The Life Safety Tower, a renovation to the Buncombe County Courthouse that will extend a secure elevator into the top floors of the building and allow for more courtroom space is back before Buncombe Commissioners on March 2. On the evening’s agenda is an item that allows for contract negotiation for a Construction Manger At-Risk for the project. Such managers are typically brought on to keep a project within a certain cost and time frame and to keep county officials apprised of the progress. According to County documents, American South General Contractors and Turner Construction Company seem to be set to perform those duties during the tower’s construction.
Commissioners will also consider changes to the County Animal Ordinance that assistant County Attorney Michael Frue says are intended to both clear up the appeals process in animal cases and to allow animal officers more latitude in conditions they give to owners of problem dogs. “It gives them the ability to apply restrictions short of a declaration of a dangerous animal,” such as requiring a fence for problem dogs, Frue tells Xpress.
The board will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, in the commissioner’s chambers, located at 30 Valley St. A short pre-meeting review of the agenda will begin at 4:15 p.m.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer