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New Traffic Light Coming to Montford Avenue

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A traffic light will be placed at the intersection of Montford Avenue and Cullowhee and Soco streets in June. Upgrades to sidewalks at the intersection will also be made as part of the project.

This has been in the works for five years and was requested by the neighborhood to help with safety issues related to the intersection near the convenience store on Montford Avenue.

Starting June 1, a contractor will begin the work, starting on the west side of Montford Avenue.

The project includes the addition of new brick sidewalks and rehabilitation of existing brick sidewalks on the east side of Montford in the vicinity of the grocery store and on the peninsula between Soco and Cullowhee.  A new concrete sidewalk will be poured on the northwest side of the Cullowhee-Montford intersection.  Concrete pads will be poured for future bus shelters on the east and west sides of Montford.  New crosswalks will be marked on Montford, Soco and both sections of Cullowhee. A large tree beside the grocery store that is the cause of much of the brick sidewalk rehabilitation will be removed and replaced with a smaller species of tree more appropriate for the site.

Completion of the project is estimated to take about 30 days.

This project has been approved by the Historic Resources Commission.

City Government Offices Closed Monday Sept 1

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

All City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department recreation centers will be closed.  The following specialized recreation facilities will be open: city parks, the Riverside Cemetery, Asheville Golf Course, Food Lion Skate Park, Aston Park Tennis Center, Recreation Park Pool, and the Western North Carolina Nature Center. For hours of operation and other information about the WNC Nature Center visit www.wncnaturecenter.com.

The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a reduced holiday schedule Sept. 1.  The Labor Day holiday is one of six holidays throughout the calendar year that ART offers bus service. For route info, go to: www.RidetheART.com.

Water Resources staff will be available for water related emergencies 24 hours a day over the holiday weekend.  Customers can call the customer service line at (828) 251-1122 to report water related emergencies, leaks, breaks, and no water calls.

Garbage collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday.  All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

City of Asheville to Host Second Annual Reverse Vendor Fair and Training

Monday, March 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is excited to invite regional vendors interested in doing business with the city to participate in the second annual Reverse Vendor Fair on April 9. This is a great opportunity for vendors to speak directly with city department representatives and to find out more about what contract and bid opportunities the City of Asheville offers.  Departments will also provide information about upcoming projects and bidding opportunities. The vendor fair is a “free” walk through event that will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Additionally, on April 9, City staff members from the Office of Economic Development and the Purchasing Department will conduct a workshop on “The Business of Public Contracting.” The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Banquet Hall, U.S. Cellular Center. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required by Monday, April 7th, as space is limited.

Workshop will include the following:

·         Being an Active Vendor

·         Contracting Thresholds & Types

·         How Contracts are Bid and Awarded

·         How to Find City of Asheville Bidding Opportunities & the City’s Outreach for Minorities & Women Vendors

For more information about the vendor fair and how you can participate and RSVP for the training opportunities on event day, please contact or Brenda Mills at (828) 259-8050 or [email protected] or Amy Patterson at (828) 259-5953 or [email protected]. Information and updates can be found at the city’s website at www.ashevillenc.gov/bids.

City of Asheville and Mission Health First Responder Training

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Nothing beats on-the-ground scenarios for emergency response training, but safe locations to carry out sometimes invasive techniques are few. Thanks to a partnership with Mission Health, City of Asheville Fire and Police personnel have the opportunity to hone essential response skills like forced-entry and high–rise fire response in a vacant building owned by Mission.

Throughout February, March and April, the Asheville Police and Fire Departments will be conducting training at 50 Doctor’s Drive, culminating in full-incident training scenarios.

The training is made possible by Mission Health, which owns the Doctor’s Drive building, formerly home to Mission Staff Health and other support services.

“Mission Health is pleased the vacant building will ultimately find a productive use to benefit Asheville and the surrounding communities, making everyone safer,” said Sonya Greck, COO, Mission Hospital.  “This partnership between Mission Health and the City of Asheville reinforces Mission Health’s strong commitment to our community by ensuring that we are exceptionally prepared to respond to public safety emergencies.”

The Asheville Fire Department is using the opportunity to train in search techniques, the use of thermal imaging cameras, practicing the rule of air management, use of the national incident management system and many other incorporated basic firefighting skills.

“The Asheville Fire Department is eager for this training opportunity because we are always looking to continuously improve,” says Public Information Officer Kelley Klope. “This training will enhance firefighter skills and will help the department continue to meet and exceed the standards of the profession in order serve the city of Asheville to the highest level it deserves.”

The Asheville Police Department Emergency Response Team and Hazardous Devices Team are conducting training to respond to a variety of high risks, including active shooter drills, hostage situations, child abduction, and a wide variety of tools and techniques to render safe potential explosive hazards including using the bomb disposal robot and bomb suits.

