The city of Asheville, the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County, and Henderson County officials have been negotiating and discussing the possibility of merging Asheville’s water system with MSD. Here are a few documents related to the topic. For more information, see “Reluctant Partners: Asheville, MSD Take Tentative Steps Toward Merger” in the Aug. 1, 2012 issue of Xpress.
Here’s a copy of Mike Fryar’s letter of complaint to the Board of Elections in regards to the manner in which the Nov. 8, 2011 sales-tax referendum was conducted in Buncombe County. Also, a scanned copy of the check used to pay the costs of holding the referendum as promised by the J.O.B.S. committee that waged the campaign in support of it.
The contract for the audit of the Asheville Police Department’s evidence room.
Opponents of the state’s new billboard law prepared a complaint and temporary restraining order request Feb. 29, 2012, in Wake County Superior Court. The legal action by Scenic NC, Inc., is aimed at keeping the N.C. Department of Transportation from permitting vegetation removal – primarily trees – in front of billboards and other outdoor advertising under new temporary rules set to take effect March 1.
Buncombe County and The WNC Community Media Center, which operates public access television station URTV, continue to wrangle over funding issues. We’ve made several documents that help illustrate the dispute available for download.
Now online in the Xpress Files: the sexual harassment suit against the city and the Asheville Police Department, the APD’s defense, a letter from the EPA targeting a man with a contaminated well, the Outlaws biker indictment, and more.
March 14 to 20 is this year's Sunshine Week — an annual, nationwide celebration of the critical importance of government openness and freedom of information. Discovering and reporting the inner workings of government is part of Xpress' mission, so it's a week we take special note of. Trying to change a channel: Davyne Dial, who […]
It’s Sunshine Week — the annual celebration of freedom of public information. Around the country, journalists, researchers, authors and citizens of many stripes are celebrating our collective right to know what government at all levels does. But at the local level, how much might be too much?
The fight to keep government information free and accessible to the public goes on all year, but there's one week in particular when journalists, historians and activists mount a coordinated campaign for official openness: Sunshine Week, and this year it runs from March 14 to 20 (see www.sunshineweek.org for details). Let the sun shine: This […]
The Environmental Protection Agency will test approximately 36 wells as part of its continued monitoring of contamination linked to the former CTS plant on Mills Gap Road in South Asheville.
School gets back in session this week, but don’t expect to see a Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department deputy driving up to a local school in one of the department’s black-and-white cruisers to drop off a child.
As part of the transit master plan process, Asheville’s transit department is circulating preliminary proposals for changes to city bus routes.
Now online: A new staff report on Asheville City Council’s Strategic Plan, the city’s new digital-billboard regulations and its latest financial report, excerpts from the UDO “book of interpretations,” and the first annual report from Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan
Now online: a stormwater-ordinance update listing who’s been fined for violations in Asheville; a report on the need to streamline the city’s uber-complicated development regs; a complete inventory of the events the city will co-sponsor this year (to the tune of $245,000); and a critical survey of taser use by law enforcement across the state.
Now online: a sometimes-controversial U.S. Census survey, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy’s comments in meeting notes from the state’s 21st Century Transportation Committee, Buncombe’s “blueprint for the future,” the Pritchard Park Committee’s recommendations for the downtown-Asheville gathering place, and more.
Now online: a sometimes-controversial U.S. Census survey, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy’s comments in meeting notes from the state’s 21st Century Transportation Committee, Buncombe’s ” title=”Pritchard Park Committee’s recommendations”>Pritchard Park Committee’s recommendations for the downtown-Asheville gathering place, and more.