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League of Women Voters Henderson County
LWVHC UPDATES
November 18, 2018
The LWVHC Board wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

The League of Women Voters Henderson County, LWVHC, announces its launch of their new website at www.lwvhcnc.org.  The website has been redesigned to provide members and interested Henderson County residents with a wide range of information on Henderson County League events as well as news and information concerning local, state, and national issues impacting our democracy.

The  LWVHC Board of Directors 

"The Gift of Words," our holiday gathering, will be held on Sunday, December 9, from 2- 4 PM at the Carriage Park Clubhouse. Please join us, and bring a friend, for food and camaraderie! Members are asked to bring a children's book (board books, picture books, for ages 3-5) for donation - this year, to the WCCA Head Start Center. Also bring a favorite holiday treat to share on our refreshments table. Please contact us at communications.lwvhc@gmail.com with any questions.
 
Comments from Chris Carson, President LWVUS - The League Update 11/8/2018
 

Tuesday was a historic day. More women elected to office than ever before. The first Muslim and Native American women, the first black women from New England, the first Latina women from Texas—all elected to Congress. Record high voter turnout for a midterm election. Voting rights expanded, with redistricting reforms and expanded registration passed in at least six states.

All year long, League volunteers across the country have been registering voters, reaching out to tens of thousands of candidates to provide more information on VOTE411.org than ever before, and hosting hundreds of debates and forums so that voters could learn about the issues and engage with the politicians looking to represent them.

I am so proud of this organization and our dedicated network of volunteers, supporters, and engagers. Thank you for sharing our resources. Thank you for registering voters. Thank you for asking your friends and families to make an Election Day plan. And thank you for turning out and getting it done! 

Meetings of Interest to Henderson County Citizens
 
Council Conversations
Hendersonville, NC, October 4, 2018:   In an effort to improve communication between the City Council and Hendersonville residents, the City Council will be hosting five community meetings throughout the City of Hendersonville.  These meetings or “Council Conversations” will be held at strategic locations in Hendersonville. According to Mayor Barbara Volk, “the Council has made it a priority to meet with our citizens to discuss our vision for the community and receive feedback about what we are doing well and what we can improve on.   We believe the best way to do this is to get out of City Hall and meet our residents in or near their neighborhoods.”  Each meeting will be hosted by an individual council member with the City Manager and staff in attendance to help answer questions or provide information. Out of respect to everyone’s time, each “conversation” will be limited to one hour.  Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens stated, “We hope these meetings will be well attended, because we want to hear from our residents!” 

The 2018 Council Conversations are planned for the following dates and locations:
       October 15, 2018 – Union Grove Baptist Church – 901 Robinson Terrace – 7:00 PM – Hosted by Mayor Barbara Volk
         October 29, 2018 – Hendersonville Church of Christ – 1975 Haywood Road – 7:00 PM - Hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Ron    Stephens
        November 5, 2018 – Ebenezer Baptist Church - 2557 Chimney Rock Road – 6:00 PM - Hosted by Councilman Jeff Miller
       November 19, 2018 – Henderson County Health Sciences Center – Room 2003 – 801 Sixth Avenue West – 6:00 PM - Hosted by Councilman Jerry Smith

·         December 3, 2018 – Henderson County Chamber of Commerce 204 Kanuga Road – 7:00 PM - Hosted by Councilman Steve Caraker
The City Council has made an effort to locate a meeting in close proximity to all Hendersonville residents.  However, residents are welcome to attend the meeting that is most convenient for them.


Three Henderson County municipalities seeking citizen input regarding the need for expanded broadband service  
 
November 7, 2018:   Since 2016, the municipalities of Fletcher, Hendersonville and Laurel Park have been active participants in a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of broadband (high speed internet) networks in Western North Carolina. WestNGN’s goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast internet speeds at highly affordable prices to ensure our region remains competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation technology essential to all sectors of the economy. This first phase of the WestNGN initiative was led by six regional municipalities (Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Fletcher, Laurel Park and Biltmore Forest) and three universities (UNC-Asheville, Western Carolina University and N.C. State University) with support from Land of Sky Council of Governments. 
The intent of the project is to highlight the conditions, assets, and collaboration of regional jurisdictions in order to gain high-speed service, greater capacity, and expanded infrastructure at competitive costs. Broadband is not necessarily the ‘leader’ for industries to locate in an area, but businesses are unwilling to locate to areas without adequate broadband. It is now considered a necessary infrastructure component for residential, business, healthcare, and educational users. These are key elements to build a competitive workforce, and to attract and retain technology- and knowledge-based businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.
 
            The WestNGN partners have maintained open lines of communication between current internet providers AT&T, Charter and Morris Broadband.  WestNGN has also started conversations with potential new provider RiverStreet Networks about expanding their broadband networks in the area.  However, before RiverStreet will commit to significant broadband infrastructure improvements, they want to evaluate the desire of potential customers for an additional internet service provider in Fletcher, Hendersonville and Laurel Park. 
 
            Therefore, your local governments need citizen input regarding the necessity for expanded broadband service and would like to gather this input in two ways.  First, a brief survey regarding your broadband service has been place on each municipality’s website.  Over the next three weeks, we ask that citizens take time to visit www.hvlnc.gov, www.fletchernc.org or www.laurelpark.org  and complete the short survey asking about your satisfaction with your current broadband service.  Secondly, a citizen input meeting will be held in each community to receive feedback from citizens regarding your current broadband service and desire for expanded service.  Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting that is most convenient for you. 
 
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
 
Fletcher – December 4, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Fletcher Town Hall – 300 Old Cane Creek Road, Fletcher, NC
 
Hendersonville – December 5, 2018 - 6:00 PM – City of Hendersonville Operations Center, 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville, NC
 
Laurel Park – December 5, 2018 - 10:00 AM – First Congregational Church – 1735 5th Avenue West, Laurel Park, NC   
 
Once this input is collected, your local governments will share the information with current and potential providers to help them prioritize network improvements in our communities.  It is also possible that with strong citizen participation at these local meetings the broadband providers will begin direct customer outreach and infrastructure investment.
 
 
For more information on the WestNGN project please see the following website: http://www.landofsky.org/westngnbroadband.htm
 
For information regarding this news release, please contact any of the following:
 
Mark Biberdorf – Fletcher Town Manager – (828) 687-3985
 
John Connet – Hendersonville City Manager – (828) 233-3201                               
 
Alison Alexander – Laurel Park Town Manager – (828) 693-4840

 
 
Announcing our new name badge!

LWV - Henderson County members may order a personalized name badge for $15.00. The plastic badge is printed with your name, has a magnetic fastener, and comes with a velvet storage pouch. Use this link LWVHC Name Badge Form for instructions on ordering.

 
 
CALENDAR
 


December
6 - Board Meeting, 10:00 am-12:00, WCCA
9 - Holiday Party, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Carriage Park Clubhouse

21 -  Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, 4:00 pm

January
3 - Board Meeting, 10:00 am-12:00, WCCA
17 - Program, 11:30 - 1:30, State Programming, Hendersonville Co-op

18 -  Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, 4:00 pm
23 - Voter Services Mtg., 1:00 pm, FCC

February
7 - Board Meeting, 10:00 am-12:00, WCCA
21 - Program, 11:30 - 1:30, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Hendersonville Co-op

15 -  Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, 4:00 pm
27 - Voter Services Mtg., 1:00 pm, FCC

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 2238
Hendersonville, NC 28793

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