Asheville City Council tackles a full agenda (initial Twitter coverage of Jan. 12 meeting)

Council had a full agenda, including a request by Mission Hospitals to add a five-story outpatient facility, consideration of an innovative plan to help citizens make Asheville more energy independent, a plea to run drinking-water lines to homes near the former CTS plant, and a request to amend the Glen Rock conditional use permit.

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Bothwell: decriminal­izing drugs, publicly financed elections goals for 2010 “and beyond”

While Asheville City Council meets in retreat to discuss its procedures and goals for the coming year, new Council member Cecil Bothwell has announced 11 goals he’ll pursue in 2010, ranging from the sweeping (decriminalizing drugs, ceasing immigration enforcement) to the local (ceasing to build downtown parking spaces, simplifying the city’s development ordinance).

“Asheville­, NC 2010: A Financial Crossroads­”

Asheville City Council began its annual planning process Jan. 8, 2010, with a stark assessment from the city’s top management: The recession has exposed “structural weaknesses in the city’s financial foundation” that will require a long-term City Council strategy to repair. In a white paper titled “Asheville, NC 2010: A Financial Crossroads,” City Manager Gary […]