A log of Charlottesville City Council Meetings 2008-2015. Transported from the City of Charlottesville website as a project of Smart Cville, http://www.smartcville.com.

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE HELD
ON Monday, May 4, 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 – May 4, 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. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr.
Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None), to meet in closed session.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, 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
session.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - May 4, 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
Mr. Huja announced the Duke and Duchess of York named their newborn girl Charlotte
and pointed out that Charlottesville was named after Queen Charlotte.
Ms. Szakos announced that the recipients of the Charlottesville Scholarship Program are
present at tonight’s meeting. She invited Mr. Steve Engel to introduce the scholars. The scholars
introduced themselves, their major, and the name of their navigator. Ms. Szakos said she is proud
of this outstanding group of people.
Ms. Szakos read excerpts from President Obama's proclamation in honor of Public Service
Recognition Week, May 3 - May 9. She thanked City staff present at tonight's Council meeting.
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Ms. Szakos announced Mr. Thomas Van Hemert has been named recipient of the 2015
Clarence Earl Gideon Award by the Public Defender's Office. She also announced the Festival
of Cultures will take place this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Lee Park. Also, the
official dedication of the John Warner Parkway will be held Monday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Ms. Galvin announced the Adult Learning Center Plugged in Virginia (PIVA) workforce
graduates. Also, the pilot Plugged in Virginia class is present this evening. They introduced
themselves and thanked Council for supporting their class.
Ms. Galvin read a proclamation in honor of the Virginia Discovery Museum, as they are
celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Ms. Lindsay Jones, Director, was present to accept the
proclamation and thanked Council for their support.
Ms. Smith read a proclamation in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Ms. Cindi
Richardson from On Our Own; Ms. Myra Anderson from Brave Souls on Fire; MS. Beth Gager,
M.Ed.; Coordinator of Consumer Empowerment, Region Ten Community Services Board; Mr.
Eric Mayes, Mental Health and Wellness Coalition Coordinator; and Ms. Catherine Kane,
President of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America, were present to accept the
proclamation on behalf of their organizations.
Mr. Fenwick read a proclamation in honor of JABA's 40th Anniversary. Mr. Huja said they
are an outstanding agency with outstanding staff and presented the proclamation to Ms. Marta
Keane.
Ms. Smith announced Energize Charlottesville's Energy Center has opened for residents to
assess their home energy use and start saving energy. For more information, go to
www.energizecharlottesville.org/energycenter.
Ms. Szakos announced the Spring Job Fair this Wednesday at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Mr. Fenwick announced the full service mobile DMV Van will be on 6th Street alley on
Tuesday, May 5. He also announced absentee voting is underway for the June 9 primary. For
more information, or to vote, go to the Voter Registration Office in the City Hall Annex from
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mr. Fenwick cautioned residents to be careful about recent phone scams and internet
scams, especially involving those claiming to be with the IRS or PayPal.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Bruce Carveth, 205 Riverview St., Vice President of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the
United Nations Association of USA, said with support of the Charlottesville Human Rights
Commission, they have brought forth a resolution from CEDAW (the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) to raise the profile of women's
rights worldwide and to encourage the U.S. Senate to take action on a treaty that is long overdue.
He asked supporters to stand.
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Mr. John Gaines, 214 9th St. NW, said he is concerned about the status of sidewalk
construction on 7th and Albemarle Streets. He asked what summer activities are being planned
for the City's youth. He asked what plans are in place to renovate public housing units. He asked
who on Council represents the City to Comcast. He asked how participants were selected to
participate in the dialogue with the Police Chief on Saturday, because his neighborhood
association president was not invited. He said he supports permit parking on the east side of 10th
St. over to 7th and Albemarle St.
Mr. Jeffrey Fogel, Spruce St., asked why the City is adding police officers during a time of
significantly reduced crime in the City. We could have more teachers and reduce class sizes, and
provide addiction services in the City to help people and reduce crime, not add police officers.
