Charlottesville City Council (2006-2007)

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Charlottesville City Council (2006-2007) two-year term ran from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. The Council was composed of five members elected at-large for four-year terms. At the first regular meeting of the term after the 2005 election, the president of the council (mayor) and the vice-president (vice-mayor) were chosen by the Council. Councilors made $18,000 a year and the mayor made $20,000 a year, the maximum range allowed under state guidelines.

Issues

Mall Cameras

  • December 3, 2007Charlottesville Chief of Police Timothy Longo presented a plan to the council for approval to install closed circuit TV cameras on and around the Downtown Mall. Longo’s original proposal to install 30 high-resolution cameras with the ability to zoom, pan and tilt on and around the Mall would cost roughly $300,000. Councilors voted 4-1 to let Longo request bids for a camera system that, unlike the original, would not feed into a centralized system.[1]

Councilors apparently were more comfortable with the decentralized system that Lynch suggested, though Brown voted against the plan.

"I’m just personally uneasy with public surveillance," he says. "It’s not something that makes me feel comfortable moving forward with. I don’t want to see the United States become sort of a Britain, where there are cameras everywhere. Because I don’t see any clear benefit, I don’t really want to move forward with it."[2]


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