A roundup of Twitter dispatches from Xpress, from last night’s Asheville City Council meeting, focusing on the debate over allowing food trucks in downtown.
Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes covered the meeting. Staff reporter Jake Frankel also used Twitter for earlier dispatches from the pre-meeting interviews with Planning and Zoning Commission candidates.
23-Aug 4:44 P.M. @DavidForbes: What’s on Council’s plate tonight, with the food truck debate chief on the agenda http: //t.co/JSYTKg3
23-Aug 5:01 P.M. @DavidForbes: Meeting’s on.
23-Aug 5:04 P.M. @DavidForbes: First up: presentation to City Mgr Gary Jackson from employees in armed forces reserve
23-Aug 5:06 P.M. @DavidForbes: Service members presenting plaque to Jackson, thanking city gov for support
23-Aug 5:07 P.M. @DavidForbes: Mayor Terry Bellamy: Appreciate staff’s commitment to making sure service members have job when return
23-Aug 5:08 P.M. @DavidForbes: Mayor Bellamy reading proclamation recognizing Asheville as 88th Transition Town in US
23-Aug 5:09 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bellamy recognizing transition town movement’s efforts towards “local resiliency” in energy, transit, food
23-Aug 5:10 P.M. @DavidForbes: Transition Towns rep Jeanie Martin: preparing for “inevitable changes” w positive vision, Aug. 27 is Transition Asheville Day
23-Aug 5:13 P.M. @DavidForbes: That bidder is SPL Integrated Solutions out of Columbia, Md.
23-Aug 5:13 P.M. @DavidForbes: Jackson: Error on tabulating bids for Civic Ctr sound system replacement, but lowest bidder remains same
23-Aug 5:15 P.M. @DavidForbes: Consent agenda, incl sound system replacement, passes unanimously
23-Aug 5:16 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Esther Manheimer recused from vote on East Oakview Bridge replacement due to law firm’s involvement. Measure passes 6-0
23-Aug 5:17 P.M. @DavidForbes: Presentation by AdvantageWest rep.
23-Aug 5:18 P.M. @DavidForbes: AdvWest report: In WNC, some of manufacturing loss replaced by higher paying jobs, but still devastating for individuals affected
23-Aug 5:21 P.M. @DavidForbes: Rep highlighting green jobs, business incubator program for food-centered businesses
23-Aug 5:25 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Gordon Smith asking about future of Blue Ridge Food Ventures program
23-Aug 5:26 P.M. @DavidForbes: Program started as resource for businesses, but more farm-to-table for residents, colleges. AdvWest sees it expanding
23-Aug 5:29 P.M. @DavidForbes: Adv West CEO Scott Hamilton: More farm-to-table options helps farmers supplement income, have close to 300 subscribers
23-Aug 5:30 P.M. @mxeat: AdvantageWest is hugely supportive of local food scene; listening to CEO talk to council about projects, including BRFV and CSAs.
23-Aug 5:31 P.M. @DavidForbes: Hamilton: Can go to AdvantageWest.com to get food subscription
23-Aug 5:32 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bellamy: “You’re welcome to stay for the rest of the evening.” Hamilton: “I think I’ll go to Raleigh”
23-Aug 5:34 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Bill Russell reporting on finance committee activity: Looking into water rates, saved $ w parking deck debt refinancing
23-Aug 5:36 P.M. @DavidForbes: Strategic Operating Plan update from Asst City Mgr Jeff Richardson
23-Aug 5:36 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bellamy wants to look at communicating w water users year in advance
23-Aug 5:38 P.M. @DavidForbes: Plan seeks to make Asheville safe, affordable, green and sustainable, fiscally responsible w job growth and community development
23-Aug 5:39 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: Last fiscal year had 0% change in violent and property crime
23-Aug 5:40 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: Asheville had 4,101 violent/property incidents, better than all other comparable cities in NC besides Cary.
23-Aug 5:42 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: 58% reduction in traffic accidents due to APD focusing on key intersections
23-Aug 5:43 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: 12,130 monthly bus passes, 42% discounted (seniors, disabled, children, etc.)
