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Charlottesville Mayor to Hold First State of the City Address

Posted: Updated: Jan 7, 2013 05:47 PM EST

When Charlottesville City Council meets Monday evening their agenda will include the usual list of items to be considered. There is also something scheduled to happen Monday that council is not used to seeing - a "State of the City Address" from the mayor.  

Mayor Huja's "State of the City Address" will be a first for Charlottesville, and will cover the past year and what is in store for the city in 2013.  Topics will include the highlights of the year for the city - from the Dalai Lama and President Obama visits, to celebrating Charlottesville's 250th birthday.  

Huja says a speech like this one gives people a better idea of the progress the city is making.

"The idea is to be accountable to our citizens as to what has happened in the year 2012 and what could happen in the year 2013, so some ideas for the future also," said Huja. 

Topics that need more attention will also come up, such as bringing in more skilled jobs to Charlottesville, improvements to the Belmont Bridge and tackling the homeless problem.

Monday's City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the speech will directly follow the consent agenda.

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