Preview: Buncombe County commissioners meet Sept. 2

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a very light agenda planned.

The two main items before the Board are a road-closing petition and public hearing, and, in “New Business,” a “Commitment of Spec Building Proceedings.”

The first item references Oak Street in Upper Hominy Valley. It’s an unopened road — mapped but never constructed —  and the petitioners wish to officially close a portion of it “that runs West of Maple Ridge Road” to the terminus of the property owner who started the petition. The closure would affect three landowners, all of whom agree with closing the section of road.

The second item regards the investment of proceeds from a Buncombe County “spec” building on Jacob Holmes Way. Commissioners plan to donate $1.3 million of the sale of the building to help build a “7-field ball complex on the old ‘Enka/BASF plant site.’” The complex is the brainchild of the Enka Youth Sports Organization.

The county has already put forward $8.6 million in “donated property and cash” to help fund the complex; an institution known as Fletcher Partners has also promised to donate 90 acres of land. The $1.3 million from the spec-building sale will go to the complex if 1) the building sells to a private investor, 2) the EYSO secures the donated 90 acres from Fletcher Partners, 3) EYSO secures $2.4 million from the Tourism Development Fund that they applied for recently, and 4) EYSO secures $1 million in private donations.

In other business, the commissioners will be appointing or re-appointing members to the following boards: one to the Agricultural Advisory Board (with two vacancies), two to the Civic Center Commission (of two vacancies), and one to the Enka Candler Fire & Rescue Department Firefighters Relief Fund Board (of one vacancy).

The meeting will be held in Room 326 of 200 College Street, beginning at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 2.


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