Live Twitter coverage of tonight’s City Council meeting and this afternoon’s work session. To appear in our feed, use the hashtag #avlgov.
Here are the live dispatches via Twitter by Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd from the April 10 meeting:
10:28 AM Asheville City Council preview: Amendment One http://t.co/SOOdRCvj
11:50 AM DavidForbes As I’m out on vacation, awesome Xpresser @ will be covering tonight’s Asheville Council meeting
2:35 PM Reminder: City Council will have a working session in about an hour followed by a meeting at 5 p.m. http://t.co/SNqe1MrL
2:48 PM During today’s work session, council will get budget briefing/policy direction about enterprise funds and capital improvement plan
3:19 PM Just made it to city hall for the work session. Starts at 3:30
3:24 PM For context: These work sessions are all about the nuts and bolts of budget before public hearings etc.
3:41 PM This is the 2nd work session thus far about 2012-13 budget
3:42 PM Currently summarizing last work session re: general funds
3:51 PM Gordon Smith saying he wants hard number about revenue opportunities for housing trust fund allocation
3:55 PM Moving onto enterprise funds
3:58 PM Water fund: Lauren Bradley says “this is a positive story.” Projects water capital increase by 1.3 million without higher rates
4:03 PM Moving onto capital improvement portion. Tweeting as fast as I can.
4:08 PM Multi-modal expenditures for next year: $3.14 million. Includes street resurfacing,Charlotte st. Corridor, sidewalks etc
4:10 PM Remember, these meetings are about details that will be worked out before June 12 budget adoption
4:38 PM And that’s the end of the work session. Sorry about the tweet lag on my behalf. PS council meeting starts in about 20 minutes
4:54 PM We’ve got about 5 minutes until tonight’s City Council meeting begins.
4:58 PM Hunt, Bothwell, Manheimer, Davis, Smith, and Pelly in attendence tonight. Bellamy unable to attend.
5:00 PM And we’ve got a meeting underway
5:02 PM Innvocation being done by Manheimer with reading of a poem, “diving into the wreck”
5:04 PM Moving onto procolomations: April 2012 as Child Abuse Awareness Month
5:08 PM Bill maguire speaking, giving thanks for awareness by city
5:09 PM Notes that there were laws to protect animals before there were laws to protect children.
5:11 PM Next recognition, proclomation of April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month
5:14 PM Event planned in April for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month at Carolina Cinemas theatre 7 p.m.-8 p.m. on April 23
5:18 PM Next proclamation for April 15-21 as national volunteer week
5:19 PM Now recognition of Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service
5:24 PM Now recognition of Volunteers in Service to America Program
5:34 PM Gary Jackson just recognized Jay Bettencourt as wnc firefighter of the year, standing ovation for him
5:38 PM Steve Shope recognized, standing ovation
5:39 PM And w/ no presentations or public hearing, the room thins out significantly. Less than 15 here not including council members
5:41 PM Resolution passes
5:41 PM Moving onto unfinished business for public hearing to approve resolution re: public hearing by avl water customers
5:43 PM New business: Resolution in support of equality and opposition of Amendment One
5:44 PM Smith to gay, lesbian couples: Come may 9, no matter what happens, know that we will continue to care for you
5:46 PM Bothwell: “Even conservatives ought to be concerned about this.”
5:48 PM Man speaks on behalf on resolution from Coalition to Protect All NC Families, commends Council for resolution
5:49 PM Only one speaks on resolution, Smith comments that this response, “shows where our City stands on this issue”
5:50 PM Hunt says he hopes that this resolution will be proof of the work they are doing, compares it to efforts made in women’s suffrage
5:51 PM Unanimous vote 6-0 in favor of equality, against Amendment One
5:51 PM Pelly says he did not plan to speak, but pleased and proud to be part of majority on council to oppose this ammendment.
5:52 PM Now moving onto talking about sending liason to General Assembly and federal gov.
5:53 PM Manheimer: on state side, we have a more immediate and identifiable need (Asheville water system)
5:53 PM Manheimer requests city have federal liason to secure funding that is provided by federal government like transportation
5:54 PM Manheimer: It’s very important we have someone there to follow that issue as well as any other issues
5:56 PM Hunt notes that this would not require budget ammendment, to have legislative liason to state gov.
5:57 PM Hunt says presence and persistence on the ground in Raleigh is vital
5:59 PM Davis says he has been resistent to idea of having liason to Raleigh, but that he’s been persuaded
6:02 PM Bothwell says “not deeply opposed” to liason, but also says when we look for reps to be more informative with community,local gov
6:04 PM State and federal liason passes unanimously
6:06 PM Brother Chris speaking during public comment, “you talk about equality as long as equality is money.” Wearing Anonymous mask
6:34 PM Tonight’s Council meeting only lasted a little more than an hour.
7:12 PM DavidForbes RT @: Unanimous vote 6-0 in favor of equality, against Amendment One
7:13 PM DavidForbes At Avl City Council RT @: Unanimous vote 6-0 in favor of equality, against Amendment One
7:31 PM Asheville City Council unanimously passes resolution opposing Amendment One http://t.co/iaE3MNdU
7:40 PM mxnews RT @: Asheville City Council unanimously passes resolution opposing Amendment One http://t.co/fZeL09xB