23-Aug 5:44 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: With help from city’s affordable housing trust fund, 146 affordable units built, 72 on the way
23-Aug 5:45 P.M. @DavidForbes: Also: 2.59 miles of sidewalks built, 4.5 miles of bike lanes, $43,000 in energy savings due to better streetlights
23-Aug 5:48 P.M. @mxeat: Seated behind me at meeting is @GQCstreetfood and @thelowdowntruck. Big day for them. #avlfoodtruck
23-Aug 5:48 P.M. @DavidForbes: 8.6% city-wide staff turnover rate, down from prior years.
23-Aug 5:53 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: Wristbands in Civic Center generate ~$100K in new revenue, restructuring facility fees, concession pricing another $100k
23-Aug 5:54 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: 51 Biltmore project: 412 parking spaces, project 35% complete
23-Aug 5:55 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Cecil Bothwell asking if city has any data comparing retention to other municipalities
23-Aug 5:55 P.M. @mxeat: Any other #avlfoodtruck operators in the house here today waiting on the vote from council?
23-Aug 5:56 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: Not at our fingertips, but we can get it. Bothwell: Have a hunch that during recession ppl don’t want to leave jobs
23-Aug 5:57 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bothwell wondering why city paid for Budweiser advertising wristbands at Bele Chere, instead of local beer
23-Aug 5:58 P.M. @DavidForbes: Jackson: We’ll gather some information and report back to you
23-Aug 6:01 P.M. @DavidForbes: Richardson: Looking to improve Airport Rd Corridor fire response time. If do so by 2013, 2-5% drop in fire insurance for biz in Avl
23-Aug 6:02 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bellamy: Want to see improvement in city staff diversity – 75% male currently, and “racial diversity is quite lacking”
23-Aug 6:03 P.M. @DavidForbes: Jackson touting staff’s efforts. “Highest level of project management” in city’s history
23-Aug 6:06 P.M. @DavidForbes: Clarification: Amending Sunset Park’s permit from 19 condos to 17
23-Aug 6:06 P.M. @DavidForbes: Public hearings now. First up: Sunset Park, 17-unit development
23-Aug 6:13 P.M. @DavidForbes: Sunset Park’s attorney: Development affected due to economy. New owner, hope to move forward
23-Aug 6:14 P.M. @DavidForbes: Brother Chris Chiaromonte: See a pattern in City Council, doesn’t matter what buy, can get Council to go developer’s way
23-Aug 6:15 P.M. @DavidForbes: Chiaromonte: Owner knew what they were buying. Have friends in real estate over country, Asheville’s known for not keeping word
23-Aug 6:16 P.M. @DavidForbes: Chiaromonte: Seen buskers violating rules too, walks away from podium muttering “God help us”
23-Aug 6:17 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell makes motion to approve, Council mem Jan Davis praising developer for going forward. Passes unanimously
23-Aug 6:18 P.M. @DavidForbes: Next project: Rezoning to allow for building of Dollar General on Smoky Park Hwy
23-Aug 6:19 P.M. @DavidForbes: Food truck rules allowing operation in downtown are next item
23-Aug 6:20 P.M. @DavidForbes: Due to issues w placement of sidewalk on project, staff wants developer to pay fee to build elsewhere
23-Aug 6:23 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: This is a good request, fits surrounding community well
23-Aug 6:24 P.M. @DavidForbes: Dollar General development passes unanimously
23-Aug 6:24 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bothwell has questions about lack of sidewalk. Staff: impractical to do w buffer rules, why asking for fee
23-Aug 6:25 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bellamy asks if Council can take break before food trucks hearing. City Attorney checking
23-Aug 6:27 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council in recess for 5 minutes. Then: food trucks
23-Aug 6:35 P.M. @DavidForbes: Suzy Phillips of @GQCstreetfood coordinating comment order/group rep for supporters of food truck rules changes
23-Aug 6:36 P.M. @DavidForbes: Back in session
23-Aug 6:38 P.M. @DavidForbes: Daniel: Interest rising since last year, concerns about regulation, enforcement
23-Aug 6:38 P.M. @DavidForbes: Planning Director Judy Daniel: Food trucks operating outside of downtown for many years, 17 permits, 20 locations
23-Aug 6:40 P.M. @DavidForbes: Daniel: Spec committee met 3 times, discussed issues extensively before sending to dwntn commission, made more changes, approved 7-2
23-Aug 6:41 P.M. @DavidForbes: Daniel: Rules sought to address AIR’s concerns, but didn’t support changes, wanted more time, enforcement
23-Aug 6:41 P.M. @mxeat: Daniel: reports indicate a lot of support for #avlfoodtruck, yet many concerns from downtown residents and AIR.
