Crozet Town Meeting September 20th

Mark your calendars!

Thursday, September 20, 2007
Western Albemarle High School Cafeteria
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for meet and greet

There is a lot of exciting activity underway on infrastructure improvement projects in Crozet, and you and your family are cordially invited to a town meeting to find out more.
At the meeting, County staff will make presentations about the status of current and future projects related to the Crozet Master Plan, followed by time for residents to talk with staff members, consultants, and officials about individual projects.

Topics will include:

– the Crozet Downtown Zoning Project,
– the Sidewalk and Streetscape Project,
– the Crozet Library,
– the Historic Resources Study,
– Reuse of the Old School Site,
– Master Plan for Western Park.

The Crozet Community Advisory Council and Crozet Community Association are co-sponsoring the meeting with Albemarle County, and representatives will be on hand to talk with you about opportunities for community involvement.

If you have any questions or need more information in advance of the meeting, please contact our Community Relations Office at (434) 296-5841. We hope you will join us!

Learn more at the County’s website.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you choose not to participate, you relinquish the right to complain.

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Development in Crozet the issue

Not surprisingly, Crozet’s growth is the primary issue in this year’s election.

The Daily Progress has a fairly in-depth article this morning.

Obligatory Ann Mallek quote:

“[Residents are] being very frank with me and almost everyone feels run over by the change that’s happened,” Mallek said. “All the promises that were made have been empty so far.”

Obligatory David Wyant quote:

“I think Crozet could be one of the nicest communities there is when it eventually builds out,” he said. Wyant said he worked to get a park included in the Old Trail development and for school improvements in Crozet. He also was involved in plans for a downtown library and is working so that the area can enjoy mass transit.

I would love to hear more about Crozet’s mass transit plans.

And – see where the candidates are getting their money.

So far, Mrs. Mallek has $15,010 and Mr. Wyant has $10,680, both of whom I expect will be collecting and spending (much) more. Both candidates, surprisingly have received relatively few contributions from Crozetians.

Democratic Central asks:

But if the issue is that there are all of these new people in Crozet now, then by definition there are a lot of people there who don’t know David Wyant and his family.  So I doubt that the fact that Wyant’s family has been in the area for generations will win it for him.

The real issue is, “Why didn’t you or anyone else notice that you got the growth estimates all wrong?  Can’t anyone there do math?”

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Ann Mallek in Crozet

For two weeks in a row, I’ve noticed candidate for the Board of Supervisors, Ann Mallek, hanging out in The Square in Downtown Crozet. Apparently she’s been going door-to-door talking to the voters for some time now.

It’s nice to see a candidate meeting with, and listening to, those whom she hopes to serve.

Next time I’ll be prepared with a pen and notepad.

This year’s election is going to be very important. Stay informed at Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Election Watch – or just stop by and talk to her the next time she’s in the Square.

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Vote on Tuesday

Tuesday brings the primary between Republicans Scott Sayre and Emmett Hanger.

From the Greene County Record:

“This race is one of the pivotal ones,” says Sean T. O’Brien, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, speaking about the 24th District Senate race.

Mr. Hanger’s auto-play audio website and recent flood of mailings (a card-stock flyer a day in my mailbox) notwithstanding, he faces a significant challenger in Mr. Sayre.

Emmett Hanger has over $100k on hand.
Scott Sayre has $31k on hand.

The winner of this primary will face Crozetian Arin Sime (L) – a good Q & A is here, and David Cox (D)

More information here; that candidates spend so much money on elections is shameful.

If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.