Originally incorporated in 1875, the Town of Weaverville operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Each member of the Town Council and the Mayor are elected to four year terms. The Town Council hires the Town Manager, who is the main administrator responsible for daily operations of the Town, oversight of all departments and strategic planning.
Locations and Hours
The main administrative offices for the Town are located at 30 South Main Street. They are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The mailing address is:
PO Box 338
Weaverville, NC 28787
Town Council Meetings
The Town Council holds its regular monthly meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Meeting agendas are published to the Town’s website by the Wednesday before the meeting. To view meeting agendas or the minutes for prior meetings, please visit the Forms and Documents section of this website. You can also contact Town Clerk Shelby Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Council Minutes and Agendas
What is the Council-Manager form of Government?
The council-manager form of government is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council, with the strong managerial experience and skills of an appointed local government manager. The form established a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public service. The Mayor and Council members are elected at large to serve as leaders and policy makers concentrating on issues responsive to citizens’ needs and wishes. The manager is appointed by Town Council and serves as the Chief Executive Officer to carry out the policies and ensure the entire community is being served. As CEO, the manager has the sole authority and responsibility for hiring and firing city employees and directing daily operations of city staff.
What is the Council's Function?
The Council is the legislative body; its members are the community’s decision makers. Town Council appoints three (3) staff members, to include Town Attorney, Town Clerk and Town Manager. Power is centralized in the Town Council, which approves the budget as presented by Town staff and determines the tax rate, for example. With the assistance and guidance of Town staff, the Council focuses on the community’s goals, major projects, and such long term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, financing, and strategic plans.
What is the Mayor's Role in a Council-Manger Form of Government?
Mayors in council-manager communities are key political leaders and policy developers. Their duties, responsibilities, and authorities depend on the town’s charter. The Mayor presides at Council meetings, serves as spokesperson for the community and Council, performs ceremonial tasks, facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials, assists the Council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions, and serves as promoter of the community. The mayor also serves as a key representative in intergovernmental relations. The Mayor, Council, and town manager constitute a policy development and management team.
What is the Manager's Function?
The manager is hired, not elected, to serve the Council and the Town and bring the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The manager prepares the Town budget for Council consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the Town staff; serves as the Council’s chief advisor; and carries out the Council’s policies as a whole. Council members and citizens count on the manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives, and projected long-term consequences of Council’s decisions. More specifically, the authorized duties for a manager are listed in N.C.G.S. 160A-148.
Codes of Ordinances
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