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City Council hears update on Asheville’s new Office of Data and Performance

  Money reallocated in the budget as part of Reimagining Public Safety is being reinvested into a new initiative designed to increase transparency in government and provide data-driven accountability to our community.   During their Jan. 26 meeting, staff provided an update to City Council on the City’s newly launched Office of Data and Performance. [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold Jan. 26 work session on affordable housing prior to regular remote meeting

    For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the 5 p.m. Jan. 26 City Council meeting. Prior to the formal meeting, City Council will hold a 3 p.m. virtual City Council work session on affordable housing. The work session agenda is located

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Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer releases statement

  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer shares this statement with our community Jan. 19:   “We have been getting questions about safety leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden, following FBI reports of the potential for national unrest and violence at state capitols.”   “We want to assure everyone that the City of Asheville is coordinating any needed law [...]

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Lights to shine in Asheville in acknowledgement of those lost to COVID-19 

  As a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19, the City of Asheville will join with cities and towns across the country tonight,  Jan. 19, with a special lighting of Asheville City Hall and the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has invited cities and towns around [...]

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Asheville City offices to close for MLK Jr. Day, ART buses will run on a holiday schedule

  Asheville City government offices will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a look at City services affected by this holiday.   Trash and recycling Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation Services will run on schedule. Residential trash and recycling will be collected as normal on [...]

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Asheville to waive some fees to help support local businesses during State of Emergency

  To help reduce economic hardship posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville will continue to waive or suspend collection of fees on a case-by-case basis. Asheville City Council approved this action during their Jan. 12 meeting. The fees that may be waived include temporary uses, outdoor dining, a-frame signage, push carts, and associated trade permits. Many [...]

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Asheville Mayor recognizes frontline and onsite City employees with proclamation

  In recognition of City frontline and  onsite employees who have remained on the job during the COVID pandemic, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer issued a proclamation designating Jan. 12 as City Employee Heroes Day.   While all employees are essential workers, because all City jobs have to be done in order to provide our community with vital City services, approximately [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings and here’s how to participate

For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the 5 p.m. Jan. 12 City Council meeting.  Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in the Council meeting. This meeting can be accessed through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub.

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Asheville receives dusting of snow, City offices open

  While predicted snow moved in overnight, so far Asheville has only received a dusting and roads remain clear, with the exception of a few icy spots. City of Asheville facilities will open on the schedule we have been following under guidelines for the COVID pandemic.   City Streets crews were out monitoring and treating streets as needed [...]

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Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year

  Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.   Residents can look forward to advances in [...]

City of Asheville recognizing onsite and frontline employees

At the City of Asheville, all employees are essential workers, because all City jobs have to be done in order to provide our community with vital City services. During the pandemic, approximately 20% of the workforce was able to work from home. For the remainder of our workers, this was not an option.    While the governor [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter holiday closings and ART bus holiday schedule

  City of Asheville offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 28 in observance of the winter holiday break. City offices will be closed New Year’s Day as well, Jan. 1, 2021.   The City’s Sanitation schedule will not be affected by these closures this year. The Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville remains closed to the public [...]

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Asheville’s 30/60/90 Day Plan transitions to a sustained effort: Advancing Racial Equity in Asheville 

  From the start, City Manager Debra Campbell said Asheville’s 30/60/90 Day Plan was only the beginning and would serve as a foundation for a more holistic approach to incorporating racial equity into City operations. At the Dec. 8 City Council meeting, she unveiled the next step and it is intended to be a step that [...]

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Historic all-woman City Council to lead Asheville’s government

  One hundred years after women earned the right to vote in America, Asheville will seat its first all-woman City Council Dec. 8. It’s an all-first in the state of North Carolina and it’s a rarity nationwide.   Led by Mayor Esther Manheimer, new Council members Sandra Kilgore, Kim Roney and Sage Turner will take their seats in (a virtual) Council Chamber [...]

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