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Asheville City Council takes next step toward reinstating at-large elections and nonpartisan municipal primaries  

    Asheville City Council took a step closer to amending its charter to reinstate at-large elections for all Council members and nonpartisan Council primaries by holding public hearings on the matter during their Sept. 24 meeting. The City’s charter is listed in Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code, posted on the City’s website.   During the [...]

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Asheville City Council moves Sept. 24 meeting to USCC Banquet Hall

Update: Because tonight’s Ashville City Council meeting is offsite, we will not be able to show presentations on the live stream. For people who want to follow along, here is a link to them however. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MZfE6Ak7hnvzkAE5VvKjYp_oUreuZNuy?usp=sharing   Original post: The next formal meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in [...]

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Asheville City Council to consider reinstating at-large elections through charter amendments

  Two resolutions passed by City Council Sept. 10 set into motion a process to reverse state law mandating district elections for the City’s governing board. The resolutions are part of a three-step process required to amend the City’s charter and return the Council elections to an at-large format and restore primary elections, said City Attorney Brad [...]

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City Council sets public hearing to consider hotel moratorium

  Asheville City Council passed a motion Tuesday setting a Sept. 24 public hearing to consider a temporary moratorium on hotel development approvals within the City of Asheville. This moratorium would place a temporary hold on hotel development in Asheville for up to one year.   In a Sept. 10 presentation to Council, City Attorney Brad Branham and [...]

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Aston Park tennis court to be named for Lewis Isaac

  A fixture on the Asheville tennis scene and former City employee will be recognized for his dedication to both.   At their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to name Court 1 at Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave., in memory of the late Lewis Isaac.   Isaac was a longtime City of Asheville employee. Following his [...]

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Asheville City Council approves multimodal improvements to enhance mobility and safety for residents

The Charlotte Street Road Diet will move forward, with construction expected in 2020. During their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a resolution appropriating $973,556.10 to Harrison Construction-Candler Division for the construction of improvements designed to enhance safety for multiple modes of transportation.   It was one of three multimodal items approved by Council during the [...]

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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:

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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 [...]