town of Granite Falls, N.C. for the past 12 years and has served in law enforcement for a total of 21 years. Bates is a graduate of Methodist University with a Master’s degree in Justice Administration and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Lees-McRae College. The Board of Commissioners will officially appoint Bates at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 9th.

Bates replaces outgoing Chief J. Eric Tinsley, who has served the Biltmore Forest Police Department for 27  years, rising through the ranks as a patrol officer to sergeant, then lieutenant, and finally, in 2006, becoming the Chief of Police. 

Bates takes the reins as Police Chief on June 1st, and listed his first priority as getting to know the Department members, residents, and new community. “I am proud to follow in the steps that Chief Tinsley has set forth and hope to continue building upon the relationships the Police Department has with the Biltmore Forest community”, Bates said. He is eager to meet citizens and community members, and wants to continue the outstanding community partnership between the Town and its citizens. There will be an introductory meeting session with Chief Bates for citizens interested in attending. This will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, July 12th from 10:00am-11:00am and Tuesday, July 25th from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

New Police Chief T.J. Bates

 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, May 5, 2017 8:34:00 PM

Public Hearing regarding Potential Change to Town Form of Government 

Hearing Set for Tuesday, May 9th

The Board of Commissioners invites citizens to a public hearing at the next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, May 9th, to receive feedback regarding a potential charter amendment. The proposed charter amendment would result in the Town's form of government being changed from a Mayor-Council form to a Council-Manager form of government.

At their April meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution of intent to consider an ordinance amending the charter of the Town in order to adopt the council-manager form of government and setting the date of the public hearing. 

Public Notice

Draft of Approved Resolution

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Update on Invasive Species Removal 

Project Continues to Brooklawn Pond Area

The Town is continuing the invasive species removal process throughout the Town. The area along Park Road and Vanderbilt Road, south of Rosebank Park, has been cleared and additional debris and fallen logs will be removed in the coming months.

The landscaping firm, Wilde Acre, will continue working in the Brooklawn Pond area in the coming weeks to clean up and remove invasive species from these woods. The Town is working to remove invasive species, clean this area, and improve the health and safety for residents. Please contact the Town Hall with any additional questions.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:32:00 PM

Revisions to Animal Control Ordinance 

Ordinance Effective April 12, 2017

At their regular April meeting, the Town Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted revisions to the animal control ordinance. The full text of the ordinance can be found by clicking the link below.

The ordinance includes enhanced definitions of household pets and an increase in the limit of total household pets on a property from 3 to 6. The revised ordinance does specify that only three dogs may be allowed on a property, and the existing registration requirements for dogs still apply. Additional clarifications  were made related to animals commonly referred to as farm animals, and a new section prohibiting the keeping of designated wild animals was added.

Amended Animal Control Ordinance

 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Town to Begin Invasive Plant Removal 

Project Slated for Parks throughout the Town

Beginning next week, the Town of Biltmore Forest will be undertaking a project to remove invasive plant material from town parks and properties. The bulk of this project will take place along Park and Vanderbilt Roads (southwest of Rosebank Park), along Vanderbilt Road near Arboretum Road, and along Hemlock Road. 

The purpose of this project is to remove invasive species, under growth, and underbrush that is clogging and choking out the forest. This material, much of which is invasive, prevents the native and natural plants from growing and thriving in our forest environment. Additionally, the invasive species often climb trees and can prevent them from thriving as they should. 

The Town has contracted this work with Wilde Acre Landscaping, a local contractor, and has reviewed the native species, streams, and wildflowers in the areas of work. All care will be taken to ensure that native species and streams are protected during this beautification and preservation project.

Anyone with questions regarding this project, or invasive species removal in general, is encouraged to contact the Town Hall at (828) 274-0824.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, March 3, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Chief of Police Search Information 

Applications Due Friday, March 24th

Chief Eric Tinsley, who has served the Town of Biltmore Forest for 27 years, will retire on June 1st. The Town is in the process of searching for his replacement and encourages all interested applicants to review the requirements and information for the position. 

Application Information

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM
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