“The partnership with Mission is a great opportunity to get hands-on training with the tools that help us work at our best level,” said APD Chief William Anderson. “Even officers who have experience in these techniques benefit from this kind of practice.”

The APD has been partnering with the Buncombe County Sheriffs Office SRT, Henderson County Sheriffs Office SRT and the local office of the FBI to conduct joint training. “We do this so that we would be prepared to work together to safely resolve a high stress high risk incident,” Anderson said.

Media visits and tours of the training are available by appointment.

For more information on specific days and training please contact AFD PIO Kelley Klope at 828-768-1437 or APD Sgt. Dave Romick at 259-5882.

City of Asheville Building Safety Division Earns Exceptional Rating

Monday, November 18th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – An audit of the City of Asheville’s Building Safety Division by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) has resulted in high marks for performance and commitment to building code enforcement.

The Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) measures effectiveness of building safety programs. Scores range from 1 to 10 with low scores representing the highest quality (a score of 1 is considered “exemplary”.) An ISO audit of the city’s program this summer resulted in scores of 2 for both the residential and commercial building safety programs.

“These are scores to be proud of,” said Director of Development Services Shannon Tuch. “It shows a dedication to quality, professionalism and customer service on the part of our building safety employees.”

Strong adherence to building codes affects the kind of impact natural disasters have on buildings, and positively affects the safety of citizens and the economic stability of a community.

ISO ratings also impact insurance scores statewide, and low scores like the one achieved by the City of Asheville result in lower insurance rates across North Carolina.

Asheville’s Building Safety program consists of a team of 30 people responsible for the application and permitting process, plan review, and building inspection services to all areas within the Asheville City limits.  The mission of Asheville’s Building Safety program is to protect lives, health, and property in the city and to support economic development by providing quality building and development permit services while enforcing the North Carolina State Building Codes, Asheville Housing Code, and related environmental codes. The Building Safety program is a division of the Development Services Department.  For more information, go to http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/BuildingSafety.aspx

City Offices Closed Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 2

Monday, December 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE – Asheville city government offices will be closed Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 2.

Garbage and recycling collection will occur Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 2 following the normal schedule.  Residents are asked to have items placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection days.  To view collections schedules for the sanitation division visit: www.ashevillenc.gov/sanitation.

Transit operations will be closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.  For more information about Asheville Transit, call 253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ashevilletransit.com.

The Western North Carolina Nature Center will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1.  For hours of operation and other information about the WNC Nature Center visit http://wncnaturecenter.com/.

Many recreation centers have adjusted holiday hours.  For a full listing of closings and special hours of operation visit  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/ParksRecreation.aspx.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – during the holiday.

City of Asheville Seeks Community Input As Part of Police Chief Recruitment Process

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is seeking community input as part of the recruitment process for the police chief position.   Four community input sessions will be held Sept. 8-9.  Residents will also have opportunities to share input through an online survey.

The consulting group leading the national search, Development Associates, will summarize the information gained from both the community meetings and the website to identify key competencies needed in the next chief.

The online survey is can be found at http://bit.ly/qu0REI.

Community meetings are scheduled for:

Thursday, Sept. 8

1 – 2:30 p.m. at the YMI Cultural Center located at 39 South Market Street #B,

2:30 – 4 p.m. at the YMI Cultural Center located at 39 South Market Street #B,

7:30 – 9 p.m. at Vance Elementary School located at 98 Sulphur Springs Road.

Friday, Sept. 9

8 – 9:30a.m. at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room located at 36 Montford Avenue.

Asheville City Government Offices and Bus Service Closed Sept. 5

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.

City bus service will not operate on Monday in observance of the holiday.  Asheville Transit will resume normal operations Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Garbage collection schedules will continue as normal during the holiday.  All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


City Announces Speaker Lineup for Asheville Cloud Computing Day 2011

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville‘s Information Technology Services Department is sponsoring “Asheville Cloud Computing Day 2011”, a mini-conference scheduled for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10 in the Municipal Building (100 Court Plaza, 4th floor).

The event seeks to share cutting-edge ideas about cloud computing, a technology that promises to improve city government, as well as other organizations that adopt it.

The agenda and speaker lineup will include:
– “Servers are Software: The Advantages of Cloud Architecture” – Joe Emison, VP, Research & Development, BuildFax.
– “How Citizens Can Use Open Data To Create New City Services” – Trevor Lohrbeer, CEO, Lab Escape.
– “Beyond the server: the rise of cloud-based desktops” – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, contributing editor, CBS News and ZDNet.
– “The Playground of Today’s Tech Innovators: How Cloud Computing Changes The Game” – Troy Tolle, CTO, Digital Chalk.

RSVPs from members of the community interested in attending the event are appreciated, but not necessary. RSVPs or questions about the event may be directed to @avlcio on Twitter, or [email protected].

For information about Asheville’s Information Technology Services program, visit http://ashevillenc.gov/its.