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Asheville Police to close its buildings to public to promote COVID-19 social distancing measures 

  In an effort to ensure the highest safety for our police officers and Asheville Police Department (APD) personnel, as well as decrease the chances for the spread of COVID-19 within our community, all APD buildings, including the Municipal Building and all district resource centers, will close to the public effective immediately.    This action is aligned with [...]

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Asheville City Council meeting to be held following CDC, state and local guidelines

    Top priority is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming our healthcare network   As the City of Asheville continues to work through the COVID-19 public health emergency,  we want to make our residents aware of our modified operations, especially regarding how they can participate in their City government.   Taking into consideration CDC, N.C. Department of Health [...]

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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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Newly amended Asheville State of Emergency proclamation in response to COVID-19 limits gatherings to 10

  In alignment with Buncombe County, on March 19, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a newly amended State of Emergency proclamation for the City of Asheville, based on the public health emergency posed by COVID-19.   This proclamation limits public gatherings on property owned by the City of Asheville to no more than 10 people.   The new order adheres [...]

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Asheville installs social distancing measures on ART buses during COVID-19 public health emergency

  City also suspends on-street parking enforcement, opens garages for free   During this COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Asheville is working to increase the safety and security of our community, which is always a top priority.  One of those ways is through encouraging social distancing.    Toward that end, the City’s ART bus service is putting a system [...]

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COVID-19: A message from Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell

    The City of Asheville is modifying its operations until further notice to protect our residents and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Asheville City Hall and other municipal buildings will be closed to the public, starting March 17. Some City employees will telecommute to minimize person-to-person contact. It is important to note that all essential [...]

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City of Asheville to temporarily suspend water disconnections

    In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Asheville Water Resources will suspend all water account disconnections due to non-payment of City of Asheville combined utility bills.  During this time, we want to ensure all Asheville water customers have access to clean drinking water and wastewater services. In suspending water disconnections, the City hopes to [...]

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Asheville Mayor Manheimer amends State of Emergency proclamation, limiting organized gatherings on City property to 100

  In concert with Buncombe County, on March 12, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a State of Emergency proclamation for the City of Asheville, based on the public health emergency posed by COVID-19. As part of the City’s State of Emergency, organized gatherings of 250 or more persons were prohibited on City-owned property.  Shortly after the City’s State [...]

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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 [...]

Asheville City Council to hold budget retreat

  Asheville City Council will hold a budget retreat March 13 in the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville banquet hall. This daylong budget retreat will be streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel at this link. Council members will attend a legislative breakfast starting at  8 a.m. and then the actual retreat will [...]

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Giant animatronic sculpture to go on display in Asheville’s South Slope

  Acclaimed work was engineered, sculpted and fabricated by an interdisciplinary UNC Asheville team     Republished from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina   Wake, Mel Chin’s giant animatronic sculpture, installed in New York City’s Times Square last summer, will be on view from March 15 to Sept. 7 at 44 Collier Ave., in Asheville’s South Slope.   Chin, a WNC-based conceptual artist, [...]

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Housing market report looks at challenges in Asheville and surrounding counties

  The City of Asheville is releasing the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The purpose of this report is to conduct a Housing Needs Assessment of the four-county region that includes and surrounds the city of Asheville. The four counties evaluated in this report include Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania. This evaluation takes into account the demographics, [...]

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Community invited to participate in survey about City-owned downtown Asheville properties

    The community is invited to provide online feedback on draft design concepts for City-owned properties at the intersection of Haywood Street and Page Avenue and the adjacent downtown area.     Feedback will be collected via an online survey. This input opportunity is intended for those  who could not make it to the public presentation and work session [...]

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Asheville Fire Department maintains accreditation status

 The Asheville Fire Department learned that the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) unanimously approved to grant them accredited status at a public hearing this week in Orlando, Fla.   Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation that enables the department to examine service delivery and compare it to the industry standards. It [...]

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