Monthly Archives: July 2021

Council approves $1 million in funding for statue removal

(This article was originally included in the July 7, 2021 edition of Charlottesville Community Engagement)

Whenever a plan becomes known for what will happen to the Confederate Statues in two Charlottesville parks, funding will be in place to cover at least some of the costs. Charlottesville City Council took action this morning at a special meeting on a resolution to allocate $1 million to the effort, which would be a legal action given a ruling this spring by the Virginia Supreme Court that the two statues are not protected war memorials. Council voted on June 7 on a resolution to ask groups if they had interest in taking ownership. (read the resolution)

“The 30 day window for considering statue relocation is coming to a close very shortly so we wanted to be able to have funding in place to take care of that,” Boyles said. 

So far, there have been eight inquiries from entities interested in taking on the statues. 

The resolution voted on by Council today also covered the Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea statue on West Main Street. 

“This is just putting funding in place so that we can either remove, store, or cover any or all of the three statues,” Boyles said. 

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Regional Transit Partnership talks park and ride, future bus types, and CAT changes

(This article originally appeared in the July 4, 2021 edition of Charlottesville Community Engagement)

If you’re interested in driving less, and you want to know what’s happening to improve transit, a good place to start is the Jefferson Area Regional Transit Partnership. The group consists of representatives from Charlottesville Area TransitJaunt, and the University of Virginia Transit Service, as well as elected and appointed officials. It’s also a place where people can comment on transit issues.

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