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Asheville City Council Agenda 7.24.12

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And we’re back! After a restful month, your Asheville City Council convenes again to deliberate and make decisions about the future of our city. It’s been a while, so there’s a lot to cover. After the jump you’ll find the agenda. Click here to see it at the City website with all supporting documentation.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. As always, it’s best to do that before we actually get around to voting.


Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation to be given by Vice-Mayor Manheimer.

I. PROCLAMATIONS:
- Announcement of Strive Not To Drive Winners

- Receipt of Environmental Excellence Award for the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center by Asheville Greenworks

II. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. Approval of the minutes of the formal meeting held on June 26, 2012.

B. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to extend the general services contract with Carolina Management Team for the Water Resources Water Storage Tank and Pipe Coating and Maintenance Project.

C.1. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Patton Construction Group, Inc., for the Haw Creek Area and Riddle Road Waterline Replacement Project.
2. Budget amendment, in the amount of $369,169, from savings in other capital projects that were completed under budget, for the Haw Creek Area and Riddle Road Waterline Replacement Project.

D.1. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a change order with Brown and Caldwell for the Main Water Transmission Line Evaluation Project.
2. Budget amendment, in the amount of $1,702,914, from savings in other capital projects that were completed under budget, for the Main Water Line Evaluation Project.

E. Ordinance to enact a through truck prohibition on Riverview Drive from Amboy Road to Haywood Road.

F.1. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a construction agreement with T&K Utilities, Inc., for the McIntosh Road Water System Improvements Project.
2. Budget amendment, in the amount of $466,000, from savings in other capital projects that were completed under budget for the McIntosh Road Water System Improvements Project.

G. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Danny’s Dumpster, Inc. for the purpose of installing and operating a Type III compost facility on a portion of city-owned real property at 80 Hardesty Lane, Asheville, NC. Documents
H. Resolution making provisions for the possession and consumption of malt beverages and/or unfortified wine the following events:
1. RiverFest 2012 on August 11, 2012
2. Dog Day Afternoon on August 18, 2012
3. Goombay Festival on August 24, 25 & 26, 2012
4. Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival on September 1 & 2, 2012
5. Symphony in the Park on September 3, 2012
6. Chamber After Hours on September 6, 2012
7. Organicfest on September 8, 2012
8. Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon & 5K on September 15, 2012
9. West Asheville Soapbox Derby on September 29, 2012

I. Resolution to designate the Police of Chief as the ABC Board Authorized Official to make recommendations concerning the suitability of persons or locations for ABC permits.

J. Resolution amending a Housing Trust Fund loan to Mountain Housing Opportunities for the apartments at the Glen Rock Hotel.

K. Resolution for the City to act as the lead agency and fiscal agent for the 2011 and 2012 Emergency Solutions Grant.

L. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville to fund and create a Public Housing Police Unit.

M. Resolution setting a public hearing on August 14, 2012, to consider an economic development incentive grant for Linamar Corporation.

N. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a unit price contract and all change orders with Saddlebrook Construction, Inc. for the project known as Wild Cherry Road Bridge Construction Project.

O. Resolution authorizing the purchase of real property on Curve Street.

P. Resolution accepting Sonnet Lane as a city-maintained street.

Q. Budget amendments:
1. In the amount of $56,250, from federal grant funding and Transit Capital Reserves, to purchase two vehicles to support operation of the transit system.
2. In the amount of $225,000, from state grant funds to increase the original budget for the purchase of an Automated Vehicle Location system for the transit system.
3. To budget: 1) the $10,600,000 refunding component of the 51 Biltmore Parking Facility in the Parking Services Fund; 2) the $10,506,000 refunding of the 1997A and 1997C Certificates and the 2006 Contract in the General Fund; and 3) the $398,000 in execution and delivery costs of the 2012 Bonds in various funds.
4. To move the $56,524 budget for the water department’s CNG vehicle purchases from the General Capital Projects Fund to the Water Capital Projects Fund; and combine two previously approved project budgets for the Lake Craig (Azalea Road) Flood Management Project into one single project with a total budget of $4,163,239 funded by Senate Bill 7 and Sullivan Act proceeds.
5. In the amount of $1,711,071.00 to balance revenues and expenditures in 6 of the 2008 Water Revenue Bond Projects in order to close and inactivate the projects.

III. PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS:
A. Report on the Forensic Inventory of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room

B. Review of Land Use Incentive Policy

IV. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
A. Public hearing to consider conditional zoning of Hunter Apartments, located at 25 & 27 Washington Road from RM-8 Residential Multi-Family Medium Density District to RM-16 Residential Multi-Family High Density District/Conditional Zoning, to allow for the remodel of two existing residential structures into two duplex structures for a total of four apartments, and a request for a modification to the side setback on the southern property boundary.

B. Public hearing to consider a conditional zoning request for White Oak Grove Apartments, located at 275 and 281 Hazel Mill Road, from RM-8 Residential Multi-Family Medium Density District to RM-16 Residential Multi-Family High Density District/Conditional Zoning for the development of 92 apartment units housed in three buildings. The applicant has requested this item be tabled indefinitely.

V. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
A. Consideration of an ordinance amending the current skateboard ordinance to permit skateboarding on designated City-maintained roadways and crosswalks in the downtown Central Business District.

B. Confirmation of the Planning & Zoning Commission candidate questions.

VI. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Resolution to reallocate Fair Housing Assistance Program Funds to the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council to perform fair housing marketing, training and outreach.

