What’s Buried Beneath French Broad Dog Park? Expired tags?
Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart answers, and the real deal:
Question: What was where the French Broad River dog park is now? All dogs are collectively freaks in the park, and by that I mean they all compulsively dig holes and eat dirt. Dog owner lore says there was a mine/mining something or other underneath, and that’s what the dogs nibble on.
My answer: Wait a minute. How do you tell the difference between your routine, “I smell another dog’s urine here!” freakout dog, and the most extended, “I’m pretty sure it was a cattle farm/peanut butter factory where the city buried roadkill for a hundred years!” Dogs are excitable creatures, you know…
True answer: I started with the city on this, and city spokeswoman Kim Miller spoke with Parks & Recreation staff to gather information. She noted that in the early 1900s Riverside Park, one of Asheville’s main attractions, was somewhat nearby, but was washed away by the 1916 flood.
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“After nearly 80 years, Carolina Power & Light (predecessor to Duke Progress) donated the land to the City of Asheville,” Miller said. “RiverLink and community members developed the park, and it opened on September 25, 1994, as an important first step in transforming Asheville’s riverfront. I believe there were tires, limestone deposits and who knows what else is on the site before it is redeveloped as a park.”
Let me pause here to note that nearly 30 years of dogs peeing and pooping in one area could easily lead to bizarre behavior in our current dogs.
“Currently, grading work is underway at French Broad River Park as part of the construction of a greenway,” Miller added.
For a deep dive into the recorded history of the site, I went to Buncombe County Deeds Registry Drew Reisinger, who I have to say delivered an excellent front line in response.
“I love your ability to get elected officials to do hours of research because someone’s dog smelled something funny in the dog park where the other neighborhood dogs are pooping,” Reisinger said. “Thank you for keeping me in my place.”
I burst out laughing at that.
Then Reisinger got down to business.
“The city’s response made me lose my sense of the right path,” Reisinger said. “While I am fascinated and easily distracted by the history of Riverside Park, according to deed registry records, this former amusement park was three miles downriver from French Broad River Park. where the stump dump on Riverside is today. Drive.”
So Riverside Park is out of the equation.
“If this historic amusement park was the former tenant of the dog park, there would be a more interesting story to tell, but the town of Asheville passed into ownership, from Carolina Power & Light Company, in 1991 “, Reisinger said by e-mail. . “It appears the property was a Carolina P&L substation prior to being turned over to the City of Asheville.”
Carolina P&L’s deed to the city shows that eight of the nine leaflets were from Tom Rowland Jr. and his wife Margaret Rowland. The first flier came from Gay and Effie Green, Reisinger noted.
“So it would appear that before the property was a substation for Carolina P&L, everything was privately owned,” Reisinger said. “These nine leaflets were all given to Carolina P&L between 1946 and 1948.”
Reisinger, however, smelled something intriguing.
“There was an atypical note in the deed to the city of the electric company where the attorney felt the need to use all capitals, stating: ‘CP&L BELIEVES AND HEREBY NOTIFIES ASHEVILLE, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNEES, THAT PORTIONS OF SAID LANDS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN USED AS WASTE OR WASTE DISPOSAL AREAS, AS PHYSICALLY EVIDENCE IN PART BY BROKEN GLASS, RUSTY CANS AND RUSTY EQUIPMENT ON OR NEAR AND BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. »
Ah! The smoking heap of garbage has been dug up!
Well, not quite, but maybe the pooches smell decades-old trash and then try to dig all the way to China.
“Maybe that’s why they only charged the city a dollar for the land,” Reisinger added dryly.
Question: As I was stopped at a red light at the corner of Patton and Louisiana recently, I noticed that the car in front of me with North Carolina plates had an October 2019 expiration sticker. It seems to me that at some point an Asheville Police Department or Buncombe County Sheriff’s patrol car would also be behind this vehicle. Don’t they bother to stop cars with expired plates? Is that too much trouble? For me, the owner hasn’t paid his vehicle tax in over two years, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have insurance. How many tickets for expired badges has each agency issued in the last year?
My answer: As someone who let a tag expire for, say, a good number of months, I can assure you that I was still paying insurance on the car. I have to get better at reading these DMV reviews, though…
True answer: Judging by the time it took me to not get many answers to these questions, I guess law enforcement here is not a high priority. Hey, I sent the question to both agencies in mid-June.
“The Asheville Police Department has issued over 161 citations so far this year for expired registration cards/tags,” ODA spokesman Bill Davis said by email. 21st of June. I received no further response.
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Aaron Sarver said June 30 via email, “I’ve been trying to get this data with no luck so far. There is a new reporting system for the state, I was told.
I pestered him later for more information, but got no response.
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When a similar question was asked in 2018, a senior officer in the APD’s Road Safety Unit offered a little insight that I still suspect to be true: “Often labels will be valid and up to date on insurance and the driver has not placed the current sticker on the vehicle If the vehicle has only recently expired but the insurance is still in effect, the Asheville Police Department tends to issue written warnings that the motorist can correct and submit without penalty.
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This is the opinion of John Boyle. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or [email protected]