by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Leaders in Lake Junaluska and the Town of Waynesville are wondering if they should try a fourth time to merge or just strike out. Presumably, both sets of leaders are gung-ho on the idea. Lake Junaluska has painted itself into a corner of having to raise homeowner fees or pay town taxes to spread the pain. The homeowners’ association is not collecting enough to cover trash pickup, street repairs, and water and sewer upgrades. No reasons are provided in the latest Smoky Mountain Times article for Waynesville’s interest. Representative Michele Presnell is credited with being the lone wolf opposing not only a merger, but merely a referendum to see what the citizens want.