There is not evidence that this is a successful measure. He asked why we are talking about more
cameras. They do not deter crime, and they have limited utility in catching people. He said if
they must be implemented, they should be placed in high-crime neighborhoods, not the
Downtown Mall, which has the least criminal activity in the City. He said he read a recent study
about income mobility that said Charlottesville is one of the worst places to achieve income
mobility. This should be our focus, not adding police officers.
Mr. David Repass, 227 E. Jefferson St., said he is here to support cameras on the
Downtown Mall. The purpose of the cameras is to serve as witness to crimes. They can enhance
public safety without infringing on rights.
Ms. Wendy Cooper, 117 Turkey Trot, Zion’s Crossroads, spoke in support of the honorary
street name for Dr. Johnson. The Pilgrim Baptist Church will have a 50th Anniversary
celebration June 26-28, and her husband is the current pastor. She asked those in support of the
honorary street name to stand.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., said in spite of low crime, there is a perception from
those outside of the area that there is a crime problem here. Cameras may provide comfort to
those who are worried. He suggested installing some fake cameras so people would not know
the difference.
Ms. Josephine Morrison, 900 Page St., said she thought the City had grant money for
sidewalks in their area, and they are needed in the 900 block of Page Street. She thanked Council
for the temporary parking, which has been convenient for the residents. She said permanent
permit parking permits are urgent.
Mr. Louis Shultz, 1809 E. Market St., said too many African Americans have been
victimized by out of control police. He said accountability is important, and this is the 39th time
since 2013 he has come to Council accusing staff of violating City Code and civil rights statues.
COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos thanked the CEDAW supporters for attending. She asked Mr. Jones for an
update on summer activities for youth and asked the Police Chief to update the public about the
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Saturday event. Mr. Jones said the Summer Youth Internship Program and playground programs
for kids are running this summer. Go to www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec for the Parks and
Recreation spring and summer guide, which provides a list of activities that take place in the
spring and summer as well. She said she supported the eight additional police officers; it takes a
long time to train officers, and we end up shorthanded when we lose officers. The City did have
a program of deep community policing at one point, and that is something that we can only
provide with adequate staffing in our Police Department. This type of program is evidencebased
and has been requested by our neighborhoods. This provides proactive crime prevention
rather than just response. She said she saw the report about income mobility, and Charlottesville
did come in poor shape. She has looked at the data and methodology, and the data is at least 15
years old. We have done a lot in the past 15 years to help families move out of poverty, and we
knew then and still know now that we have a problem and have been responding to it in very
proactive ways. We need to keep working hard. The City has a sidewalk plan, and she asked for
an update on the 900 block of Page Street.
Ms. Galvin said the Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS) task force President
Obama convened provided several recommend action items, including relational policing, which
is community-driven and requires more staff. That does not mean we do not need additional
preschool teachers and more resources to move people out of poverty. We are committed to this,
and the Growing Opportunity Report is something ongoing Councils will invest in for years to
come. She said she supports Mr. Carveth's CEDAW resolution. She asked for a report from the
Police Chief on the invitees for Saturday's meeting.
Ms. Smith said she supports the CEDAW resolution and appreciates that it was framed in
terms of Charlottesville. She read the article Mr. Fogel referenced, and there were a lot of issues
that played into the inability to move up. She said she supports an honorary street name for Rev.
Johnson.
Mr. Fenwick thanked CEDAW supporters. He said he shares Mr. Gaines' frustration with
Comcast, because they have a monopoly in the City. He said he is personally working hard to
find competition. He thinks he has found some, but he cannot say any more because he believes
that is going to be under negotiation. He said we need a community discussion about the issues
Mr. Fogel brought forth.
Mr. Huja said he is happy to support the CEDAW resolution.
Chief Longo updated Council on Saturday's event, which was planned in coordination with
the Department of Justice (DOJ) Relations Section. The City was instructed to limit the number
of participants to 50-75 to ensure a wide variety of the population was represented, including
youth, clergy, civil rights leaders, etc. A panel identified participants and prepared a participation
list. Another discussion will most likely take place in the fall and will be directed more widely at
a community-based group, including neighborhood leaders. The Police Department will continue
working with the Human Rights Commission and the DOJ moving forward.
