The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners slogged its way through a more than seven hour meeting while trading barbs en route to approving a resolution that reaffirms the county’s commitment to a workplace supportive of diversity, moving ahead with real estate revaluations, approving a Utility Energy Innovation Task Force and approving minutes from a contentious closed session in March, 2015. The Tuesday, April 5th, marathon meeting highlighted the ideological tension between commissioners and the public as the resolution about the county’s Personnel Ordinance became a proxy for the emotionally charged North Carolina House Bill 2 and showcased emotional pleas from both sides of the issue. Meantime, discussion about the joint task force became symbolic of the commissioners’ divisive thoughts on what constitutes transparent government.
Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene presented an updated budget proposal to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 22. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is still in the process of being crafted, but there is potential for expenditures to outpace revenues.
With her win in the District 1 Democratic primary, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is slated to become the first openly LGBT Buncombe County Commissioner. To get there, she had strong competition from City Councilman Gordon Smith and from another civil rights activist, Isaac Coleman. Since no Republican filed to run for the District 1 seat, Beach-Ferrara is almost certain to take office in the fall after the General Election.
While only one Buncombe County commission seat was actually decided in last night’s primary, in all the races where a woman was running, she was selected by her party.
“She has a strong background in working with underserved communities, and we believe this needs to be strengthened with the commissioners.”
“Most important, Jasmine has a greatness of vision and an ability to bring people together to get things done.”
‘Gordon is focused on important issues such as affordable housing, living wages and increased accountability from the Tourism Development Authority.”
County commissioners will convene today, Oct. 21, to consider two financial decisions related to county and city institutions. The first concerns the Buncombe County Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Western North Carolina, which is seeking financial assistance for various upgrades and improvement projects, by way of Wisconsin: The organization is seeking the proceeds of […]
As filing ended at noon Feb. 28 for this year’s local elections, a flurry of candidates threw their hats into the ring. Two challengers, in different districts, will take on incumbent Democratic Buncombe County Commissioners, a Republican commissioner got another challenger and an opponent emerged for the current sheriff.
Despite President Barack Obama carrying Buncombe County and winning re-election nationwide, Republicans made gains in tonight’s local elections, winning all the competitive congressional and Statehouse races, while control of the Buncombe County commissioners is possibly headed for a recount. Mark Meadows greets supporters at the Hilton on Long Shoals Road. (Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Follow live Twitter coverage of the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters’ forum here, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This forum focuses on the 114th House District (where Rep. Susan Fisher is running unopposed), and the 1st Buncombe County Board of Commissioners District (where Democrats Holly Jones and Brownie Newman are running against Republican Don Guge).
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Holly Jones responds to the Xpress questionnaire.
Bill Reynolds Party: Republican Slogan: “Less Government Control” Profession: Owner of mail service Residence: Black Mountain Funding: $600-$700 raised. Pledged to raise no more than $1,000 for his campaign. Endorsements: None reported 1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District or C) leaving […]
Ellen Frost Party: Democrat Slogan: None. Profession: Owner and manager, Bed and Biscuit pet spa Residence: Black Mountain Funding: $5,000 total, as of April 23; three top donors ($500 each) are Don Collins, Joe Eckert, Tom Sobol. Endorsements: Sierra Club 1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system […]
During the April 19 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation about the impact of adult care homes in Buncombe County. Currently, Buncombe County has more adult care homes than any other county in the state. These are the highlights from that presentation and other business conducted tonight.
Live Twitter coverage of tonight’s Buncombe County Commissioners meeting via Caitlin Byrd (@MaryCaitlinByrd). The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. To appear in our Twitter feed, use the hashtag #avlgov.
Follow live Twitter coverage of the Oct. 18 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting here.
In a letter dated September 13, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency has demanded payment of $6.5 million dollars to cover costs already incurred in its efforts to deal with contaminated ground water and soils near the former CTS of Asheville plant, located on Mills Gap Road in South Asheville. Meanwhile, Buncombe County Commissioners have postponed until November 1 their consideration of a decision to demolish the derelict building at taxpayer expense. Photo: Officials from EPA’s Superfund Branch stand at the gate to the CTS property during a recent sampling trip. Photo by Susan Andrew.