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124 <br /> <br />factions had re-emerged in the process. Ms. Richards said that what citizens care about is <br />good government. <br /> <br />RECOGNITIONS/AWARDS: W. E. BROWN, INC.; ADA PROCLAMATION <br /> <br /> The presentation of the City's Business Award to W. E. Brown was deferred until <br />a representative could be available to accept the award. <br /> <br />Mr. Caravati read the proclamation proclaiming "Another Independence Day." <br /> <br />PUBLIC <br /> <br /> Ms. Karen Firehock, 707 Avon Street, Chair of the Belmont Neighborhood <br />Association Traffic Committee, said that Belmont experiences a high volume of traffic. <br />Ms. Firehock said that a master traffic calming plan was developed, but nothing has been <br />done to move the plan forward by the City because the City wants to hold off on traffic <br />calming until the Comprehensive Plan is developed and a consultant hired. Ms. Firehock <br />said she favors this approach and encouraged Council to give a high priority to traffic <br />calming. Ms. Firehock said, however, that there have been numerous accidents at. <br />intersections in Belmont and she feels some immediate action should be taken. <br /> <br /> Ms. Darcy Phillips, 703 Bolling Avenue, reiterated Ms. Firehock's comments, and <br />said that an accident involving a child occurred recently at an intersection. Ms. Phillips <br />said crosswalks are needed immediately. <br /> <br /> Mr. Lynch said he understands the need for traffic calming on Avon Street and <br />feels it is long overdue. Mr. Lynch said he feels it should be made a priority and the City <br />should move forward. Mr. Lynch said he thinks Council may have to look at'whether it <br />is putting enough resources into traffic calming. <br /> <br /> Mr. Cox said that traffic calming has been on the top of neighborhoods' list during <br />the Comprehensive Plan process. Mr. Cox said he thinks this will force the City to look <br />at the issue comprehensively yet efficiently. <br /> <br /> Mr. Caravati noted that Council recently made two new appointments to the <br />Charlottesville School Board following a very public process that included a forum held <br />by the League of Women Voters. Mr. Caravati said that Ms. Muriel Wiggins and Ms. <br />Deirdre Smith were appointed, and he looks forward to a new and invigorated School <br />Board. <br /> <br /> Ms. Richards said that Council received wonderful remarks on all School Board <br />candidates. Comments about Ms. Smith included that she has a long and exemplary <br />history with the schools, has volunteered in the classroom, has been on the PTO Council, <br />attends numerous School Board meetings, and reinforces the connection between the <br />schools and the community. Comments about Ms. Wiggins included that she has had a <br />long educational career, has served on other boards in the community, has been a leader <br />in community discussions, especially those in the areas of race and aging issues, is <br />inclusive by nature and has a great deal of integrity. Ms. Richards said that another <br />comment waS that Ms. Smith and Ms. Wiggins will bring a freshness of ideas to the <br />School Board. <br /> <br /> Mr. Cox said that the body of support the candidates have received is <br />extraordinary and he feels the public will help them succeed. Mr. Cox said that at least <br />one other candidate had comparable support in the community, and he invited others who <br />applied to apply in the future. <br /> <br />REPORT: BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW PRESERVATION AWARDS <br /> <br /> Mr. Jim Tolbert, Director of Neighborhood Planning and Development Services, <br />said that the Board of Architectural Review has decided it wants to restart a program of <br />recognizing individuals and business that have made sigpMicant contributions to historic <br />preservation in order to bring positive recognition to positive projects, The recognition <br /> <br /> <br />