The first full week of December is a full one with perhaps twice the meetings that would usually be listed. So many changes occur with the holiday calendar, and I’m trying to prepare for the rest of the year and to get ready for what I suspect will be a very busy 2023.
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Monday, December 5, 2022
Charlottesville to get final number on FY22 budget surplus, hold first reading on modified Mount View PUD
Charlottesville City Council will meet at 4 p.m. for a work session followed by a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. (meeting info)
There are two items on the work session, both of which have something to do with the formation of the FY2024 budget. This City Council has asked for more information as the budget develops, and the current city leadership is responding. Interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers gave a preview of this year’s process at a budget work session in mid-October. (City Manager Rogers predicts more difficult budget season for FY24, October 25, 2022)
First, applications are in from various nonprofit organizations for a portion of their budgets. Staff will provide an update on what requests have come in through what’s known as the Vibrant Community Fund.
“There were a total of 50 applications submitted (some organizations submitted more than one application),” reads the staff report. “ In comparison, last year, we received a total of 28 applications.”
The total amount of funding requested is $4,315,608.01, up from around $2.72 million in FY23. There is a sixteen member group that is reviewing the submissions. Staff is recommending more funding be directed toward this fund.
Next, Council will receive the results of an audit of the books for fiscal year 2022, which closed on June 30. This will provide the official figure for a city surplus. In June, this figure was believed to be $14 million, as I reported at the time.
“State Code requires the City’s auditor to report to the governing body at a public session,” reads the staff report which does not have any information about the audit itself.
The regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. One of the first items on the consent agenda are the minutes of the budget work session I wrote about. This is what we learn from the draft minutes:
“After the slideshow presentation, Council engaged in discussion. Individual councilors shared their priorities.”
Charlottesville has a budget of $212,889,291 for the current fiscal year, with some of the proceeds coming from a tax rate increase as well as a 10.76 percent increase in real property assessments. Perhaps the public deserves more than 13 words to describe an hour-long conversation on something as important as how tax dollars are spent.
Until then, you can rely on me to cover the process as close as I can. Here’s 1,150 words on the same topic from this journalist. Please share the work so more people know what’s happening.
The consent agenda also contains two second readings of land use items. One is for a drive-through window for an undisclosed restaurant along U.S. 29 in Hillsdale Place and the other is for a daycare on Albemarle Street.
There are several action items on the agenda. The first is an amendment of the 2018 agreement between Albemarle and Charlottesville related to the new General District Court on the Levy Opera House site. That agreement compelled the city to provide parking spaces for the county.
“As contemplated in the MOA, the City initially explored developing a new parking structure proximate to the new courts facility on land owned by the City at 701 East Market Street,” reads the staff report. “However, by resolution approved June 21, 2021 the City Council directed the City Manager and staff to halt planning for the new structure.”
Now the county will assume “exclusive control” of 63 spaces at the East Market Street Parking Lot during court hours as well as 27 spaces at the Market Street Parking Garage. If this arrangement fails, the city would sell the surface lot to the county at fair market value.
A previous City Council spent $2.85 million in January 2017 to purchase the lot occupied by the Guadalajara and the Lucky 7 convenience store for the garage. At the time, the city was in a legal battle with the Charlottesville Parking Center over control of the Water Street Parking Garage.
Next, Interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers will ask for consent from Council for the police chief he has selected from three finalists. The staff report does not identify the person selected, but the three people under consideration are:
- Latroy A. “Tito” Durrette, acting Charlottesville Police Chief (view resume)
- Michael Kochis, Chief of Police in the Town of Warrenton (view resume)
- Easton L. McDonald, Major-Division Commander, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department (view resume)
Speaking of the PCOB, Council will be asked to approve an amendment to their enabling ordinance and approval of new operating procedures.
“Recognizing that investigations of citizen complaints and investigations of incidents have the same structure and objectives, these two functions are now combined into one procedure,” reads the staff report. “Most importantly, this approach abolishes the distinction between a ‘Preliminary Investigative Report’ and an ‘Investigative Report’ and does away with the former.
