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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, December 1, 2014, AT 5:30 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 – December 1, 2014
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, Ms.
Galvin, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith; Noes: None), to meet in closed session for (1)
Discussion and consideration of prospective candidates for appointment to City boards and
commissions and interviews for the City’s Human Rights Commission, as authorized by Va.
Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1); and (2) Consultation with legal counsel regarding the negotiation of
the terms and conditions for the acquisition of a public utility easement on McIntire Road, where
discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the City’s negotiating strategy, as
authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (3) and (7).
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 – December 1, 2014
CALL TO ORDER
Council met on this date with the following members present: Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin,
Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Fenwick.
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Galvin announced the City received an honor award in excellence for the design of the
Strategic Area Plan from the Virginia Society of American Institute of Architects.
Ms. Szakos announced the alternative gift fair at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday.
Also, City Council will have a work session with the Youth Council this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at
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CitySpace. Also, there will be a community conversation about children's mental health at the
Carver Recreation Center starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Monday, December 8 will be the
first budget work session at 5:00 p.m. at City Space. Finally, the Our Town meeting for North
Downtown, Little High, Locust Grove and Woodhaven neighborhoods will be held on Thursday,
December 11 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Herman Key Center.
Ms. Smith said the Holiday Market returned to Charlottesville this Saturday and will run
through December 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Visit www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec for
more information.
Ms. Galvin announced the Streets That Work public event this Saturday at the Carver
Recreation Center. Call 970-3182 for more information, or go to
www.charlottesville.org/completestreets.
Mr. Huja said he received letters over the weekend from the Adult Learning Center
participants. He read one aloud, and Mr. Fenwick read one as well.
Mr. Fenwick welcomed attendees from area high schools and the skate park participants.
He also said he enjoyed welcoming visitors who came to Charlottesville to see the fall colors.
He thanked the City for their support for the Miss Virginia USA Pageant, which brought in
visitors and business to the Downtown Mall. The Charlottesville Wheelchair Basketball
Tournament will take place this weekend. More information may be found at
www.cardinalsbasketball.com.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Lena Seville, 808 Altavista Ave., said there are many good things about the McIntire
Park project, but she is concerned about the shape and placement of the building for McIntire
Park. It is not situated to receive natural light, and it will not be a candidate for solar panels. She
asked if the Green Building Council was invited to participate in the planning process. She said
we are not getting input from a diverse group.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said she does not think the ABC Store should be
near low income neighborhoods. She said the homeless population does not have access to
bathrooms or privacy. Addressing the homeless issue will benefit everyone in the area;
partnerships with homeless individuals can help.
Mr. Bob Stroh, 1412 Kenwood Ln., read a letter from the Board of Directors of the
Downtown Business Association detailing a resolution to support the immediate implementation
of managed on-street parking. He said they would like to see this implemented by spring 2015.
Mr. Roy Van Doorn, 1117 E. Market St., owner of City Select, said his organization works
with the hospitality industry to provide visitor maps and brochures. He said we need to keep the
Downtown Mall an approachable area to visit and spend money.
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Mr. Louis Shultz, 1809 E. Market St., said this is the 28th time he has come to Council
accusing staff of violating City code and civil rights statutes.
Mr. Mark Brown, 2515 Brunswick Rd., said he supports the DBAC's proposal to
implement a managed parking program. He said it will make the Downtown Mall more
accessible for everyone.
Ms. Katherine Davis, 205 Brookwood Dr., member of the DBAC and marketing director
for the Paramount Theatre, said she supports the proposed parking management system.
Ms. Lesley Sewell, 1085 Highlands Dr. in Albemarle County, requested more time to
review the new designs for McIntire that includes ponds, especially because they take up flat
space originally intended for the McIntire Botanical Gardens.
Ms. Cecile Gorham, 1115 Sycamore St., said Market Central can give families better
access to SNAP at the City Market via a grant, which is asking local partners to help by offering
matching funding for the grant. She recommended using a gift left by the estate of Ms. Sue
Palmer as a source for matching funds.
Mr. Will van der Linde, 216 Douglas Ave., General Manager of the Main Street Arena and
DBAC board member, said he supports the managed parking proposal for the Downtown Mall.
