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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or pgould@freelancestar.com. Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or rsidersky@freelancestar.com.

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Morning Buzz – June 22, 2010

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to ebattle@freelancestar.com.

A plan to build 87 townhomes of U.S. 1 near the Spotsylvania County line will get a hearing before the City Council tonight. Also on tap: the city’s capital budget for next year and those Kalahari performance agreement changes the EDA approved last week.

At the end of the day today, Matt Kelly and Hashmel Turner will have completed their final meeting as Fredericksburg City Council members. Both are nearing the end of eight-year terms (new council members Bea Paolucci and Fred Howe take their seats July 1). Their terms included the city building frenzy that produced two new schools, a police headquarters, pool, park and parking garage, and they’re ending in leaner years when the only major building project in sight is a $40 million courthouse, which Kelly has argued should be delayed until better economic times. Frankly, at the end of the day, both will now be able to catch up with Dancing With the Stars, American Idol and all the other great stuff on TV Tuesday nights. For council meeting watchers, this means an end to the “frankly” “at the end of the day” drinking game, unless Matt Kelly starts showing up at public hearings.

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