The PCOB is currently without an executive director as the previous person left after just over a year in the position.
After that, Council moves to land use with the first of two readings of a rezoning of 3.4 acres from R-2 to Planned Unit Development for land in the Locust Grove neighborhood near the Mount View Baptist Church.
“A maximum of 60 units are proposed within five structures that are integrated into the landscape,” reads the a revised application that has been changed since the Planning Commission’s public hearing on September 13.
“The discussion centered on the affordable housing proffer; particularly concerns with the proposed duration of affordable housing unit availability and specifications for qualifying residents; and general support of the proposed density and proposed building form,” reads the staff report.
Council has three choices. They can decline to hear the revised application, hold a new public hearing of their own, or send it back to the Planning Commission.
Here is a link to the list of changes. They include reducing the affordability level for the seven affordable units to being for households lower than 60 percent of the area median income, and increasing the affordability period from 10 years to 20 years.
The Office of Community Solutions would like to see a longer period of rental. Note that the Affordable Housing Plan aspires to a period of 99 years.
The applicant is also seeking a waiver from sidewalks. (read the staff report)
Next, Council will consider the transfer of $350,000 from the capital improvement program fund to a project to renovate Washington Park pool. This funding had previously been set aside for the city’s share of a project to build lighted fields at Darden Towe Park.
“The County has not approved this project and recent deliberation confirms they are not moving forward as originally planned,” reads the staff report. “Staff would like to reallocate funds to resurface the Washington Park Pool shell and all the pool amenities, including shade structures and mirror renovation.”
This will be the first of two readings.
Next, Council will be asked to express support to use city resources to add disabled access to the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial in McIntire Park. The memorial was dedicated on April 20, 1966 and was relocated when the John Warner Parkway was built along the eastern edge of McIntire Park. A rededication ceremony was held in April 2016.
“The City Manager’s Office recommends that City Council should continue to explore its options as to how to select and commence a competitive process by which a project to establish a new surface parking lot, and a handicapped accessible pedestrian walkway from the parking lot to the Memorial, can be officially scoped out and added to the City’s Capital Improvements Program, to be funded by private as well as state or local funding,” reads the staff report.
According to the staff report, Senator Creigh Deeds has said he will seek legislation to assist with the project.
Finally, Council will vote to approve a legislative priority list. Two of the five City Councilor have put together nine priorities separate from the overall list put together by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. (read the full list)
The first seeks enabling authority to enact a one-cent sales tax increase. Such legislation died in Committee in the 2022 assembly. (House Subcommittee kills school sales tax bills, February 25, 2022)
The fourth would remove the requirement that a law enforcement officer be present with someone under an emergency custody order until a bed is found. This is also a priority of the Lynchburg City Council, as you can see in their wish list approved in early November.
The ninth seeks to extend the spirit of the Future Land Use Map to the entire Commonwealth.
“We support legislation to abolish the designation of ‘single-family’ zoning areas throughout the Commonwealth,” reads this policy list. “Policies encouraging ‘inclusionary zoning’ would allow for more affordable housing and create more diverse communities.
The 2023 election will be an interesting one as three seats on Council are up, as well as an open seat in the General Assembly. Delegate Sally Hudson is challenging Senator Creigh Deeds for the the new District 11 seat in the Senate, providing an opportunity for ideas to be tested in the political arena.
You count on me to be covering all of it.
Louisa Supervisors to hold public hearings on county bonuses, land use amendment
The seven-member Louisa County Board of Supervisors meets at 3:30 p.m. There’s no agenda for that meeting, but there is one for the 6 p.m. open meeting (meeting info) (agenda packet)
The meeting begins with the usual invocation, pledge of allegiance, adoption of the agenda, approval of previous minutes, approval of bills, and the consent agenda. There’s also the recognitions period and then the public comment period.
In the packet is a notice from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water with a notice of an alleged violation against the Gum Spring BP station for failure to monitor for coliform bacteria, a violation of waterworks law. This letter was copied to County Administrator Christian Goodwin and included in the packet. There are lots of these types of notices available to the public and I appreciate it being distributed to Supervisors.