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CONSENT AGENDA
Ms. Smith said she is concerned about the easements to UVA that have no dollar figure on
them in light of the fact that if we should need to put any kind of infrastructure in the street, we
would have to pay to move UVA's infrastructure. We are giving up our right without
compensation, or retaining rights should there be no other alternative. At Ms. Smith's request,
Mr. Brown clarified that if the City wants the space for its own needs, it can compel the
University to move its infrastructure, but it would be at the cost of the City.
Ms. Szakos said these two easements happened before we approved them, and she
understands that staff is looking to correct this for future easement requests. With this noted
concern in public record, she is satisfied with moving forward. Mr. Brown said he would work
with University representatives to see if there is room for alternative language if it is Council's
wish to defer. Ms. Szakos said she does not support pulling the item, but she would like the City
to call out undergrounding utilities in future easements.
Ms. Galvin said it is important that we establish a good relationship with the University so
we can move forward with discussions about undergrounding utilities, which is a priority for
both the University and the City. We should put our energy towards future collaboration on this
initiative.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the consent agenda passed. (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes for April 20
b. APPROPRIATION: Jenkins Loan Payoff ($7,714.10) and Longwood Drive PUD
($50,000) to the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund (2nd reading)
Jenkins Loan Payoff ($7,714.10) and Longwood Drive PUD ($50,000) to the Charlottesville
Affordable Housing Fund
WHEREAS, the City of Charlottesville has received funding from the payoff received
for the James Jenkins Deed of Trust ($7,714.10) and from proceeds associated with the proffer
statement for the Longwood Drive Planned Unit Development ($50,000); and
WHEREAS, these should be paid into the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund; and
NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia, that the sum of $57,714.10 is appropriated as follows:
Revenues
$50,000 Fund: 426 Project: CP-084 G/L Code: 434675
$7,714.10 Fund: 426 Project: CP-084 G/L Code: 451160
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Expenditures
$57,714.10 Fund: 426 Project: CP-084 G/L Code: 599999
c. APPROPRIATION: DollarWise Summer Youth Campaign Grant - $4,000 (2nd
reading)
DollarWise Summer Youth Campaign Grant
WHEREAS, the City of Charlottesville has been awarded $4,000 from the United States
Conference of Mayors to provide financial literacy incentives for the 2015 C.A.Y.I.P. Summer
Youth Employment Program (S.Y.E.P.) participants; and
WHEREAS, the grant award covers the period from June 1, 2015 through August 31,
2015;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the City of
Charlottesville, Virginia, that the sum of $4,000 is hereby appropriated in the following manner:
Revenue – $4,000
$4,000 Fund: 213 Internal Order: 1900244 G/L Account: 451020
Expenditures - $4,000
$4,000 Fund: 213 Internal Order: 1900244 G/L Account: 540170
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this appropriation is conditioned upon the receipt of
$4,000 from the U. S. Conference of Mayors.
d. APPROPRIATION: National Recreation and Parks Association and the Wal-Mart
Foundation Out-of-School Time Programs Grant - $25,000 (carried)
National Recreation and Parks Association and the Wal-Mart Foundation Out-of-School Time
Programs Grant
e. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Department of Health Special Nutrition Program
Summer Food Service Program - $105,000 (carried)
Virginia Department of Health Special Nutrition Program Summer Food Service Program
f. APPROPRIATION: Funds from Charlottesville City Schools to the Charlottesville
High School Science Labs Project - $35,344.54 (carried)
Funds from Charlottesville City Schools to the Charlottesville High School Science Labs Project
g. RESOLUTION: Anti-Discrimination for Women
CEDAW Anti-Discrimination Resolution
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Proposal by the Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association for a
RESOLUTION BY THE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, CITY COUNCIL
SUPPORTING THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF
ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW) AND
ADDRESSING SEX DISCRIMINATION IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
WHEREAS, The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18,
1979, became an international treaty as of September 3, 1981; and 187 of the 194 UN member
nations have ratified CEDAW; and
WHEREAS, Though the United States has not yet ratified CEDAW, a national movement in the
U.S. called “Cities for CEDAW” exists (1) to urge cities to apply the principles of CEDAW and
(2) to raise awareness of the need for the ratification of CEDAW by the U.S. Senate; and
WHEREAS, Several American cities have already adopted resolutions or ordinances supporting
CEDAW and benefitting women in other communities; and
WHEREAS, The City of Charlottesville, Virginia, is committed to eliminating all forms of
discrimination in Charlottesville, including discrimination against women and girls; and the City
of Charlottesville has created the Charlottesville Human Rights Commission to act as a strong
advocate against sex discrimination and for justice and equal opportunity for women and girls in
the areas of education, employment, health, economics, business, and safety from violence and
harassment; and the Human Rights Commission has created a Sex Discrimination Committee to
advocate for the rights of women and girls; and
WHEREAS, The Charlottesville Human Rights Commission supports this resolution; and
WHEREAS, City governments have an appropriate and legitimate role to affirm the importance
of eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls both locally and
worldwide;
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA,
AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION I. City Council supports the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all
Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
SECTION II. City Council shall continue to work to eliminate sex discrimination and violence
against women and girls in Charlottesville through the Human Rights Commission and other city
departments.
