Albemarle Supervisors Ask State Lawmakers to Discuss Gun Laws, Monument Control
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is asking state lawmakers to work on several issues in the upcoming year.
They discussed legislative priorities during a meeting Thursday afternoon, including some ideas they've been pushing for a couple of years. The board's wish list for the year includes a couple of issues born out of Charlottesville and the events surrounding the Unite the Right Rally in 2017.
Supervisors met with Senator Creigh Deeds and Delegate Rob Bell to talk about their concerns. A top priority is allowing the county to provide in-kind resources to volunteer firefighters and emergency service providers.
Board members want to see the prohibition of carrying loaded weapons in public spaces and for localities to have control over monuments and memorials on public property, such as the Confederate statue in front of Albemarle's courthouse. The board says it wants to make sure people of color feel comfortable in the area.
"From a health, safety and equity standpoint, I think the memorial issue, as well as the ability to go ahead and have restrictions on loaded weapons in public spaces, are two critical things in the aftermath of August 11 and 12 two years ago," said supervisor Rick Randolph. "It's just a reminder how change needs to occur to establish greater safety and welfare of our residents."
Supervisors also discussed increasing the minimum tree canopy during development, equal taxing, and impact fees. Biscuit Run Park is also slated to get $4 million from the state for its opening, but it still needs more financial help and resources.