​​​Current "Winter Season" Office hours

Mon./Wed.- 8-4 pm  

Tues./Thurs.- 8-12pm


Manager's Report


 Mitch Price




Emily Bryant has received her Notary stamp and is actively notarizing documents for Bear Paw residents and property owners as well as official Board of Directors documents.
New windshield decals arrived on 08/25/21. These decals have a fresh new look and a reflective background to help the guards better see them at night. Owners will receive the first two decals free of charge as in the past; however, there will be a charge of $5.00 each for any additional decals. This modest charge will help offset the cost of providing decals.


 Because of a late opening due to renovations, the pool season was extended until October 4th instead of closing after Labor Day. The extensive renovation has completely eliminated a severe leak and has greatly improved the pool’s look and functionality. Estimated savings this fiscal year alone due to leak mitigation will be approximately $2,000.00.
Twenty-five new pool keys are now available to accommodate the increased demand.


Forty-eight new mailboxes have been installed to accommodate the increased demand. Installation was performed by Claude Hughes on 09/27/2021.


All guards have been outfitted with new uniforms shirts and cold weather jackets as part of an approved budget item for this purpose. All shirts and jackets have shoulder patches and a badge patch.
DIRECTV service for the guardhouse has been cancelled and replaced by internet TV which already existed at the gatehouse as part of Bear Paw’s regular phone and internet service. This will save Bear Paw approximately $1,572.00 annually.



General Maintenance (Electrical)

In late September, the Bear Paw Ladies Auxiliary donated the repair and replacement of the nine pillar lights at the entrance to the property. This was scheduled to come out of the Bear Paw Service District budget which resulted in a savings to the Service District of over $2,900.00. The electrician used by the Ladies Auxiliary was then used by management to repair and replace inoperable floodlight fixtures at the front entrance near the flagpole and also the lighting on and around the guard shack. Thank you, Bear Paw Ladies Auxiliary!


Grading and graveling work has been completed by Earthwright & Company, LLC, AKA Tyler Jenkins and Jacob Hamby in the following areas: Little Bass Trail, Highland Rd. and Whispering Pine Trail, Village Rd. at Bishop Court, and Wildwood Drive. Asphalt work by Crisp Paving will take place after the summer when there is less volume of traffic.
A new stop sign will be placed on Cherrywood Drive at Pinecrest to improve hazardous traffic flow between these two roads.
A new “No Turnaround” sign will be placed before the end of Ridgewood Drive to reduce—and hopefully eliminate—turnaround traffic at a resident’s driveway.
Cherokee County has advised this Manager that they will provide, at no charge, street signs which need to be replaced.

Tree Removal Procedure

Upon approved tree removal, topping, thinning, etc. by the Manager, paperwork is now placed at the gatehouse so the guards can screen any tree contractor before allowing them entry to the property for this purpose. In the past, tree contractors were arbitrarily sent to the office to receive approval, but there was no control once they entered the property; therefore, the procedure was abused. If no paperwork has been issued to the guards, they are directed to call the office before allowing entry to a tree contractor. I am hoping this procedure will facilitate better control over tree removal.

Tree Clean-up

09/06/21 David Black cleared a fallen hardwood tree on Arrowhead Dr.


The Firewise program has been reactivated. Mitch Price is looking for individuals interested in forming a Firewise committee. Please contact Mitch Price at the Bear Paw office (828-644-0808) if you’re interested in participating in the Firewise program.

Broadband Service

The Broadband Internet Committee formed by Steve Jones continues with its assiduous effort to bring high-quality broadband service to Bear Paw. The open meeting held on Saturday, September 4th at the Bear Paw pavilion had approximately 65 people in attendance. The Bear Paw community is grateful for the efforts of this committee. Donations from Bear Paw residents collected by the Broadband Committee to date total $3,000.00. These funds are being used exclusively to pay for legal counsel related to the broadband initiative.

End of Report

Mitch Price

Bear Paw Manager

Bear Paw Office

60 Village Rd.

Murphy, NC 28906

Business Phone (828) 644-0808

Email: manager@bearpawnc.com


​​​​Emily Bryant

Office Administrator

Bear Paw Office
60 Village Rd.
Murphy, NC  28906

 Business Phone (828) 644-0808

E-mail:  admin@bearpawnc.com

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