23-Aug 6:41 P.M. @DavidForbes: Daniel: Planning and Zoning didn’t recommend in tie vote 3-3. Asheville Independent Restaurant Assoc (AIR) involved from beginning
23-Aug 6:42 P.M. @mxeat: AIR still feels like more time is needed to study downtown #avlfoodtruck issues, says Daniel.
23-Aug 6:43 P.M. @DavidForbes: Daniel: This will help regulate food trucks properly city-wide, help them grow, rules reflect extensive research/debate
23-Aug 6:45 P.M. @DavidForbes: The proposed food truck rules http: //t.co/mU5TDVF
23-Aug 6:46 P.M. @DavidForbes: 10 food truck permits allowed for downtown, operating unlicensed truck will be misdemeanor
23-Aug 6:46 P.M. @DavidForbes: Planner Alan Glines: Ordinance extends food truck hours 8am-midnight near residence, 8am-3am elsewhere
23-Aug 6:47 P.M. @DavidForbes: Glines: Buncombe County treats food trucks as mobile kitchen, inspects accordingly
23-Aug 6:49 P.M. @DavidForbes: Glines: truck subject to light requirements, noise ordinance
23-Aug 6:51 P.M. @DavidForbes: Glines: Staff will regularly inspect trucks to ensure compliance
23-Aug 6:52 P.M. @DavidForbes: Glines: “A lot of disagreements” but a lot of agreements on this as well, proud of work on ordinance
23-Aug 6:53 P.M. @DavidForbes: Tuch: After talking with APD, think can integrate enforcement of food truck rules into normal routine.
23-Aug 6:53 P.M. @DavidForbes: Planner Shannon Tuch: Main complaint heard that ending downtown ban would “create culture of acceptance” for unpermitted food trucks
23-Aug 6:54 P.M. @DavidForbes: Tuch: Unpermitted trucks handled by APD, planning staff will handle ensuring permitted trucks obeying rules
23-Aug 6:57 P.M. @DavidForbes: Tuch: Presented those to Council’s Public Safety Commitee, they approved
23-Aug 6:57 P.M. @DavidForbes: Tuch: Despite positive steps, P&Z refused to endorse, had a lot of questions, used them to put together enforcement outline
23-Aug 6:58 P.M. @DavidForbes: Tuch: Don’t anticipate major zoning issues with this, don’t anticipate big issues w unlicensed trucks, APD can handle
23-Aug 6:59 P.M. @DavidForbes: Tuch: If major issues arise, will come back to Council to revise accordingly
23-Aug 7:01 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bouchon owner Michel Baudouin: Seems to food trucks like we’re willfully obstructing their opportunities. … http: //t.co/CUoWdDV
23-Aug 7:02 P.M. @DavidForbes: Baudouin: Due to concerns w process, should leave ban in place or extend process
23-Aug 7:04 P.M. @DavidForbes: Andrew Maykuth, chef at Admiral: Support food trucks, surprised by dissent over this
23-Aug 7:05 P.M. @DavidForbes: Maykuth: Asheville’s food scene “apathetic, stagnating” fear overrun by food trucks “absurd”
23-Aug 7:05 P.M. @DavidForbes: Maykuth: Competition adds to culinary art. Opening restaurant luxury few can afford
23-Aug 7:05 P.M. @DavidForbes: Maykuth: Asheville’s food scene “apathetic, stagnating” fear overrun by food trucks “absurd”
