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City attorney to outline legal options regarding district elections during Asheville City Council worksession

Update Thank you to everyone who came out to the July 2 Asheville City Council worksession on municipal election districts. For those of you who missed it but would still like to review the information session and following discussion it is archived on the City of Asheville YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofAsheville To [...]

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Asheville Police Headquarters to be named after late lieutenant

At their June 11 meeting, City Council passed a resolution to name Asheville Police Headquarters in memory of former APD Lt. Walter Robertson. During his 28-year tenure at the Asheville Police Department, “Walt” Robertson became the first African American to reach the rank of Lieutenant. An Asheville native, he graduated from Lee Edwards High School and [...]

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Asheville City Council votes to accept Civic Center naming rights proposal from Harrah’s Cherokee

  Asheville City Council voted 6 to 1 May 28 to accept an offer for a 5- to 10-year naming rights agreement with Harrah’s Cherokee for the Asheville Civic Center in downtown Asheville. The new agreement will replace the existing contract with U.S. Cellular that expires December 31, 2019. The vote concludes a year-long effort to explore [...]

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City of Asheville maintains flood insurance discounts for property owners

  Asheville residents who live or own property in flood zones have access to a federally subsidized flood insurance program through the City’s participation in a FEMA Community Rating System.   The Community Rating System (CRS) program, a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides discounts off of flood insurance premiums to communities [...]

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U.S. Cellular Center renovation marches forward

  Recent improvements to Asheville’s largest convention and entertainment venue, the U.S. Cellular Center, have included addition of flexible theater seating in the arena, a new sound and lighting setup and conversion of a storage room into a press / meeting room. Now the facility’s aging HVAC system will come into the modern age.   It was last [...]

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 City Council passes modest Fees & Charges changes for FY 2019-2020

  At a glance                     On April 9, Asheville City Council adopted its Fees & Charges for FY 2019-2020.                     Fee increases are aimed at cost recovery to lessen the burden on property tax payers.                     There will be a modest increase to water and stormwater fees. Impact per the average household will be 70 cents a month or $8.40 for [...]

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City Council gives go-ahead for lease agreement with Buncombe County for new East Asheville Library

    East Asheville will get a new library — in its same location — following action by Asheville City Council to authorize a land lease to Buncombe County for the library.   During their April 9 meeting, Council voted to authorize a 99-year lease of 1.8 acres of property at 902-904 Tunnel Road for $1 per year. Buncombe [...]

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Asheville City Council makes Board of Education appointments

  At their March 26 meeting, Asheville City Council unanimously reappointed current Asheville City Board of Education Chair Shaunda Sandford and Vice Chair Martha Geitner. Each of them will serve additional four-year terms to expire in 2023. The Council also voted to appoint James Carter to complete the current term of James E. Lee III, who was [...]

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ABYSA to share financial responsibility for JBL Soccer Complex maintenance, under new agreement

Contributed image   Work began about two weeks ago at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex to repair damages caused by multiple flooding events in 2018. And a resolution adopted by Asheville City Council during its March 26 meeting puts in place an agreement for shared financial responsibility for future maintenance at the facility.   The City’s new lease agreement [...]

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City Council approves Asphalt Preservation Project, restored brick sidewalk on Chestnut Street

  Funding approved by City Council will help the City invest in maintaining our streets and sidewalks.   At their March 12 meeting, Council approved $691,194.40 in Capital Improvement funds for street repair projects and $317,687.50 in sidewalk rehabilitation work, including a pavement preservation contract that is designed to lengthen the life of streets before they need repaving. [...]

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Asheville City Council rezones Patton Avenue property for new type of Duke Energy substation

Asheville City Council cleared the way for a new Duke Energy substation with a vote to rezone portions of 252 Patton Ave. and 28 Knoxville Place, during Council’s Jan. 22 meeting.   Duke has proposed the construction of a gas-insulated, high-voltage switchgear (or GIS) substation on the parcel that formerly served as a car dealership on [...]