Asheville City Council brief: Dec. 15 meeting

Esther Manheimer, Gordon Smith and Cecil Bothwell were all sworn in on Dec. 8, but Tuesday’s meeting will be the first opportunity for those three to take official action as Council members.

The last agenda of the year contains several reports from staff, including an H1N1 preparedness update and an Economic Stimulus Package brief.

But Council members will also vote on whether to greenlight a $1.83 million recreation center at Livingston Street and a $405,000 rebuild for a backwash lagoon for the water-treatment plant on Bee Tree Road. According to a staff report, that facility was determined by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to be in a state of disrepair, and failing to upgrade it by the end of the fiscal year could mean fines for the city.

Asheville City Council meets at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. Click here for the complete agenda.

Brian Postelle, staff writer


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7 thoughts on “Asheville City Council brief: Dec. 15 meeting

  1. J

    It’s too bad transparency is not on the early agenda, as it was one of Gordon and Cecil’s early initiatives.

    Back in 2007, Cecil introduced a transparency resolution to the County Commissioners that he and Gordon created:

    When the County Commissioners did not take up the Bowthwell-Smith authored motion, Gordon commented “I guess they are not interested in transparency”.

    I for one look forward to such transparency initiatives making their way onto the City Council Agenda in the very near future. I’m sure Gordon and Cecil are as sincere as they always have been, and will not let us down.

  2. Ed

    Just another day in our corrupt city officials agenda. The promises of this administration had better be taken with a grain of salt. The water-treatment plant on Bee Tree Road is in a state of disrepair? OH MY GOD, when did this happen? Give me a frickin’ break! They have known this for years now. Promises, promises. When it comes to Mr. Obamas’ administration, I keep my back against the wall. I suggest the rest of Asheville do the same. CROOKS!!!

  3. JWTJr

    Everything the city is responsible for managing seems to fall into a ‘state of disrepair’. Look at the housing they managed …. slum lord city. The money that is supposed to go towards maintenance seems to evaporate.

    Are we surprised?

  4. Piffy!

    [b]Everything the city is responsible for managing seems to fall into a ‘state of disrepair’. [/b]

    We should probably just privatize it all. That has a great track record!

  5. Alan Ditmore

    They need to hurry up on both domestic Partner benefits and invocations, the latter because Buncombe may take the lead and with it the diversity limelight, which would cost tourism. Domestic Partner benefits because it will save both money and the environment due to the very low gay fertility rate, still less than a quarter of the average, including adoption. Think how much drawing gay taxpayers here can save of public schools!

  6. JWTJr

    “We should probably just privatize it all. That has a great track record!”

    What does that have to do with the fact that the property the city manages is falling apart and that they reallocated money away from upkeep to other projects?

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