He said he also supports youth usage of the skate park.
Mr. Michael Signer, 206 5th Street SW, Fifeville Neighborhood Association President,
thanked Mayor Huja for sending a letter to the state ABC board opposing a lease renewal at the
West Main location and for other Councilors' support for relocation. He said there has been an
outpouring of grief and frustration from the community about this store location. Ending the
lease this coming May when it comes due is standing up for Fifeville and the surrounding
neighborhoods. He distributed a petition to Council from residents.
Ms. Peggy Van Yahres, 1700 Chesapeake St., member of the McIntire Botanical Garden,
said they worked closely with the Parks and Recreation staff to design the McIntire Park. She
was surprised to see a revised plan with a larger body of water in the park. She asked for a
chance to revisit the plan.
Mr. Blake Caravati, 1108 Little High St., said recent events involving UVA Students are
disturbing, and the lack of response from Council in a public manner does not bode well. He
would like to hear Council declare zero tolerance for sexual assault as well. This is a public
matter and should be addressed publically. He said the ABC Store Mr. Signer mentioned is
problematic, but the largest problem we have with alcohol is Grady Ave. and Rugby Rd. This is
a matter of safety.
COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Fenwick said he agreed completely with Mr. Caravati. It is time the City took a
stronger stand. He encouraged those supporting the parking management system to do some
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public education and he asked them to explain what is going on to the community. He supports
Mr. Signer's efforts at removing the ABC store from the West Main neighborhood. He thanked
Ms. Carpenter for her advocacy for the homeless.
Ms. Smith thanked Mr. Caravati for coming and said she was surprised Council has not
been approached to make a public comment, because she was prepared to do so. She said if these
sexual assaults were committed by other race groups, it would have been addressed with stronger
language. To call what happened "sexual misconduct" is shameful. She said this is a serious
situation that has shaken the UVA Community like nothing else. She said she agrees that the
City needs a strategy for parking management. She said the lack of a parking management
strategy creates more congestion and increases carbon pollution. We should consider whether
implementing a parking management study would be a strategy for the Georgetown Energy
Contest. She agreed with the representative of the Botanical Garden that the process got
sidetracked with a revised plan and suggested they be given a chance to comment.
Ms. Szakos said she has been advocating for a long-term parking solution, and we need to
pay attention to low cost employee parking options. She said spring is probably too optimistic,
but the offer of funding would certainly help. She requested the City Market grant be added to
the next agenda. She said we have been working on housing first programs and thanked Ms.
Carpenter for her comments. She said Council has not met since the Rolling Stone article
regarding sexual assault at UVA came out, and it is not necessarily helpful to have individual
Councilors speaking for Council. She said this is more than worthy of our response, and the City
Manager and the mayor are in meetings with the Police Department, the University and the
County to discuss solutions. She read a statement from her Facebook page regarding the matter.
Ms. Galvin said she has been a long-time advocate for regulating parking to increase the
churn of traffic on the Downtown Mall and using it as a tool to provide predictable parking for
employees. Council is holding a work session about West Main, and this planning should be
used hand in glove with the information from the DBAC to ensure all parts of the City are
functioning cohesively. She said staff is looking into a parking enterprise fund, an idea she
brought back from the NLC Conference.
Mr. Jones said we have an RFP out for a parking consultant, and we hope to get this
initiative up and running soon.
Ms. Galvin said underage drinking and public inebriation around the ABC store is a serious
problem. She said we should examine implementing our existing law, which is that it is illegal to
be publically drunk, regardless of your age, race or background. She hopes a center such as the
Moore Center is still operating and asked if we need a more robust program to handle these
things. We need to treat the issue with compassion and appropriate treatment, not just law
enforcement.
Ms. Szakos said she supports the petition for relocating the ABC store.
Mr. Huja said he shares Mr. Caravati’s concerns. He said the University is a part of our
community, and we need to enforce our laws about alcohol on the street. He asked staff to work
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with the DBAC and create a proposal for parking management within the next 60 days. Ms.
Szakos asked if that would mean withdrawing the RFP for a parking study. Mr. Huja said it does
not. He said he hopes the City's attempts to help with homelessness are evident to those in our
community.
