It’ll be a rather silent few weeks as we get rid of 2010 and creep into the new year.

Today’s front page feature in The Post and Courier spotlights the city’s new monitoring system, with cameras in key crime and shopping districts. What the story missed was Tuesday‘s vote from the city’s Ways and Committee vote, followed by full City Council consideration, to install cameras at Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston Place, and Embassy Suites.

Other committee votes that would move on to the full council include a $525,000 grant request to finalize design and exhibition plans for the long-proposed International African American Museum. There will also be a vote on a partnership with Plug-In Carolina to install electric car charging stations at city-owned parking garages.

In regular session, the council still has a $146 million budget to approve on Tuesday. The initial vote was 9-3, so don’t expect big changes. A proposed ordinance to allow valet service downtown will also be up for final approval. It, too, has received large support. We’ll have a write-up tomorrow with a map of the four proposed valet spots. The regular council meeting begins at 5 p.m at City Hall, 80 Broad St.

The proposed hotel at the corner of Wolfe and Meeting streets is looking to add a few rooms. The project had been approved last spring for 115 rooms, but architects are returning to the city for another five rooms. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 5:15 Tuesday in the third floor meeting room at 75 Calhoun St.