Motion to Remove Confederate Statues Fails After Fenwick Abstains
Jan 29, 2017 11:23 PM
Bob Fenwick abstains voting at Council meeting
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Charlottesville City Councilors couldn't come to terms over renaming Lee Park and removing a Confederate statue.
Councilors held a work session Tuesday night. It was a packed house at City Hall with a number of people showing signs calling for the statues to be removed.
Councilor Bob Fenwick abstained from the vote which caused an outcry from people wanting a decision.
"I do not want to vote to keep that statue in Lee Park. An abstention vote lets this process go a little bit. We have no path that we know to go forward. This is going to take some time. We have another motion on the floor I believe on what we can do to repair some of the damage that has been done," Fenwick said.
City Councilor Wes Bellamy also laid out a plan to help minority youth through scholarships and other opportunities. That will be taken up Feb. 6.
Councilors have other parts of a report on this issue to review.
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