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2 <br />Mr. Jones recognized Chief Charles Wa rner for receiving the 2011 Governor’s <br />Fire Service Award for Excellence in Fire Service Management. Chief Warner thanked <br />Council for their recognition and members of City staff for their teamwork. <br /> <br />Mr. Norris announced the City will co-s ponsor the Charlottesville Honor Ride <br />event on April 5 th . For more information and to en roll in this year’s ride, go to <br />, or email , or call (434) 242- <br />4165. <br /> <br />Ms. Szakos announced Council’s budget work session next Monday, March 12 th <br />and the Sprout Film Festival March 9 th . She also announced upcoming Celebrate!250 <br />events. Go to for more information <br /> <br /> <br />MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC <br /> <br />Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said balancing the City budget is the most <br />important duty Council has. She asked Counc il to hold the schools to task and make <br />tough cuts so they can st ay within their budget. <br /> <br />Ms. Erin Rose, 1790 Bundoran Dr. in North Garden, presented a petition for a <br />referendum for the right of the public to have a say in the sa le of water rights. She said <br />Council should not approve the contract until they know the price tag. <br /> <br />Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, sa id she supports the UVA Living Wage <br />campaign. She also said she supported the students and Northwestern High School to <br />protest the cuts in education funding and t eacher positions. She thanked City Council for <br />their vision with The Crossings fac ility and asked if we can do more. <br /> <br />Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., also thanked Council for their support of <br />The Crossings project. He asked Council to think about projects that cover supportive <br />housing for entire families. He said he supported the UVA Living Wage campaign, and <br />he thanked Ms. Szakos and Mr. Norris fo r their support of the campaign. He asked <br />Council to increase the base wage to $13 a nd hour and tie it to the cost of living. <br /> <br />Mr. Galen Staengl, 129 Goodman St., en couraged Council to continue the <br />discussion about the Belmont Bridge and urba n design of the associated areas. He said <br />Council should ask for more information abou t chloramines in the drinking water and the <br />hazards associated with byproducts. <br /> <br />Mr. Jim Rounsevell, 1113 Monticello Rd., sa id he is a registered architect in <br />Virginia and has been very involved in the br idge project. He s upports Council’s call for <br />further research; the public does not support th e current bridge design. The bridge should <br />be more than just a replacement; there must be design. Council should take ownership of <br />the process and fund it. <br />