Sunday, December 15, 2013

Urban Renewal Application on file for a year

Charlottesville, Va. – In response to a Dec. 13 phone call for the status of my application hand-delivered Oct. 14 with an Oct. 15 deadline, Clerk of Council Paige Rice finally informed applicants if they were appointed or not. The original posting did not state which positions were up for appointment. The City website is still asking for applicants without saying which positions are open.

The only way to know that an appointment was made is to compare the previous board with the current board. You can only do this if you already know who was on the previous board. That information is not available on the website or in the announcement. Presumably the appointment was made at a City Council meeting. But you have to be watching during the exact minute when the unannounced appointment was made.

City Council is doubling down on the 9-year refusal to release the publicly-owned, historical archives documenting felony crime at the Housing Authority since 1954. The archives consist of 6,845 documents, 1,189 photos, 189 maps and blueprints, and GIS satellite data pinpointing the crime scenes.

Application for Housing Authority Board, Oct. 22, 2013.

Dear Mr. Hawkins,

It was good speaking with you this afternoon. Thank you very much for your interest in serving on the CRHA Board. The opening on the CRHA Board was for a resident position, and you must be a resident in public housing in order to hold that particular seat. As such, I regret to inform you that Council was not able to appoint you at this time.

I encourage you to reapply for future openings; I will keep your application on file for a period of one year. If you are interested in applying for another board during that time period, please contact me at 970-3113 or, and I will resubmit your application. Again, thank you for your interest and your willingness to serve. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Paige Rice
Clerk of Council
(434) 970-3113


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