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Asheville Water Resources undertakes multi-year process to identify and eliminate any source of lead from system

    In March, the Environmental Protection Agency revised its Lead and Copper Rule that strengthens regulations for eliminating lead from drinking water. The new requirements mandates, among other things, that water utilities nationwide increase tap water testing, and that they create a service line inventory to check for the presence of lead pipes in water systems, [...]

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Asheville City Council adopts revised Alarm Ordinance designed to cut down on false alarms

  With the new fiscal year will come new registration and renewal fees for alarm systems in the City of Asheville. Following an overwhelming number of false alarms coming into the Asheville Police Department — 97% of which were false alarms — City Council adopted a revised Alarm Ordinance at its June 22 meeting.   According to the [...]

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Asheville Fire Department to apply for FEMA funding to increase firefighter safety

  The Asheville Fire Department is requesting the authorization to apply for a FEMA Firefighters Grant of $130,910 to provide funding to purchase two air compressors to allow greater accessibility to fill air bottles used by firefighters during operation at a fire scene.    During their June 22 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized a resolution for the City [...]

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AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion to continue through 2021

    The City of Asheville’s AVL Shares Space temporary outdoor expansion initiatives launched in the spring 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access in alignment with COVID-19 public health guidelines.    In fall 2020, the City extended these temporary initiatives to align with the Local State of NC Emergency issued [...]

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Asheville City Council meetings return to in-person format and will be streamed live online

  Asheville City Council will continue meeting in person June 22 and July 27  at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St.   This comes on the heels of not only Gov. Roy Cooper’s easing of statewide facemask and social distancing restrictions per Executive Order 209 but also Buncombe County’s action [...]

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French Broad River West Greenway construction gets under way

    Construction for the French Broad River West Greenway is under way! This greenway will extend from the southern end of the French Broad River Park near the dog park to the existing greenway under the Haywood Road bridge.  Current activities include surveying, soil and sedimentation protection and preliminary grading. Part of the preliminary grading work includes [...]

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City of Asheville to observe its first Juneteenth holiday 

    On June 18, Asheville City offices will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Technically on June 19, it marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally  told they were free. These enslaved people learned they were free two years after [...]

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 Contractors to begin resurfacing Asheville streets, improving your driving experience

Asheville’s streets keep getting better, thanks to investments in annual resurfacing coupled with the bond program.   Two downtown streets will be resurfaced this year as part of the bond program. They include Carolina Lane and Langren Alley. Both alleys have been identified as beneficial pedestrian corridors and this resurfacing will improve the surface for both vehicular [...]

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Asheville City Council makes initial $2.1 million in reparations funding appropriation

    At their June 8 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to appropriate $2.1 million in proceeds from the sale of City-owned land at 172 and 174 South Charlotte Street to fund community reparations. A portion of this property includes land the City purchased in the 1970s through Urban Renewal of East End/Valley Street.   The Council action was [...]

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City of Asheville to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks for our community

  The City of Asheville will put on a fireworks display downtown for the Fourth of July! However, for this year, there will be no accompanying festival activities. While there will be no food or drink vendors at the park, people are welcome to bring their own picnic or order take-out from a favorite restaurant.   There will [...]

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Asheville City Council meetings return to in-person format and will be streamed live online

  With Gov. Roy Cooper’s easing of statewide facemask and social distancing restrictions and extending capacity on gatherings per Executive Order 209, the Asheville City Council will transition back to meeting in person. As a start, the June 8, June 22 and July 27 City Council meetings will be held at the Harrah’s [...]