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Mayor Huja Leads Charlottesville City Council for Final Time

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Charlottesville City Council met for the final time in 2015 Charlottesville City Council met for the final time in 2015
Mayor Satyendra Huja Mayor Satyendra Huja
Mayor Huja delivered his final State of the City presentation Mayor Huja delivered his final State of the City presentation
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville City Council met for the final time in 2015 Monday night to take a look back at its year and make some final decisions before the new year.

In addition to making decisions about observing Veteran’s Day in the city, brewery zoning changes, and  approving the financing to complete a part of the Route 250 Bypass Trail, Mayor Satyendra Huja gave his last State of the City presentation as a member of city council.

Wrapping up eight years on city council, Mayor Huja said he is proud of how the city has progressed with respect to both the economy and race relations.
In his address, the mayor highlighted what council has done in each of city council's nine vision areas.

He listed the city's unemployment rate, 3.8 percent, as one of council's accomplishments. He also talked about job growth in the private sector with over 1,300 jobs being added between 2013 and 2014.

Huja also talked about how he's proud of the city's work towards racial equality.

“Police forums have been held to review race relations. There has been dialogue on race to help with those concerns and make a welcoming community in Charlottesville,” Huja said.

In addition to the State of the City presentation, council also passed approval on several items in Charlottesville.

They approved a new ordinance that replaces the former city holiday Lee-Jackson Day with Veteran's Day. In March, council voted to stop recognizing Lee-Jackson Day as a holiday and was looking for a replacement holiday.

Councilors also approved changing the zoning code for alcoholic production companies. The planning commission recommended adding a new definition for micro-producers. Each of these micro-producers will follow a production limit on the amount of alcohol that can be produced in a given year.

Finally, city council passed an appropriation of more than $90,000 to complete a portion of the Rt. 250 Bypass Trail. It’s all part of a master trail plan that includes a bike and pedestrian commuter trail along the north side of the 250 Bypass. The city was awarded more than $375,000 in a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation to complete the section of trail between Hydraulic Road and Meadowbrook Heights.

The Charlottesville City Council will reconvene 2016 and welcome two new members, Mike Signer and Wes Bellamy, January 4.

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