The Buncombe County Commissioners’ last briefing began mildly, with an update from Health Director Stacie Saunders on local COVID-19 statistics.
Three months after the un-extended deadline, members of Asheville City Council approved a $134.7 million budget with another $65 million for enterprise funds like water and transit.
The City of Asheville issued a statement from Mayor Esther Manheimer reaffirming the city’s firm support for free speech and the right to protest peacefully for any reason, but more particularly for historically disadvantaged communities.
Asheville City Council originally wanted to contract for an independent review of police action during the local protests undertaken in George Floyd’s name, but they were dissuaded by the $80,000 price tag. So, they settled for the attorney’s review and a separate after-action report to be completed by the Asheville Police Department.
Asheville City Council approved a five-month extension to its hotel moratorium, previously set to expire September 24.
Recently, Asheville City Council heard a presentation on the proposed tree canopy ordinance, intended to preserve the city’s mature trees, to keep the town beautiful for tourists and residents, and to combat climate change through, among other things, making the city less of an urban heat sink and reducing stormwater runoff.
City Council received 30 applications for filling the seat vacated with the resignation of former Councilor Vijay Kapoor.
Buncombe County Commissioners approved a resolution in opposition to the Catawba Indian Nation Casino in Kings Mountain.
Debates behind changing Buncombe’s rules in recent years considered when public comments should be taken.
Discussions have excluded consideration of a strategy that would reduce municipal policing power, lift burdens denying generational wealth creation to people of color, and cost local governments almost nothing.