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French Broad River Dog Park re-opens!

    Calling all dogs and their owners! The French Broad River Dog Park just received repairs and improvements including 5 tractor and trailer loads of new mulch and 100 tons of screenings. Crews in Asset Management with Asheville Parks & Recreation worked diligently to prep, repair and complete improvements to the dog park.   The French Broad River Dog Park, 508 [...]

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Asheville Special Events office launches monthly open houses

  Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 19, the City of Asheville will begin a series of monthly informal, open house/community meeting opportunities to meet with businesses and residents who are interested in producing special events within Asheville city limits. Whether the event is held on public or private property, indoors or outside, the objective is to help guide [...]

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Paving, microsurfacing leads to 15 miles of resurfaced streets in Asheville this year 

  Fifteen miles of Asheville roads ride smoother, following the City’s 2019 bond and capital fund paving. And the City’s new Asphalt Preservation Project helped expand the number of streets maintained, while saving taxpayer dollars.   The process can be likened to sealing a deck instead of just letting it rot.   Instead of letting these streets [...]

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

    The next formal meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St. Free parking will be provided at the Civic Center Parking Garage for those who wish to attend, from 4 p.m. until the meeting is over.   Because of high interest [...]

City launches Asheville Business Inclusion Office

  The City of Asheville’s Minority Business Program is now the Asheville Business Inclusion Office. The office will still help local minority businesses. The name change is to better reflect how we are moving forward with the equity work that the City is doing; we need to internally change the way we view race, ethnicity, and [...]

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Asheville Police Chief to resign for personal reasons

  Asheville Police Chief Chris Bailey has given notice of his resignation for personal reasons which need his attention. Chief Bailey’s last day of employment will be September 27, 2019.   “I appreciate the opportunity and confidence the City Manager and selection committee had in me to lead the great women and men of the Asheville Police Department,” [...]

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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 of Asheville launches easy-to-use Utility Express Pay portal for your Combined Utility Statement

  Paying your City of Asheville Combined Utility Statement just got a whole lot easier. The City has launched a new online payment portal, Utility Express Pay. The enhanced portal now features: Fast and easy registration; A way to schedule recurring payments; Acceptance of debit, credit and eChecks; Paperless billing;  A place to review past bills and payments; and Ability to view and [...]

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City of Asheville staff invite community to Noise Ordinance revisions update

    Learn about data collected through extensive public process and next steps    As Asheville continues to develop and grow, the City has recognized the need to revisit and update the current municipal Noise Ordinance. Led by the Development Services Department, City staff have conducted extensive public engagement efforts this year.    The public process included outreach to neighborhood groups, the [...]