Commissioners set a light agenda for 2017’s first meeting

Nonprofit agencies will make their case for funding from Buncombe County's upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2018. A total of 46 nonprofits are asking for an aggregate of almost $11 million.

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will hold its first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The agenda is decidedly light — with the only items outside of the consent agenda being a new business report and a board appointment.

The business report will come from Mountain Valley Resource, Conservation and Development Council, a Marshall-based nonprofit that advocates for environmental conservation.

Jessica Hocz, the organization’s executive director, told Xpress the group is not asking for money or any specific action, but will be updating the Board on the organization’s activities.

Hocz said, via email:

“Mountain Valleys RC&D helped establish a watershed group called Ivy River Partners, which works to protect and improve the water supply watershed for Weaverville. In Buncombe County we also have a stormwater project at Barnardsville Elementary and a River Cane project at Owen Middle School.

Regionally, we are offering cost-share assistance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through our Energy Cost-share Assistance Program (EnergyCAP). In 2017 we will also be working with communities on becoming Firewise and reducing fuel in the 30-foot perimeter around homes.”

You can see Mountain Valley’s RC&D’s report here.

Commissioners meet at 200 College St., room 326 at 5 p.m. You can view the board’s agenda in its entirety here.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.