May 23, 2013
Our Town meetings continued Thursday evening, giving people who live near downtown a chance to talk to members of local government.
Our Town Charlottesville focused on the Martha Jefferson and Little High neighborhoods.
The event was one in a series that allows neighborhoods to ask questions or tell issues to city council and staff. It took place at the Herman Key Recreation Center
Issues voiced Thursday included increasing affordable housing, skilled labor jobs, litter control, a wish for a public park in the neighborhoods, and traffic.
"We're really glad that the city is having these meetings and allowing us to give our input," said said Kelly Ceppa, a Martha Jefferson neighborhood resident. "The issues that concern the neighbors the most is intersections."
Ceppa said St. Clair and Hazel Street has been a continuing problem.
"Hazel's a cut-through steet and there's a jog right there at St. Clair and people blow right through that like it's straight ahead with no stop sign...coming around a slight corner and kids can be there and be unseen. We have had three children hit at that intersection."
Neighbors and council discussed, among other possible solutions, police monitoring stop sign violations at problem intersections.