Bridge Park improvements


Bridge Park is seeing a few upgrades, Sylva Public Works Director Jake Scott told the town board at its Sept. 26 meeting.

All the outdoor lighting at the park has been upgraded to LEDs. “Not only are they considerably more energy efficient, they are cheaper to maintain in the long term,” he said.

The gravel parking lot was scraped and re-graveled on Sept. 25.

A grant application has been submitted for the Bridge Park Green Infrastructure Project, he said. The town would be eligible for up to $500,000, but the process is very competitive and Scott doesn’t expect that much. The grant is through the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, with nonprofit American Rivers doing the heavy work on the application, Scott said.

“It will go to improve water quality from Mill Street and Scotts Creek,” Scott said.

The funds would go to a bioretention pond, rain gardens and riparian buffers.


Police car in accident

A Sylva police car was involved in a Sept. 20 accident in the parking lot of the Valero station at 249 W. Main St.

Claire Lemoine, 25, of Boone drove her 2012 Hyundai passenger car into the side of a parked 2016 Dodge police cruiser occupied by Officer Justin Price.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Rocky Deitz estimated the damage to the Hyundai to be $1,500 and the police car $1,900.

“The damage is probably going to be more,” town Manager Paige Dowling said. “The headlight was one that is connected to the other lights on top. The driver’s insurance will cover the costs.”

No one was injured. Lemoine was charged with unsafe movement.