The first public hearing is to amend the county ordinance to allow for the awarding of bonuses to county employees.
“It is the desire of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors to add Code Section 58-5 to the Louisa County Code to allow monetary incentives, awards, and bonuses to County employees for exceptional services rendered by employees in accordance with Va. Code § 15.2-1508,” reads the ordinance.
The second public hearing is to amend the county ordinance to allow the recognition of non-contiguous parcels that are separated by a roadway. This may seem like a trivial issue, but it’s a crucial step in an urbanizing community. Here’s a section from the staff report from Josh Gillespie, Director of Community Development.
“More specifically, the purpose of these standards and procedures is to provide a guide for the change that occurs when lands and acreage become urban in character as a result of development for residential, business or industrial purposes; to provide assurance that purchasers of lots are buying a commodity that is suitable for development and use; and to make possible the provision of public services in a safe, adequate and efficient manner.”
The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval on a 4-2 vote.
The third public hearing on the agenda is for a rezoning of 15.277 acres of land on Lake Anna from General Commercial to Planned Unit Development. This is for a project called Lake Anna Resort that also has a request to increase the maximum height of buildings from 60 feet to 80 feet.
In October, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the rezoning with two conditions, but a motion for the special use permit to increase the height failed on a 3 to 3 motion. (Louisa County Planning Commission recommends rezoning for resort, but declines to recommend 80-foot buildings, October 19, 2022)
However, Tammy Purcell reports that this item will be deferred until a later date. Take a look at the tweet thread and make sure you are subscribed to Engage Louisa. Tammy Purcell @docpurcellBREAKING: LA Resort, LLC has asked that the public hearing on its request to rezone 15.2 acres just west of the Route 208 bridge (south side) at Lake Anna, from C-2 (GAOD) to PUD, be deferred until the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.3:33 PM ∙ Dec 1, 2022
Albemarle design panel to review two development projects
The Albemarle Architectural Review Board meets at 1 p.m. in Lane Auditorium. (meeting info)
Two projects that have already had rezoning approval will be before the ARB. The first is a preliminary review of Galaxie Farm between Avon Street Extended and Route 20 which was changed to Planned Residential Development.
The first phase to be built will include “‘sixteen attached townhouses in one group of four units and two groups of six units as part of a larger development including 43 detached residences and associated site improvements on approximately 13.36 acres.”
The second item is for the final site plan for Rio Point which will see 328 units in an apartment complex on undeveloped land between the John Warner Parkway and East Rio Road. Notes from staff include:
- Consider revising the invasive shrub species (“Alleghany” Viburnum) to a noninvasive species
- Reevaluate the trailhead park design to establish greater visual interest and a stronger sense of place. Options include, but are not limited to, incorporating the public art installation, gazebo, landscaping, and walkways/trail connections
- Revise the lighting plan to show that the proposed bollard light fixtures are full cutoff.
In other meetings:
- The Charlottesville Electoral Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex. There will be a recap of the November election, a discussion of reprecincting, as well as ranked choice voting. Albemarle County Supervisors got a briefing from Delegate Sally Hudson on November 4 on this proposed way of voting for local candidates. Later in the month, Supervisors learned from Director of Elections Lauren Eddy some of the obstacles to putting into place in 2023. (meeting info)
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Albemarle Broadband Authority to discuss affordability, equity programs
Under old business on the agenda, there is a discussion of a “corrective action” related to the 2021 Virginia Telecommunications Initiative. There’s no additional information. There will also be discussions of an Affordable Connectivity Program as well as a Regional Digital Equity Plan.
“Broadband is an essential part of our daily lives,” reads the website for the Affordable Connectivity Program. “We want to make affording monthly broadband costs easier. Albemarle County is providing up to an additional $20 per month for Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) beneficiaries in the County.”
