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Asheville Sanitation modifies operations to make progress in brush collection  

    Through the COVID-19 public health emergency, Asheville Sanitation has been working to balance service to our residents with safety considerations of its employees. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.  Some operations, such as brush collection, require two- to three-person crews, which makes it difficult to adhere to physical distancing guidelines [...]

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City of Asheville provides hand washing stations to help reduce spread of COVID-19 

    Update: For a map of temporary, portable hand washing stations and restrooms, visit this link. The map is being updated as new stations are installed.   Original post: With the COVID-19 public health emergency going on it has never been more important to be able to wash your hands. Besides keeping 6 feet of distance [...]

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City of Asheville employees continue to serve our community during time of social distancing for COVID-19 safety

    City  of Asheville employees continue to work during the COVID-19 public health emergency, serving you, our residents. All essential police, fire, sanitation, transit and water services are being maintained as we continue to serve and protect this community, even in this difficult time. Other employees have transitioned to a telecommuting workstation from home, where work in [...]

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Asheville modifies Sanitation schedule to keep collections going and help protect our staff from COVID-19  

    During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Asheville has maintained our essential services in police, fire, transit, water — and sanitation. We are proud to have been able to continue our trash and recycling collections during this difficult time in which everyone has to maintain social distancing to help prevent spread of the [...]

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Hemlock tree beside City Hall removed and replaced

    A declining hemlock tree beside Asheville City Hall will be removed and replaced with a new tree. The Public Works Tree Crew is carrying out the removal and stump grinding in coordination with the City’s planting contractor to facilitate immediate replacement.   This blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) was planted after the hemlock was removed. It matches a blackgum tree [...]

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Kenilworth and State Street bond projects move to construction phase, along with Old Toll Road repair

    Spring’s warmer weather brings not only longer days — it jumpstarts the City of Asheville’s ability to make sidewalk repairs in preparation for paving season. After a rainy winter that hampered Public Works installations, such as on stormwater systems, contractors are mobilizing for work on two major thoroughfares as part of the bond projects. Another project [...]

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City of Asheville tree-planting program to begin in March

    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”   ― Chinese proverb   The City of Asheville will have more sweet shade, the rustle of green leaves and flashes of fall color with a tree planting program that begins in March.   Many of these will be what is called “street trees,” those [...]

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ART bus service to resume at 8 a.m., City government offices to open at 10 a.m.

  Asheville City government offices and facilities will open on a delayed schedule, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, due to the potential for black ice on our roads.  ART bus service will resume at 8 a.m. Friday. Asheville Parks & Recreation Fun Day Out programs will open at 10 a.m. Friday at Stephens Lee, Vance and Montford [...]

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Snow updates recap: Wednesday and Thursday

Latest news Asheville City government offices to open at 10 a.m. Friday; patches of black ice possible on streets   Thursday updates, Feb. 20   Buses are still running this afternoon, but as temperatures drop during this snowy weather Asheville Rides Transit (ART) will suspend service this evening. The last bus to leave the transit center [...]

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City of Asheville launches AVL Collects to promote better recycling rate, help residents keep up with collection dates

    You’ve got a lot to remember between family stuff, work stuff, school stuff and all the other STUFF that crops up in life. How about something that makes your trash and recycling collection easier?   The City of Asheville’s Sanitation Division is pleased to launch the AVL Collects webpage and smart device app, available for Apple [...]

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City Council approves lease agreement for new south Asheville Police Resource Center location

    The Asheville Police Department (APD) will relocate its south resource center, under a lease agreement approved by City Council. At their Jan. 14, meeting Council approved a lease for the move of the Resource Center from the Skyland Fire and Rescue Building to a facility with more space for officers to do their job. The new [...]

Asheville streets drying out, Public Works monitoring for potential icy spots

    The snow that blew through Asheville this morning left wind in its wake, and that is drying out streets quickly.   “We have been all around the city all morning and have found very few to no issues,” said City Streets Manager Chad Bandy. “We will continue to have trucks ready to address spots as they are [...]

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City of Asheville is prepared for road impacts from overnight wintry weather

  Find the latest Tuesday updates at this link.   Monday, Nov. 11: In preparation for the cold front moving our way, the Asheville Public Works Department is preparing for any snow or ice that may come with it.   The National Weather Service forecast has been fairly consistent for the last 36 hours.   Rain is [...]

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Asheville Urban Tree Canopy Study looks at canopy loss and opportunities to preserve it

    A just completed Urban Tree Canopy Study determined that there has been a 6.4% loss in tree canopy in the City of Asheville in the past decade. Commissioned by the City’s Public Works Department in coordination with the Tree Commission, the study identifies the change in tree canopy coverage over the entire city of Asheville [...]

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Asheville City Council allocates funds for downtown cleanliness

  Keeping our downtown clean enhances it for everyone. During their Oct. 22 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a contract for WNC Landscaping to focus on Central Business District cleanliness. Specifically, the contractor will:         Pressure wash City-owned downtown sidewalks;         Keep those sidewalks clear of weeds;         [...]

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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 [...]

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for 2020

  From the U.S. Census: The U.S. Census Bureau continues to recruit thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors, and census takers by completing a single [...]