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June Commissioners Meeting Recap 

Board approved FY18-19 Budget

The Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on June 12, 2018.The Board approved the FY18-19 budget and a technical services agreement with the Land of Sky Regional Council for planning services. The Board approved the FY18-19 fee schedule with changes that included a new demolition fee and a penalty fee for those conducting land use activities without the appropriate permit. 

The coming year's budget leaves the tax rate level at 33 cents per $100 valuation and does not include a water or sewer rate increase. 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:58:00 PM

June 12th Board of Commissioners Meeting 

Budget Public Hearing Highlights the Agenda

The Town of Biltmore Forest Board of Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 12th at 4:30pm in the Commissioners Chambers at Town Hall. This month's meeting includes a public hearing scheduled before the Board considers the FY18-19 proposed budget. The Board will also consider changes to the Town's fee schedule for next year, with the only two changes being an additional fee for demolition and a penalty fee for zoning activities performed without a permit. 

The Board will review budget re-allocations for the current fiscal year, a technical services agreement with the Land of Sky Regional Council for planning and code enforcement services, and discuss possible revisions to the Town's accessory structure ordinance. 

For additional information, please select the links below for the full agenda and agenda packet.

June 12, 2018 Agenda

June 12, 2018 Agenda Packet

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, June 8, 2018 3:42:00 PM

Emergency Tree Removal 

Due to an emergency tree removal, Greenwood Road is closed near the intersection of Stuyvesant Road. An uprooted and leaning white oak tree is in the process of being removed.

Posted by Laura Jacobs Friday, June 8, 2018 1:14:00 PM

Brooklawn Park Pond Cleanup 

Work to begin Monday, June 4th

Last fall, the Town contracted with Dragon Fly Pond Works to perform clean up in the Brooklawn Park pond. The pond has received a substantial amount of silt infiltration in the 18 years since it was last dredged and cleaned. The Town contracted with Dragon Fly to perform a geotube removal of the sedimentation that has built up in the pond. 

Sedimentation Build-up in Brooklawn Chase Pond

This geotube removal process is basically specialized dredging work without having to drain the pond. The material is captured in geotubes which are then spread over the ground to dry – this can be done on the pond bank below Hemlock Road. The material dries and is then covered back up with sod. The contractor will remove approximately 2,000 square feet of sedimentation in this area. Where sod is not necessary, the area will be seeded and straw placed on it in order to allow the grass to grow. This work does not require mechanical equipment going into the pond, and as such does not require an Army Corps of Engineers permit. The Town has worked with the Corps previously in the dredging of the pond, and notified them of our intention to restore the pond in this manner.

Please contact the Town's Public Works Director, Terry Crouch, at (828) 274-3919 for any additional information regarding this project. 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:38:00 AM

NO BOIL WATER ADVISORY 

To clarify an earlier message sent, there is no boil water advisory for the Town of Biltmore Forest. You may continue using water in your homes as you normally would.

Posted by Laura Jacobs Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Storm Water Project Moving Forward 

Engineers Working in Field This Week

By now, you may have noticed orange cones dotted across the rights of way adjacent to Town roads and are likely wondering, "What is going on here?"

Manhole opened for storm water inspection
Manhole Opened for Storm Water Inspection

The Town is in the field data gathering stage of its storm water master plan project. GIS technicians from WithersRavenel are canvassing the Town and investigating our existing storm water infrastructure. They are looking for the size, type, and condition of existing inlets and outlets, and mapping these for future use in the master plan.

This data gathering portion of the project should last approximately 2-3 weeks with field work not taking quite as long. The Town contracted with WithersRavenel in April 2018 to conduct the storm water master plan for the Town. This is a two phase project that will result in recommendations about improving the Town's storm water system for many years in the future.

Please be mindful of the technicians as they work in the field and feel free to call the Town Hall with any questions about this project. We look forward to providing updates and recommendations as soon as they are available. 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:46:00 PM

May Board of Commissioners Meeting 

News and Notes

The Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4pm in the Commissioners Chambers at the Town Hall. The meeting minutes from the previous month were approved, and the regular meeting began with public comment related to concerns about bear populations increasing within the Town limits. The Mayor and Board provided the resident with contact information for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Chief Beddingfield provided information on how to prevent bears from being attracted to private property. 

Chief Beddingfield provided an update on speed enforcement along Vanderbilt Road and detailed the plans to purchase two (2) electronic speed signs similar to the one recently demonstrated within the Town. Public Works Director Terry Crouch relayed to the Board that Vanderbilt Road had been reopened and eight (8) total trees were removed during this project. Mr. Crouch also relayed that Dragonfly Pond Works would begin work to remove silt and vegetation from Brooklawn Pond the week of May 21, 2018. Mr. Crouch also informed the Board that all AMI cellular transmitters had been installed on the water meters in the Town. Town staff anticipates sending out information to all residents within the next month about how to access this information from a mobile device or desktop computer.