Regional transportation body to meet for final time in 2022
The policy board of the Charlottesville Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization will meet outside of its normal time at 4 p.m at the Water Street headquarters of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. (meeting agenda)
They’ll be introduced to Darrell Byers, the relatively new Culpeper District representative to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The previous representative, Allison Detuncq, spent two terms years in the position and kept a low profile, attending few MPO meetings. That wasn’t the case for her predecessor, James Rich, who was fired by Governor Bob McDonnell for having a contrary positon on the Western Bypass. Anyone else remember Butch Davies? (Bypass opponent on transportation board reports dismissal by Governor McDonnell, January 15, 2023)
Anyway, Byers is also the Professional Standards Division Commander for Albemarle County Police.
The MPO Policy Board will also get updates on:
- The Regional Transit Vision Plan & Governance Study (no advance material)
- The Long Range Transportation Plan (draft goals and objectives)
- Cost estimate increases for the Smart Scale projects in round 5. The CTB was briefed in October on why estimates are increasing so sharply. (read the story)
In other meetings:
- The Planning and Vision Group of the Albemarle Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee (SWAAC) will meet in the Chris Greene Room, Room 246, the county office building at 401 McIntire Road. There’s no agenda posted at publication time. (meeting info)
- Charlottesville’s Sister Cities Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the large conference room in CitySpace. The agenda includes an update on a recent trip to Besançon, news of a concert related Poggio a Caiano, and a request for a funding for medical supply shipment. This last one seems unusual for this group and there are no details in the packet. (meeting info)
- The Charlottesville Tree Commission meets virtually at 5 p.m. There’s no agenda available at publication time. (meeting info)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Albemarle Supervisors to meet with School Board to discuss capital funding
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors begins their regular meeting day with a joint work session with the Albemarle School Board at 1 p.m. This will be held within Room 241 in the county’s office building at 401 McIntire Road. This will be followed by a regular business meeting at 6 p.m.
“A long-range financial plan is different from the annual budget in that it emphasizes where the County may be headed at the end of the plan rather than the coming fiscal year,” reads the staff report. “This planning can provide a helpful framework to inform the annual budget to ensure funding recommendations are aligned with County priorities.”
Supervisors had a look at the current five-year plan at their meeting on November 2. The materials in the packet document the conversation held this year between the two boards beginning with a March 11 letter from the School Board to Supervisors known as the Long-Term Funding Strategy Memo.”
“in good times and in bad times, the need for capital improvement projects does not slow down,” reads that letter. “We are still trying to dig out from the starvation of the Capital Improvement Program] during and after the Great Recession. None of us wants to go through that unfortunate exercise again.”
The letter refers to decisions made by the Board of Supervisors when a majority sought to impose a “zero-based budget” philosophy when every county expense had to be justified in each budget. There was also a six center real property tax cut in FY2007 from $0.74 per $100 of assessed value to $0.68 cents.
The rest of the 145-page packet follows this story A September 8, 2022 letter from the Board of Supervisors to the School Board sets the stage for this work session.
“During the December 7 Board-to-Board work session, the School Board and its staff is requested to present a balanced five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), along with a balanced five-year financial plan that considers both operating and capital priorities,” reads that letter. “This information should include a review of significant revenue and expenditure drivers and related assumptions/ the School Board’s priorities to be funded with any new revenue/ and how the plan aligns with the County’s draft Fiscal Year 2024 – 2028 Strategic Plan.”
The Strategic Plan is included in the packet.
Albemarle Supervisors to hold six public hearings, take action on Clifton Inn request
- The first is for several budget appropriations. One is $177,372 from Albemarle’s settlement of the National Opioid Settlement. This funding will go to the Human Services Alternative Response Team intended for “training on behavioral health symptoms & community resources peer support, coordination with community-based service providers, and clinical consultation.” There’s a lot more in the staff report as that one of 21 appropriations. Another is to complete the review of the wireless policy.
