TOWN OF SPRUCE PINE: Events keeping downtown busy
SPRUCE PINE – The Spruce Pine Town Council at its regular meeting this past week received department updates, heard public comment from local property owner Laura Mitchell and received an update from Town Manager Richard Canipe.
Spruce Pine Parks and Recreation Director Mike Woods said there were 30 shelter reservations made in May and 49 reservations made during June.
Woods added the first set of swimming lessons for the summer are complete. The overall use of the pool, he said, fluctuates.
Main Street Executive Director Libby Phillips said summer has been busy in downtown.
“We’ve had great participation for all our downtown events,” she said. “The Fourth of July was wonderful. I can’t tell you how many people came up to me after and thanked us for the fireworks.”
Phillips said the owners of DT’s Blue Ridge Java, one of the downtown businesses that stayed open on the Fourth of July until the fireworks began, reported their best financial day in 15 years.
Phillips added there are several parties interested in the McCall’s building on Lower Street. Multiple investors continue to look at available downtown properties.
Finance Manager Crystal Young said the town’s annual financial audit should happen next month.
Mitchell owns the building that houses Poppy’s Wildcraft on Upper Street. She said the building has flooded five times in the past 13 months during rainy weather.
Mitchell said water flows in through the back of the building, and she fears the owners of Poppy’s Wildcraft may choose to move if the problem isn’t fixed.
“I’d like some solutions,” Mitchell said. “I’m willing to make improvements, but I’m coming to plead with you for help.”
Public Works Director Phillip Hise said the storm drain system in downtown could be updated, but that would require a full diagnosis from a qualified engineer.
The council agreed to begin looking into a temporary fix in the meantime by adjusting the way water flows into the catch basin behind the Poppy’s Wildcraft building.
During his report, Canipe said he recently had a conference call with CSX Transportation regarding the old train depot in downtown Spruce Pine. Canipe said he requested the organization refurbish the depot by repainting it and replacing gutters, wood boards and windows.
CSX agreed and told Canipe he wasn’t requesting anything unreasonable. Representatives from CSX are expected to contact Canipe soon to schedule a timeframe for the improvements.