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Due to the current outbreak of the Dog Flu in this area, we are taking precautions
in an attempt to not have to close the dog park.

Due to how the flu is spread, those precautions include taking up toys that
have been left and the community water bowl.

If you would like you may bring your own water bowl for your dog,
but please take it with you when you leave.

Do not allow any other dogs to drink from your pet's bowl.

Please take any toys you bring also.

We want your pets to stay happy and healthy!


NOW AVAILABLE:          Partial Payment Agreement for Property Taxes

Property Tax Payment Plans Available Will paying property tax in one lump payment put a strain on your  budget? Do you owe property tax from a prior year?  Here’s help!

 The Town of Mills River announces an OPPORTUNITY for taxpayers to complete Partial Payment Agreements and pay their taxes over the course of six (6) months.

 Contact Town Hall at 124 Town Center Drive, or call 828-890-2901
for more information.


Notice of Opportunities

The Town of Mills River has the following vacancies on
  Committees or Boards
at this time.

Planning Board      1 seat   

Parks & Recreation Committee       1 seat

Finance Committee       1 seat



For more information on boards/committees, visit the Committees tab above.

Applications for any volunteer advisory board or committee are available by clicking the "Volunteer" button at left, or by contacting Town Hall.


Mills River Town Council learned Thursday night, January 8th, that

the Fitzpatrick Foundation is establishing a scholarship for three Mills River students each year at Blue Ridge Community College.

The scholarship, each one currently valued at $3,250,  is the creation of
Vaughan Fitzpatrick, a committed supporter of the Town of Mills River and
benefactor of Ferncliff Industrial Park which became the east coast location
for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The first series of three scholarships will be awarded in the 2015-16 academic year,
and each scholarship will cover the full costs of tuition, books, and fees. 
The scholarship recipients will be chosen each year by the
Blue Ridge Community College Education Foundation.

Each recipient must be a Mills River resident and must maintain at least a
2.5 grade point average.  Fitzpatrick says it is hoped the recipients will stay
and work in the general Henderson County areas after graduation. 
He added that the Foundation firmly believes that young people should try to
pay back and support the communities that have supported them. 
"These scholarships and the action by Mills River Council will emphasize that
it's the whole community supporting our young scholars, and we hope
they will support the community in return", Fitzpatrick added.

Gayle Snyder of the community college told Council members that students interested
in applying for the scholarships can get more information and all details
at Blue Ridge Community College.

Mills River Town Council passed a resolution at the January Council meeting 
officially naming the scholarship recipients "Mills River Scholars",
and setting the first Council meeting each year after the recipients have been
announced to publicly recognize and congratulate the scholars.

Fitzpatrick, a member of the long-established Westfeldt family, 
is a large property owner and part-time resident of Mills River,
and has been a generous supporter of the Town since its inception.


The Town of Mills River will observe the following holidays in 2015.


Offices will be closed.


We apologize for any inconvenience.


     Good Friday April 3, 2015 Friday
     Memorial Day    May 25, 2015 Monday
     Independence Day July 3, 2015    Friday
     Labor Day   September 7, 2015    Monday
     Veteran’s Day November 11, 2015   Wednesday
     Thanksgiving November 26 & 27, 2015 Thursday & Friday
     Christmas  December 23, 24 & 25, 2015 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday



Resolution Opposing the Proposed Duke Energy Transmission Line

On Friday August 14th 2015, Town Council met in a special called meeting
to hear citizen concerns regarding the Duke Energy Transmission line project.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Council approved a resolution in opposition
to the Duke Energy transmission line project in Mills River.

