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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, August 19, 2013, 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 Barfield
SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM – August 19, 2013
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms.
Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris; Noes: None), to meet in closed session for (1)
Discussion and consideration of prospective candidates for appointment to City boards and
commissions, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1); (2) Discussion of the acquisition
of real property on Emmet Street near its intersection with Hydraulic Road for public street
purposes, 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, (3) Consultation with legal
counsel for legal advice regarding the negotiation of the terms and conditions of a cost sharing
agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority for the costs of the Rivanna Pump
Station, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (7).
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council certified by the following
vote (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris; 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 – August 19, 2013
CALL TO ORDER
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: Ms.
Smith, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris.
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AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS
Ms. Smith read a proclamation for Women's Equality Day. Ms. Kobby Hoffman was
present to accept the proclamation and thanked Council for their support.
Ms. Szakos read a proclamation in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Women's Four
Miler Training Program.
Mr. Huja announced the Our Town meeting this Thursday, August 22 from 6-8pm at City
Space for the North Downtown neighborhood.
Mr. Huja said the City is accepting applications for the Human Rights Commission. The
deadline for applying is August 25. Also, the EEOC has monthly hours in Charlottesville every
second Thursday of the month. Call 970-3333 if you have an employment complaint.
The Charlottesville Housing Affordability Grant program is now accepting applications.
Apply by Sept 2, 2013. Call the Commissioner of Revenue’s office at 970-3160 for more
information.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja was appointed to the CCS
Capital Improvement Program Committee as the Council representative. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms.
Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris; Noes: None; Abstain: Mr. Huja.)
Mr. Norris said he would like to explore City recognition of same sex marriages lawfully
entered into in other states for the purpose of providing benefits. This was added to Other
Business.
Ms. Galvin announced that the WRPP Advisory Committee is accepting applications.
City offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 in recognition of Labor Day. CAT
will operate on a holiday schedule; trash and recycling services will operate normally.
Ms. Szakos reminded everyone that Wednesday is the first day of school. It is important to
be safe driving in the mornings and pay attention, especially near bus stops. Also, the new UVA
students are arriving Saturday, and undergraduate classes start on August 27.
Ms. Smith said The Skin is Just the Cover is a book by Mr. Alex Zan, one of
"Charlottesville's Twelve". This is a story of integration and will be given to all 4th graders in
October. She thanked Mr. Zan and the DOR action team members for their hard work on this
project. Ms. Colette Blount, facilitator of the DOR action team, thanked Charlene Greene for
coordinating book copying. Copies will be available for the public within a week.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. John Heyden, Westwood Rd., gave his opinion about race relations and personal
responsibility.
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Mr. Khalil Reid, 208 Fairway Ave., said he is disappointed in the availability of the City's
affordable housing.
Ms. Lena Seville, Altavista Ave., said the Cville Bus Riders have discussed CAT’s
proposed changes and believe there are improvements to the original plan. Bus stop location
information is currently available only online, but it should be available at the Downtown Transit
Center for those who do not have internet. Preston Avenue needs to maintain two buses.
Mr. Steven Bach, 1208 Meriwether Street, requested improvements at the Ridge/West
Main/Water/South Street intersection, particularly at the northwest corner where the new hotel is
planned. This is a pinch point for motorcycles and bicycles. Five feet should be shaved off the
corner so the bike lane can be started at the corner. The time for improvement is now.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 418 Fairway Ave., said systemic and institutional racism is still a
problem in this town. Also, he encouraged City review of the Housing Authority and is pleased
to hear this is in the works.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, Denali Way, said she supports Ms. Seville's comments about the
CAT study. She would also like to support her for the potential CAT Advisory Board.
Transportation and affordable housing are important issues to the low wealth community. There
are too many unused parking spaces in the area, and this space could be used for affordable
housing.
Mr. John Pfaltz, 1503 Rugby Rd., said Mr. Jones's stretch objectives should be made public
soon. He said sufficient funds should be allocated in the upcoming budget to cover unfunded
retirement liability.
