Category: Enquiring Minds

Boondoggle 2.0
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Boondoggle 2.0

Transit Contract Causes 2nd Overrun in a Month; City Dips into Rainy-Day Fund “Time flies when you’re having funds.” – Cecil Bothwell to Asheville Unreported, June 27, 2017 At its July 25 meeting, Asheville City Council voted unanimously to dip into the city’s “rainy day” fund to cover a $441,000 overage to the $850,000 transit...

Beaucatcher Blues
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Beaucatcher Blues

The ongoing war for the soul of Asheville’s pet mountain James Washington Patton had a flirty sister-in-law from Charleston named Charlotte Kerry, who encouraged gentleman callers to take her for strolls up the ridge to the east of downtown Asheville.  Patton teasingly began calling the mountain “Charlotte’s beau catcher.”  The name stuck. Beaucatcher Mountain from...

City rejected lowest bid on new study Because ‘It wasn’t high enough,’ consultant says
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City rejected lowest bid on new study Because ‘It wasn’t high enough,’ consultant says

Winning company’s $320,000 quote is more than double lowest number  The head of the consulting firm that offered the lowest bid on the City of Asheville’s recently-commissioned racial disparity study says he was told his company lost the contract “in part because we weren’t charging enough.” It’s a curious disqualification considering that state law requires...