State representatives Chuck McGrady, Tim Moffitt, and Nathan Ramsey have filed a bill to take control of Asheville’s water system and transfer it to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
The hefty final version of an impact study assessing the potential merger of Asheville’s water system with the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County was presented to the MSD board on Wednesday. The short version: potential net savings to water customers of $1.1 to $2.2 million per year over the next nine years.
The local fight over the legislative push to forcibly transfer the city of Asheville’s water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District has helped spur a larger statewide reaction. Last week, the League of Municipalities adopted the defense of local utilities as one of its top priorities, and 40 cities and towns across North Carolina have passed resolutions against state government taking municipal infrastructure.
With the battle over the fate of Asheville’s water system, the Metropolitan Sewerage District is increasingly in the news, with accompanying questions about who the agency is and what they do.
At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Metropolitan Sewerage District board voted to offer $57 million over 50 years for the city of Asheville’s water system. Several members expressed doubts about the fairness of the process, but stopped short of a motion formally noting their reservations.
Now that the city of Asheville and the Metropolitan Sewerage District have both released their reports on a possible merger of the water system, the MSD board will consider proposals for taking the city’s system under its control at its meeting this afternoon. Follow live Twitter coverage of the discussion.
Asheville City Council finally heard long-awaited reports on a possible water system merger today. Council also reaffirmed its unanimous opposition to the state legislature forcing the issue and strengthened the conservation easement on the local watershed.
It’s going to be a busy night (and afternoon) at Asheville City Council, as it considers a long-awaited report on a possible merger of the city’s water system, board members for the Business Improvement District, and, of course, the “pub cycle.” Follow all the goings-on with our live Twitter coverage.
Before the Dec. 11 Asheville City Council meeting, staff will present a long-awaited report on a possible merger of the city’s water system. The agenda also has plenty to consider, including the appointment of a board for the downtown Business Improvement District, tougher conservation easement rules for the watershed and a trolley bicycle service.
Opponents of the state legislature forcing Asheville’s water system into a merger with the Metropolitan Sewerage District are rallying downtown this evening.
The city of Asheville has released a report by the Raftellis consulting firm on a possible merger with the Metropolitan Sewerage District. The report claims that an “inter-local agreement” between the two would have the greatest benefit while avoiding the cost of a merger. MSD taking over the city system will, according to the report, cost the city around $3.75 million a year.
The Metropolitan Sewerage District has proposed a $57 million compensation deal as part of a possible merger with the city of Asheville’s water system. More about what’s in the deal, and what it might mean.
At a relatively short meeting tonight, Asheville City Council heard a number of reports on matters ranging from finance to crime, after mulling legislative goals earlier in the afternoon. (photo by Max Cooper)
Follow live Twitter coverage of the Nov. 27 Asheville City Council meeting
After the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping frenzies, the city’s own august governing body is back at it on Nov. 27, as Asheville City Council discusses a possible water-system merger, greenway development, and more.
Yesterday, consultants from Arcadis hired by the Metropolitan Sewerage District unveiled their first report on the possible impacts of merging the city of Asheville’s water system. Here are five important conclusions from the over-200 page document. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Live Twitter coverage of the Metropolitan Sewerage District presenting its plan for a merger with the city of Asheville’s water system, beginning at noon.
Follow live Twitter coverage of the Asheville City Council Nov. 13 meeting, including a vote on stricter noise rules, one-time bonuses for city employees, and an update on the possible water system merger.
A stricter noise ordinance is before Asheville City Council tonight, along with a one-time bonus for city employees and an update on the proposal to merge the city’s water system with the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Only two legislators made it to the Asheville City Council discussion session Tuesday afternoon, held specifically to dialogue with the local delegation concerning the proposed merger of Asheville’s water system with the Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewerage District. But those present – council members and legislators – did manage to get a few things off their chests.
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Asheville City Council continued their regular meeting until today, Aug. 30, to consider a possible change in the wording of the November water referendum. However, after a closed session briefing from legal staff, Council opted to leave the referendum the way it is.