Even as elected officials and county staff digested word of new indictments of former county employees released less than four hours before the regular meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 7, efforts to select a new county manager continued to move ahead.
Buncombe County is one step closer to recouping the money it claims was misappropriated by former County Manager Wanda Greene and her son, Michael Greene, who served as a county employee until August 2017.
The next major step in the selection of a new county manager involves deciding whether to hire an executive search firm. That’s an issue commissioners will discuss during their meeting on Tuesday, July 10.
During their June 19 meeting, Buncombe County commissioners approved a 1-cent increase for the 11 fire districts that requested at least that amount from the county this year. The officials then picked through the requests to identify districts they believed deserved more than the 1-cent baseline.
Two pivotal items on the board’s agenda were the approval of the FY 2019 budget and the appointment of an interim county manager after the sudden departure of former manager Mandy Stone.
After the announcement that county manager Mandy Stone would be retiring effective July 1, Buncombe County is now in need of a new county manager. The government has also filed a lawsuit against former county manager Wanda Greene in an effort to recoup money it claims she misappropriated.
Tuesday, May 15 will mark the first opportunity for citizens to hear about Buncombe County’s proposed budget for FY 2019.
The county Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance on Tuesday that will require developers seeking to build 75 or more residential units to also submit a traffic study with their application.
A 22-page report sparked an approximately two hour discussion during a Board of Commissioners meeting on April 17 about the merits of allowing a for-profit EMS system to operate in Buncombe County.
Early voting for the May 8 primary in Buncombe County begins Thursday, April 19 and will extend through Saturday, May 5. Voters in Buncombe County can cast a ballot at one of eight sites.
The Buncombe County Planning Board approved a zoning amendment on Feb. 19 that would require developers to submit a traffic impact study when seeking approval for a development with more than 75 residential units.
A proposed change to the Buncombe County zoning ordinance would require developers to submit a traffic impact study for any residential development with more than 75 units. The Planning Board discussed the issue at its Feb. 5 meeting and will invite public comment later this month.
In a heated three-hour session that included pleas from opposite extremes during the public-comment period and one person getting thrown out of the chambers, the Buncombe County Board of Commissions voted 4-3, to approve changes to the county’s animal control ordinance.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will start the new year with a Tuesday, Jan. 6, meeting, at which they’ll consider changes to the Animal Control Ordinance, including current regulations for tethering dogs.
Leading up to a Dec. 1 decision, Democrats and Republicans are jockeying behind the scenes to determine who will serve as vice chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
Counting on a longterm return and benefit to the area, Buncombe County commissioners approved two economic incentive packages today, Nov. 18, in exchange for the creation of new jobs and millions of dollars of investment in the county economy. Commissioners unanimously approved a $9 million economic incentive for gear maker Linamar North Carolina Inc., to […]
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has a busy few weeks coming up, with several meetings planned as well as the swearing-in of its newly elected member, Miranda DeBruhl.
Despite rightward-streaming state and federal political currents, Buncombe County stood out on election night as a small sea of Democratic blue. In several important local races, Democratic candidates toppled Republican incumbents or maintained their positions of power. Here’s a look at some of those key local races, with an analysis of what happened and the consequences going forward.
Buncombe County Democrats had a big night, winning several key local races by razor thin margins. (Photo by Pat Barcas)
Students at Warren Wilson College delivered a contentious 18 vote win to Ellen Frost in 2012, giving Democrats a one seat majority on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. She faces a rematch with Republican opponent Christina Merrill this year for control of District 2, and the two candidates returned to the decisive campus in Swannanoa for an Oct. 29 forum. (Photo by Petras Barcas)
Four candidates are battling for two seats on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. In each case, these contenders hold vastly different views on a range of issues, from taxes and spending to growing the economy and protecting the environment. Also at stake is which party holds a voting majority on the board. Here’s a closer look at those races.