****UPDATE: The Board of Commissioners announced this afternoon that today’s meeting is canceled, due to a lack of a quorum. The agenda items slated for the meeting will be taken up on Oct. 16.****
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in its first of two monthly meetings. A public comment period begins at 4 p.m.
Among the board’s agenda items is an update on its participation in the “Energy Star Change a Light Campaign” to promote the use of compact-fluorescent bulbs by Buncombe County residents; a resolution to proclaim Oct. 7-13 “4-H Week” in the county; a recognition of the 25th anniversary of Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and a resolution that Sat., Oct. 13, be proclaimed “AIDS Awareness Day” in recognition of the 3rd annual AIDS walk. Also mentioned will be the results of the county’s “Christmas in September” drive to support U.S. troops overseas.
Other items for discussion is a proposed $20,000 economic development incentive for Silver-Line Plastics Corporation as well as the adoption of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Later during the meeting, Sheriff Van Duncan will report to the board on the status of inmate labor, and URTV Executive Director Pat Garlinghouse will detail progress at the public-access channel. The commissioners will also consider an amendment to their rules and procedures concerning the review of information before meetings.
If attendees happen to be slumped over in their chairs by this point in the meeting, they might be roused by the news that the board will also consider a resolution dedicating property-tax revenue from the proposed (and contentious) Ellington development to a fund for affordable housing.
Commission meetings are held in the County Courthouse at 60 Court Plaza (room 204) in downtown Asheville.
— Kent Priestley, staff writer