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While it doesn’t cost anything to ride an ART bus now, fares will resume on June 1.

Election Services Office Has a New Home

Buncombe County’s newly relocated Election Services office is located at 59 Woodfin Place in downtown Asheville. The office has plenty of parking for the public and offers staff more office space than previous locations.

Operating hours and the phone number remain the same — 828-250-4200. Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit buncombecounty.org/vote.

If mailing registration forms or absentee requests, us the post office box address at: Election Services, PO Box 7468, Asheville, NC 28802

City Offices to Close for Thanksgiving

City of Asheville offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The following City services will be affected as well:

Asheville Rides Transit (ART) bus service will not run on Thanksgiving Day.

The City Sanitation Department will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Customers scheduled for Thursday collection will have their trash and recycling picked up on Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. Please have carts placed by the curb by 7 a.m. Friday.

All parks will be open on a normal schedule.

All community centers will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday.

The WNC Nature Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will reopen Friday on a normal schedule.

Aston Park Tennis Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will reopen Friday on a normal schedule. The center’s last day of operations for the season is Nov. 30.

Asheville Municipal Golf Course will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will reopen Friday on a normal schedule.

The Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville box office will be closed for the entire week of Thanksgiving and will reopen on the following Tuesday, Nov. 30. For direct inquiries, email hello@harrahscherokeecenterasheville.com.

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

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.

County Offices Move to Holiday Schedule

Buncombe County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26,in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The following services will also be affected:

Buncombe County Public Libraries

All libraries will be closed Nov. 25-29. (Note: Libraries are closed on Sundays and Mondays). The Digital Library, https://ncdigital.overdrive.com/, is always open to browse thousands of titles.

Buncombe County Parks

All parks will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

Buncombe County Landfill and Transfer Station

The Landfill and Transfer Station will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and will operate on its regular schedule Friday, Nov. 26.

Waste Pro

There will be no Waste Pro collection on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Normal Thursday collection will take place on Friday, and Friday normal collection will take place on Saturday.

Public Safety

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office front desk will be closed Nov. 25-26. All other operations will be on a normal schedule. Emergency medical services and 911 will maintain normal 24/7 operations.

Public Health

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at 40 Coxe Ave. will be closed Nov. 25-26.

Buncombe County Courthouse

Buncombe County courts observe the North Carolina Judicial Branch Holiday schedule and will be closed Nov. 25-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

City Accepting Applications for Reparations Commission

The City of Asheville Reparations Initiative is seeking nominations and applications for the Community Reparations Commission. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 22.

The Community Reparations Commission is charged with coming up with recommendations to City Council to repair the harm done by decades of racial discrimination and systemic oppression against Black Asheville residents. The reparations process in Asheville will focus on five impact areas that include housing, economic development, health, education and criminal justice.

The Commission will be composed of 25 members; 15 commission members will be nominated by persons from historically impacted neighborhoods, to include public housing and former historically African American neighborhoods. These members will come through a neighborhood nomination process and the selection is at the discretion of the neighborhood organizations that submit the nomination.

If you are interested, contact one of these neighborhood associations. A neighborhood contact list is available on the City of Asheville Neighborhood Services webpage at https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/communication-public-engagement/neighborhood-services/.

The remaining members of the Community Reparations Commission representing the five impact focus areas will be approved by City Council with five seat appointments and five seat appointments by the Buncombe County Commissioners.

The Community Reparations Commission members will contribute approximately five to 10 hours per month over a two-year term.

The City will have host virtual informational meetings for the community to ask questions about the process. Registration is required to attend.

• Wednesday, Dec. 1, register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdeygrD4jGdzMuPDIAwY23JLtQ2uz04xE

• Wednesday, Dec. 15, register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlf-Gvpz4sGNxiU9kufkuoi7D8K2xeEMLk?_x_zm_rtaid=Xt74kpBrSK6yVrSe7qim1A.1637603341017.3df59f0c0c1c48d153e4dfac068f736c&_x_zm_rhtaid=293

Community Reparations Commission members will be compensated for their time and participation. The City will work to remove barriers to serve by providing support such as technology, transportation and childcare as needed.

Printed versions of the application are available at the City Manager’s Officer, Second Floor of Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. Filled out versions of the printed applications are due to the City Manager’s Office by mail or in person by Dec. 22.

For more information on the initiative, visit https://www.publicinput.com/avlreparations.

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