SECTION III. City Council shall notify our U.S. Senators and Congressman of this resolution.
SECTION IV. This Resolution shall take effect upon passage and approval.
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h. RESOLUTION: Proposed Settlement of Clatterbuck et al. v. City (Panhandling
Lawsuit)
Proposed Settlement of Clatterbuck et al. v. City
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia that a settlement of
all outstanding claims and issues of whatever nature in the pending federal court lawsuit entitled
Clatterbuck et al. v. City of Charlottesville, which settlement requires payment by the City to the
Plaintiffs of $2,975.70 in costs and $123,000 in full satisfaction of all other claims that are or
could be asserted by the Plaintiffs or their attorneys in this action, is hereby approved, and the
City Attorney, or his designee, is hereby authorized to execute on behalf of the City of
Charlottesville all necessary documents to effectuate the settlement.
i. RESOLUTION: Tax Payment Refund to UVA Foundation for 514 Brandon Ave.
Tax Payment Refund to UVA Foundation for 514 Brandon Ave.
WHEREAS, the real estate tax assessment for Parcel 97 on Real Estate Tax Map 11, known as
514 Brandon Avenue (the “Property”), was erroneously assessed for calendar year
2011 because the parcel included less land than the assessments represented; and
WHEREAS, the real estate taxes for the Property for the years 2012-2014 were paid on time and
as billed; and
WHEREAS, the City Real Estate Assessor has certified that the real estate tax assessments for
2012-2014 were erroneous as a result of this error, and determined that UVA
Foundation, owner of the Property, is due a refund of $5,891.90 plus interest in the amount of
$911.03; and
WHEREAS, City Code Section 30-6(b) requires City Council approval for any tax refund
exceeding $2,500.00, and payment of interest is required in accordance with Virginia
Code Section 58.1-3918; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, that the City
Council hereby authorizes the City Treasurer to issue a refund of $6,802.93 representing
$5,891.90 in overpaid taxes and $911.03 in interest, payable to UVA Foundation
j. RESOLUTION: Tax Payment Refund to Charlottesville Parking Center
Tax Payment Refund to Charlottesville Parking Center
WHEREAS, the real estate tax assessment for Parcels 61 and 61.3 on Real Estate Tax
Map 28, known as the Water Street Parking Garage (the “Property”), was erroneously assessed
for calendar year 2011 due to an incorrect apportionment of parking spaces for each owner of the
Property; and
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WHEREAS, the real estate taxes for the Property for the calendar year 2011 were paid on time
and as billed; and
WHEREAS, the City Real Estate Assessor has certified that the real estate tax assessments for
2011 were erroneous as a result of this incorrect apportionment, and determined that
Charlottesville Parking Center, Inc., owner of the Property, is due a refund of $11,996.60 plus
interest in the amount of $4,398.76; and
WHEREAS, City Code Section 30-6(b) requires City Council approval for any tax refund
exceeding $2,500.00, and payment of interest is required in accordance with Virginia
Code Section 58.1-3918; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, that the City
Council hereby authorizes the City Treasurer to issue a refund of $16,395.36, representing
$11,996.60 in overpaid taxes and $4,398.76 in interest, payable to Charlottesville Parking
Center, Inc.
k. RESOLUTION: Tax Payment Refund to Jefferson Properties, Inc.
Tax Payment Refund to Jefferson Properties, Inc.
WHEREAS, the real estate tax assessment for Parcel 61.1 on Real Estate Tax Map 28, known as
the Water Street Parking Garage (the “Property”), was erroneously assessed due to an incorrect
apportionment of parking spaces for each owner of the Property; and
WHEREAS, the real estate taxes for the Property for the year 2011 was paid on time and as
billed; and
WHEREAS, the City Real Estate Assessor has certified that the real estate tax assessment for
2011 was erroneous as a result of this incorrect apportionment, and determined that Jefferson
Properties, Inc., owner of the Property, is due a refund of $4,816.50 plus interest in the amount
of $1,786.12; and
WHEREAS, City Code Section 30-6(b) requires City Council approval for any tax refund
exceeding $2,500.00, and payment of interest is required in accordance with Virginia
Code Section 58.1-3918; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, that the City
Council hereby authorizes the City Treasurer to issue a refund of $6,602.62, representing
$4,816.50 in overpaid taxes and $1,786.12 in interest, payable to Jefferson Properties, Inc.
l. ORDINANCE: 10th / Page and Fifeville Neighborhood Permit Parking Zone
Expansion (2nd reading)
10th / Page and Fifeville Neighborhood Permit Parking Zone Expansion
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AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND REORDAINING SECTION 15-204 OF ARTICLE
V (STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING) OF CHAPTER 15 (MOTOR VEHICLES)
OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, 1990, AS AMENDED
EXPANDING PERMIT PARKING ZONE 7.
m. ORDINANCE: Grant of Easements for Steam Tunnel and Electric Duct Bank
under Emmett Street to the University of Virginia (2nd reading)
Grant of Easements for Steam Tunnel and Electric Duct Bank under Emmett Street to the
University of Virginia
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE GRANT OF A UTILITY EASEMENT
UNDER EMMET STREET TO THE RECTOR AND VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF VIRGINIA
n. ORDINANCE: Grant of Easements for Electric Duct Bank under Eleventh Street
to the University of Virginia (2nd reading)
Grant of Easements for Electric Duct Bank under Eleventh Street to the University of Virginia
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE GRANT OF AN ELECTRIC DUCT BANK
EASEMENT UNDER ELEVENTH STREET TO THE RECTOR AND VISITORS OF
THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
o. ORDINANCE: Homeowner Tax Relief Grant - 2015 (2nd reading)
AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A GRANT PROGRAM TO PROMOTE AND
PRESERVE HOMEOWNERSHIP BY LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME PERSONS
WITHIN THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Homeowner Tax Relief Grant - 2015
PUBLIC HEARING / RESOLUTION: $31.8 million Bond Issue
$31.8 million Bond Issue
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT BONDS OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE,
VIRGINIA, IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED
$15,400,000, TO FINANCE THE COSTS OF CERTAIN PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT
PROJECTS, PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF GENERAL
OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015, OF THE CITY OF
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT
TO EXCEED $16,400,000, PROVIDING FOR THE FORM, DETAILS AND PAYMENT
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OF SUCH BONDS, AND PROVIDING FOR THE REFUNDING OF CERTAIN
OUTSTANDING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY.
Mr. Cullinan, Director of Finance, presented to Council on the bond issue and answered
clarifying questions from Council.
Mr. Fenwick said it is important for the public to understand that this is borrowed money.
On motion, the public hearing was opened.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos said this is debt, but it is taking cash towards investment in our future. On
motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the resolution passed. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr.
Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None.)
PUBLIC HEARING / RESOLUTION: 10th & Page and Fifeville Neighborhood Permit
Parking
10th & Page and Fifeville Neighborhood Permit Parking
Ms. Christina Fisher, Asst. Traffic Engineer, presented the resolution for the 10th & Page
and Fifeville neighborhood permit parking. She summarized results of the survey, which she
distributed to Council; 21% of households responded.
On motion, the public hearing was opened.
Mr. John Gaines, 214 9th St. NW, said he is in favor of continuing permit parking. He is
concerned about it being on just one or two streets and not the entire area. He asked Council to
adopt the resolution.
Ms. Josephine Morrison, 900 Page St., said she and her neighbors want permit parking. She
said neighbors need to understand they do not have to pay if they are on any kind of financial
assistance.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., said he became involved in neighborhood affairs
because of parking. He said the threshold for obtaining permit parking is too high. You cannot
get good response from neighbors unless you go door-to-door and explain the situation.
Ms. Sena Magill, 700 block of Anderson St., said she has not heard about the surveys until
last week and has received nothing. She said the problems she and her neighbors have are at
night time, and she does not want to have to pay more money for permit parking on her street.
Staff should instead start talking to the University about supplying sustainable, affordable
parking for their staff. She said some populations will not understand a note on their door, and
they need to talk to someone who can explain this to them.
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Ms. Gloria Beard, 1100 block of Page St., said she lives at a dead end. She asked where
residents’ visitors are supposed to park if permit parking is implemented. She asked if parking
was built in the back of the four new PHA houses.
Mr. Al Page, 806 Page St., said he is pleased with permit parking on the 800 block of Page
St. The crime has been reduced tremendously. He said they have not had police at neighboring
homes since permit parking was implemented.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Galvin asked if Anderson St. is included. Mr. Jones said it is not.
Ms. Szakos said this permits are only in effect until 5:00 p.m. on the weekdays.
Ms. Smith asked Chief Longo if he could speak to any impact on calls for service. Chief
Longo said he does not have the data tonight, but anecdotally, he has observed that calls for
service have declined.
Mr. Fenwick said he agrees that people will be coming back in the years to come
requesting permits for surrounding areas, especially with what is developing on West Main
Street. He said he supports permits; we need to protect the neighborhoods.
Ms. Galvin said we might be setting a very high bar with the current ordinance. She said
she sees the need for restrictive parking, but the requirements in our current ordinance are not
being met. She said she is inclined to follow the second option of not adopting it and letting the
trial continue, so we can ensure we have the right ordinance in place and pay better attention to
the community engagement piece.
Ms. Szakos said she agrees with Ms. Galvin's sentiment about changing the ordinance and
hopes the letters that go out will be more compelling about engaging people. She said she would
like to take a vote on this for clarity and to improve the current situation.
Ms. Smith said we have sent staff out, conducted surveys, and used a lot of staff time, not a
single one of which has warranted permit parking. We should listen to the community and try to
solve the problem, but this does not even come close to following the process, as imperfect as it
may be. We need to examine our criteria and our options, be creative and accommodate the
problems without putting blanket restrictions on the neighborhood.
Mr. Huja asked staff to do further research on some of the suggested locations, and in the
meantime leave the parking as it is now.
Ms. Galvin asked if any other streets have received exceptions. Ms. Fisher said they have
not.
Ms. Szakos said we are spending money enforcing this without getting fees from permits to
do so, but if that is the wish of Council she will go along.
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On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council supported keeping permit
parking in place indefinitely, pending further staff research. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr. Fenwick, Ms.
Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None)
Council clarified that residents do not have to pay for permits; this is still considered a pilot
program.
RESOLUTION: HONORARY STREET NAME REQUEST - REV. JOHNSON
Honorary Street Name Request - Rev. Johnson
WHEREAS, City Council adopted a policy for Honorary Street Name Designation;
WHEREAS, City Staff has reviewed the application for appropriateness and verified the
historical information;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia that Albemarle Street between 8th Lane North and West Street shall be honorarily
named Rev. Dr. R.A. Johnson Ave.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution passed. (Ayes: Mr. Huja,
Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None)
Council adjourned for a brief recess.
