TOWN OF SPRUCE PINE: Buchanan hired as utilities clerk
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been changed to contain updated information about the opening of Brad Ragan pool. The information was not available at press time.
SPRUCE PINE – The Spruce Pine Town Council at its regular meeting this past week introduced new utilities clerk Shelley Buchanan and received department updates.
Town Clerk Darlene Butler introduced Buchanan, who has been on the job for more than two weeks.
“We’re really enjoying having her,” Butler said about Buchanan. “She has a great manner with people.”
Buchanan was at the meeting and briefly introduced herself to the board. She said her background in banking has assisted her in smoothly transitioning to her new role.
“I’m happy to be here,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed my first two weeks. If I can ever do anything to help anyone, I will.”
Spruce Pine Parks and Recreation Director Mike Woods said his department is getting busier as the weather gets warmer.
Woods added park shelter reservations, which are accepted from April to September, have taken off. Anyone interested in reserving a shelter can do so by calling the parks department.
Woods said the plan was to have the pool at Brad Ragan park open on Memorial Day weekend. Due to several filtration pipe issues, however, the pool will not be able to open this Memorial Day weekend.
Main Street Executive Director Libby Phillips said she is working with the small business center at Mayland on various projects.
Phillips confirmed Tokyo Restaurant plans to move out of downtown and into the building that currently houses China Wok in Grassy Creek.
Phillips said Fire on the Mountain was a massive success for the town and local businesses.
“Fire on the Mountain was a huge success,” Phillips said. “It was a beautiful day. Attendance and income were up. Everybody had a great day.”
Phillips also shared her high expectations for Downtown Day on June 2. The summer movies and concerts have been scheduled and Phillips said she hopes to publicize them more this season.