The North Highland Lake Road widening project in Flat Rock could go the way of the defunct Balfour Parkway following the election of a new majority on the Village Council opposed to the project.
Newly elected Mayor Nick Weedman has a difficult task right out of the gate: bringing together the three new members he endorsed with the three current members to form a cohesive team.
Thomas Carpenter, Anne Coletta and David Dethero won the District 1, 2 and 3 races in Flat Rock Tuesday over challengers Barbara Platz, incumbent Ginger Brown and Hilton Swing respectively – the latter group in support the controversial road project.
Weedman, who has served 16 years as a council member, won in an uncontested race, replacing Mayor Bob Staton. He was the lone council member to oppose the Highland Lake project in 2018 when it was approved.
The new council members will join Albert Gooch, Sheryl Jamerson and Paige Posey. Weedman hopes to schedule a workshop where the new council can talk challenges and focus on goals for 2020.
There’s one issue that may be impossible to come to a consensus on: North Highland Lake Road. With Weedman siding with Carpenter, Coletta and Dethro as a majority, it’s likely the new council will look to halt the project.
“We’re going to see what alternatives we have,” said Weedman. “It’s pretty clear what our positions will be.”. . .
“NCDOT has been performing its role of delivering the project from the time it received funding through today,” said [NCDOT Division 14 Engineer Brian] Burch. “NCDOT Division 14 will continue working with the village of Flat Rock and the French Broad River MPO in the delivery of the project unless a process starting with the village of Flat Rock, the planning organization and the Board of Transportation directs Division 14 to do otherwise.”. . . Continue reading