The text of the resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS,the Town of Mills River was incorporated on June 24, 2003 in the State of North Carolina, and its duly elected Governing Board is the Town Council of the Town of Mills River; and,

WHEREAS, Duke Energy proposes to build a new substation near Campobello, South Carolina and a new 45-mile, 230-kilovolt transmission line connecting it to the Lake Julian power plant to meet a growing need for electric power in Western North Carolina; and,

WHEREAS, the current proposed project identifies potential routes or segments of routes for the transmission line through Henderson County and including the Town of Mills River; and,

WHEREAS, the Town of Mills River recognizes and supports Duke Energy in its endeavor to continue to provide electric power service to its residents and other Western North Carolina property owners; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council has received numerous concerns from property owners regarding the proposed Duke Energy Transmission Line and the proposed routes which would run through the Town of Mills River; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council has listened to and acknowledges the concerns of Mills River property owners; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council also recognizes the potential for loss of land, full use of land, potential loss of homes, loss of businesses, and/or loss of agricultural land to its property owners; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council is concerned about the adverse effect of the transmission line on property values; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council acknowledges the transmission line will be detrimental to the local environment, local ecology and/or natural beauty of the Mills River community and would endanger the local water supply; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council proposes there are other possible routes with less loss of homes, developed land, businesses, agricultural land, and which would create less adverse effect on property values; and less damaging effect to the environment and natural beauty than through the Town of Mills River; and,

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council encourages Duke Energy to consider other energy options which may not require upgraded transmission lines; and

WHEREAS, Mills River Town Council vehemently opposes any route for a new or improved transmission line that would affect the property owners of the Town of Mills River by creating loss of property, loss of full use of property, loss of business, loss of agricultural land, loss of homes, and/or which would create an adverse effect on property values, and/or have a damaging effect on the environment, local ecology and/or loss of natural beauty in the Town of Mills River.


The Town of Mills River Town Council, in listening to and acknowledging the concerns of its property owners, opposes Duke Energy constructing or improving any transmission line in or near the Town of Mills River which would adversely affect its residents and property owners whether through loss of loss of property, loss of full use of property, loss of business, loss of agricultural land, loss of homes, and/or which would create an adverse effect on property values, and/or have an adverse effect on the environment or loss of natural beauty and would endanger the local water supply in the Town of Mills River.

Approved and adopted this the 14th day of August, 2015.

This resolution will be forwarded to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

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You can contact Duke Energy directly with questions about the project.

Duke Energy has established both a toll free phone number and
an email address for public inquiries:
• Toll free phone: 888.238.0303
• Email:

Duke Energy also has websites that are dedicated to the project:

• Information on the overall project:
• Information on just the transmission line:
• Interactive map showing potential line segments:

You can also fill out a questionnaire to provide Duke Energy with additional feedback.
You can download the questionnaire here.

Mayor Larry Freeman


Incorporated in June, 2003, the Town of Mills River lies within minutes of Pisgah National Forest,
Interstate 26, and Asheville Regional Airport.  Highways 280 and 191 serve as the major arteries and provide access to the nearby cities of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard.  Mills River is 22 square miles in size, is home to approximately 6,966 residents, and has a rich history in agriculture.  The face of Mills River is changing with the evolution of horticultural, sod and horse farming.  

The Town provides fire protection by contract with Mills River Fire and Rescue, provides law enforcement by contract with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, provides planning and zoning services to manage growth and development, and has an active program to install street lights at key intersections and along key routes throughout the Town. In June of 2012, The Town opened Phase I of development for the Mills River Park including a 1.2 acre multi-use trail, a dog park, picnic shelter, and playground.
The Park is located at 124 Town Center Drive.

Tax Rate:
Mills River is proud to offer its residents professional and caring government at a tax rate of $0.0224 per $100 of assessed valuation.  In addition, the Town collects taxes for Mills River Fire and Rescue at an additional $0.09 per $100 of valuation. 
A low tax rate and minimal government is a goal Council strives to maintain.

Mills River Elementary and Glenn Marlow Elementary Schools serve the youth and offer a first-rate education.  These schools feed to Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School.  Blue Ridge Community College is located outside the Town, but serves the residents of Mills River as an excellent source for college level and technical training classes.