Sunday - Nov 19, 2017

Public Works

New Oakley Police Resource Center opens in East Asheville

The Asheville Police Department’s recently opened Oakley Resource Center is the result of a series of partnerships and collaborations, all of which, says APD Chief William Hogan, were critical to the project’s success. The 2,500 square-foot facility provides a satellite station for the APD’s Baker District, which serves north and east Asheville, and officially opened

Creating a wetland to improve water quality

A year ago, Dingle Creek, which runs through South Asheville and developed areas of Hendersonville Road, was on a short list of at-risk streams experiencing erosion and heightened sediment pollution due to increased development in the area. A 2008 City of Asheville study of the Dingle Creek watershed funded by a grant from the Clean


Asheville Asks, Asheville Answers round up

On October 4, the City of Asheville launched an interactive project called “Asheville Asks, Asheville Answers.”  Every few weeks, the City of Asheville will post a special logo on its Facebook page, inviting people to post questions they have about the city in the comments section. Answers by city staff are recorded on video and

Four Asheville neighborhoods tapped for waste reduction pilot program

The City of Asheville is examining new possibilities to increase consumer recycling and affect waste reduction within the city, and is drawing on community members in four Asheville neighborhoods for assistance. As part of the “HowLowCanAvlGo” campaign, the city, in conjunction with Curbside Management, is conducting a waste reduction pilot program in neighborhoods on the

Fleet Management keeps the wheels turning

Inside the City of Asheville’s Fleet Management garage on South Charlotte Street, there is a good sampling of the kinds of vehicles that keep city departments moving: Asheville Police cruisers are up on lifts. A Water Services Department pickup truck is getting its fluids checked. Technicians are testing the hydraulic arm of a knuckle boom


Heathy and green: City employee workshop

City of Asheville employees turned out on August 24 for a green transportation fair entitled “Put on Your Green Shoes.” The event was geared toward familiarizing city employees with the city’s green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles, including bikes, an electric smart vehicle and a compressed natural gas car, as well as to learn

The Bele Chere Breakdown, part 2

Since pedestrians are still walking around the festival area after Bele Chere closes, officers from the Asheville Police Department stand guard at the festival barricades, keeping the streets closed to traffic. By about 6:30, when pedestrian traffic has thinned enough, festival officials put out a call to APD officers and festival staff that vendor vehicles

The Bele Chere Breakdown, part 1

How do you pack up a three-day festival in about six hours? After some 30 years of wrapping the Bele Chere festival, City of Asheville and festival staff have the system down to a sort of frenzied science. Multiple city departments, festival vendors and private companies all interact to make Bele Chere disappear overnight. With


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