Today Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith tweeted deliberations on re-opening the Hillcrest pedestrian bridge and other matters at meetings of the Public Safety and Planning and Economic Development committees.
Unusually for a Council member, Smith reported on the proceedings of the committees directly via the microblogging tool. His assembled tweets below:
Hillcrest to downtown on current safe route =3580ft. Using Ped bridge &sidewalk =2330ft Now at Public Safety Comm. Mtg. For discussion of pedestrian bridge issues. AC-T & WLOS here.
Today in PED we extended public restroom hrs in Rankin promenade to 10pm. Must be approved by Council. Re: Nuisance Court – Over 7,500 grafitti tags removed by community service labor. $16,000+ in staff hours saved. Also today in PED: UDO Table of Uses to go to P&Z in Sept.
Bothwell – Chicken Hill residents want access to Westgate and west AVL. Bothwell – how do we create effective security measures at Ped Bridge? Cameras, turnstile? Re: pedestrian bridge – Transportation director defines issues as 1. Safety; 2. Transportation. Re: pedestrian bridge – A good I26 connector will separate local from interstate traffic and solve problems.
David Nash: Hillcrest residents largely in favor of reopening bridge. Charlie Hume echoes sentiment. Marsha Stickford: WECAN wants bridge opened. Safety and transportation issues need to be addressed. Pattiy Torno: WECAN has not reached consensus. David Nash: Hillcrest residents largely in favor of reopening bridge. Charlie Hume echoes sentiment. Housing Auth. Asst. Dir. David Nash: Hillcrest is a major destination for drug seekers.
Russell – Hillcrest controlled access, one way in/out. Is this normal? David Nash – it’s not uncommon. Whit Rylee (Chicken Hill property owner and developer): I’m in favor of opening the bridge. Public comment: Rob S. Is interested in furthering the discussion re: skateboard law reform.
Re: Pedestrian bridge – Council to decide Aug. 24