Woodfin Getting $1.9m in Pandemic Relief

Woodfin is scheduled to receive COVID-19 relief funding from Washington.

Commissioner Unveils Non-Discrimination Law for County

Buncombe County Commissioners are considering an non-discrimination ordinance for the county.

Equity & Inclusion Office Reports Activity

The City of Asheville means well, attempting to overcome economic disparity through innovations of its Office of Equity and Inclusion. Some of the initiatives, however, retain a tinge of paternalism and repression.

NC Bill to Require Cooperation with ICE

The NC state senate has passed a new bill to affect the fate of undocumented immigrants.

Council Endorses Hybrid School Board Elections

Answering to public pressure, Asheville City Council is now lobbying the legislature to change the way school board members are seated. Instead of appointing members themselves, council is recommending converting to either a fully-elected board or a hybrid of the two systems.

What Opioid Settlement Means for County

The Buncombe County Commissioners were asked to set aside $283,000 a year to continue what appears now to be a successful intervention in the local opioid problem.

County Proposes Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Many people identifying/expressing as one or the other binary gender feel violated sharing public showers with those who identify/express as the other gender. Those positioned somewhere along a broad spectrum of genders feel discriminated against if the former express their discomfort. The question is back on the table.

Transit, “Defund” on City’s Legislative Agenda

Asheville City Council approved this year’s legislative agenda. Priorities focused on increasing revenue.

Making Hoteliers Pay for Reparations

A developer of a 100-room hotel would pay around $400,000 in reparations. Wisler asked if he would now be paying $600,000, and Okolochany said it could go up to $800,000.

Town Corrals Trailers, Expands Size of Board

The Weaverville Town Council passed home zoning ordinances and discussed bringing on more council members.