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Belmont Residents Share Concerns with Cville Council

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People who live in the Belmont neighborhood are voicing some major concerns to city councilors Thursday night. The issues addressed range from changes to the Belmont Bridge to the recently passed stormwater tax.

The president of the Belmont Neighborhood Association, Jeff Easter, says the concerns are across the board, including the Belmont Bridge, safety, public housing and a stormwater tax.

"I feel like I'm getting double taxed," Easter said.

Easter owns five properties in the Belmont neighborhood, including those that house La Taza, Belmont Bar-B-Que and Clay Fitness. Easter says he hopes the newly passed stormwater tax is a topic that comes up at Thursday night's meeting.

"I've already fulfilled one part of it to make sure I wasn't causing a burden on the storm drain, I went ahead and did it so ended up I was collecting water from other people in my storm drain as it is," Easter said.

The president of the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association, Greg Jackson, says he expects public housing, safety and the Belmont Bridge to be some of the biggest concerns.

"There's a lot of concern about the concentration of public housing, low-income public housing, as well as the way it affects the residents themselves and the school district," Jackson said.

The Belmont Bridge replacement is an ongoing hot topic for people living in the neighborhood. One option is to rebuild the bridge as-is. The other would tunnel under the railroad tracks.

Jackson says, although it's important to have a discussion about the Belmont Bridge, he hopes it doesn't dominate the meeting.

"That really is a city-wide type of infrastructure project and I really want to get back into the neighborhood and talk about the improvements we can make within the neighborhood," Jackson said.

The town hall meeting runs until 8 p.m. Thursday. It's being held inside the Clark Elementary School gym.

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