Mr. James Quinn, River Ct., said he has issues with the Human Needs Assessment being
presented to Council this evening. It is good to demand more of our nonprofits, but it is not good
to rely on them solely to determine the needs of the community. We should ask the community
members who use services, not the providers of those services. We need to demand that
organizations prove their successes.
Ms. Cathy Welch, 2924 Idlewood Dr., said the approval of CAT's new Route 11 is fast,
reliable and pleasant as promised. This should not be viewed as a County route because it
benefits City residents as well. The County is not contributing as much as they should. Routes
like this are important.
Ms. Annette Willcox, 1400 Monticello Rd., said there should be a bus stop at Pen Park.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos said she understands Mr. Reid's frustrations about affordable housing. Most
housing is privately owned, and the City cannot set rents. The effects of the City's efforts are
gradual. She said the Transit Center should have a large poster with the bus route and stops. She
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was interested in revisions at the Lewis & Clark intersection, but she could not quite follow the
suggestion. She said Council has addressed the City Manager's stretch objectives. She said she is
perplexed by the figures Mr. Pfaltz continues to bring forth about the Retirement Fund. She is
delighted about Route 11 and would also like to examine a Pen Park bus stop.
Mr. Norris asked staff to look into Mr. Bach's comments. He said he is also interested in
exploring what can be done to improve the Ridge Street/West Main intersection. Ms. Galvin
said this is a key component of the West Main intersection project. He asked staff to follow up
on other intersections mentioned in Mr. Bach's memo. He thanked Ms. Seville for her comments
on transit and said it would be helpful to spell out where the bus stops are.
Ms. Smith said she looks forward to the CAT discussion, and there will surely be tweaks
that need to be made. She thanked Mr. Quinn for coming and said she shares some of his
concerns.
Ms. Galvin said the West Main Improvement Project is a multi-faceted team that will
address multi-modal transportation planning. She said Mr. Quinn raised points we need to
consider and thanked him for his insight. She said even though we may not agree with what
people say, there must be a tolerance for free speech.
Mr. Huja said he supports Mr. Bach's ideas for bike infrastructure and will follow up on
those concerns. Also, he supported Ms. Seville's application to the CAT Advisory Committee.
Also he supports Mr. Quinn's comments.
Mr. Jones said a more detailed report on his stretch objective will be on the September 3
Council agenda.
CONSENT AGENDA* (Items removed from the consent agenda will be
considered at the end of the regular agenda.)
Ms. Smith said she wants a report on the land trust efforts and what we have contributed.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the agenda was approved on the
whole. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris; Noes: None)
a. Minutes for July 15
Minutes July 15
b. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for the City
of Promise - $97,500 (2nd reading)
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for the City of Promise
c. APPROPRIATION: Grant for Construction of McIntire Park Railroad Trail
Bridge - $761,950 (carried)
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Grant for Construction of McIntire Park Railroad Trail Bridge
d. APPROPRIATION: Funds from CCS1 to the Buford Science Labs Project - $7,500
(carried)
Funds from CCS to the Buford Science Labs Project
e. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement from Paragon Solutions, Inc. for the Buford
Science Labs Project - $695 (carried)
Reimbursement from Paragon Solutions, Inc. for the Buford Science Labs Project
f. APPROPRIATION: Charlottesville/Albemarle Adult Drug Treatment Court Grant
Award - $182,500 (carried)
Charlottesville/Albemarle Adult Drug Treatment Court Grant Award
g. APPROPRIATION:
City of Charlottesville Phone System Upgrade - $380,478 (1st of 2 readings)
City of Charlottesville Phone System Upgrade
h. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Commission of the Arts Challenge Grant - $5,000
(carried)
Virginia Commission of the Arts Challenge Grant
i. APPROPRIATION: Check and Connect Student Engagement Continuation Grant
- $75,000 (carried)
Check and Connect Student Engagement Continuation Grant
