The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners met in emergency session Monday night to discuss possible resolution of the county’s long-running battle with Asheville concerning water. No public action ensued, but Chairman Nathan Ramsey announced that the board will reconvene for a second special session on at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, in Council Chambers.
During a brief public meeting, held in order to go into closed session, commissioners also issued a proclamation making Aug. 1 “Bob Caldwell Day” in the county, in honor of the retiring WLOS-TV 13 weatherman.
Following the closed session, Ramsey indicated that commissioners had instructed the county legal team to continue negotiations with the city. The closed session lasted about two hours. Commissioner David Gantt was scowling as the board re-entered the County Training Room, where the open portion of the meeting was conducted. However, none of the commissioners commented on what had transpired during their confab.
— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer