Buncombe commissioners admit nothing following secret session

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

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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