“Low wages, corporate landlords, lack of rent control, high prices, brutal traffic, the fake homeless, street crime and white collar crime have all combined to make Asheville an increasingly undesirable place in which to call home.”
There wasn’t much tension between Nathan Ramsey and John Ager at the Council of Independent Business Owners’s early-morning debate, Friday, Aug. 29 perhaps because of a personal history. “John’s my neighbor,” said Ramsey. “I’ve known John since I was probably about two years old.” Not only are the two candidates personal acquaintances, both grew up in the […]
Asheville City Council hosted a brief community meeting Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School to hear public comment on the city’s Strategic Operating Plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Asheville City Council and Mayor Esther Manheimer will host a community meeting, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School (305 Overlook Road) to discuss the 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan with the public. Each year, Council develops a SOP outlining goals for the upcoming fiscal year and used as a roadmap for policy […]
Asheville City Council will consider an ordinance next week aimed at attacking the city’s problem with graffiti. The Council will consider tougher penalties for the perpetrators while making property owners responsible for cleanup. The ordinance calls for a three-way approach to dealing with the issue: education, enforcement and rapid removal. A city staff recommendation would […]
On April 8, Asheville City Council members voted unanimously to pass a resolution to adopt a Housing Trust Fund recommendation to fund Biotat LLC’s Oak Hill Commons Project, as well as an ordinance adopting the new 2014-15 Fees and Charges Manual. Council also considered a request that city officials ban circuses that use exotic animals from […]
With prospects of a special tax to fund a downtown Business Improvement District unlikely, the board for Asheville’s Downtown Improvement District is officially going dormant. According to a board representative, the members continue to work to accomplish the BID’s goals through other organizations and methods.
City Council had nothing new to say after a two-hour closed session. The July 5 meeting was called to discuss updates on an investigation of complaints against a “public officer or employee.” (Photo by Brandy Carl)
An unassuming patch of ground on East Chestnut Street embodies a critical debate confronting Asheville: How does a rapidly changing city balance the unique virtues of local character and the pressing need for more housing?
At their April 2 meeting, Buncombe Commissioners will consider adding language to the personnel ordinance that will protect County workers from discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. This post features live updates from the meeting via Twitter.
Council votes to demolish the ice house at 91 Riverside Drive, approves food trucks in Biltmore village and more at the first meeting of 2013. (photo by Max Cooper)
Before the Dec. 11 Asheville City Council meeting, staff will present a long-awaited report on a possible merger of the city’s water system. The agenda also has plenty to consider, including the appointment of a board for the downtown Business Improvement District, tougher conservation easement rules for the watershed and a trolley bicycle service.
At tonight’s Oct. 23 meeting, Asheville City Council will consider two rezoning requests about two very different things — a private school and a bicycle taxi service — and hear a request that $300,000 be released early for the Eagle Market Place project.
Follow live Twitter coverage of the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters’ forum here, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This forum focuses on the 114th House District (where Rep. Susan Fisher is running unopposed), and the 1st Buncombe County Board of Commissioners District (where Democrats Holly Jones and Brownie Newman are running against Republican Don Guge).
For years, people living near the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site have asked to be placed on city water. Extremely high levels of trichloroethylene, a known carcinogen, have repeatedly been found in some Mills Gap residents’ wells. On Sept. 25, Asheville City Council unanimously approved extending water lines to all 129 households within a mile of the site.
The commissioners unanimously cast a final vote Sept. 18 approving a plan to reevaluate property values for tax purposes a year before they’re required to by state law. Tax Collector Gary Roberts speaks to Commissioners at the meeting (Photo by Bill Rhodes)
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners took a major step Sept. 4 toward building an extensive greenway system that would link towns, parks, schools and other key sites throughout the county.
Tonight, July 24, Asheville City Council heard the first public report on the Asheville Police Department evidence room, revealing a state of deep disarray. Mayor Terry Bellamy called the situation “appalling,” and the auditors estimated it will take at least two years to sort out.
June 26 meeting Ingles sign variance voted down Tobacco sponsorships banned from future festivals Staff studies aren't usually particularly controversial. But a proposed traffic-engineering study for the Charlotte Street corridor got some pushback at the Asheville City Council’s June 26 meeting. Some area residents said the $50,000 study is an unnecessary expense — and the […]
During the April 19 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation about the impact of adult care homes in Buncombe County. Currently, Buncombe County has more adult care homes than any other county in the state. These are the highlights from that presentation and other business conducted tonight.
In a meeting that lasted less than an hour and attracted less than 15 people after the recognition portion of the meeting ended, Asheville City Council breezed through its agenda items this evening. Here are a few of the highlights from tonight’s meeting. Look for a full report from Xpress in the April 18 issue. (Photo by Max Cooper)