Every three years, Charlottesville selects a neighborhood to receive federal funds that come through a process known as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). A task force is selected to review potential projects. The Ridge Street neighborhood is the current recipient and Council approved a set of recommendations at their meeting on March 15, 2021.
We enter the second season of 2021 while Virginia localities are engaged in review of their budgets. All of them are anticipating what the American Rescue Plan might mean for their revenue as the pandemic continues to throw in surprises to every aspect of our public and private lives.
We are now at the point where budget season significantly increases the number of meetings each week. There will also increasingly be more campaign events for the many races on the ballot this November. With all gatherings geared toward virtual platforms, it’s easier to keep an eye on all of it than before, though I am beginning to really miss being around the many people I’ve gotten to know over the years.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the “before times” when meetings were held in person in greater Charlottesville. We still don’t when we’ll be able to return to administrative buildings, but for now, many have adjusted to a new normal where meetings can be attended with relative ease — as long as you have the Internet.
For now, meetings in Albemarle, Charlottesville, and some other localities continue to be held virtually in order to halt community spread. It’s too early for a return to City Council Chambers or Lane Auditorium, so for the next while it’s possible to continue to be in many places at once. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in local government, take advantage of online meetings while they are still the norm.
The final week of the second month of 2021 is here, and is slightly less hectic than last week. Or is it? The pandemic seems to have made everything busier than in years before with virtual meetings becoming commonplace and part of how things work in our community.
Today is Presidents’ Day, and what better a time to get this newsletter out to you than on a national holiday! In these times when it may seem powerless to affect what happens in federal government, perhaps this is a good day to learn more about what’s happening locally. That’s where this newsletter comes in each and every week. Thanks for reading and please send it on to someone you think might benefit from the information.
So far, 2021 has moved at a fast pace. Somehow this week, it appears as if there might be a small break. Yet, each week I put this newsletter together, I find there’s always enough to write about in our community. Our country is built upon thousands of municipal meetings and this work is intended to help you know what’s coming up so you can get involved.
A new month brings a fresh start, one day after the first significant snowfall in Charlottesville in some years. As it is somewhat of a snow day, let’s just get right into it without any pontificating!
Thank as always to the Piedmont Environmental Council for their support of this newsletter’s creation each week.
Each week, this newsletter seeks to help you understand what’s happening at the local level in and around greater Charlottesville. Governments at all levels in our federal system have been incredibly active at a time when many continue to ask questions about how our democracy works.