j. APPROPRIATION: 2013 Local Emergency Management Performance Grant -
$7,500 (carried)
2013 Local Emergency Management Performance Grant
k. APPROPRIATION: Proceeds of 1306 Nunley Street Property Sale by the Thomas
Jefferson Community Land Trust - $127,432.46 (carried)
Proceeds of 1306 Nunley Street Property Sale
l. RESOLUTION: CHF Assistance for Building Goodness Foundation - $8,500
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CHF Assistance for Building Goodness Foundation
m. RESOLUTION: Washington Park Pool Bath House Renovation Funding Transfer -
$15,000
Washington Park Pool Bath House Renovation Funding Transfer
n. RESOLUTION:
Authorizing Bond Issuance on Behalf of Region 10 CSB3, Inc. - Fluvanna
Authorizing Bond Issuance on Behalf of Region 10 CSB, Inc. - Louisa
Authorizing Bond Issuance on Behalf of Region 10 CSB3, Inc. - Fluvanna/Louisa
o. ORDINANCE: Franchise Agreement with Sprint (2nd reading)
Franchise Agreement with Sprint
p. ORDINANCE: Permit Parking Zone Ordinance Update (2nd reading)
Permit Parking Zone Ordinance Update
q. ORDINANCE: Street Closing - Parker Place (Unaccepted) (2nd reading)
Street Closing - Parker Place (Unaccepted)
PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE: DOMINION POWER EASEMENT FOR
UNDERGROUNDING LINES AT GREENLEAF AND MCINTIRE PARKS (carried)
Dominion Power Easement for Undergrounding Lines at Greenleaf and McIntire Parks
Mr. Gensic presented to Council. A representative from Dominion Power was also present.
This is at Virginia Dominion’s request and cost to reduce outages.
Ms. Smith said this movement is very promising, and she would like to see undergrounding
everywhere. The Dominion representative said undergrounding is not the answer to everything.
Ms. Smith asked if there is a list of problematic areas. He said the company is looking at the
Meadowcreek and Ivy Gardens areas because they have a lot of trees. Mr. Huja said the City can
help with easements where possible.
On motion, the public hearing was opened. Having no speakers, the hearing was closed.
Ms. Galvin asked Mr. Gensic if he knows of iTree software, which calculates the monetary
value of trees. Mr. Gensic said we use this with our canopy analysis.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the ordinance carried.
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RESOLUTION: ADOPTION OF THE 2013 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
Adoption of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan
Ms. Creasy presented to Council. She gave an overview of the recent meetings held on the
Comprehensive Plan.
Mr. Norris presented a suggested change stemming from collaboration with Ms. Galvin.
The suggestion combines existing section 1.1 in the Housing chapter and incorporates it into a
revised section 5.4, which gives language that addresses improving access for lower-income
households to public amenities. The change was moved by Mr. Norris and seconded by Ms.
Galvin.
Ms. Smith said she does not see why we need to delete section 1.1 and believes something
is lost by morphing them together. Section 5.4 is about improving access, and Section 1.1 is
more about assuaging negative impacts. She said she would vote in favor if Section 1.1 remains
intact.
Ms. Galvin said the issue with Section 1.1 is that it seemed to decouple isolation with
concentrated poverty.
Ms. Szakos said she supports Section 5.4 and sees no problem with Section 1.1
Mr. Norris said he does not want anything in our Comprehensive Plan that enshrines the
possibility of red lining affordable housing.
Ms. Galvin suggested adding the following language to Section 1.1: "consider the effect of
housing decisions on the larger geography of the City and its associated infrastructure". Mr.
Huja said Section 5.4 is a good addition, and he also supported Ms. Galvin’s revision of Section
1.1. Ms. Szakos also supported the secondary language.
Mr. Norris said Ms. Smith's concern about concentrating poverty in schools is not actually
addressed in Section 1.1, and it addressed in Section 5.4. Ms. Smith said it needs to be about all
neighborhoods.
Ms. Szakos said we need to pay attention to infrastructure and requested that Section 1.1
include associated infrastructure. Mr. Norris accepted Ms. Szakos’ amendment.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the proposed amendment passed.
(Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja; Noes: Ms. Smith.) Ms. Smith said she
would not support the amendment because she believes it will promote concentration of poverty.
Ms. Szakos gave some editorial changes to staff. She also asked for updated water and
sewer charges for 2013. She noted the Economic Sustainability goals section should say "as a
framework for Citywide policy" because the plan has not yet been adopted. She asked to add
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“and nearby properties" to the Martha Jefferson site redevelopment sentence in the same section.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the suggested changes passed (Ayes: Mr.
Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja; Noes: Ms. Smith).
Ms. Smith said the median family income figures clash and asked staff to revise. Under
Utility Fees, she suggested rephrasing “maintenance costs only" to “maintenance costs and other
income". She said goal three under Environment did not capture the staff recommendation,
which read "protect, increase and provide an interconnected system of green space and buffers
that support habitat for wildlife, improve water quality and...." Also, she said she is concerned
that public works employees do not have the same level of safety equipment as the fire
department. She would like to consider addressing that at some point.
She asked why neighborhoods are included in the small area plan drawings. She
understood representing corridors, but not parts of the neighborhoods. Ms. Creasy said staff
wants to make sure the neighborhoods stay informed of things that are occurring. Ms. Galvin
said this implies that certain neighborhoods would not want to be included in particular plans.
Ms. Smith said she would like assurance that neighborhoods are not being targeted for the same
kind of redevelopment the entrance corridors are being targeted for. Ms. Creasy said that is
definitely not the intended effect; this provides staff with a tool for identifying known concerns
and facilitating discussions with the neighborhoods.
Ms. Szakos said she supported the green infrastructure proposal but not replacing the
"only". Ms. Smith requested removing "only"; Ms. Szakos agreed. On motion by Ms. Smith,
seconded by Ms. Szakos, the proposed changes were passed. (Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms.
Szakos, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith; Noes: None).
Ms. Smith asked to change the word "must" be considered to "should" be considered under
Housing Goal 1. Mr. Norris said if we are not going to insist our Comprehensive Plan fall in line
with our percentage goal, then the goal is useless. Mr. Huja seconded the motion. The motion
was defeated. (Ayes: Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja; Noes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos.)
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the Comprehensive Plan was
approved. (Ayes: Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja; Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None.)
Mr. Huja requested hard copies of the finalized plan.
RESOLUTION: CAT PROPOSAL & ADVISORY BOARD RECOMMENDATION
CAT Proposal & Advisory Board Recommendation
CAT Advisory Board Recommendation
Mr. Jones presented the CAT proposal to Council. He gave an overview of the study
background and reviewed proposed route changes.
Mr. Norris thanked CAT for replacing the Belmont Park route.
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Mr. Jones said this will be on the website for those who wish to view it.
Ms. Szakos asked if a stop at Pen Park was being considered for Route 11. Mr. Jones said
this will be evaluated when the infrastructure is there. Ms. Szakos asked for a time estimate. Mr.
Jones said this should occur in the next eight months or so.
Ms. Smith said the quarter mile shading is helpful and asked to add City boundaries to the
map. She thanked CAT for being at the Bike Walk Play JPA event. Ms. Smith said she is pleased
they are working with the City’s IT department on mobile applications and data tracking. Ms.
Smith asked for bus service near Jefferson School.
Mr. Huja said half hour service during peak routes is helpful and thanked him for a more
direct, improved route schedule.
Ms. Smith asked where people can go to locate current bus stops. Mr. Jones said the
information is on the web, and staff will provide posters once the new routes have passed.
Ms. Szakos asked about budgetary requirements and clarified that the budgetary impact is
just for this year.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the CAT Proposed Plans were
approved. (Ayes: Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja; Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None.)
Ms. Galvin thanked CAT for improvements to the predictability of the system, which will
increase ridership. Ms. Szakos asked CAT to remember people who cannot access the web when
providing information. Mr. Norris asked how much the night service for Route 10 at Pantops
costs. Mr. Jones estimated $60,000-$65,000. Mr. Norris asked where the funding is coming
from to implement these changes. Mr. Jones said staff will come back to Council at a later time
with proposals for funding sources. Ms. Galvin said we should begin a conversation about
extending CAT service to Martha Jefferson.
