2.7.11 Mayor of the City of Charlottesville Dave Norris joins Coy to discuss tonight’s City Council Meeting. First on the agenda- for today’s interview at least- is the water supply plan including the issue of dredging. In addition, Mayor Norris touches on a bidding war over a piece of land in Charlottesville and talks about what else will be up for debate at tonight’s meeting.
1.31.11 Citizens for a Sustainable Water Supply Plan’s Dede Smith joins Coy to discuss the latest on the water supply plan. In today’s conversation, Smith talks facts and figures surrounding the new addition to the dam at the Ragged Mountain Reservoir. According to the new information in place, extending the dam to 42 feet (as originally planned) instead of 30 feet (as was recently voted upon) is actually more financially prudent. Sound bites from an angry Ken Boyd at a recent Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting are also included. And finally, the question remains: to dredge or not to dredge?
1.25.11 Member of Charlottesville City Council Kristin Szakos joins Coy to explain the recent water supply vote. A few months ago, Szakos was open with her support of a phased approach- the proposal championed by Mayor Norris. However, last week, Szakos was one of the 3 members of City Council who voted in favor of the new water supply plan. In today’s conversation, Szakos explains her decision to vote as she did and also responds to the citizens who are calling her out individually for changing her mind. Finally, Szakos provides her thoughts on the merits of dredging.
1.21.11 Member of The Charlottesville City Council Satyendra Huja joins Coy to discuss the water supply plan vote. After it had appeared that City Council were a unified front in favor of their water supply plan, a surprise vote a couple of nights ago pushed forward a different plan which caught even Mayor Dave Norris off guard. Mr. Huja was one of the members of the council who voted in favor of this new motion, which passed by a 3-2 margin, that will call for a brand new dam to be built at Ragged Mountain. In today’s conversation, Huja discusses the growth in water usage at UVA, and he also proclaims his support for proceeding with the plans for dredging. Listen in as callers react with their thoughts on the water supply plan and the recent vote.
1.19.11 Former Charlottesville City Council member Kevin Lynch and Citizens for a Sustainable Water Supply Plan’s Dede Smith join Coy to continue the discussion of the water supply news. Both Lynch and Smith were present at the vote last evening to rebuild the dam at Ragged Mountain, and both guests feel like the effort to push the motion to a vote was clearly planned a and describe it as a blindsiding of Mayor Dave Norris. The plan to extend the existing dam, championed by the Mayor, appears to have been abandoned, but the City Council did not necessarily side with the proposal of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Find out where we go from here, as well as all of the details of this new plan, the “third plan” as Coy calls it, in today’s conversation.
1.19.11 Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris and Senior Editor of The HookHawes Spencer join Coy to discuss breaking news no the water supply plan. Last night, a motion asking for a brand new dam at Ragged Mountain passed in the Charlottesville City Council meeting. Hawes was present at the vote last night, and he says this plan is far more akin to the plan proposed by Albemarle County as oppossed to that which Norris was championing, and the merits of each proposal are considered. Last night’s vote seems to have caught the Mayor by surprise, and he reacts to the breaking news in today’s conversation. What does last night’s decision truly mean for the future of water in Charlottesville? Find out, here.
1.17.11 Mayor of the City of Charlottesville Dave Norris joins Coy to discuss the latest on the water supply plan. An important meeting will be held tomorrow between the Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in an attempt to reach a compromise, and Mayor Norris previews what he expects to shake down tomorrow based on what he views to be the mindset of the County coming into the discussion. The meeting will be open to the public, as will tomorrow evening’s City County meeting. Will progress finally be made? Get Mayor Norris’s insights, here.
11.29.10 Charlottesville City Council Member Satyendra Huja joins Coy to address a wide range of local issues. Included in the conversation are the Meadowcreek Parkway debate, the latest water supply plan, and the possibility of a Western Bypass around Charlottesville. Mr. Huja has over 30 years of experience in Central Virginia politics, and he gives his valuable insights on the city’s past, present, and future.
10.26.10 Charlottesville City Councilor Kristen Zakos sits down with Coy to discuss the water supply plan as well as local and national politics. How can we be economical with water supply? How will a new plan affect local residents and will water rates change?