Notes from the news desk: What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 9/17

Notes from the news desk: What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 9/17
Each week, the news team will be taking a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings, too.
  • The Charlottesville City Council will vote on whether to spend $255,850 to relocate the McIntire skate park at its 7pm meeting tonight. Also on the agenda are JAUNT’s FY12 report and allocations to support the Downtown Business Association’s holiday parade and the Vegetarian Festival.
  • The Charlottesville and Albemarle planning commissions are holding a joint meeting at 5:30pm Tuesday at the County Office Building to go over the results of a series of public outreach meetings held in the last year that aimed to get feedback from residents on the city and county comprehensive plans. More than 600 people filled out questionnaires ranking their top-priority planning issues, from parks and rec to transportation. From the questionnaire responses and the public input from the outreach meetings, the two staffs put together a draft of a joint vision statement that will help city and county synch up their comprehensive plans in the future. The two commissions will examine the findings Tuesday and discuss how they can work together going forward.
  • Also on Tuesday is a 7:30pm showing of Last Call at the Oasis, a film about water use and conservation presented by the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District at the Carmike Cinema on 29 North. The movie was developed and produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for activist documentaries An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc., and Waiting for Superman. Water resource and environmental professionals will offer opening remarks and stick around afterward to answer questions. Tickets are $10.
  • The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority will hold a public hearing  on the proposed dredging of the South Fork of the Rivanna Reservoir from 6 to 8pm Thursday, September 20 at the Albemarle County Office Building on Fifth Street (not McIntire Road). Read the contractor’s proposal here.
  • The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors gethers at Monticello Friday, September 21 for an all-day Strategic Planning Retreat, where the Supes will review highlights of its five-year strategic plan, examine the future economic climate, and take a look at the challenges for the county in the years ahead.
  • From 5:30 to 7:30pm Friday, the Piedmont Council for the Arts will host a panel discussion called “Talking Walls: Murals Now” about large-scale public art in Charlottesville. Several accomplished local muralists—Lincoln Perry, Craig McPherson, William Woodward, and Ross McDermott—will talk about inspiration, obstacles, and the impact of public art. The topic is particularly timely considering the controversy that unfolded this month when the city rejected McDermott’s design for a mural on Main Street.


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