How to engage in the City of Asheville budget process: Survey now open, meetings happening as well

  The City of Asheville wants to hear from you!  City staff have approached the budget process differently this year by reviewing existing services with a focus on members of our community that experience inequity.   Through our internal department work, and from what heard through Reimagining Public Safety several opportunities for improvements emerged: Economic [...]

Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to March 23 meeting 

    For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the March 23 City Council meeting. In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. budget work session.   March 23 will be the second budget work session for the 2021-2022 budget. The [...]

Equity and Inclusion Assessment presented to Asheville City Council

  Three years after the inception of the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, an internal assessment looks at the work conducted by the department and opportunities for improvement.   At their March 9 meeting, Internal Auditor Patricia Rosenberg presented the Equity and Inclusion Assessment findings to Asheville City Council. The assessment began as a request from Black [...]

Greenway construction to connect 2 existing greenways through 4 parks

  Construction to extend the French Broad River Greenway West this spring will connect it to French Broad River Park, creating a 4-mile stretch of continuous riverside greenway through four parks in Asheville.  During their March 9 meeting, Asheville City Council approved funding for the French Broad River Greenway West Bank Construction Project. Federal funds administered through [...]

Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to March 9 meeting 

  For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the March 9 City Council meeting. In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 1 p.m. budget work session.   March 9 will be the first budget work session for the 2021-2022 budget. [...]

City of Asheville takes equity-focused approach to budget

Work sessions scheduled   It’s budget season for the City of Asheville. From March through June, City Council will work with City staff to review budget options, aligning Council and community priorities with available funding.   The City’s operating budget must be passed by July 1.    The discussions leading up to the final budget happen during budget work sessions, meetings [...]

City pulls Asheland Avenue proposal from Council agenda

  Asheville City Council has agreed, at the request of the City Manager, to pull the proposal to sell the land located on Asheland Avenue between Phifer Street and Morgan Avenue to the Haywood Street Congregation to build affordable housing. The proposal was initially scheduled for City Council’s Feb. 23 agenda.   Building new affordable housing remains and [...]

Asheville City Council continues remote format for Feb. 23 meeting 

  For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the Feb. 23 City Council meeting.    In accordance with N.C. General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) meetings continue to be accessed through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub.   The agenda is posted

Sam Powers to retire from position as Asheville Community and Economic Development Director

  After 16 years as Asheville Community and Economic Development Director, Sam Powers will retire in April. Please join us in congratulating Powers on this 16 years of service to the City of Asheville. Powers has worked in the Community and Economic Development field for a total of 43 years.    “Retirement was a difficult decision to reach, [...]

A message to our community: Regarding removal of homeless camp

  On Feb. 1, a homeless camp under an I-240 bridge in the City limits was removed. The action did not align with the City of Asheville’s typical practice in handling homeless camps. The City Manager’s Office met with Division 13 North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) staff Feb. 2 to fully understand what occurred and [...]

ART buses, City of Asheville offices on weather delay; trash pickup cancelled

UPDATE: Due to continued snowy road conditions, ART bus service has been delayed until noon. Once it begins routes may be detoured, depending on road conditions.    Due to inclement weather and snowy road conditions, particularly on secondary roads, Asheville Sanitation (trash, recycling, brush, and bulky collection) are cancelled for today. Sanitation will operate on its “closure schedule,” [...]

Asheville City Council votes to extend funding to house unsheltered residents vulnerable to COVID-19

  Recognizing the additional threat of harm posed by COVID-19 to already vulnerable unsheltered residents, the City of Asheville has taken proactive measures to provide socially distanced emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.    Initially, the City provided temporary shelter to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of age [...]

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

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 the country to join [...]

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