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Man, That Was Sure Unkind

This blog recently mentioned the oddity of Hendersonville City Council entertaining a resolution that would indirectly support the City of Asheville’s attempts to retain control of its water system in spite of legislative attempts to bestow the valuable enterprise on another entity. During Asheville City Council’s regularly-scheduled update on its good-faith negotiations with the Metropolitan Sewerage District, Phil Kleisler, the city’s official water dog, reported the Hendersonville council pulled the item from their agenda, and the city clerk could not tell why. Asheville Councilman Cecil Bothwell then offered that he had heard from a reliable source that the item had been pulled because some heavyweight had warned the Hendersonville council that “things would not go well for Hendersonville” (Bothwell’s words, which may or may not have quoted his source, who may or may not have quoted the middleman, who may or may not have quoted the heavyweight) if they signed it.

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Synergy Can Wait

It is difficult to believe, but that radical, left-wing Asheville City Council is showing restraint and maturity. Whereas before, one would expect city councilpeople to fall for any hair-brained idea with a big price tag, tonight, they decided they did not wish to convert the old Ice House into a museum. The facility is dilapidated, missing exterior walls, needing a roof, and according to Councilman Gordon Smith, “dark, dingy, and cobwebby.” Furthermore, it has become a mixed-use development, housing people who can’t afford rent and serving as a backdrop for graffiti and a magnet for trouble. The final straw that caused the city to purchase the unkempt property was a murder.

In spite of requests that the building be preserved as an emblem of the historic district, and requests leadership take a longer-term perspective to when dollar signs are dripping out of everybody’s eyeballs, members of council put their collective foot down. In a 5-1 vote, they favored public safety and welfare, and called for the building’s demolition. Councilman Jan Davis said the building was not worth repairing. Moneyed interests in the private sector had three years to invest in a rehabilitation project, but because nobody came forward, the city felt compelled to purchase what was once a structure. Mayor Terry Bellamy, talking more like a taxpayer than an office holder, asked her peers what greenway or sidewalk they wished to defund to pay for the securing and upkeep of the derelict building if they chose to delay its sad end.

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Not Too Big a Crowd

The article consulted from the local daily did not give any numbers, but somebody who was in line half an hour before the doors opened for the Asheville Gun Show estimated 500 people were waiting outside.


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Playhouse Gets Money

The Hendersonville County Commissioners decided Flat Rock Playhouse leadership had mended their ways sufficiently to merit the other half of funding promised.

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