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Parking changes coming for Mountainside Park

  The grass parking area at Mountainside Park will be closed to the public during the 2019 Asheville Tourists baseball season.   In response to concerns from the Edgehill and Hunt Hill neighborhoods, these changes in parking will help alleviate traffic impacts during home games. The grass area will be designated parking for Tourists staff and volunteers only, [...]

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Water crews flushing lines in wake of break; here’s who to call if your water does not clear

      In the wake of a break and repair to a water supply line near the North Fork Dam earlier this week, Asheville customers have experienced discolored water. We also understand that while most of the system is clearing now that the line is repaired, there are some isolated pockets of discolored water. We understand people [...]

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Asheville City Council makes Board of Education appointments

  At their March 26 meeting, Asheville City Council unanimously reappointed current Asheville City Board of Education Chair Shaunda Sandford and Vice Chair Martha Geitner. Each of them will serve additional four-year terms to expire in 2023. The Council also voted to appoint James Carter to complete the current term of James E. Lee III, who was [...]

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ABYSA to share financial responsibility for JBL Soccer Complex maintenance, under new agreement

Contributed image   Work began about two weeks ago at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex to repair damages caused by multiple flooding events in 2018. And a resolution adopted by Asheville City Council during its March 26 meeting puts in place an agreement for shared financial responsibility for future maintenance at the facility.   The City’s new lease agreement [...]

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Asheville budget worksessions, adoption schedule announced

It’s budget season for the City of Asheville. From March through June, City Council will work with City staff to review budget options, aligning Council priorities with available funding.   The City’s operating budget must be passed by July 1. That’s because the City runs on a fiscal year of July through June. By law, it must be a balanced budget — [...]

City of Asheville launches public process as part of Noise Ordinance revision

As Asheville continues to develop and grow, the City of Asheville recognizes the need to revisit and update the current municipal ordinance governing noise in the City limits (Chapter 10 – Article IV).   To help guide the revision, City staff will engage residents, business owners, industrial, and institutional operators in a public process [...]

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Asheville Fire Department rolls out platform to better engage residents to prepare for emergency situations

  The Asheville Fire Department has been working closely with technology partner First Due to release Community Connect, a website focused on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster.   Community Connect is a secure, easy-to-use website that allows residents to share critical information about their [...]

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Video: Asheville’s Down Payment Assistance Program explained

The City of Asheville affordable housing bond referendum seeks to make home ownership available to low and moderate income city residents and staff. City Council took a step toward making those funds available when they adopted a Down Payment Assistance Policy resolution during their Feb. 26 meeting. Adoption of the policy paves the way for the [...]

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City Council names Brad Branham as Asheville’s next City Attorney

  After a competitive nationwide search, Mayor Esther Manheimer and City Council are pleased to announce that they have named Brad R. Branham as Asheville’s next City Attorney.   City Council voted unanimously to name Branham to the position during a special called meeting prior to Council’s regular meeting March 12. He will begin in his new role [...]

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City Council approves Asphalt Preservation Project, restored brick sidewalk on Chestnut Street

  Funding approved by City Council will help the City invest in maintaining our streets and sidewalks.   At their March 12 meeting, Council approved $691,194.40 in Capital Improvement funds for street repair projects and $317,687.50 in sidewalk rehabilitation work, including a pavement preservation contract that is designed to lengthen the life of streets before they need repaving. [...]

Firestorm Bookstore, Steady Collective and City of Asheville reach agreement, notices of violation rescinded

We wanted to provide an update on the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective.   The City of Asheville has rescinded the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective at 610 Haywood Road. In August 2018, the City determined that the use of the syringe exchange program provided by Steady Collective in [...]

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City Council adopts resolution to launch bond-funded Down Payment Assistance Program

The City of Asheville affordable housing bond referendum seeks to make home ownership available to low and moderate income City residents and staff. City Council took a step toward making those funds available when they adopted a Down Payment Assistance Policy resolution during their Feb. 26 meeting.   Here is the resolution:  City of Asheville [...]

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Buncombe County/City of Asheville launch survey on renewable energy priorities

Share your priorities for implementing renewable energy.   In the past two years, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County have both adopted renewable energy goals. The City and County have both committed to transition all government operations from fossil-fueled energy (coal, natural gas, propane, gasoline, etc.) to renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.) by 2030. Find information about the City’s [...]

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