23-Aug 7:07 P.M. @DavidForbes: Chiaromonte: Restaurants aren’t diverse, they don’t like hot dog stands. Have to carry more liability for cart than restaurant
23-Aug 7:08 P.M. @mxeat: Maykuth: Competition adds to culinary art. Opening restaurant luxury few can afford
23-Aug 7:09 P.M. @DavidForbes: Chiaromonte: Can’t busk after 10pm. Is Asheville diverse? Heard restaurant owners buying up parking lots to stop trucks
23-Aug 7:11 P.M. @DavidForbes: Holt: Having people there until 3am “totally unreasonable.” Suggest limit to 10pm-midnight
23-Aug 7:11 P.M. @DavidForbes: Larry Holt, downtown biz owner: Supportive of food trucks, but have real problem with hours, already have enough noise
23-Aug 7:12 P.M. @DavidForbes: Holt: Approving food trucks will lead to sanitary issues, more trash, “other issues”
23-Aug 7:13 P.M. @DavidForbes: Holt: Having people there until 3am “totally unreasonable.” Suggest limit to 10pm-midnight
23-Aug 7:14 P.M. @DavidForbes: Butner: Limits permits in downtown, but not number of places. Have “unlimited permits, unlimited places” outside of downtown
23-Aug 7:14 P.M. @DavidForbes: Dwight Butner, owner of Vincenzo’s: We banned mobile food vending because competition not helpful to revitalize downtown
23-Aug 7:15 P.M. @mxeat: Dwight Butner: Food trucks fire hazard because of large propane tanks.
23-Aug 7:15 P.M. @DavidForbes: Butner: Trucks’ propane tanks also pose fire hazard, decibel level needs to be lower downtown
23-Aug 7:16 P.M. @DavidForbes: Butner: “You’re monekying w downtown’s economy, that’s what you’re doing” time buzzer cuts him off
23-Aug 7:17 P.M. @DavidForbes: Nate Kelly of @thelowdowntruck: Instead of competing, this will draw ppl downtown. Deserve same rights as restaurants
23-Aug 7:18 P.M. @DavidForbes: Kelly: Mobile food vendors a family, help each other. Change necessary to avoid stagnation
23-Aug 7:20 P.M. @DavidForbes: Gail Childress, downtown resident: My issue is noise. Idea can’t call about noise til 3am “quite shocking”
23-Aug 7:22 P.M. @DavidForbes: West: Trash also a concern, need to iron out kinks in rules
23-Aug 7:22 P.M. @DavidForbes: Mary Ann West, DARN: Need better buffer zone, noise will make downtown unlivable “and hurt the value of our condos”
23-Aug 7:23 P.M. @DavidForbes: Joe Minicozzi, director Downtown Association: Had survey, didn’t take side due to split in views from members
23-Aug 7:24 P.M. @DavidForbes: ADA’s survey found downtown residents, visitors, employees favor trucks, owners split
23-Aug 7:25 P.M. @DavidForbes: Joe Cobble, downtown resident: Wish we had more late night places, love food truck tacos, love restaurants
23-Aug 7:26 P.M. @DavidForbes: Cobble: Love to see more ambiance, as far as trash goes “you’ve got to be kidding me”
23-Aug 7:27 P.M. @DavidForbes: Cobble: Trash issue is ridiculous, not tied to food trucks. “Let’s have some little guys in business… We can live with it”
23-Aug 7:28 P.M. @DavidForbes: Cobble suggests hiring homeless to pick up cigarette butts, Chiaromonte shouts “amen!”
