Sometimes tackling large projects and larger bureaucracies can seem overwhelming. What can I do? And will anything I do make a difference? The answers are, yes, there’s a lot you can do, and yes, you can make a difference.
To all Flat Rock village council meetings—there are two meetings a month held regularly with the occasional special meeting. All council meetings are announced at least 10 days in advance and will be on the village website calendar.
To all Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings. The 2018 schedule is:
- January 17
- February 21
- March 21
- April 18
- May 16
- June 20
- July 18
- August 15
- September 19
- October 17
- November 21
- December 19
Meetings start at 4:00 p.m. and are held in the King Street Meeting Room, County Administration Building, 100 North King Street.
To the FBRMPO meetings to see what is planned regionally. The 2018 schedule is:
- January 25
- February 22
- March 22
- May 24
- June 28
- August 23
- September 27
- October 25
- November 15
Meetings start at 1:00 p.m. and are held at Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville.
Elected officials can only go by the information they have, so make sure they have the information you think is important. Write a letter or send an email. That way you can make sure they have all of the facts you think they should know, and you can make sure they know how you feel on any particular issue.
If you are writing a group, like the village council, write or email each individual member. Don’t rely on one letter to get to all group members.
What to do now: Write or email the Flat Rock village mayor and council members and the French Broad River MPO chair (Bill Lapsley, one of our Henderson County commissioners) about your concerns on the N. Highland Lake Road project (contact info here). Don’t worry if you’ve already written—write again.
To local officials—most public meetings have a time for public comments but that time can vary with each group, so check ahead. Or meet with your elected officials one on one to discuss your concerns.
To your neighbors–together we can work to make sure our community’s voice is heard.
What to do now: Talk to your neighbors and let them know the long-term impact of currently scheduled NCDOT projects in the village—a loss of our rural character and the possibility of future construction on our scenic roads with little say-so from village residents.
Let your concerns be known by the larger community. In addition to talking to friends and neighbors, write a letter to the editor or put up a yard sign.