Asheville City Council Agenda 9.11.12By
Your Asheville City Council reconvenes on Tuesday night to deliberate and make decisions regarding the future of this beloved city. Nearly everyone I met at the Democratic National Convention had heard of Asheville and gushed about how much they love it. We all know that their love from afar doesn’t hold a candle to the the esteem that residents share for our mountain metropolis.
You can click into ReadMoreLand to see this week’s agenda, or you can click here to see it at the city’s website with all supporting documentation.
The centerpiece of this week’s meeting is the public discussion regarding the future of the Haywood Street site. This is a City-owned property that was included in a list of sites to be used for redevelopment in order to support affordable housing needs. There are a lot of varied opinions about how this parcel ought to be developed, and nothing gets people excited like downtown development issues. I got an email recently that included a physical threat! There has been a lot of misinformation and disinformation coming out about the issue, so I hope you will take the time to read this material to supplement your existing knowledge before drawing your conclusions. One very important point that hasn’t been mentioned enough is that any future buildings in downtown Asheville will have to comply with our new Downtown Development Guidelines which include much stricter rules about setbacks, building materials, design, caps, etc.
Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation to be given by Councilman Hunt.
– September 15 – October 15, 2012, as “Hispanic Heritage Month”
– September 17-21, 2012, as “Minority Enterprise Development Week”
– September 21, 2012, as “International Day of Peace”
II. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. Approval of the minutes of the formal meeting held on August 28, 2012.
B. Resolution to fund local organizations with 2011 and 2012 Emergency Solutions Grant funds.
C. Resolution endorsing the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan.
D. Resolution authorizing the City Manager, and/or his or her designees, to electronically sign City disbursements by check, draft, pre-audit statement, purchase order or any other means on behalf of the City and the finance officer or some other bonded officer or employee maintain the custody of the necessary devices to process such disbursements in accordance to N.C. Gen. Stat. 159-28.1.
E. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign an agreement with Motorola Inc. to provide maintenance coverage for the City’s radio system.
F. Budget amendments:
1. In the amount of $45,900, to authorize the use of North Carolina State Drug Seizure Funds to fund the purchase of Emergency Response Team ballistic vests and a donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial.
2. In the amount of $59,000 to authorize the use of Federal Drug Seizure Funds to purchase equipment and Community Policing training for the Asheville Police Department.
3. In the amount of $15,000, to authorize the use of Federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Funds to provide overtime for members of the Asheville HIDTA for domestic highway enforcement.
4. In the amount of $15,803, to appropriate donated funds received from citizens, for procurement of supplies for firefighter recognition.
III. PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS:
A. Water Resources Update
IV. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
A. Public hearing on the question of approving the sale of property located at Haywood Street and Page Avenue in downtown Asheville to McKibbon Hotel Group for economic development purposes.
V. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
VI. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Boards & Commissions (Council to determine who, if any, to interview):
– HUB Community Economic Development Alliance
– Noise Ordinance Appeals Board (Alternate)
VII. INFORMAL DISCUSSION AND PUBLIC COMMENT: