Special Meeting of the Charlottesville City Council
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE HELD
ON Monday, March 16, 2015, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor Conference Room.
THE PROPOSED AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS:
Closed session as provided by Section 2.2-3712 of the Virginia Code
BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR BY Paige Rice
SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM – March 16, 2015
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Fenwick.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr.
Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None), to meet in closed session for
discussion and consideration of specific candidates for appointment to City boards and
commissions, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1).
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council certified by the following
vote (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja; Noes: None), that to
the best of each Council Member's knowledge, only public business matters lawfully exempted
from the open meeting requirements of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and identified
in the motion convening the closed session were heard, discussed or considered in the closed
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - March 16, 2015
CALL TO ORDER
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: Mr. Huja,
Ms. Smith, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos.
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Galvin read a proclamation recognizing Poison Prevention Week. Ms. Kristin Wenger
and Dr. Christopher Holstead, Medical Director at the Blue Ridge Center, thanked Council for
the opportunity to focus on poison safety. Residents may call 1-800-222-1222 for more
information or for a free refrigerator magnet.
Ms. Szakos read a proclamation recognizing Virginia Organizing in celebration of their
20th year anniversary. A volunteer spoke and invited the public to meetings, which are the first
Mondays of the month at Legal Aid. Mr. Huja said he went to their offices and spoke with
several ex-felons and will now support “ban the box” initiatives.
Mr. Fenwick announced Fix-a-Leak week, and residents are encouraged to find and fix
leaks at home. To celebrate Fix a Leak Week and World Water Day, the City of Charlottesville
is holding their 3rd Annual Fix a Leak Family 5K at 10am on Sunday, March 22nd at Pen Park.
Go to www.charlottesville.org/waterconservation for more information.
Ms. Smith said it would be helpful for citizens to know how much water they should expect
to use according to their household size. She shared the schedule for the remaining budget work
sessions. Go to www.charlottesville.org/budget for more information.
Ms. Smith announced the CAT bus lines poetry reading, which celebrates winners in the
latest "Bus Lines" contest, on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. It is an official Virginia
Festival of the Book event and will be held at the Downtown Transit Station. Additional
information on the poetry reading is available at www.vabook.org and at
www.charlottesville.org/CatchTheCAT. Also, the Festival of the Book children's event will take
place this Saturday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Paramount.
Ms. Szakos welcomed the high school students in the room. She encouraged them to write
email@example.com with any concerns and to register to vote when they turn 18.
Next Thursday, March 26, the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation will host a silent
auction at Feast. Attendance is free, with live music and reception. Go to www.cville-
winneba.blogspot.com for more information.
Ms. Charlene Green said the Human Rights Commission meeting is temporarily being
moved to Buford Middle School at 7:00 p.m. in the library. A follow-up conversation on the film
I'm Not Racist...Am I? will take place this Saturday from 1-3pm in the Charlottesville High
School cafeteria. Also, A Conversation with Native Son Richard Dickerson will take place
March 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the following appointments were made
to boards and commission: To the BAR, Emma Earnst; to CAP, Ida Lewis and Heather Walker;
to CEDA, Greg Shears and Reid Young; to Streets That Work Advisory Committee, Eberhard
Jehle; to the Tree Commission, Ineke Dickman, Bill Downs and Paul Josey. (Ayes: Mr. Huja,
Ms. Smith, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: none.)
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Huja reminded participants about guidelines for Matters by the Public.
Mr. John Heyden, Westwood Rd., spoke about property tax. He said tax rates have not
been raised, but the appraisal on these properties have gone up by 300% in the past 20 years. He
said he has also had to pay increased taxes on City services. Before voting to raise more taxes,
each department should have to trim 1-2% from their budgets. Stop authorizing studies that
waste money and get us nothing. He asked what percentage of our budget goes to infrastructure
and services, and what goes to social programs. He said he knows of no programs that promote
those who contribute to our society.
Mr. Kirk Clyatt, 208 Meade Ave., said he was fired as a weatherman by NBC 29 after
speaking his mind at the February 2 Council meeting. He said he would not be allowed to take a
position as a gay man regarding whether or not he believed he should be discriminated against.
He said his freedom of religious expression was inhibited, and the actions of NBC were unethical
Mr. Tom Olivier, President of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP)
brought copies of a book about overdevelopment and overpopulation. This aims to bring
attention to the crisis brought about by human development and overgrowth.
Ms. Lena Seville, 808 Altavista Ave., member of the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood
Association, spoke in favor of the pesticide-free parks and schools. She said she has yet to
receive a response after a month's time.
Mr. Peter Castiglione, member of the West Main Steering Committee, said he spoke to
Tom Vandever about access for people with independent living situations. He said he is trying to
appeal his commercial property appraisal on West Main Street. He believes his restaurant is
assessed at half its value, and although he missed the deadline, he would like to be considered for
reappraisal in order to save his business.
Ms. Edith Goode, 305 2nd Street, PHAR Advisory Council, said at a recent meeting at
Crescent Halls with Ms. Dunn, Ms. Lambert and other HUD representatives, they were told more
money is being spent than is coming in, and the Housing Authority is moving towards default.
She said if this happens, some people in public housing will no longer have a place to live.
Mr. Louis Shultz, 1809 E. Market St., said this is the 36th time he has come to Council
accusing staff of violating City Code and civil rights statutes. He said there is a sink hole on
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th Street, said questions were asked of the RWSA director
regarding damage analysis of houses and blasting at the pump station at the December Council
meeting. Ms. Smith requested water use data be recorded in the quarterly report, and she asked
that it be included in the City's quarterly report as well. The City should attach a page to reflect
parallel data for City consumption versus how much is used by the ACSA. There is a lot of
vegetative area at the Ragged Mountain site that is not stabilized. The water levels look to be
lower than predicted by Mr. Frederick. She said fixing leaks can have a major impact on water
bills. Look out for sneaky leaks, and replace toilet flappers.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, Albemarle County resident, thanked the mayor for supporting "ban
the box" and helping ex-felons reenter our communities. She gave information for what can be
done to help people who are moving out of homelessness into their own home.
Mr. Dan Zimmerman, 1101 Sherwood Rd., encouraged approval for the skate park design
before Council this evening. He said the community needs this facility.
Mr. John Cruickshank, 324 Parkway St., speaking as a representative of the Piedmont
Sierra Club, thanked staff and Council for responding to the request to end the use of synthetic
and chemical pesticides at City parks and schools. Adopting a written policy for the use of
pesticides is important and should state that they will be used for emergency uses only.
COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Smith thanked the Oliviers for the book and told people they should check out the
ASAP website for scientific studies on local issues of environmental importance. She said John
Mann and Brian Daly are developing a policy, and she expects Council to see a draft soon. She
said she agrees with Ms. Goode and is worried about the CRHA situation. She agreed with Ms.
Quinn and asked for usage data disaggregated by City, County and UVA; this is important
especially because our cost share agreement is predicated on usage. She said the land out at the
reservoir looks bad, and she does not understand why it would not be filling in with sediment.
She thanked Ms. Carpenter for her dogged advocacy for the homeless.
Mr. Fenwick thanked Tom Olivier for the book and said he did a great job on the debate
with the Chamber of Commerce at the Senior Center. He thanked Mr. Clyatt for his bravery and
for speaking publically. He said leaks in City homes are a real problem. The utility billing
office at City Hall hands out free packets to detect leaks in your toilet.
Ms. Szakos thanked Mr. Clyatt for coming and said she has sympathy for the position he
promoted in February, as it was shared by nine out of ten City residents. She said we do have a
robust ADA policy, but we need to make sure we have our eye on the ball. She asked if there can
be an exception for assessment adjustments in the case where someone wants to pay more. Mr.
Jones said staff will look into this.
Ms. Galvin said we have a pesticides policy in the works. She said she would like a new
practice that when there are questions asked of Mr. Frederick at the quarterly reports that those
questions and their answers are attached to the next quarterly report. She asked Mr. Jones to
work with her on the December questions and answers from Mr. Frederick. She said Ms. Goode
and Mr. Olivier's comments are connected. How we manage change in our City has direct
bearing on the welfare of our residents. Ms. Galvin asked if Mr. Clyatt’s issue could be brought
to the Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Huja said he looks forward to discussing the pesticide policy at an upcoming meeting.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the consent agenda passed. (Ayes:
Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: none.)
Ms. Szakos requested a presentation from the jail under Other Business.
Minutes for February 17 & March 2
APPROPRIATION: Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Supplemental,
Nutrition, Assistance, Employment & Training (SNAPET) Grant - $45,000 (2nd
WHEREAS, the City of Charlottesville has received funds from the Virginia Department of
Social Services in the amount of $22,500 requiring a $22,500 in local in-kind match provided by
the Office of Economic Development through the Workforce Investment Fund; and
WHEREAS, the funds will be used to support workforce development training programs
provided by the Office of Economic Development; and
WHEREAS, the grant award covers the period from February 1, 2015 and September 30,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia, that the sum of $45,000 is hereby appropriated in the following manner:
Revenue – $45,000
$22,500 Fund: 209 IO: 1900240 G/L: 430120 State/Fed pass thru
$22,500 Fund: 209 IO: 1900240 G/L: 498010 Transfers from Other Funds
Expenditures - $45,000
$45,000 Fund: 209 IO: 1900240 G/L: 599999 Lump Sum
Transfer To - $22,500
$22,500 Fund: 245 WBS: P-00385 G/L: 561209 Transfer to State Grants
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this appropriation is conditioned upon the receipt of
$22,500 from the Virginia Department of Social Services and the matching in-kind funds from
the Office of Economic Development through the Workforce Investment Fund.
APPROPRIATION: USDA Local Food Promotion Program Grant - $25,000
APPROPRIATION: Central Library Restroom Renovation and A.D.A.
Improvements Project - Albemarle County Reimbursement - $19,330.77 (carried)
Central Library Restroom Renovation
APPROPRIATION: Preston-Morris Building Envelope Restoration Project -
Albemarle County Reimbursement - $1,300 (carried)
Preston-Morris Building Envelope Restoration Project
RESOLUTION: Virginia Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Application
for Construction of McIntire Skate Park
Virginia Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant
Land & Water Conservation Fund Resolution Authorizing application(s) for federal
funding assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the Virginia
Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) as provided in the LWCF Act of 1965, as
WHEREAS, under the provisions of LWCF, federal funding assistance is requested to aid in
financing the cost of land acquisition and/or facility development; and
WHEREAS, The City of Charlottesville considers it in the best public interest to complete the
development project described in the application;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:
1. The City Manager be authorized to make formal application to DCR for funding assistance;
2. Any fund assistance received be used for implementation and completion of McIntire Skate
Park and primary trail system within the specified time frame;
3. The City of Charlottesville hereby certifies that project funding is currently available and is
committed for this project
4. We are aware that the grant, if approved by the National Park Service, will be paid on a
reimbursement basis. This means we may only request payment after eligible and allowable costs
have already been paid to our vendors and evidence of such has been provided to DCR in the
5. We acknowledge that any property acquired and/or developed with financial aid from the
Land & Water Conservation Fund must be placed in use and be retained in perpetuity as a public
outdoor recreation area in accordance with the provisions and requirements of the Land & Water
Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended;
6. We acknowledge that any non-recreational uses may not be made of the property without
undergoing a conversion of use process and obtaining approval from the Department of
Conservation and Recreation and the U.S. Department of Interior/National Park Service;
7. We acknowledge that we are responsible for compliance with the National Environmental
Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Historic Preservation Act, Executive Orders 11988 and
11990 (Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection) and all other applicable state and
8. We acknowledge that appropriate opportunity for public comment has been provided on this
application and evidence of such is a required component for approval.
9. This resolution becomes part of a formal application to the Virginia Department of
Conservation & Recreation.
RESOLUTION: Donation of Surplus City Police Car to the Town of Gordonsville
Donation of Surplus City Police Car to the Town of Gordonsville
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of
Charlottesville that a 2008 Crown Victoria Police Car operated by the Police Department will be
donated to the Town of Gordonsville, Virginia.
ORDINANCE: Closing Portions of Stonehenge Avenue and Castalia Street (2nd
Closing Portions of Stonehenge Avenue and Castalia Street
WHEREAS, Simeon Investments, LLC, contract purchaser of properties owned by Vulcan
Development Company, LLC, initiated a petition seeking to close the following described rights
(1) A portion of unaccepted Stonehenge Avenue right-of-way from the paved, accepted portion
of Stonehenge Avenue in an easterly direction approximately 680 feet to its terminus; and,
(2) A portion of unaccepted Castalia Street right-of-way, adjacent to Parcels 81.8, 91, 120 and
122.7 on City Real Estate Tax Map 60, approximately 264 feet in length.; (hereinafter “Subject
Rights of Way”), located adjacent to Petitioner’s properties; and,
WHEREAS, the Subject Rights of Way were platted in 1891 as part of the Belmont
Subdivision, but were never formally accepted by the City as part of the City’s public street
WHEREAS, owners along the Subject Rights of Way to be closed have been duly notified; and,
WHEREAS, following notice to the public pursuant to Virginia Code §15.2-2272, a public
hearing by the City Council was held on March 2, 2015, and comments from City staff and the
public were made and heard; and,
WHEREAS, after consideration of the factors set forth within the City Street Closing Policy,
adopted by Council on February 7, 2005, this Council finds and determines that the petitioner’s
request should be granted.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia that the City hereby closes, vacates and discontinues the Rights-of-Way described as
(1) A portion of unaccepted Stonehenge Avenue right-of-way from the paved, accepted portion
of Stonehenge Avenue in an easterly direction approximately 680 feet to its terminus; and,
(2) A portion of unaccepted Castalia Street right-of-way, adjacent to Parcels 81.8, 91, 120 and
122.7 on City Real Estate Tax Map 60, approximately 264 feet in length.
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that unless an appeal from Council’s enactment of this
ordinance is made to the Charlottesville Circuit Court within thirty (30) days of the date of
adoption, the Clerk of the Council shall send a certified copy of this ordinance to the Clerk of the
Circuit Court for recordation in the current street closing book.
PUBLIC HEARING: City Manager's Proposed F.Y. 2016 Budget
F.Y. 2016 Tax Rate and City Manager's Proposed F.Y. 2016 Budget
Mr. Jones presented the proposed budget to Council.
Ms. Smith asked if Council will have an opportunity to vote separately for a tax increase
and the budget. Mr. Brown said Council will have to vote separately on an authorizing ordinance
to increase tax rates.
On motion, the public hearing was opened.
Mr. M. Rick Turner, NAACP President, said Sunday, March 8 the front page of the New
York Times was about Ferguson. He encouraged everyone to read the DOJ report and take stock
of whether our local jurisdiction suffers from the same plagues. He asked what percentage of the
budget is being funded by court fines and fees, and what options are offered to people who
cannot pay their fines. He asked if court fees and traffic tickets have a disproportionate impact
on the Black people in our community.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., said he believed proper notification is not being posted
for neighborhoods. We need community involvement on proposed murals and plans.
Mr. Adam Frazier, 707 Graves St., said the meals tax statistic claiming 40% of customers
are from out of town does not jive with restaurant statistics, which shows 30%. He said the City
should target tourists with lodging tax or Air B&B organizations. Raising meals tax will cost
restaurants via credit card fees, and catering orders will go to County restaurants.
Ms. Sarah Eshleman, 501 Meridian St., said she works at Maya restaurant and explained
that customers are often shocked at the final price on their check; the meals tax is a large
component of that. The customers then tip the servers less, which is a problem for her and her
coworkers. She encouraged Council to find funding in other ways.
Ms. Jaclynn Dunkle, 200 W. Market St., said she owns Fellini’s #9 and Tin Whistle Irish
Pub and urged Council to reconsider the meals tax. This is not preparing for the future and is not
a sustainable tax. It depends on the economy and is not predictable. There are things in the
budget that should be examined that are more sustainable. He thanked Mr. Fenwick and Mayor
Huja for visiting her restaurants and bringing their friends.
Mr. Bashir Khelafa said the premise on which this raise was based was wrong. The
attraction to Charlottesville has changed. Tourism in Charlottesville has declined because the
county has vineyards and a new shopping center. Revisit the elements that you are taking into
account; a total tax of10.3% is higher than New York City.
Mr. Peter Castiglione, Charlottesville Restaurant Association, said the restaurant industry
employs 5,800 people, second only to the University of Virginia. The restaurant owners have
their finger on the pulse of the industry. He said he has over 3,000 signatures on a petition
against the meals tax.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th Street, said it would be helpful to know the basis for
statements about citizen perceptions. The budget does not explain what the Citizen's Budget
Survey is and whether there were enough returns to yield statistically valid results. The YMCA
agreement should be allowed to expire; it would free an additional $1 million for the City.
Ms. Peggy Van Yahres, 1700 Chesapeake St., said she supports the school's budget.
Schools have gotten themselves in a hole because the state has decreased funding 30% since
2008. She said the Blue Ribbon Commission made recommendations, and she supports some
increase in the meals tax; Charlottesville is at the bottom for the state. The lodging tax is another
opportunity to raise money.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said taxes are increasing for those whose real estate
assessments have increased. In spite of that increase, her lane was plowed only once in the past
four snowfalls. Too much money is spent on studies and consultants, and too much is spent on
schools. The Human Rights Commission has not settled one case. Criteria for non-profits'
outcomes are overlooked. Generosity with other peoples' money is not good governance.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., said properties in the City have been undervalued as far
as the assessed value. He said meals tax should be reviewed after one year to see if it is doing
Ms. Lena Seville, 808 Altavista Ave., said an increase in the meals tax is noticed, even 1%.
She said pesticides should be part of the budget as an important part of health and safety.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos thanked everyone who spoke and said we will discuss this further at upcoming
Ms. Galvin said the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, which came
out March 2, gave a list of action items and recommendations. She asked staff to check on the
disproportionate impact of fines on our minority population.
Ms. Smith said she would like to know what percentage of our food service is catering.
She said we need to have operative conversations about whether or not it is appropriate to use
this kind of revenue source for what it is being proposed for, and whether or not that is
Mr. Fenwick said participation gives a broader input and more energy to our deliberations,
with more ideas. He encouraged citizens to attend budget meetings and speak their minds. He
said the budget is not about this year, but about years to come, as well as capital improvement
projects. He said we have seven bridges that need to be rebuilt. There are important projects for
our community that we cannot lose sight of. We need help to figure out where we can find
Ms. Szakos said all departments did look for savings within their departments both this
year and last year.
PUBLIC HEARING: F.Y. 2016 Tax Rate
On motion, Mr. Huja opened the public hearing for the tax rate.
Having no speakers, the hearing was closed.
RESOLUTION: McIntire Skate Park Design Approval
McIntire Skate Park Design Approval
Mr. Daly introduced Mr. Vic Garber, who presented to Council. He thanked their advisors
and the Skate Park Advisory Team, who have been invaluable with their assistance, input and
Mr. Kanten Russell presented an overview of the final plan to Council.
Ms. Smith asked if the path that links the two parks is two-way. Mr. Russell said it was
constructed narrowly to avoid root damage to existing trees. She asked if they have a track
record of constructing in a heavily treed environment and if they will be able to protect those
trees. Mr. Russell said this is worked into the plan. Ms. Smith said it is important to keep a close
eye on the trees.
Mr. Fenwick asked about parking on the west side over the tracks. Mr. Daly said the
parking on the west side of the park was identified as part of the preliminary master plan. Mr.
Fenwick confirmed that it will not affect the softball fields.
Mr. Huja said he is pleased this design is a possibility for our community.
Ms. Szakos asked about concession stands. Mr. Russell said this would be housed in the
existing building, possibly. Ms. Szakos asked about protection for potentially steep drops off the
back of the skate bowl structure. Mr. Russell said guard rails will be installed where drops are
over two and a half feet. She asked what hours work best for skate parks. Mr. Russell said they
typically see normal park hours, such as dawn to dusk, although the operations for this skate park
have not yet been determined. The park will have lighting. Ms. Szakos asked if they help design
lighting. He said they have a lighting consultant they work with. Ms. Szakos said we want to be
sure we comply with dark skies policies.
Ms. Galvin asked if these types of installations have generated competitions. Mr. Russell
said this will be considered a regional size skate park, with the ability to accommodate users in
Charlottesville and the ability to generate revenue through competitions. Ms. Galvin thanked
them for their impressive community engagement.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the design passed (Ayes: Mr. Huja,
Ms. Smith, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: none.).
RESOLUTION: McIntire Park East Conceptual Design Approval
McIntire Park East Conceptual Design Approval
Mr. Daly introduced Steve Kelly, ASLA, of Mahan Rykiel Associates, to go through the
Mr. Fenwick asked about cost. Mr. Kelly said it will be phased and will be in the $5
million range. Mr. Daly said the cost of the Botanical Garden Visitor Center is unknown, but the
McIntire Botanical Gardens group (MBG) has committed to raising funds for it.
Mr. Daly outlined the steps in the construction process once the design is approved.
Mr. Fenwick thanked staff for their work but he said he cannot support this when we have
many other important projects to fund. Mr. Huja said this is part of a good quality of life for our
Ms. Szakos asked about the Schenk's Branch overlook. Mr. Kelley said they would use the
existing bridge and build a boardwalk/platform to overlook the Schenk's Branch creek. Ms.
Szakos asked how emergency vehicles could navigate the area. Mr. Kelly said the trails are 12
feet wide, enough for an ambulance to pass through. Ms. Szakos confirmed that MBG was
amenable to the proposed water feature.
Mr. Huja said this will be our central park, in many ways. Ms. Szakos said this is
something we have been planning for decades.
Ms. Galvin thanked staff and the design team for developing a unifying plan. She said any
City that is memorable and worth growing up in has excellent parks. We need to have
discussions further on about providing local opportunity when building the park.
Ms. Smith asked about ADA accessibility with stairs. Mr. Kelly said an ADA bypass
reaches the same location as the stairs. Ms. Smith asked about growth opportunities and whether
there are canopy trees planned for the next generation. Mr. Kelly said portions are planned for
reforestation, which will eventually become larger. A combination of overstory and understory
trees is planned. She said we should consider tapping into mitigation funds, as we did with
Meadowcreek. Mr. Daly said we are looking into that option. Ms. Smith asked about the pond;
Mr. Kelly said this still needs to be studied but will probably end up being a well.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, the plan was approved. (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: Mr. Fenwick.)
Ms. Smith said she believes the MOU with MBG is missing a lot and does not address the
relationship between responsible parties. Mr. Daly acknowledged there are details that still need
to be worked out.
Mr. Huja said someone from City staff should be on the MBG Board.
Ms. Smith said she was concerned about a comment on how wildlife conflicts would be
considered. Mr. Daly said we have had conversations about how to protect sensitive elements of
the garden by barriers or fences, not by removing wildlife.
Mr. Fenwick said we are getting way ahead of ourselves with all these projects.
Ms. Galvin said this is a good public/private partnership.
OTHER BUSINESS: Presentation from ACRJ (Regional Jail)
Col. Martin Kumer asked for FY16 funding for a diversion center for the jail that will serve
both the City and the County. The Center of Risk Reduction (CRR) will be for non-violent
offenders of medium to high risk of reentering the system. They were notified in February that
they received grant funding. He reviewed total cost and annual anticipated savings, which will be
reinvested back into the center. They project $112,000 from FY16 and $125,000 for FY17,
assuming they reach their savings of $300,000.
Mr. Fenwick asked what other programs help this population. Col. Kumer said these are
only people who would have been sentenced to jail otherwise. Mr. Fenwick asked why there are
not already savings, as we are seeing a decrease in jail population. Col. Kumer said the jail will
realize savings once they reach a tipping point.
Ms. Szakos asked what crimes have the highest arrest rate. Col. Kumer said driving under
the influence and drunk in public are examples. Ms. Szakos said this is not just saving us money
for the jail, but also by having productive members of the community supporting themselves, we
help keep families intact and keep people engaged in the community and at work. Also, police
savings are not counted here either.
Mr. Huja said this is a win for the community and the convicted population.
Ms. Galvin asked if any studies have been done or if there has been proven success in
existing organizations. Col. Kumer said this is all evidence-based decision making.
Mr. Fenwick said he will support this because of his respect for Col. Kumer's professional
judgment and belief that this will work.
Ms. Smith said we need to be sure we are not implementing a program that
disproportionately benefits one population over another. Ms. Szakos asked for statistics to show
whether or not this would be true.
Council voiced unanimous support for two years of funding, contingent on the County's
Col. Kumer said the jail also has a chance to win a grant that will help study
disproportionate contact in jails. It is a $150,000 technical assistance grant through the McArthur
Foundation. The County is considering support; the Jail Board has sent their support.
Council voiced unanimous support for this as well.
Ms. Smith suggested Col. Kumer speak with Tracey L. Jenkins on the Governor's Advisory
Committee on Juvenile Justice.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Having no speakers, the meeting was adjourned.