On City Council's Agenda: Belmont Bridge Plans, HS Truancy

Posted: Updated: Nov 20, 2016 09:07 PM
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The future of the Belmont Bridge is back on the agenda for Charlottesville City Council this week.

This time, councilors will decide whether to move forward with an application for $9 million in funding. That's in addition to the $14.5 million the city already has to rebuild the bridge.

Councilor Bob Fenwick says he has some hesitations about the plans as they stand right now.

“Would I support applying for this money so we can keep the process moving, or do we try to hesitate and get a better handle on what we're doing here? Right now, we have waited so long for something to be done to this bridge that I will probably support it, but I am really upset that we are not getting enough information to make a good decision,” Fenwick said.

The money would come from Virginia Department of Transportation’s revenue sharing program, which matches up to $10 million the city commits to the project.

City Council meets Monday night.

Charlottesville City Council will also consider putting $50,000 toward a grant to prevent students from skipping out on high school.

The "Check and Connect" truancy prevention program helps keep at-risk students in school by helping them stay engaged in the classroom and activities.

The $45,000 grant money will come from the Virginia Department of Justice Services. It requires a $5,000 contribution from the city schools.

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