Ms. Smith said if we have a resolution opposing the ABC Store, we need to be cognizant of
where it will go so that we are not just moving the problem. Mr. Huja said he will bring this
resolution up during Other Business tonight.
Ms. Szakos asked if we need to take a poll of Council about the parking recommendation
from Mr. Huja. Mr. Fenwick said he supports the mayor's proposal. Ms. Szakos said she wants
to be sure we are being efficient, and with the parking study on the horizon, we should be sure
we are not wasting anyone's time. Mr. Huja said these actions are not mutually exclusive. Ms.
Smith said there is a difference between a parking study and parking management. Ms. Galvin
said parking management should be a part of what you study, and that is what is happening on
West Main Street. Mr. Jones recommended that staff come back to Council with a realistic
understanding of how long it would take and what the plan is going forward.
1. CONSENT AGENDA
a. Minutes for November 17
b. APPROPRIATION: Support for Two Additional Firefighter Medic Positions -
$130,000 (2nd reading)
Support for Two Additional Firefighter Medic Positions
c. APPROPRIATION: Local Emergency Management Performance Grant - $7,500
(2nd reading)
LEMP Grant
d. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement from the Thomas Jefferson Planning District
Commission for Transportation Enhancement Grant Loan - $300,000 (carried)
TJPDC Grant
e. APPROPRIATION: Community Development Block Grant Funds for VIEW
(Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) Career Training - $16,500
(carried)
CDBG VIEW Training
f. APPROPRIATION: BAMA Works Foundation and LeRoi H. Moore Fund
Sponsorship for Parks and Recreation Special Events- $12,659.04 (carried)
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BAMA Special Events
g. APPROPRIATION: Medicaid/FAMIS Renewal Application Processing
Appropriation - $12,690 (carried)
Medicaid/FAMIS Renewal Application Processing Appropriation
h. RESOLUTION: Resolution of Support - Virginia Department of Conservation and
Recreation Grant for Parkland Property Acquisition
Support for Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Grant
i. RESOLUTION: CATEC-Major Facility Improvements and CATEC-VDOT Land
Take Funds Transfer - $186,697.39 pulled
CATEC-Major Facility Improvements
j. ORDINANCE: Quitclaim Gas Easement in Dunlora Forest to VDOT (2nd reading)
Quitclaim Gas Easement in Dunlora Forest to VDOT
k. ORDINANCE: Procurement Code Amendments - Chapt. 22 (carried)
Procurement Code Amendments
Ms. Galvin asked about item i. She asked if the money discussed in the memo is the same
money referred to in the resolution. The item was deferred to the end of the meeting to allow
staff time to research the answer.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the consent agenda passed 5-0 except
for item i. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: none.)
RESOLUTION: FINANCE DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT
Finance Director Appointment
Mr. Jones presented to Council. Mr. Christopher Cullinan is the recommended candidate
to take the position of Director of Finance, vacated by Mr. Bernard Wray, who is retiring. On
motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution passed. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms.
Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: none.)
Mr. Cullinan thanked Council for their appointment and said he is excited to rejoin the
City's organization.
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APPROPRIATION: YEAR END ADJUSTMENTS - FY2014 AND GENERAL FUND
BALANCE TRANSFER (carried)
Year End Adjustments - FY2014 and General Fund Balance Transfer
Mr. Wray presented to Council on the Year End Adjustments for fiscal year 2014 and the
General Fund Balance Transfer.
Ms. Szakos said some of the human services programs we have implemented are saving
lives, as well as saving us money. She said she would like to see a portion of the money saved by
investing in social programming put into increasing the amount of ABRT funding Council has.
We have not increased this allotment in a long time, and we should examine this.
Ms. Smith said the family partnership meetings that have taken place with the Department
of Social Services have been a major driver for success.
Mr. Huja said the ABRT contribution question is a budget decision that should be
discussed as part of the upcoming budget cycle. Mr. Jones said we typically use account
overages for one-time expenditures. Ms. Galvin said this could come in the form of a formula or
ratio of how much of the account overages are contributed to the ABRT fund. This is more
appropriate for a budget discussion.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the appropriation carried for a second
reading.
RESOLUTION: MARKET PLAZA SUP AT THE 100 BLOCK W. WATER ST.