- The second would extend a sign-on bonus for public safety employees. From the staff report we learn that the Department of Fire Rescue received 235 applications to fill 53 vacancies, 12 of which have been filled. The Police Department received 150 applications for 40 vacancies and hired 23 officers. The eligibility period would be extended to November 30, 2023. (staff report)
- The third would amend one of the county’s Agricultural and Forestry Districts to add 82.43 acres. (staff report)
- The fourth is for a special use permit for a daycaRe at Mountain Plain Baptist Church in the White Hall magisterial district. (staff report)
- The fifth is a request from the Virginia Institute of Autism to amend a previous special use permit for their new operations on Hillsdale Drive. Specifically, they want to expand onto a parcel next door. (staff report)
- The sixth is to create a program to make it easier for institutions to pay for conversion to mechanical systems that result in fewer or no greenhouse gas emissions. The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program would be “a financing tool that provides upfront capital to commercial property owners and developers to invest in energy measures related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate adaptation at a reduced rate of interest.” This is called for in the county’s Climate Action Plan. (staff report)
In an action item, Supervisors will consider a rezoning and special use permit request for the expansion of the Clifton Inn and Collina Farm. Supervisors held a public hearing on November 17 but deferred action. (staff report)
On the consent agenda:
- Albemarle Supervisors will consider the same amendment to the memorandum of agreement with the city of Charlottesville related to parking for the courts. (staff report)
- Supervisors will approve an administrative plan for the Office of Housing that’s required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The office “manages 435 housing choice vouchers,105 mainstream vouchers, and 34 moderate rehabilitation vouchers to subsidize housing costs for community members in need.” (staff report)
- Albemarle County will apply for a boundary line adjustment with Fluvanna County around Scottsville. Louisa and Goochland are in the midst of something similar. (staff report)
- Supervisors will also approve an exception in which a landowner built a house that exceeded the size permitted by the terms of an easement co-held by the Albemarle County Easement Authority. (staff report)
- There’s also a communication from the School Board. White Hall representative David Oberg has resigned effective December 31 and the Board will appoint a replacement on December 15. School Superintendent Matt Has will make his recommendation for whether a new name will be selected for Meriwether Lewis Elementary School. A committee has recommended retention. (Board to Board letter)
Fluvanna Board of Supervisors to consider funding for commercial kitchen coordinator
The five-member Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meets at 5 p.m. in the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center at 8880 James Madison Highway in Fork Union.
There are several action items after the introductory period of the meeting.
One is a discussion of the position description for the county attorney. Fred Payne has notified the county that he plans to retire at the end of the year. Payne has worked for Fluvanna on a contract basis for that time and a staff report tells us that a decision has been made to proceed with an internal department.
The second is a discussion of a commercial kitchen in the Fluvanna County Community Center from the Parks and Recreation Department and the Economic Development Office. The county will fund a part-time position of Commercial Kitchen Coordinator at a cost of $12,480. This project had been in the works before COVID and is now moving forward. The Health Department issued a certificate in November. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for December 21, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Dewberry Engineers will discuss something called Project Agreement 17. This relates to a preliminary engineering report for the greater project to expand water and sewer to certain sections of Zion Crossroads.
The fourth item is a revision of the salary ranges for social services employees by three percent. This will come at a $17,503 cost from the county and $8,236 from federal funds.
The fifth is a request from the Economic Development Office for $21,300 in a budget carryover requests from FY22 to FY23. This would be used for professional services, marketing, and tourism.
The sixth is a request from the school system for carryover funds. This breaks down as $300,000 for staff bonuses, $250,000 for fuel offsets, and $244,000 for capital costs. Of that figure, $100,000 would go to upgrade the public address system at Fluvanna County High School and $144,000 would go to retrofit 12 school buses with air conditioning.
There are two presentations. One is a preliminary discussion of the FY24 budget for Fluvanna County Public Schools.
The other is a historic structure report for the Fluvanna County Courthouse prepared by John Milner Associates Preservation. The building dates back to 1830.
“The historic courthouse building occupies a central place in the history of Fluvanna County and its architectural excellence is recognized at the state and national levels,” reads the presentation. “Without critical repairs, the historic building will suffer progressive deterioration and lasting damage, leading to increased repair costs. A number of repairs are required to restore and maintain the integrity of this architectural masterpiece.”
Those repairs have a total cost of around $1.5 million and the intent is to work with the Fluvanna Historical Society on a capital campaign.
There is one public hearing on revisions to the Fire and Rescue Ordinance.