23-Aug 7:30 P.M. @DavidForbes: Allison Murphy of @veggieloveAvl: Want to feed “hungry, drunk people” provide more food options, use local foods
23-Aug 7:31 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: “Addition of street food to Asheville’s list of foodie favorites” will only add to city
23-Aug 7:31 P.M. @DavidForbes: Suzy Phillips: Crushing movement’s ability to flourish “un-American and against the free market”
23-Aug 7:32 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: Food trucks “stepping stone” to larger operation, bricks and mortar restaurant
23-Aug 7:33 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: Looking for safe, legal way to do this, in addition to APD, staff, our coalition will help watch, enforcement
23-Aug 7:34 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: “I take care of my own trash” recycle. We all want to mitigate environmental impact
23-Aug 7:35 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: Fear restaurant owners will grab permits. Should require inspected truck before issuing permit
23-Aug 7:36 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: “Family on the hunt for fine French or Italian dining” isn’t going to go to food truck, but option should be there
23-Aug 7:37 P.M. @DavidForbes: Peck: Vendors have interest in stopping unpermitted trucks, possibility of organizing watch w street food coalition
23-Aug 7:37 P.M. @DavidForbes: Libertarian activist/Council candidate Tim Peck: Council committee unanimously approved enforcement rules
23-Aug 7:39 P.M. @DavidForbes: Marni Graves of @pinktacotruck: Single mother started food truck, trying to offer alternative to fast food
23-Aug 7:40 P.M. @DavidForbes: Kim McQueen, downtown resident, property owner: Concerned about litter, “undue competition w struggling ind restaurants”
23-Aug 7:42 P.M. @DavidForbes: Andrew Abu Musa: There’s a way Asheville can foster this type of movement, suggests crowdsourcing these issues
23-Aug 7:43 P.M. @DavidForbes: Audrey McMurphy: Have spaceown in River District, approved for food trucks then told was approved due to “oversight”
23-Aug 7:44 P.M. @DavidForbes: McMurphy: “We need food there,” need traffic in River Arts District, don’t understand these resterictions
23-Aug 7:45 P.M. @DavidForbes: Timothy Sadler: “Wonderful idea” to allow trucks open to 3am. Food trucks “a wonderful opportunity”
23-Aug 7:46 P.M. @DavidForbes: Correction: name was Audrey McMurry
23-Aug 7:47 P.M. @DavidForbes: David Roe, downtown restaurant worker: Support this, want less restrictions on permits
23-Aug 7:48 P.M. @DavidForbes: Rev.Lisa Landis: Are we only rolling out red carpet for certain biz (Linamar) and not small biz?
23-Aug 7:49 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell praising process, as downtown resident, would like some late night food.
23-Aug 7:49 P.M. @DavidForbes: Public hearing over. Russell: “Very hungry now for a falafel or steak tartar”
23-Aug 7:50 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell: One person can’t get all 10 permits. Feels rules address noise well
23-Aug 7:51 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell: As for competition, “we live in a free market economy, that’s a lesser concern.”
23-Aug 7:52 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell: If we find there are problems, we can make some changes
23-Aug 7:52 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell: with $500 fines for unpermitted truck, poss jail time, violators won’t do it very long
23-Aug 7:53 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell makes motion to approve rules allowing food trucks in downtown
23-Aug 7:54 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell makes amendment to add provision that inspected truck must be ready before vendor can apply
23-Aug 7:58 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Gordon Smith asks about incentives to use better power source. Daniel: Don’t have time to figure out now, will research
23-Aug 8:01 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Esther Manheimer: People “don’t want food court under window” but limited spaces
23-Aug 8:02 P.M. @DavidForbes: Manheimer: Concerns about 3am, would prefer midnight. Out at 3am, to me, “says college town.”
23-Aug 8:03 P.M. @DavidForbes: Manheimer: Overall, “we’re jumping off a cliff, but it’s low.”
23-Aug 8:04 P.M. @DavidForbes: Correction: Name was David Roat, not Roe.
23-Aug 8:05 P.M. @DavidForbes: Manheimer ?s about liability insurance, sales tax. Tuch: Don’t require liability unless city is a a party, don’t deal w sales tax
23-Aug 8:06 P.M. @DavidForbes: Manheimer: Requiring someone to own truck before permit seems to fly in face of how we generally do things
23-Aug 8:08 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell changes requirement to have truck open w/in 30 days w poss of extension
23-Aug 8:08 P.M. @DavidForbes: City Atty Bob Oast: Council could require to open truck w/in certain amount of time.
23-Aug 8:09 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council mem Jan Davis: Despite tempers flaring, mostly civil process
23-Aug 8:10 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: Wished we had comparison w towns w more tourism
23-Aug 8:11 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: Hard for me to sit here and stand in way of entrepreneur, but have “tremendous concerns” about burden on existing restaurants
23-Aug 8:12 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: “Restaurant owners have come up to me and said ‘don’t do this’”
23-Aug 8:13 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: We need more affordable options, but have to be considerate of ppl currently paying taxes, owning property
23-Aug 8:15 P.M. @michaelfmuller: Where else but Asheville could we all get so worked up about civic dorkdom? i love this place.