During the new business portion of the meeting, the Board approved the re-appointment of Greg Goosmann and Lowell Pearlman to the Town's Board of Adjustments, and Marjorie Waddell to the Town's Planning Commission.

Discussion then turned to a drainage analysis conducted by Anchor QEA related to the western portions of Vanderbilt Road, north of Busbee Road. The Commissioners discussed the results of the study and recommendations from the engineering group for improving drainage along this portion of the road. Public Works staff will begin the process of cleaning and inspecting storm water infrastructure in this area, as well as designing improvements in conjunction with the Town's forthcoming storm water master plan.

The Board then discussed possible revisions to the existing accessory structure ordinance, particularly as it related to fences and walls. There was direction from the Board to prepare several options or alternative for amending this ordinance to allow more flexibility in regards to fences and walls in the rear yard of a property. Staff plans to present this to the Commissioners at their next regular meeting in June.

The Town Manager then presented the budget message and proposal for fiscal year 2018-2019. Mr. Kanipe recommends no tax or water rate increase in the coming fiscal year, and highlighted key areas and project that are planned in the coming fiscal year. The entire budget message and proposal can be found here. The Board scheduled a special work session for Monday, June 4, 2018 at 4pm to further discuss the budget, and scheduled the public hearing for the FY18-19 budget for their regular meeting on June 12, 2018 at 4:30. 

Throughout the course of the meeting, Mr. Kanipe discussed several ongoing projects. These included the planned construction date for the Public Works Building renovation that will begin in late August or early September, the traffic studies and considerations being undertaken along Vanderbilt Road, and an update to the storm water master plan process.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm in the Town Hall.  
 

Posted by Admin Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:18:00 PM

April Board of Commissioners Meeting 

News and Notes

The Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, April 10th for their regularly monthly meeting. The meeting began with Police Chief Chris Beddingfield being formally sworn in by Mayor George Goosmann.

Mayor George Goosmann and Police Chief Chris Beddingfield
Mayor Goosmann and Police Chief Beddingfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Board then reviewed and approved the Town's local water supply plan, approved agreements to conduct a storm water master plan  and a small scale plan for Greenwood Park, and received a final report on the traffic study conducted for Vanderbilt, Stuyvesant, and Hilltop Roads and Ridgefield Place.

Additionally, the Board received an update on the renovations planned for the Town's Public Works Building. Town staff has worked with ClarkNexsen and Beverly-Grant to develop final design documents before beginning construction on this project in late summer. The preliminary rendering and preliminary plans are available for review.

The Board also discussed options related to the implementation of a construction entrance and exit route within the Town limits, and reviewed proposed amendments for the zoning ordinance that will be discussed during a public hearing in May. The Board approved a change to their regular meeting calendar and moved this meeting to May 15th at 4pm. Finally, Commissioner Doris Loomis was appointed to serve as the Board's representative to the Land of Sky Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, April 13, 2018 3:56:00 PM

Farewell to Officer Josh Jaramillo 

Today we said a farewell to Officer Josh Jaramillo. He will be greatly missed by all. Josh dedicated 10 years to the Biltmore Forest Police Department. He will be exploring new adventures and opportunities in the state of Washington with his girlfriend, Deann. We wish Josh and Deann the very best!

 

Chief Chris Beddingfield & Officer Josh Jaramillo

Posted by Laura Jacobs Thursday, March 29, 2018 4:43:00 PM

Town Announces New Police Chief 

The Town of Biltmore Forest is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Beddingfield as its new Chief of Police. Beddingfield was a finalist for the position when previously open. Beddingfield has worked with outgoing Chief T.J. Bates to ensure a smooth transition for the Town, Department, and its officers. Bates is leaving the department for an opportunity with another law enforcement agency. Chief Bates accomplished a great deal during his tenure, including leading the Department to become the first National Missing and Exploited Child Readiness Program certified law enforcement agency in North Carolina. Chief Bates created a new inventory system for the Department, dramatically increased the training opportunities and requirements for officers, and revised and updated all policies and procedures. The Town is appreciative of his hard work and dedication and wishes him continued success in the future.

Beddingfield has served as the Chief of Police in Columbus, N.C. since 2011, and joined the Columbus Police Department in 2007. Prior to 2007, Beddingfield served in various capacities for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, including Captain of Investigations, training instructor, and Emergency Response Team leader. Beddingfield began his career in law enforcement as a Public Safety Officer at the Asheville Regional Airport in 1990.

Beddingfield has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, a Bachelor of Science degree from Gardner-Webb University, and received his Basic Law Enforcement Training from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. In addition, Beddingfield has also completed the West Point Leadership College, North Carolina State Law Enforcement Executive Program, FBI Command College, and holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the State of North Carolina, among other certifications. He received the Region C Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award in 2012.

The Town is thankful for the work and improvements made under Chief Bates and excited to welcome Chief Beddingfield to Biltmore Forest.

Press Release

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:07:00 PM
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