B. Discussion of House Bill 1009 (MSD/Water System) – Possible Veto.

VII. INFORMAL DISCUSSION AND PUBLIC COMMENT

VIII. ADJOURNMENT.

BOARD/COMMISSION VACANCIES: Planning & Zoning Commission. Deadline is Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Call 259-5601 for an application form.

BOARD/COMMISSION VACANCIES: Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Committee; Civic Center Commission; Housing Authority of the City of Asheville; HUB Community Economic Development Alliance; Noise Ordinance Appeals Board (Alternate);and Tourism Development Authority (owner or operator of hotel, motel or other taxable tourist accommodation with more than 100 rental units). Deadline is Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Call 259-5601 for an application form.


Comments

  1. Ascend of Asheville says:

    So, is that report on the evidence room going to include findings, or is this just a report? Is this A report, or THE report?

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  2. TJ says:

    It’s great so much $ was saved from other projects. Will those funds be redirected to use for things, such as:

    1) raise for police/fire personnel. I seem to remember the raise being tabled, until the city could see what funds would be available “later.”

    2) increase bus frequency. Ever since the “improvement” (which I have no judgment about whether it is or not, personally, as I do not rely on bus transport), I have heard numberous complaints that buses are LESS accessible now.

    3) probable widening of the street on Merrimon, with the TJ’s coming to town.

    4) improving city services apparently lacking (according to the BID proponents), so that the folks can stop trying to create their own gated community type atmosphere (along with the Westec Security type of “ambassador’s, so they can simplify the role to taking over what the welcome center/chamber of commerce/tourist board is supposed to be doing with all of THEIR city monies). That way, everyone can stop pretending they are not developing an “alternative” security force.

    “Late night presence?” Who’s following behind those ambassador’s placing their own safety at risk, to ensure THEY don’t get mugged or shot by our local felons? Oh, yeah. The police are doing that.

    Use the money to give those folks a raise, so we can keep the QUALIFIED professionals, who can carry the “tools of the trade,” and, not have to rescue those poor ambassadors.

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  3. Roger Hartley says:

    Those not so sexy capital improvements are necessary nuts and bolts items like waterline replacement to keep the city, well…a city. But I agree with you on each of the items you list. I would add though that ALL city employees need deserve that raise for the reasons you state. We need to attract and keep qualified professionals who implement the policy this council approved.

    But all that takes money. Would you, would any of you, support a reasonable tax increase to pay for it?

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  4. Gordon Smith says:

    Ascend – it is A report. The formal report hasn’t been released by the D.A., but we’re going to get some information and more answers from the folks who did the audit.

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  5. TJ says:

    “But all that takes money. Would you, would any of you, support a reasonable tax increase to pay for it?”

    I may be an aberration in the city, but, that would be a definite YES.

    Unfortunately, we still live in a society which honors the money spent, more than intent of the heart (although, I recently found out about “LETS,” which I don’t fully understand, but, it sounds intriguing.

    We get what we pay for. If we do not keep qualified people, then we get things, such as BID, brought forth. So, you have a tax, either way. If they accept THAT tax, why not the ones the city proposes? In the instance of City taxes raises, ALL residents benefit. In the instance of BID, ONE AREA benefits, and the rest of us are left to fend for ourselves, so to speak. That makes no sense.

    What makes even less sense is that City Council seems to be okay with this, while they can’t get anyone to agree to other tax ideas.

    Well, I’m not one of the “wise ones” of Council, and, there’s a LOT I don’t know about politics (and, no, I don’t say this like Columbo would – actually knowing, but, not saying it ;-). Anyone who knows me can tell you I don’t know), but, it doesn’t seem authentic to tell City Council we won’t accept higher taxes, yet, form a BID, which does exactly that.

    Too bad the “elite” will once again benefit, while those without a valued voice are left on the sidelins – waiting and watching.

    If we are not willing to pay professional people to do the excellent job we want from them, then, I fear it won’t be long before we all are waiting and watching to see when the next drama arises from citizen patrols — WHATEVER you want to call them.

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  6. mcates says:

    TJ,

    “If we do not keep qualified people, then we get things, such as BID, brought forth.”

    and

    “What makes even less sense is that City Council seems to be okay with this,:

    Your comments are ironic to say the least…

    “In the instance of City taxes raises, ALL residents benefit”

    Nope. Your comment above helps to explain why that conclusion is not accurate.

    At some point, the math and dollar signs will indicate the poor choices made due to the circumstances described above.

    Just the other day I believe you commented on the “extra” money the city might have. Extra not really meaning extra in the way you and I might think of it, but extra in the sense, “Where will it be spent?”

    “If we are not willing to pay professional people to do the excellent job we want from them,”

    Can you detail the differnce between the “elite” and the “professional” in Asheville?

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  7. Mr. Cates,

    “Your comments are ironic to say the least…”

    You are a master of saying the least. In fact, I am not sure I have ever seen anyone else say less than you do about anything.

    “Nope. Your comment above helps to explain why that conclusion is not accurate.”

    It would be awesome if you could string a few more words together to explain how you came to this conclusion. To say the least.

    “At some point, the math and dollar signs will indicate the poor choices made due to the circumstances described above. ”

    I dare anyone, anywhere, to decipher what the hell this means.

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  8. D.Dial says:

    Masterful obfuscation…almost better than Greenspeak.

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