23-Aug 8:15 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: Have concerns about trash, generator noise. Want more trash cans in western corridor
23-Aug 8:16 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: Also not sure cost of permit is high enough to recover costs
23-Aug 8:17 P.M. @DavidForbes: Davis: Also have problem with 10 permits in 50 block area, 10 new points of sale in downtown great in summer, less in Feb.
23-Aug 8:20 P.M. @DavidForbes: Newman makes amendment to restrict hours to 11pm if generator, 2am if electric
23-Aug 8:20 P.M. @DavidForbes: Newman: Concerns about hours, generator noise. Tuch: Downtown commish raised limit after hearing generators, talking to vendors
23-Aug 8:21 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell doesn’t accept amendment, “let’s see how it goes first.” Manheimer seconds Newman’s amendment
23-Aug 8:23 P.M. @DavidForbes: Smith: like incentive for electric, but confused about time, prefer midnight and 3am
23-Aug 8:24 P.M. @DavidForbes: Smith: Instead of college town, later hours feels like European city, people need to get food after bars close
23-Aug 8:25 P.M. @DavidForbes: Smith proposes changing to midnight and 3am. Newman refuses, rather “err on side of quality of life”
23-Aug 8:26 P.M. @DavidForbes: Newman’s amendment to change closing hours to 11pm w generator, 2am w electric passes 5-2. Smith, Russell against
23-Aug 8:27 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bothwell: Only other site-specific permit we issue for adult entertainment. Davis: “Think you’ve conjured up a whole new biz” idea
23-Aug 8:28 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bothwell: Really like the idea of food trucks, respect the concerns of downtown people, want to be all electric, no generators.
23-Aug 8:34 P.M. @mxeat: Manheimer seconds Bothwell’s motion [to require food trucks have electric plug-in power]. Passes 4-3. Russell, Smith, Newman against
23-Aug 8:35 P.M. @mxeat: This is @DavidForbes, Twitter’s limit bs stopped my updates. Back on this acct
23-Aug 8:36 P.M. @mxeat: Newman drops generator closing time limits, since ordinance only allows electrical now
23-Aug 8:37 P.M. @mxeat This is @DavidForbes, Twitter’s limit bs stopped my updates. Back on this acct
23-Aug 8:37 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy calls report “unusual” wants higher fee for food trucks, right now “really unfair” compared to what restaurants pay
23-Aug 8:40 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy now concerned about grease dumped down storm drains. Staff: we enforce stormwater regs
23-Aug 8:47 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy feels issue hasn’t been vetted enough, despite process
23-Aug 8:47 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy also concerned about age of trucks, Davis: not a problem for this use
23-Aug 8:49 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy thinks permit fee is too low, doesn’t like “red tape vs. red carpet” comparison w Linamar deal
23-Aug 8:50 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy asking about lack of separation requirement. Daniel: That was extensively discussed, chose not to have requirement
23-Aug 8:53 P.M. @mxeat: Bellamy still has issues w low fee Tuch: Fee set according to current scale Newman: Isn’t a bldg, a mobile truck
23-Aug 8:54 P.M. @mxeat: Daniel: Next level up $350. Oast: Be careful setting fee, legally has to be approximate to staff time spent
23-Aug 8:56 P.M. @mxeat: Newman: Can take a look at fees later Bothwell: Rent charged by parking lot owners helps them pay their taxes
23-Aug 8:57 P.M. @DavidForbes: Back!
