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Visioning Session Results and February 8 Agenda

I wanted to thank the members of the public who contacted me with concerns and/or attended the Visioning Session at Mills River Town Hall on January 25. There was a lot of progress made that should help position our community for future growth, enhanced livability, and simultaneously allow us to maintain a low tax rate. Several articles were written about the meeting. I’ll post links below. You may note that the ‘big news’ that is being reported is that the NC-280 multi-use path was voted down. This is far from the case. We listened to the citizens of South Mills River who were resistant to the concept of the path, and elected to defer making a decision on the two…

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Common Sense Land-Use Rules

A recent op-ed in the Hendersonville Times-News states, “Mills River has changed substantially in the 14 years since the town incorporated. Updating its land-use plan, and making sure its recommendations are reflected in land-use rules, are the best ways to head off problems and maintain what makes the community so attractive.” I believe this to be absolutely true. It is reflected in the fact that almost every person I have talked to in the town has spoken about the way that Mills River is growing. During the campaign, I argued that reasonable land-use rules are important and should be reviewed by the town’s Planning Board and Town Council. I am not pushing for restrictive regulations, just a common sense approach…

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Lowell Griffin’s Ideas May Benefit Mills River

If you know Lowell Griffin, you know he’s a good man. I am not endorsing anyone yet in the Henderson County Sheriff’s race, but I am very encouraged by his statements about Mills River and other Henderson County municipalities.

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Where and How to Vote on Tuesday, November 7!

Please vote on Tuesday, November 7! Polls will be open at two different polling places in Mills River from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM. If you live in North Mills River, you will vote at the NC State Mountain Horticultural Center on Old Fanning Bridge Road. If you live in South Mills River, you will vote at Mills River Elementary School. One vote could make all the difference. That vote could be yours. I’ll see you at the polls on Tuesday! By the way….if you’re still not sure which is your polling place, click on this link. Once you’ve looked up your name, click on it and the resulting page will tell you where to go vote on Tuesday!

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Mills River Town Council – a Lack of Transparency on Norafin?

Many in the Mills River community are aware that there is a large factory being built across the street from Mills River Elementary School. When construction began, it caught many people off guard, because what had been a pastoral farm landscape was suddenly being cleared and leveled, and it was obvious that a new industrial concern was coming in on that site. WLOS did a feature recently addressing what was coming in, but a quick sampling of parents at Mills River Elementary last Friday indicates that they still do not know what the factory (owned by Norafin) will be doing, or whether appropriate environmental assessments had been done. The fact is, proper environmental impact studies were not done. I would…

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Mills River Community Forum

Since so many people were unable to make it to the Mills River Community Forum on October 10, I have been asked to post some information about it here. Derek Lacey of the Hendersonville Times-News did an excellent writeup of the event, but I will post the questions and my answers below. I will also post my closing statement. The Times-News previously posted information about the race for District I in Mills River, including candidate responses to questions. The Hendersonville Lightning also posted a Q&A from each candidate in their Sunday, October 22 online edition. You can find a link to that article here. Photo credit: Derek Lacey, Hendersonville Times-News Currently, Mills River Council selects the mayor. Would you support…

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Community concerns over Norafin plant

A topic of much discussion at the last town council meeting was the new Norafin factory that is going in across from Mills River Elementary. While the factory is projected to bring jobs to Mills River, and that’s clearly a very good thing, many in the community have rightfully questioned the location of the plant. Why did it have to be located there, and what impact will it have on the children at the school in terms of noise pollution, air pollution, chemicals, and so on? When asked whether the plant had undergone an environmental impact study at the local level before being placed so close to a school where hundreds of our children are spending their days, the answer…

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Mills River Sample Ballot

The North Carolina Board of Elections has finalized the Mills River Town Council election ballot, and has made it visible on their website. You can view it below (and remember, you will be voting for one candidate from each of the three districts). For future elections, you may view the ballot as soon as it’s posted by visiting this website and following the posted instructions.