At its meeting tonight, Asheville City Council has no lack of issues to keep them busy. These include:
• The first public report on the audit of missing items from the Asheville Police Department evidence room. The city, along with District Attorney Ron Moore, currently faces an open records lawsuit filed by local media, including Xpress, for its failure to release the audit records.
• A vote on allowing skateboarding as a form of transportation downtown. Currently, skateboarding is banned in downtown. The rules change would allow skateboarding on city-maintained streets as long as skateboarders kept all wheels down and obey the same rules as cyclists. Skateboarders have pressed for the change, asserting that the current rules unfairly curb their ability to use a legitimate form of transportation.
• A discussion on legislation currently before the General Assembly that would allow a sewer district to run a water system. A study committee led by Rep. Tim Moffitt has controversially recommended transferring the city’s water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
• A report on the city’s land use incentive policy, which allows projects that encourage density and affordable/workforce housing along certain corridors to apply for reduced property taxes for a number of years. The report cites recommendations by a number of city communities that the city expand the areas available for the incentives.
Council meets at 5 p.m., July 24 in its chambers on the second floor of City Hall.