At their Aug. 9 meeting, Asheville City Council members approved a $2 million economic-development incentive for Canadian manufacturer Linamar. If the company fulfills construction and job-creation targets, it will get a 90 percent waiver on city taxes for the next five years. Council voted 5-1 to approve the deal, with Council member Cecil Bothwell voting against it and Council member Esther Manheimer absent.
Earlier this summer, Buncombe County officials purchased the former Volvo plant in south Asheville and agreed to sell it to Linamar as part of an economic-development incentive package. Linamar representatives have said the company will create 400 new jobs at the facility.
In other actions:
• Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy read into the record Capt. Jeff Bowen’s obituary. Bowen, who died in the July 28 fire on Biltmore Avenue, was “a true public servant [who] served his community well,” said Bellamy.
• Council members voted 6-1 to raise recycling fees from $2.95 to $3.50 per month; larger bins will soon be dispersed. Mayor Bellamy voted against the measure, citing the existing high participation rate (80 percent of residents).
• After hearing concerns that a new community center should bear the name of a prominent African-American resident, Council members voted 6-0 in favor of naming it the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center.
• Council members also decided to interview nine of the 15 candidates vying for seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission: Abby Emison, Kristy Carter, Jeremy Goldstein, Bruce Greene, Jane Mathews, Mark Mathews, Joe Minicozzi, David Mosrie, Steve Rasmussen.