Former Asheville Water director: ‘Incontrovertible evidence’ that shuttered pump station was key to water outage

A former city of Asheville water director — who was also a member of the Independent Review Committee that investigated the holiday water outage — says the city is overlooking the key to the crisis, and another major service disruption could happen if it’s not addressed. Mike Holcombe, water director from 1993-1997, remains adamant that the city is downplaying what he says is the major cause — the decommissioned East Asheville Booster Pump Station. That multi-million dollar facility opened in 1993 and closed in 2010. The city has little documentation as to why it was shuttered. The pump station was…

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TDA director’s salary, benefits top $450,000

Buncombe County’s tourism director is set to receive compensation totaling up to $456,000 this fiscal year and up to $578,000 or more in 2026 under a three-year contract renewal recently approved by the tax-supported agency. Victoria “Vic” Isley’s compensation package is roughly double that of the city and county managers, school superintendents, the county sheriff, and the Asheville police chief. Isley, president and CEO of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, receives: The contract, approved in July 2023 and obtained by Asheville Watchdog, calls for annual raises each July to be determined by the TDA board, but guarantees Isley a…

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