“I intend to try to work to advance the ideas on which I based my campaign,” he reveals. “That includes expansion of our sidewalk system to give Asheville pedestrians greater safe walking options. I also will be trying to promote a home-weatherization program to help middle-income homeowners make energy-efficiency improvements.”
But Pelly’s most ambitious goal is an attempt to Asheville’s neighborhoods more clout in city affairs.
“Specifically, I will be asking the full Council to support creating a Neighborhood Advisory Committee charged with advising Council on ways to support and enhance neighborhoods and give them a more formal voice in growth-and-development issues,” Pelly explains.
The committee, he notes, could serve as a platform for calls to allocate public resources, encourage the development of community associations, “establish a communications system capable of reaching every Asheville household,” and “improve the development process — and residents’ ability to access the process.”