SOME MILLS RIVER RESIDENTS DISTURBED BY LOUD MUSIC FROM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER

THE ISSUE IS BEING ADDRESSED BY BOLD ROCK AND A RESOLUTIOIN IS EXPECTED   

THE TOWN IS GETTING CLOSER TO CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR REMOTE AREAS IN NORTH AND SOUTH MILLS RIVER

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Mills River Town Manager Jeff Wells reported at Thursday night’s Council meeting that we’re getting a lot of positive results from our contacts with cell tower companies in our challenge to get cell phone service to the most remote areas of North and South Mills River. Jeff says there are no guarantees yet, but the progress is encouraging with a number of companies expressing an interest and willing to help if possible. So STAY TUNED!

Neighbors of Bold Rock Hard Cider taproom and production facility on School House Road in Mills River turned out to the Mills River Town Council meeting Thursday, with several people telling the council that the cidery’s new outdoor music events are too loud for the quiet, pastoral landscape in the area.

 Bold Rock owner John Washburn and founding partner and president Brian Shanks were at Thursday nights meeting at the invitation.of Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman and they said they want to be a good neighbor and are sensitive to the concerns of nearby residents. They said concerts and other activities are part of their business growth plan to keep the Mills River location viable, and have vowed to move its recently constructed outdoor stage and install soundproofing measures.

The citizens expressing their concerns, and with Bold rock ownership and management hearing and addressing those concerns, a resolution of the issue is expected and council took no action on it.

Some of the same citizens Thursday night expressed concern over the new Norafin facility being constructed on School House Road. Traffic from the new manufacturing facility and its clos proximity to Mills River Elementary School were the main concerns, and council pointed out that th school had been contacted before he facility was approved and h school has no problem with the facility being close by.

The sheriff’s department gave Mills River Town Council their quarterly report on performance in the Town under their current contract, and again heard concerns about speeding on Highway 280. Sheriff’s departmnen officils offered to help address that speeding issue.