During a Jan. 25 Public Safety Committee meeting, Asheville Police Department Chief David Zack said that the work of Arizona-based consultant, EPIC Recruiting, would begin in March and last for two years. The APD had arranged a $225,000 contract with the company in December to market the city of Asheville to potential new police applicants.

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, calling the city’s homeless issue a “crisis,” says the time has come for the city to seek outside help in the form of a homeless services consultant,

For the past year-and-a-half, Marisol Jiménez of Tepeyac Consulting has worked with the city to map climate vulnerability, host listening sessions and create a Climate Justice Guide and Screening Tool that will help the city navigate the crisis ahead.

At the June 8 City Council meeting, City Council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with environmental strategy firm AECOM to update the City’s Sustainability Management Plan into a Municipal Climate Action Plan [MCAP]. The purpose of the Municipal Climate Action Plan is to update the City’s 2009 Sustainability Management Plan with newly adopted resolutions around climate resiliency, and climate justice.

A meeting to unveil the results of a consultant’s study on how to improve air service at the Asheville Regional Airport is set for 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The consultant, Ailevon Pacific, will talk about the results of an in-depth study of air service to Western North Carolina and ways to improve it 

Asheville City Council is set to consider whether to spend $290,000 in taxpayers’ money to hire a consult to develop plans for how to develop a controversial plot of city-owned land at 68 Haywood Street known as the “pit of despair.”

Steph Monson Dahl, strategic development office director for the city, told the Asheville Downtown Commission last week that the proposal is to contract with landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz based out of New York Charlottesville, Va. (The company is familiar with Asheville: the Asheville nonprofit RiverLink announced last year that it had hired the landscape architects to design a 5-acre park along Amboy Road.)

Nearly a month after an anticipated release in late July, Asheville City Council has shared the final report from Chicago-based 21CP Solutions about the city’s policies and procedures in relation to a police beating scandal. Since April, the consulting firm has been reviewing the beating of black Asheville resident Johnnie Jermaine Rush by white former Asheville Police Department officer Chris Hickman for alleged jaywalking, which took place last August. 21CP has also examined APD and city responses in the wake of the incident.


Cartoon originally published in the Asheville, NC alt weekly paper, “The Mountain Xpress”.

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