Before Asheville City Council at tomorrow night’s meeting are a smoking ban on all city property (including parks and greenways) as well as a new marketing campaign and hours for Asheville transit. Also, Council will discuss the budget.
Council will consider new legislation that allows municipalities to pass stricter rules than the statewide ban on smoking inside bars and restaurants. In this case, the new ordinance would prohibit smoking in all city buildings and property, including parks and greenways. Buncombe County passed a similar ordinance last year.
The city will also decide whether to implement changes designed to improve transit service, including 30-minute route frequency on major lines and a new marketing campaign designed to hook new riders. To pay for the changes (and the marketing), the city would end the Dial-a-Ride service, make evening and day routes run along the same path, and end evening routes at 10:30 p.m. The steps will cost $163,000, of which $130,000 will be paid for by federal grants and $30,000 by savings within the transit department, if Council approves the step.
During a pre-meeting worksession, deliberations on fixing an estimated $1 million shortfall in next fiscal year’s budget will continue.
Council begins its meeting on Tuesday, April 27, at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. The pre-meeting worksession begins at 3 p.m. in the north conference room on the first floor.
— David Forbes, senior reporter