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LED Streetlights Coming to a Street Near You

From the City of Asheville Office of Sustainability: Beginning Monday, Nov. 12, the city will move into the third and final phase of the streetlight upgrade program in which traditional bulbs will be upgraded to LED fixtures. When complete in June 2013 all roads in city limits except Department of Transportation roads will be upgraded […]

CoA employees give at the AFD/APD Blood Drive

A big thanks to all of the City of Asheville employees who came out and donated at the Asheville Fire Department and Asheville Police Department Blood Drive on October 24. The drive, held in the City of Asheville Municipal Building that houses both the APD and AFD, saw donors from multiple departments contributing where it […]

Public input needed on bus service expansion

In the coming months, the Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) service will continue to roll out service expansions and route adjustments, including one of the most-requested improvements: holiday bus service. Beginning January 1, 2013, the ART system will operate partial service on six out of eight holidays previously without bus service: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther […]

APD Detective promoted to Sergeant

Congratulations to the Asheville Police Department’s John Rikard, who was promoted from Detective to Sergeant in an Oct. 12 ceremony at Asheville City Hall. Sgt. Rikard has been with APD for nine years and has served in the roles of Patrol Officer, Community Resource Officer, and General Assignment and Major Case Detective. The ceremony was […]

City of Asheville offers email billing

Want to cut out one more envelope from your bill basket? Sign up for emailed billing by the City of Asheville Customer Service Division and get your combined services statement sent directly to your inbox. Since the beginning of September, Customer Services staff have been stuffing notices into combined services statements, which include billing for […]

Hackathon puts heads together at Open Data Day

In case you haven’t heard, Open Data Day is October 16 (read more about that here), and the City of Asheville is a proud participant. Alongside keynote speakers from Code for America and Open Data Philly, the event will be the site of a Hackathon, a cross-discipline ad hoc on site effort to create useful […]

Asheville Fire Department: sprinkler systems save homes and lives

October is Fire Prevention Month, but the Asheville Fire Department already has an important message about the difference a sprinkler system can make in reducing fire damage. From the AFD FireLine page: On September 24, 2012 the Asheville Fire Department was dispatched to 9091 Verde Vista Cr. in response to a reported structure fire. Crews […]

N. Lexington mid-block crosswalk construction begins Monday 9/24

City of Asheville Engineering Services crews will begin construction on a new crosswalk at North Lexington Avenue on Monday, Sept. 24. The mid-block crosswalk, to be located in the vicinity of 65 N. Lexington, is a much-needed street element that has been requested by surrounding business owners and pedestrians to make crossing easier and safer […]

Plug into Open Data Day Oct. 16 in Asheville

Dozens of requests for data come through the City of Asheville every month – private businesses, media outlets and other members of our community all benefit from the availability of public records. So how do government organizations make those records easier to access and how can technology help? That’s the point behind Open Data Day, […]

Critical connections for engaging homelessness

Every year, local service providers focusing on homelessness issues get together to meet, share notes and set up a one-stop destination for people seeking services associated with homelessness. Project Connect, held this year on Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church in Downtown Asheville, is a chance for people experiencing homelessness to access service providers and […]

City of Asheville launches pay-by-phone parking pilot program

Don’t have change? A new pilot program by the City of Asheville’s Parking Service Division implements new technology for a sample of on-street parking meters that will allow customers to pay by cell phone or smart phone. Beginning Thursday, September 6, 104 meters in one section of downtown will be designated by stickers explaining how […]

Bridge named for AFD Capt. Jeff Bowen

Asheville Fire Department Captain Jeff Bowen, who died in the line of duty while battling a 2011 blaze, was memorialized Aug. 15 with the renaming of a bridge that spans the French Broad River in Asheville. In a ceremony attended by hundreds, including firefighters from Asheville and many other areas, a sign recognizing the Capt. […]