The Tribune spoke with Rondell Lance, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police to find out what was on the list of negotiating points police officers were bringing to the table.
Buncombe County staff started work on the policy by looking at out-of-the-box green certification programs, such as the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Typically, Asheville City Council will approve whatever staff recommends for disbursing federal housing funds. But something strange happened during the consideration of disbursing $615,934 in special COVID-19 funding the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) was making available by way of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell took the blame for the city failing to communicate at the council’s last meeting. She had received a lot of emails complaining that Asheville’s Police Chief David Zack had moved forward and unilaterally reimagined policing for the city.
The Buncombe County Commissioners, along party lines, voted 4-3 in favor of the joint resolution with Asheville City Council to remove statues honoring heroes of the Confederacy on city/county-owned land.
The point is – as local jurisdictions around the country are taking the protests following the lethal use of force on George Floyd to be a mandate for police reform – no amount of new policies and procedures is going to reduce misconduct by officers flaunting existing policies.
The fifth Asheville Police Chief (APD) in as many years, David Zack, debuted before the city council with an update on the department’s response to protests that occurred in Asheville following the murder of George Floyd.
On June 2, after two nights of protest, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declared a citywide state of emergency and put an 8 pm - 6 am curfew into effect immediately and indefinitely. The curfew was lifted this past Saturday, June 6.
It seemed reopening the economy while the government is broke would have been a perfect storm for activists wanting to deregulate or re-privatize sectors of the economy now managed by government overreach.
At its last meeting, Asheville City Council considered two applications for Land Use Incentive Grants (LUIG).