23-Aug 8:57 P.M. @DavidForbes: Smith: Want to thank everyone involved in process, a lot of time and study
23-Aug 8:59 P.M. @DavidForbes: Food truck rules pass 4-3. Bothwell, Bellamy, Davis against. Bothwell concerned about fees
23-Aug 9:00 P.M. @DavidForbes: Since passed 4-3, will need 2nd reading at future Council meeting. Russell trying to convince Bothwell to change vote
23-Aug 9:03 P.M. @DavidForbes: Russell to Bothwell: “Just want to make sure you knew what we were voting on” Bothwell: I mentioned fee earlier
23-Aug 9:05 P.M. @DavidForbes: Rules have passed 4-3. Bellamy, Davis, Bothwell against. Will required second reading due to closeness of vote
23-Aug 9:12 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council in 20-min closed session to discuss Biltmore Lake annexation lawsuit
23-Aug 9:18 P.M. @DavidForbes: Meeting’s not over yet, y’all. P&Z appointments coming up
23-Aug 9:20 P.M. @DavidForbes: Since I’m getting more questions on food truck vote – For: Smith, Russell, Newman, Manheimer. Against: Bothwell, Davis, Bellamy
23-Aug 9:24 P.M. @DavidForbes: Suzy Phillips to Xpress: Don’t mind electrical requirement, cheaper than quiet generators, environmentally sound
23-Aug 9:25 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: I’d like to vend to 2am at least, but mainly want access to downtown.
23-Aug 9:27 P.M. @DavidForbes: Phillips: “The heat kills us, the rain kills us.” Food truck biz already uphill fight.
23-Aug 9:29 P.M. @DavidForbes: Personal analysis: Based on debate, think nature/boundaries of Asheville’s nightlife are going to be a future issue
23-Aug 9:31 P.M. @JakeFrankel: MT @DavidForbes Food truck vote – For: Smith, Russell, Newman, Manheimer. Against: Bothwell, Davis, Bellamy
23-Aug 9:32 P.M. @DavidForbes: MT @_tatuaje_: Would like to ask Council candidates who they’d vote for P&Z @hunt_marc @laelgray @TJRunner @saulchase?
23-Aug 9:33 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council members on Twitter: @brownienewman @cecilbothwell @gordondsmith @BlueRidgeBilly
223-Aug 9:45 P.M. @DavidForbes: Oast explaining 2nd reading: since change to UDO didn’t pass 5-2, will need 2nd reading at next mtg
23-Aug 9:46 P.M. @DavidForbes: Jackson: We’ll review trash collection, get fire marshal’s response on propane tanks.
23-Aug 9:47 P.M. @DavidForbes: Oast: No public hearing on food trucks at next meeting before 2nd reading vote, unless proposal changes
23-Aug 9:48 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council now considering FAA grants for Avl Regional Airport
23-Aug 9:49 P.M. @DavidForbes: Grants would go to airport master plan, firefighting facility, fire vehicle
23-Aug 9:51 P.M. @DavidForbes: Since still getting questions: #avlfoodtruck rules passed 4-3. Will need 2nd reading at nxt mtg.
23-Aug 9:51 P.M. @DavidForbes: Grants pass unanimously. Onto Planning and Zoning appointments
23-Aug 9:53 P.M. @DavidForbes: Council members naming picks
23-Aug 9:54 P.M. @DavidForbes: Manheimer: Jeremy Goldstein, Abigal Emison, Christie Carter
23-Aug 9:54 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bothwell: Joe Minicozzi, Jane Mathews, Steve Rasmussen
23-Aug 9:55 P.M. @DavidForbes: Newman: Carter, David Mosrie, Jane Mathews
23-Aug 9:56 P.M. @DavidForbes: Smith: Mathews, Minicozzi, Mosrie.
23-Aug 9:57 P.M. @DavidForbes: Jane Mathews, Christie Carter, Jeremy Goldstein newest Planning and Zoning Commission members
23-Aug 9:59 P.M. @DavidForbes: Bellamy: Guarantee three people we appointed will not make all of Asheville happy.
23-Aug 10:00 P.M. @DavidForbes: Correction: Kristy Carter. My apologies, it’s been a long night
23-Aug 10:01 P.M. @DavidForbes: Chiaromonte: Water still off in Pritchard Park, APD is harassing me, Asheville like Sodom and Gomorrah
23-Aug 10:05 P.M. @DavidForbes: Timothy Sadler: Some level of profiling of homeless. Also want to be assured prepraed for Irene or other serious storm
23-Aug 10:07 P.M. @DavidForbes: Jackson: We’ll have a preparedness briefing at the next mtg. Davis: Very real prep for coming storm