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Woolen Mills Neighborhood Talks Traffic, Smell at "Our Town Charlottesville"

By: News Email
By: News Email

October 3, 2013

Members of the Woolen Mills community got a chance to speak with their elected leaders Wednesday night.

Residents met with members of the Charlottesville city staff and City Council in a town hall meeting at the Woolen Mills Chapel.

People talked about the smell that often lingers in the area and ways to slow down some of the traffic on Meade Avenue and Fairway Avenue.

"It's been really an ongoing issue and I guess there's been some steps to address it, you know, there were some speed humps put on East Market, but I think we're looking for more immediate action and also sort of more long term, more comprehensive planning that can address the issue," said Chaffee Burke, a Woolen Mills resident.

Burke initially became interested in speeding issues in Woolen Mills when a car left the road and ran into his house on Meade Avenue in August 2012.

People asked about increasing signs, fines, and speed humps, among other solutions.

"I collaborated with a couple neighbors, we've got some petitions to put some speed humps in certain areas to...do some increased fines in other areas and increased signage. And, really, we were just hoping for an opportunity to talk with the City Council and figure out how we can work with them. Also, on longer range planning, to really address some of the cut-through traffic that goes on through the Woolen Mills neighborhood."

Thursday night's Our Town meeting was one in a series of meetings designed to give people a chance to speak directly with city leadership. The next meeting will be for the Greenbriar/Woodhaven/Rugby neighborhood. No date has been set.

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