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For Fire Prevention Week, Asheville Fire Department reminds residents: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!

  The Asheville Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™” The campaign, which runs [...]

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Making history: First female Asheville Police Officer to patrol on motorcycle

Asheville Police Department’s (APD) Senior Police Officer Meg Donahue pinned the honorable Motor Officer wings to her uniform in August, after successfully completing one of the most rigorous training courses a police officer can endure.   Officer Donahue is one of only three women that have ever completed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Basic Motor [...]

Asheville greenways update: Spring 2020 construction is coming!

  Funding now in place for Asheville greenway projects will pave the way for spring 2020 construction. These shovel-ready projects are funded in part by state and federal transportation money administered through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). They include:   French Broad River West: This 1-mile greenway will fill a greenway gap [...]

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Asheville City Council takes next step toward reinstating at-large elections and nonpartisan municipal primaries  

    Asheville City Council took a step closer to amending its charter to reinstate at-large elections for all Council members and nonpartisan Council primaries by holding public hearings on the matter during their Sept. 24 meeting. The City’s charter is listed in Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code, posted on the City’s website.   During the [...]

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City Council approves 1-year Asheville hotel moratorium 

    No hotel approval applications will go before City Council for a year, under a hotel moratorium approved by Council at their Sept. 24 meeting.   City staff will use this time to work with the Urban Land Institute Charlotte on a planning process to include two community engagement sessions, analysis of the hotel industry, [...]

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City of Asheville to fund focused homeless street outreach effort

  Partnering with Homeward Bound, the City of Asheville will fund a full-time position to provide assertive street outreach for homeless populations not currently being served.   At their Sept. 24 meeting, City Council allocated $150,000 in the adopted Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget to Homeward Bound for homeless street outreach services. This will be used to [...]

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Asheville City Council approves funding for design phase of Southside Center bond project

   The Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center Phase II bond project will move to the design phase, following approval by City Council to authorize money for a contract with Asheville architect Clark Nexsen for design services.   During their Sept. 24 meeting, Council authorized a contract for the design to proceed on the Phase 2 improvements to [...]

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Asheville City Manager shares timeline and process for hiring new Police Chief

    We want to share with the community an update about the Asheville Police Department interim leadership and the process for selecting a new Police Chief.   As previously announced, APD Chief Chris Bailey has decided to resign for personal reasons. His last day will be Sept. 27.   Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has named Robert C. White (Retired) [...]

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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 [...]

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Country superstar Kacey Musgraves plays 2 nights of sold-out shows in Asheville

    For the second night in a row, award-winning country music star Kacey Musgraves played a two-night stand of sold-out shows Sept. 16-17 at the U.S. Cellular Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.   She is the winner of six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards, and three Academy of Country Music Awards, including female Artist of the Year.  [...]

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

Update: Because tonight’s Ashville City Council meeting is offsite, we will not be able to show presentations on the live stream. For people who want to follow along, here is a link to them however. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MZfE6Ak7hnvzkAE5VvKjYp_oUreuZNuy?usp=sharing   Original post: The next formal meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in [...]

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 [...]

ART Station construction impacts begin on Monday, Sept. 16

ART Station construction impacts begin on Monday, Sept. 16. These include: Temporary ADA ramp constructed where N3/170 currently board. These buses will load on Asheland Avenue. On Tues, Sept. 17, ticketing, bathrooms, and the passenger waiting areas will be relocated to the temporary mobile units next to the Transit Center. W1, W2, N3, and 170 will board [...]

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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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