Asheville City Council Agenda 02.26.13


Your Asheville City Council reconvenes this Tuesday for an evening of deliberation and decision making. You can see the agenda after the jump, or click here to see it with all the supporting documentation. Let me know what you think.

City Council Regular Meeting – February 26, 2013 – 5:00 p.m.
City Hall Building
Council Chamber

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation to be given by Councilman Bothwell.


– Recognition of the AHS/SILSA Marching Band


A. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on February 12, 2013.

B. Resolution authorizing the Mayor to accept a transfer of real property from Buncombe County for the purpose of implementing the Craven Street Improvement Project.

C. Resolution authorizing the City Manager and City Attorney to review the Pack Place lease arrangement.

D. Resolution authorizing execution of easement to Progress Energy Carolinas Inc. for electric power service to Airport Fire/Rescue Facility.

E. Resolution amending the 2013 City Council meeting schedule to (1) include a special meeting on the Charlotte Street Comprehensive Traffic Study Report on April 30, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room of City Hall; (2) cancel the July 30, 2013, and October 29, 2013, community meetings; and (3) add a budget worksession on March 12, 2012, and March 19, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room of City Hall.

F. Resolution authorizing the standardization of Asheville Police Department purchases for consistency in operation and functionality as follows:
1. Glock Inc. for pistols
2. Safariland Duty Gear for leather and nylon tactical duty gear
3. Laser Technology Inc. for speed and distant lasers
4. Taser International for tasers
5. Safairland LLC for tactical body armor and rifle plates


A. Updates
1. Neighborhood Advisory Committee
2. Noise Ordinance Appeals Board
3. Mayor’s Committee for Citizens witih Disability
4. Water Resources
5. Legislative

B. Quarterly Reports
– Boards & Commissions Committee Chair Reports: Finance Committee, Planning & Economic Development Committee, Public Safety Committee
– Strategic Operating Plan
– Financial Report


A. Public hearing to consider rezoning 152 Montford Avenue from RM-8 Residential Multi-Family Medium Density District to Neighborhood Business District.

B. Public hearing to consider an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance to provide additional clarification for two-story requirements for new construction and allowances for one-story additions to existing buildings and for accessory structures.


A. Consideration of adoption of Findings of Fact to support the resolution to close Moody Avenue.





  1. Ascend of Asheville says:

    I would like to respectfully suggest the APD not purchase tasers.

  2. Gordon Smith says:

    What’s your thinking about that, Ascend?

  3. “I would like to respectfully suggest the APD not purchase tasers.”

    I agree.

    I was wearing my awesome, hilarious, “Don’t Tase Me Bro” t-shirt from WPVM a few years ago at a big outdoor event on the west coast. There was this woman standing a ways off from me for a long while, and she kept looking at me, sometimes smiling, but eventually I could tell she was also crying. Finally, I couldn’t stand it, & went up to ask if she was OK.

    She said tearfully, “My son was killed by police tasers three months ago.”

    She later became part of a big lawsuit, which I think is still going on in Oakland, or wherever it happened…

    They can’t call them “non-lethal”, they have to call them “less-than-lethal”. That means that they know that a certain number of people will die from even “proper” use of tasers.

  4. Tom Sullivan says:

    Don’t even get Digby started on tasers. She documents another taser death every few weeks or so. (Here’s an account of a fatality from Statesville.) Taser International markets the devices as non-lethal. Fortunately for the company, 500 dead people are not around to refute their product safety claims in court.