Market Plaza SUP at the 100 Block W. Water St.
Mr. Haluska presented to Council. He reviewed the list of conditions the Planning
Commission recommended. He clarified that the SUP application number is SP 14-08-08, which
is a correction from item one in Council’s materials.
At Mr. Huja's request, the applicant Mr. Greg Powe presented to Council. He said his team
worked with the Planning Commission on increasing the height, increasing residential density up
to 60 units per acre, and allowing the farmer's market / public assembly area to be permitted in
excess of 300 persons. The one item he felt was unclear is under Massing and Scale, 2a, which
says that there should be no construction of any structures within the First Street right-of-way.
However, there is an intention to build a plaza and parking structure below. He suggested adding
the words "above the plaza level" to reflect the believed intention of the Planning Commission.
Ms. Galvin thanked Mr. Powe for sending his additional information to Council over the
holiday. She asked about the two different tones of brick on the street side. The vertical banding
around the South Street side disappears, and the scale enlarges without it. Also, when you do not
have the same alignment of finish and structure all around the building, it suggests that
something is not an integral part of the design. Mr. Powe said the different treatment is due to
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different conditions on this side of the building. He said the BAR would be an appropriate venue
to continue this discussion, but the BAR favors the glass wall treatments.
Ms. Szakos asked if the 3-5 entrances referred to in item 2c is the total number, or on each
street. Mr. Powe said the intent was on each street. This is intended to create flexibility over the
life of the building. The South Street side is inclusive of entrances into the plaza.
Mr. Huja said he is opposed to this condition, because it forces entrances where they may
not be practical or necessary.
Ms. Szakos said the noise ordinance should be covered under the same ordinance that
regulates the Downtown Mall. Mr. Brown said Council would have to amend the original
ordinance for that to be the case. This is a condition on an SUP, which would be enforced by the
zoning administrator if it were to be violated. Mr. Huja said this should be removed because `the
current ordinance includes a time frame. Mr. Powe said the Downtown Mall ordinance does not
cover the building site. Ms. Szakos asked to amend the condition to state that if the Downtown
Mall ordinance is ever amended to apply to the Market Plaza property, it would subsume
anything stated in the SUP. Ms. Brown recommended the language, "…unless and until the City
noise ordinance becomes applicable to this property."
Ms. Szakos said the developer should not have to pay for change in signage according to
condition 11c, because in the event that the City determines a change is necessary prior to the
Certificate of Occupancy, the City should cover the cost.
Ms. Szakos said condition 14 stating that trees should be planted along all street frontages
should not include First Street, because that would impede pedestrian traffic. Mr. Powe said the
Planning Commission’s request is for trees to be placed in the First Street right-of-way. Ms.
Szakos said she is not supportive of that. Mr. Huja said it does not make sense to put trees here.
In response to an inquiry from Council, Mr. Powe said trees with root balls contained
below the plaza have been accommodated for. Ms. Smith asked if these will be native. Mr.
Powe said the landscape submission to BAR outlines every planting. There are no invasive
species.
Mr. Fenwick said there will be a budgetary impact as a result of the SUP, and he would like
to see these recognized in briefing materials going forward, especially on commercial
development. He said the project managers should be careful about planting trees within the
building, because he has heard that some green roofs have issues.
Ms. Galvin said references to traffic conditions in 11f and 11g both cite requirements of
Chapter 5, which is currently being reviewed as part of the code audit. She asked for added
language stating that the requirements would be enforced "as modified by the City's code audit
review". Ms. Szakos suggested adding the language, "in effect at the time of permitting." Mr.
Powe said he is required to get a final site plan approval.
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Ms. Galvin said condition 5a does not clarify who to enter into a parking agreement with.
She said some conditions seem more related to construction management and community
engagement and asked if that is appropriate for an SUP. Mr. Tolbert said being SUP conditions,
they will follow the property as long as it is there, regardless of the project manager. Ms. Galvin
said we need to devise a written management and implementation plan that will lay out how the
City intends to coordinate all involved departments. Mr. Tolbert said this is a good idea, and we
will coordinate with other departments to ensure a cohesive plan that keeps the community
informed. We can get a performance bond for public improvements in the site plan process, but
that will not be part of the SUP.
