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UVA Students, Neighbors Work Toward Noise Solutions

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University of Virginia students and the people who live around them tried to compromise to turn down the volume on noisy parties in the surrounding neighborhoods.

This past August, residents of the Venable Neighborhood went in front of city council to complain about the noise level coming from UVA students in their area.

That issue was back on Charlottesville city council's agenda Monday night, where UVA students and residents near UVA spoke out about what they think should be done to come to an agreement.

It was clear at the meeting that over the past few months, steps had been taken by students to help fix the problem.

"We've redone our party patrol process, we've updated our trash pick-up, no parties are outside now, all are inside," said Andy Coleberg.

Proposed changes to the ordinance would mean violators would have to pay $1,000 for the first noise offense—instead of the current fine of $250—and could face jail time.

UVA students say harsher punishments aren't the answer.

"We recognize that there is a problem here, but we also recognize that community relations and building community relations is the way out of this problem, not by putting on additional violations to potentially send somebody to prison for just noise," Coleberg said.

The Charlottesville Police Department also spoke out about making sure they are doing their part to please both sides.

Chief Tim Longo said, "This really is a work in progress and we're really putting our best foot by looking at our practices, our procedures and looking at the way we handle these calls and want to do so in concert with both Venable neighborhood and the university community to make for a quieter neighborhood, but we want to go about it in a way that's just and fair to all the parties involved."

City council did not take any action on the issue Monday night. They say they will take a closer look at the issue over the next few months and hope to come to a decision at that time.

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