My recent letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times:
What is Buncombe County’s severe weather policy?
During the mid-February 2014 snowstorm, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, concerned for the safety of his seventeen staff members, allowed them to leave work early on February 12. At that time County Manager Wanda Greene took issue with Reisinger’s actions and stated:
Our policy is that we do not close, and no other offices have closed in the 20 years I have been with Buncombe County.
However, during the recent snowstorm of 2016, Greene evidently reversed her stance. In a January 22 email she wrote:
The weather is predicted to get much worse as they day goes on – with up to 15 inches of snow predicted. So, I want county facilities to close no later than 10 this morning. We need to make sure our employees get home safely.
So as a concerned Buncombe County citizen, I’m left wondering; what is the county’s severe weather policy?
Bruce Mulkey, Asheville