Mr. Huja said the last sentence in item 2a should be deleted, stating that "visual and
pedestrian access shall be maintained as part of the development, by leaving the area of First
Street unoccupied by buildings or structures." Ms. Szakos said she would like to keep the first
part of the sentence intact. Mr. Powe said he is comfortable with the first part of the sentence.
Council agreed to leave the sentence as is and add "above the Plaza level, with the exception of
an elevator on Water Street.
Mr. Huja requested the last sentence in number 14 regarding landscaping by deleted,
stating, "trees on the Public Plaza shall be planted using roof planting methods and not hinder the
operations of the Farmers' Market." This should be changed to say "Any trees that may be
planted on the public plaza...." Council agreed.
Ms. Szakos moved that we accept the conditions of the Planning Commission with the
following modifications: 1) that 2a remains with addition of "above plaza level, with the
exception of an elevator"; 2) that language be added to #4 regarding the City's noise ordinance;
3) that item 11c be deleted regarding cost of signage; 4) that f and g remain the same because it
is simply data not details; and 5) insert the word "any" before trees in the final sentence of item
14.
Ms. Galvin asked to add to item 14 regarding Massing and Scale requesting that the BAR
evaluate the brick detailing across all four elevations of the building. Ms. Szakos accepted the
amendment.
Ms. Smith asked to make a note under landscaping that the trees should strive to be native
or appropriate as a design guideline recommendation to the BAR. Ms. Szakos accepted the
amendment.
Ms. Galvin seconded the motion. The SUP passed as revised. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith,
Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: none.)
Mr. Huja said this will be a great addition to our downtown, and he hopes we will close the
sale of the property soon.
Council took a five minutes recess.
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REPORT: SKATE PARK DESIGN UPDATE
Skate Park Design Update
Mr. Daly presented to Council. He welcomed the many skate park users here this evening
and thanked them for attending. Staff is checking in with Council on the conceptual design to
allow forward progress on next steps. He introduced Mr. Mike McIntyre, Project Principal, to
overview the process he went through with the skate park design. He summarized the master
plan process, project goals, community engagement and concept review.
Ms. Smith asked about impervious surface now and how it relates to the concept design.
Ms. Smith asked how many trees are coming down. Mr. Ehman said approximately 12 trees are
being taken down, some of which are coming down due to disease.
Mr. Huja asked if the students involved in planning are happy with this concept. Mr. Daly
said they are.
Ms. Szakos asked if you can see from one portion of the skate park to the other. Mr.
McIntyre said it will be two activity zones with natural separation. She asked if the rectangular
area will be designated for particular activities. Mr. McIntyre said it is open for any use. Ms.
Szakos said she hopes the exit heading towards the pedestrian intersection is inviting and helps
keep people from dangerous pedestrian use of the vehicular intersection. Ms. Szakos said she
wants the path to the pedestrian trail to also branch out to the east, making it more inviting.
Council thanked the participants for their engagement.
REPORT: MCINTIRE PARK EAST DESIGN UPDATE
McIntire Park East Design Update
Mr. Daly presented to Council. He introduced Mr. Stephan Kelly from Mahan Rykiel to
explain the review process. He reviewed options for a large park pavilion, small park pavilion,
water feature options, parking options, and storm water management. He also discussed play
areas, such as splash pads, nature play, pathways and trails. They looked at ideas for bridges,
outdoor rooms, meadow variety, stream bed and wetland options, and a botanical garden. He
reviewed connectivity throughout the park, signage options, park facilities, and park furnishings.
Mr. Kelly said all participants were happy with the plan at the time it was finalized.
However, a few changes have been made since then. A portion of the path was diverted so that it
would not run next to the Vietnam memorial. Also, there was a request for exploring more water
in the park. He reviewed possible options and their challenges.
Ms. Szakos said she was dismayed that these plans came to Council with big ponds that
came out of nowhere. She is concerned about the one at the north end taking out most of the
programmable flat area that was supported by the public process. She had less of a problem with
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the other pond, but she is worried about children falling in with no one watching. Concept 1 had
a slightly larger pond in the north end, but not as large as what was in Council's package.