Greene County Supervisors to discuss administrator search
On the heels of a retreat last week, the five-member Greene County Board of Supervisors will meet for a closed session at 3 p.m. today. The meeting notice states that the search for the next County Administrator will be one of the three topics. They’ll discuss applications received, potential interview questions, and review potential search firms. (meeting info)
Previous administrator Mark B. Taylor left in September to become the school superintendent in Spotsylvania County. Brenda Garton is serving as the interim administrator for a second time.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Louisa County Planning Commission to review off-street parking design standards
The Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m. for a long range planning worksession. There’s no agenda posted at publication time.
There is an agenda for the regular meeting which begins at 7 p.m. There is one item listed and that’s a public hearing on Design Standards for Off-Street Parking. That information does not appear to be listed in the packet, but there is a copy of the Planning Commission’s by-laws, which will be discussed. (meeting agenda)
Places29 group to review Botanical Gardens of the Piedmont project, Route 29 entrance corridor
The Places29-Rio Community Advisory Committee will meet in-person at 6 p.m. in Room 235 of the county office building at 401 McIntire Road. (meeting info)
The first item is a community meeting for a rezoning of a parcel on U.S. 29 from Commercial to Highway Commercial to allow for a Bee Safe Self-Storage facility to be located there. The parcel is just to the south of the Food Lion on Branchlands Drive. In 2016, there were land use approvals clearing the way for a 192-room hotel at the site, which has been the site of Flaming Wok and a glass warehouse. (application documents)
The second is an application from the Botanical Gardens of the Piedmont, an organization seeking to create such a facility in the city’s McIntire Park.
“Some of the land for the Garden is owned by the City of Charlottesville, but is located in Albemarle County,” reads the application from the nonprofit for a Certificate of Compliance with the county’s Comprehensive Plan.
Specifically, areas slated for the Children’s Discovery Garden, the Garden Pavilion, and the parking are technically in the county. The Places29 Master Plan designates this land as Public Open Space” in the Future Land Use Map. (application documents)
The final item is a discussion of the Route 29 Entrance Corridor Guidelines for U.S. with two members of the Architectural Review Board.
In other Thursday meetings:
- The University of Virginia Board of Visitors meets this week from Wednesday to Friday with meetings beginning today. Check out the schedule here.
- The Emergency Communication Center’s Board will have a special meeting at the ECC Conference Room at 2306 Ivy Road. The agenda is the same as the November 15 meeting that was postponed. (meeting info)
- The Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee meets at 4 p.m. in Room 235 of the Albemarle office building at 401 Mcintire Road. The link to the agenda is broken at publication time. (meeting info)
- The Jefferson Area Regional Transportation Partnership meets at 4 p.m. at the Water Street Center at 407 East Water Street. They will also get an update on the governance study. They’ll also hear from someone at the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission about the Foothills Area Mobility System. (agenda)
- The Albemarle Conservation Easement Authority meets at 4:45 p.m. in Room 241 of the county’s office building at 401 McIntire Road. (meeting info)
- The Police Civilian Oversight Board meets at 6:30 p.m. There’s no agenda at publication time. (meeting info)
- The Places29-North Community Advisory Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Hollymead Elementary School Media Center. On the agenda is a briefing on the transition from the CAC’s from the Community Development office to the Office of Communications and Public Engagement. (meeting info)
- The Outreach Group of the Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee (SWAAC) will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 235 in the county’s office building. (meeting info)
Friday, December 9, 2022
Only one meeting today, aside from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors.
The Charlottesville Historic Resources Committee will meet virtually at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Two of the items listed on the agenda should look familiar. There is both “Engagement of the Descendant Community for Court Square / Slave Auction Block” and the “Downtown Walking Tour Map Work Session.” A third item on the agenda is discussion of a historical marker at Key Recreation Center. (meeting info)
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This post was contributed by Sean Tubbs. Sean is a journalist working to build a new information and news outlet centered around Charlottesville and Virginia. In 2020, he launched a daily newscast and newsletter and also created a semi-regular podcast on the pandemic.
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