UPDATED: Actions taken by Buncombe County Commissioners, Tuesday, Aug. 17

Staff reporter Jake Frankel covered the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting live Tuesday, Aug. 17, via Twitter (using the #avlgov hashtag). Here’s a summary of actions commissioners took, as well as Frankel’s live Tweets (below). Commissioners

• approved the $699,000 purchase of 40 McCormick Place (AAMCO Transmissions) to house the General Services Department and files and supplies currently at 205 College Street. The McCormick property was appraised at $775,000.

• approved a request to rezone property owned by Penland’s Furniture in Swannanoa

• presented awards to local businesses Rosettas and FLS Energy

• heard that the Christmas in July program has raised about $33,000 for overseas troops

• received a report on the Crisis Intervention program, which aims to teach law enforcment officers how to better deal with those with mental illness and substance abuse problems

• listened to Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan’s annual report, which noted (among other stats) that the daily inmate population is down

• learned that “sexting” is a major problem among youth and teens, the DSS reports

• passed a resolution to support an area application for up to a $2 million sustainability communities grant

About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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