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Notice of Opportunities

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

Finance Committee - 2 seats

Planning Board - 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.


The Mills River Town Council would like to congratulate Ann Green, Paulette Laberge,
and Trisha Meadows as this year's Mills River Scholars. 

The Fitzpatrick Foundation has established 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 scholarship covers 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.

Students interested in applying for the scholarships can get more information
and all details at Blue Ridge Community College.

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.

 Offices will be closed.

We apologize for any inconvenience.



Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2015



November 26 & 27, 2015

Thursday & Friday


December 23, 24 & 25, 2015

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday



New Year’s Day

January 1, 2016


Martin Luther King

January 18, 2016


Good Friday

March 25, 2016


Memorial Day

May 30, 2016


Independence Day

July 4, 2016


Labor Day

September 5, 2016


Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2016



November 24 & 25, 2016

Thursday & Friday


December 23, 26 & 27, 2016

Friday, Monday & Tuesday


Duke Energy responds to community concerns; creates new plan for Western Carolinas

Modernization of Asheville Power Plant site reconfigured with smaller natural gas units; retains plan for solar generation - Proposed 230-kV Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation no longer necessary

Third power plant to be built on the site in 2023 or later dependent on success of collaborative efforts in energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy and new technologies
November 4, 2015 10:00 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy today announced it has created a new plan for its proposed infrastructure upgrade for the Western Carolinas in response to community feedback. Under the revised plan, the company will replace its coal plant in Asheville with two smaller gas units rather than one large one. As a result, the proposed 45-mile Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation are no longer necessary. Western North Carolina is growing faster than most other areas in the Carolinas. To successfully meet the region's growing power needs, the revamped project will require significantly more participation in energy efficiency, demand-side management, renewable energy and developing technologies from the company, communities and customers in the region.

"I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this process for their input and patience, including those who sent us more than 9,000 comments regarding our proposed transmission line and overall project," said Lloyd Yates, Duke Energy's executive vice president for market solutions and president of the Carolinas region. "We believe the process worked.

"We have been committed to developing a plan to maintain the region's power reliability with the least possible impact on communities, property owners and the environment from the start of this effort, and we believe our revised plans accomplish those goals," said Yates.

The new plan does require a stepped-up effort to work with customers and interested groups to expand participation in programs to reduce peak power demand and grow renewable energy and associated technologies. It also includes a two-phased approach to reconfigure the Asheville Power Plant site that will provide the same significant environmental benefits as the original modernization plan. "While the previous plan was more robust and scaled for the longer-term, the new plan balances the concerns raised by the community and the very real need for more electricity to serve this growing region," said Yates. "We're eager to ramp up our efforts in working with the community to reduce power demand across the region through energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy and other technologies to work collectively to avoid building additional generation in the area for as long as possible."

Click here to read the entire article

Wi-Fi is now available in certain areas of the park.

You can access our public Wi-Fi at the playground, picnic shelter, and dog park.

In your phone Wi-Fi settings, look for "Mills River WiFi."  

Construction of the new parking lot north of Town Hall has begun.

Please pay attention to the signage and fencing near the construction site.
We apologize for any inconvenience this construction may cause and
ask for your patience as we work to enhance our parking.


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 7,068 residents, and has a rich history in agriculture.  The face of Mills River is changing with the evolution of horticultural, sod and horse farming.
For the latest United States Census data and demographics on Mills River, click here.  

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 major routes throughout the Town.   Also, Mills River Park has a 1.2 mile multi-use trail, dog park, picnic shelter, playground, tennis courts, handicap accessible fishing pier, and canoe/kayak launch.
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.