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City of Asheville’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget posted online

    The City of Asheville’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget is now posted online at this link. It’s available for everyone to review!   The budget was presented to City Council during their May 14 meeting, 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall. Find the proposed budget presentation to Council [...]

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VIDEO: Urban Centers initiative, plus ways you can still weigh in on this project

  If you missed the May 7-8 public meetings on the City of Asheville’s Urban Centers initiative, we offer our residents a video version of the presentation given at these meetings. Watch the video, then scroll down for more information below this initiative.     About the Urban Centers initiative The City of Asheville is working on a plan for the [...]

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Connect with down payment resources, lenders and realtors at Asheville Home Ownership Fair

  The City of Asheville will hold a Home Ownership Fair from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Stephens Lee Center gymnasium, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Come learn about resources available to help you and your family become homeowners in Asheville.   At the fair, residents can learn about the City’s down payment assistance program, [...]

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City to host public meeting on police chief search

The City of Asheville will hold an informational meeting to discuss how public input informed the profile used to search for Asheville’s next police chief. The informational session will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Stephens Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Working in partnership with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) [...]

City to embark on Urban Centers project and is asking for community input

The City of Asheville is seeking public input on the potential future zoning of properties at/near  Kmart (Patton Avenue), Innsbruck Mall (Tunnel Road), Steinmart (Merrimon Avenue) and Walmart (Bleachery Boulevard). The Urban Centers initiative will examine how the properties may be used in the future and what they could look like if redeveloped. The initiative [...]

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Wet Lab video: Hands-on facility where Asheville Water Maintenance workers build their skills

  Before they hit the field and real waterline break and installation situations, Asheville Water Resources puts its maintenance employees to the test in a hands-on simulation setting. They get wet!   Tim Burdine’s job: Ensuring that the approximately 1,700 miles of waterline in Asheville’s water system keeps flowing. Burdine, Asheville Water Maintenance Division Manager, has been on the [...]

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City’s Youth Leadership Academy class recognized and encouraged by Mayor

    Going to college, getting guidance on how to get there and intern experience along the way form key components of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, also known as CAYLA. At City Council’s April 23 meeting, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer recognized the 38 CAYLA participants from this year’s class. It’s a proud [...]

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City Council recognizes Asheville’s Chief Building Official Mark Matheny as part of Building Safety Month proclamation

    Building structural integrity — these are unswerving tenants required for the safety of Asheville residents.   You could call Asheville’s Chief Building Official Mark Matheny “the enforcer” on that count. He might also be termed a superhero.   Matheny was recognized and made some remarks on the topic before Asheville City Council, as Council proclaimed May Building Safety Month [...]

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City of Asheville water transmission line projects beginning, discoloration possible

  At a glance Asheville Water System receiving an upgrade critical to protecting our community from water loss during a major flood, as what happened during the Flood of 2004. This involves installation of a third water transmission line. Once installed the transmission line will need to be tied into two existing transmission lines. There is the possibility this could [...]

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Riverside Drive, some parks re-open, following flooding

  Following 5 inches of relentless rain Friday, more than a dozen Asheville streets were closed over the weekend, including several in Biltmore Village. On a holiday weekend, Asheville Public Works, Parks and Fire Department crews rolled up their sleeves and went to work, rescuing stranded motorists, barricading roads and cleaning roads once waters receded, following flooding [...]

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Sunday: More roads re-open, some remain closed, following flood

  Asheville Public Works crews remain out on our streets, monitoring river overflow levels and road closures. Here is where things stand on this Easter Sunday.   Roads that remain closed Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Riverside Drive at the railroad trestle Old Toll Road on Town Mountain Blue Brier Road, also on Town Mountain It should be noted that a section of [...]

A pipe washout under Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway prompted its closing until a repair can be made.
Saturday: Some Asheville streets re-open, following torrential rain and flooding

  Saturday — following Friday’s flooding — turned out to be a day of road openings coupled with some new closings. Asheville Public Works crews worked overnight to re-open Biltmore Village streets, following a day of torrential rain that flooded streets and parks adjacent to the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers. Some additional roads opened as crews continued to [...]

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