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New C'ville City Council Prepares for First Meeting of New Year

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council will hold its first meeting of the New Year on January 6.

Council members will choose a mayor and tackle parking problems and public safety funding.

Council's first order of business in the New Year is to elect a mayor.

There are two front runners for mayor and though both say they are not affirmatively seeking the office, they say they won't turn it down.

Mayor Satyendra Huja and vice Mayor Kristin Szakos are unofficial front runners.

“The two leading candidates have to be Satyendra and Kristin now,” Bob Fenwick says. “We will be talking and by seven o’clock in the evening we will take a vote and have a decision.”

The new council will get to work right away Monday, taking on parking problems in the Fifeville neighborhood and along 10th and Page streets.

People who live in those neighborhoods say construction workers for the West Main Street projects are crowding them out of spaces.

“Employees and the staff should be parking on the university grounds and not on the neighborhood streets,” Mayor Huja says.

After a public hearing, Council will decide whether to establish temporary permit parking in those areas.

City Council is also expected to appropriate more than $100,000 from a state grant to the Charlottesville City Police Department. The money will help train all officers in crisis intervention.

“Sometimes when there is something going on, like some crime happening or someone acting strangely in public, the behavior of the officer can really make a difference,” Szakos says.

Council is also expected to give about $65,000 to a group of nonprofits that help the homeless.

Monday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville City Hall.

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