Ms. Smith said she likes that some of the sand greens have been kept and will be
repurposed. She asked how big the ponds are. Mr. Kelly said the larger ponds are about twothirds
of an acre and the smaller are a little less than half an acre. She supports some body of
water with a vernal quality and is most drawn to Concept 1.
Ms. Szakos said she is delighted about the free nature play area.
Ms. Galvin said the first scheme that went through the public process was done in a
sensitive way and represents the many different needs in the community.
Mr. Fenwick said this will be a phased project.
Mr. Huja said he is concerned about the signage system. He does not think they are
proportionate or to scale for the park. He said there ought to be water in the park, and it could be
expanded to the east near the botanical gardens. He said he sees no problem with a large pond in
the south portion of the park.
Ms. Smith said a major issue is that people have not seen this, so it needs to be taken back
to the public to get their take on it. She sees the benefits of water, but it could go both ways.
Ms. Szakos said so much effort has been made to make this responsive to what is really
needed and what it was created to be. When you look at water, it is worth paying attention to
staying true to that. Rather than having a large lake that would not occur naturally in this area,
the design should stay true to the kind of water that might appear naturally.
Ms. Smith said it would be nice if it had storm water qualities. She said she supports
pervious parking surfaces.
Mr. Fenwick asked how the Parks Department handles pervious surfaces, especially with
regard to walkability and weeds, without using additional pesticides. Mr. Daly said it is tricky.
Mr. Kelly said it is a balancing act; if you do not have pervious paved surfaces, you have to use
more areas outside the parking lot for drainage.
Ms. Galvin asked Mr. Kelly to explain the challenges and the increased cost of adding
water to the park. Mr. Daly said staff can include that in a narrative for the next presentation.
Mr. Gregor Patch with the Timmons Group spoke. He met with the mayor and the Corps of
Engineers, and it is possible to do but not incredibly feasible from a permitting standpoint.
Ms. Smith said it would be nice if facilities could be consigned out for a bike hut.
Council thanked staff for their work.
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OTHER BUSINESS - ABC Petition Resolution
Mr. Signer read the suggested text of the resolution. He also clarified that ABC cannot
help specify a location because their process for doing so would not be completed before the
lease is due for renewal.
The resolution states, “We believe the West Main ABC Store is disruptive to neighbors and
businesses, and the lease should not be renewed. Ms. Szakos moved the resolution; Ms. Galvin
seconded. Ms. Smith moved to add, "Furthermore, we do not support the location of an ABC
store near a residential neighborhood, school or park." The proposed amendment was accepted.
The resolution passed. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick;
Noes: none.)
OTHER BUSINESS - item i. Resolution: CATEC Transfer
Mr. Jones explained the proposal is to move the $89,000 account balance in addition to
$97,607.13 from the CATEC major facilities fund to help cover the cost of renovations for a total
of $186,000 from two separate accounts. On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, the
resolution passed. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick; Noes:
none.)
OTHER BUSINESS - Parks Donation
Mr. Daly said he does not know how much was donated by Ms. Palmer’s estate. He will
find out tomorrow, and staff is willing to set that aside for the grant match if the account is still
available.
Ms. Smith moved that Council allocate the donation from the Palmer fund to the City
Market's SNAP enhancement project to be used as a match for the grant, pending confirmation
from staff that the money is still available. Ms. Szakos seconded the motion. (Ayes: Mr. Huja,
Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: none.)
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Eberhard Jehle, 1402 Hazel, said part of the West Main Street study was centered on
charging for parking. He hopes Council encourages staff to make some concentrated effort to
mitigate congestion and the need for parking downtown by improving other multimodal means
of transportation around the Downtown Mall, including shuttle buses, park-n-ride options, etc.
and investment in infrastructure for bicycles. He commended Ms. Poncy for improvements that
have taken place.
Mr. Scott Bandy, 1639 Cherry Ave., said he hopes that whenever the phrase "sustainable
revenue funding" comes up, Council would explain to the public that is not triggering a future
spending spree.
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COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos said we have been in discussions at the staff level about finding incentives for
people to commute in other ways besides cars.
Ms. Galvin said the Transportation Committee has started to discuss satellite parking.
Meeting adjourned.
Clerk of Council

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