PUBLIC HEARING / RESOLUTION: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK
GRANT (CDBG)/HOME ACTION PLAN
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/Home Action Plan
Ms. Thackston presented to Council on the FY15/16 annual action plan for CDBG/HOME.
This is the Consolidated Plan, which is different from the Comprehensive Plan.
On motion, the public hearing was opened.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Galvin asked about the reference to public housing on page 75 and other charts that
indicate there are categories of funds with no dollars attached to it. Ms. Thackston said these are
placeholders for any potential thing we may ever want to fund. There are many goals in this plan
that may never be actually allocated.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, support for the action plan passed
unanimously. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None.)
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RESOLUTION: SECURITY CAMERAS
Security Cameras
Chief Long presented to Council, along with Det. Blaine Cosgrove. He clarified that he is
not asking Council to vote on a camera system tonight, but for approval to move forward with a
request for quotes or to pursue a purchasing process.
Chief Longo gave an overview of the various systems and related costs for four options the
Police Department has researched for the Downtown Mall, West Main, and the
University/Corner areas, as well as a Temporary Deployment Camera System.
Mr. Huja asked if Chief Longo has been approached by Downtown business owners who
have said they are willing to install cameras themselves. Chief Longo said they have been
working with businesses, and this is an option that may be explored. However, staff cannot
control this process or control the speed at which this is implemented.
Ms. Galvin said she is leaning towards option 3, and would also entertain a hybrid of
Option 2 and Option 3. She said she is concerned about the aesthetics and would like to have the
BAR at least take a look at the fixtures to get a read on how this would integrate with the Halprin
design of the Downtown Mall area. She said we should push the private sector to see how they
could cooperate with us.
Mr. Huja said he is supportive of temporary deployable camera systems. Chief Longo said
when emerging crime patterns occur, they would be very helpful.
Ms. Szakos said the quoted prices help her with her reluctance, because one of her main
concerns is that we do not expend a large part of our safety budget on a part of town that is
actually relatively safe. She said she supports temporary deployment cameras so we can use
them in areas where we know there is recurring crime, or where something is coming up. She
would want a very clear privacy and civil liberties policy guiding their use. She said she is
intrigued by the idea of letting the private sector play itself out on the Downtown Mall and on
West Main.
Mr. Fenwick asked for clarification on the administrative cost to run the cameras. Chief
Longo said Det. Cosgrove would be responsible for the administration, and it would not be more
than the cost of reviewing privately owned cameras. Mr. Fenwick asked what the life expectancy
of the cameras is. Det. Cosgrove said about five years, although some may be used far longer.
Chief Longo said he prefers Option 2, but could live with Option 3. He said Option 4 puts
us no further along than we are currently. He said a hybrid with portable deployment cameras
included would be possible.
Det. Cosgrove answered clarifying questions from Council, including server and network
operation details.
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Ms. Galvin said she would like to see Chief Longo's assessment of an integrated hybrid of
Option 2 and Option 3.
Chief Longo said he will seek to obtain a firm, fixed price of what an Option 2 and Option
3 hybrid would look like, analyze what is already in existence and clarify where we are not
getting coverage, use existing wireless capability along the mall, and pursue the purchase of six
portable cameras. He will return to Council with prices and a model policy for how all these
systems would be used and purchased. He will explore state contracts options, which may
change the costs. He will reach out to colleagues regarding model policies and create one that is
unique to our community’s needs.
Ms. Smith asked for an update on the purchase of body cameras. Mr. Brown said after the
process goes through the City’s Purchasing Department, it will come back to the City Attorney's
office for the final stages of negotiation.
OTHER BUSINESS
Ms. Szakos reported that she, Chief Longo, Gretchen Ellis, and Sarad Davenport went to a
Cities United conference in Philadelphia to examine ways our communities can be made safer
for young Black men as part of a technical assistance grant. They received a lot of good
information, and Charlottesville was selected as a finalist for a grand final award.
Ms. Galvin said she and Mr. Huja, along with Ms. Kathy McHugh, are travelling to
Alexandria, Virginia with PHA tomorrow to look at public housing sites that have been
redeveloped.
Adjourned.

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