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Asheville City Council accepts donations from two groups for ART bus shelters

  Civic partners stepped up to provide funding for three bus shelters — $16,000 in contributions combined — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their May 25 meeting.   The Transportation Department has been working with these community organizations to provide donations to install standard bus shelters along Asheville Rides Transit bus routes.   The Rotary Club [...]

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Cedar Street in Oakley neighborhood to close for stormwater drainage system upgrade

  Asheville’s Public Works Stormwater Division will close Cedar Street in the Oakley neighborhood for 5 weeks in June to perform an extensive stormwater drainage system upgrade. This work is being done to replace failing stormwater infrastructure and reduce street flooding in the area.   Detour map The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. June 1, and [...]

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Asheville’s ART buses to resume at full capacity on May 20

    On Thursday, May 20, ART buses resume full capacity.   In accordance with state and federal regulations regarding COVID-19 safety measures, masks must still be worn on all buses and at all transit facilities.  Free masks are available at the Transit Center and on buses.   Here’s what else you need to know about riding ART buses: Fares remain [...]

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Historic Resources Commission honors two volunteers for restoring and caring for the South Asheville Cemetery

    Each year, the Historic Resources Commission awards an individual or individuals in the community who by word or deed has kindled among the citizenry of Asheville and Buncombe County an appreciation for the history or historic resources of the area. The Historic Resources Commission is pleased to honor this year’s recipients, George Taylor and George [...]

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Community invited to Wilma Dykeman’s 101st birthday anniversary as part of River Arts District celebration

    Hey Asheville! Bring your friends to 8 River Arts Place at 3 pm Thursday (May 20) and help the community honor author Wilma Dykeman.  Dykeman, who has meant so much to the development of the French Broad Riverfront that the community named the new greenway after her, would have been 101 years old [...]

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Asheville 2021 Point-in-Time count of people experiencing homelessness tabulated

    The City of Asheville’s 2021 Point-in-Time count was conducted on January 27, 2021, and the results have been submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The 2021 Point-in-Time count identified 527 people experiencing homelessness in our community, which is a slight decrease from the 2020 count of 547.     Overall the data are consistent [...]

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City issues Requests for Proposals for leasing 8 River Arts Place and organic farmland in east Asheville

  The City of Asheville is excited to announce an opportunity to lease two unique City-owned properties. The City invites the business community and local nonprofits to review the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and apply for these opportunities. Each location has a separate RFP and will require an individual application. The City has released a Request [...]

City of Asheville to launch Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series

    The Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series is the first phase of the City of Asheville’s process to deliver community reparations for Black Asheville. The series will include local and national speakers who share information about past policies, present trends and disparities, and future initiatives. The community will have opportunities to participate. Please join [...]

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City of Asheville, Buncombe County to host virtual Memorial Day Ceremony and here’s how you can view it 

    Because of the continued need for physical distance posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will again be held as a virtual ceremony.   John Mason The keynote speaker will be USMC Veteran John Mason, who was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for Valor during his time in Vietnam 1968 [...]

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Asheville City Council adopts modest fees and charges changes for FY 2021-2022

    In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic economically challenged our community, the City of Asheville did not increase fees and charges for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 (which runs July to June). Also, in an effort to limit the financial impact of the pandemic, some fees were waived, and late charges were deferred. This was done even though [...]

Summary of Asheville City Council’s final budget work session

    Asheville City Council held their fifth and final budget work session May 11. Staff provided draft budget recommendations for City Council to consider including in the manager’s recommended budget. To review the presentation and materials, visit this website.    The draft recommendations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 budget include a balanced and fiscally [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to May 11 meeting 

    For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the May 11 City Council meeting.  In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. budget work session.   May 11 will be the fifth budget work session for the 2021-2022 budget. The [...]

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Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to block the City from removing the Vance Monument

Removal of the Vance Monument can proceed, after Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Alan Thornburg granted the City’s Motion to Dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group seeking to block the City’s planned removal of the monument.   Following Asheville City Council’s March 23 vote authorizing demolition of the 75-foot obelisk on Pack Square, The Society for [...]

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Make spring brush collection a breeze with these tips from Asheville Sanitation 

  Warmer weather has come, bringing with it spring clean up of brush in many yards. Here are some important guidelines and reminders from Asheville Sanitation:   Have brush at the curb no later than 7 a.m. Monday on the collection day of your week. View your schedule or sign up for collection reminders at ashevillenc.gov/AVLcollects or [...]

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