Mr. Jones presented the CAT Advisory Board proposal to Council. The board would
comprise of a cohesive group of representatives that would meet on a regular basis, make
recommendations, and help with budgetary and operational improvements.
Mr. Norris said the board should include a robust number of members who are actually
transit users. Ms. Galvin said Bike/Ped members should be included on the board. Ms. Galvin
said PLACE may be involved when planning bus stops. Mr. Huja said all graphics should have
some coordination with PLACE. Ms. Smith said taxis could be a group that becomes involved at
some point.
Council supported the idea and asked Mr. Jones to return with a rewritten resolution that
incorporates their suggestions.
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REPORT: PLACE DESIGN TASK FORCE ANNUAL UPDATE
PLACE Design Task Force Annual Update
Ms. Andrea Douglas, PLACE Chair, presented to Council. Mr. Richard Price, PLACE
Secretary, also addressed Council. They gave an overview of the activities of the PLACE Design
Task Force.
Ms. Szakos thanked PLACE for their work. She said it is important to engage community
assets to design our community. She said the City may be too small for the organizational chart
PLACE proposed.
Mr. Norris said we do not always do the best job of identifying local assets when working
to design our community. He thanked PLACE for their report.
Ms. Smith said Council is interested in how the public engagement piece can be translated
to Charlottesville. There is no replacement for having diversity on the main team.
Mr. Huja said he believes it is important to have design expertise in the City but does not
think it requires a separate department.
Ms. Galvin questioned whether adding staff at this time in the face of all there is to do is
the right approach.
RESOLUTION: HUMAN SERVICES NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Human Services Needs Assessment
Ms. Gretchen Ellis presented to Council. She gave an overview of the methodology used
for the Human Needs Assessment, reviewed areas of greatest need, overviewed adult and
children pathways to self-sufficiency, and reviewed recommendations for ABRT, funding and
further planning.
Mr. Norris asked about the second funding recommendation and how it connects to the
information presented. Ms. Ellis said the recommendation did not come from the Center for
Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) but from other members of the work group.
Ms. Erika Viccellio, with the Mental Health Coalition, said the recommendation was made
because mental health is a top priority for adults.
In response to an inquiry from Ms. Szakos, Ms. Mary Frances Porter said they will identify
what outcomes the partners will measure and examine both consumer and provider feedback, as
well as collective impact.
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Ms. Szakos asked who will conduct the process. Ms. Christine Nardi, CNE, said
evaluations of the coalitions and programs will be done by CNE staff and Ms. Porter, who has
evaluation expertise. Ms. Smith asked if the toolkit gives training to nonprofits on how to
structure a program and determine whether it is effective. Ms. Porter said the process creates
tools for them to design their own outcome measurements from the start.
Ms. Smith said she hoped the Needs Assessment will assess the fundamental needs of our
community instead of offering splintered services. Ms. Ellis said this is what the network hopes
to achieve. We hope to help people navigate the available resources.
Ms. Szakos said the peer-to-peer task force seems to be the way to go, but we should
address this during the next budget cycle.
Ms. Galvin said she is concerned that there was not a competitive RFP process. Ms. Ellis
said because the money was already allocated, it was not required. She said the idea was
proprietary. Ms. Galvin said there is a perception issue.
Mr. Norris said giving childcare assistance will help eight children for one year, and this
may not be making a substantial impact.
Mr. Sarad Davenport said a barrier to connecting people with services can be resolved by
peer-to-peer networks.
Mr. Murphy said Council may want to deliberate whether they want to spend money on the
"how" or the "what".
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council accepted the following
recommendations: explore best practices in peer support networks; identify, map, and engage
existing networks; determine gaps in network coverage; develop a model job description to
identify peers and model curricula for training peers; and recommend means to expand and
coordinate networks, including opportunities for ongoing education, information, and feedback
mechanisms. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes: None.)
Ms. Szakos asked if the recommendation for childcare would have come forward had the
Barrett Learning Center not been closing at the time. Ms. Ellis said she would bring this
conversation back to the steering committee and return with a revised recommendation.
Ms. Galvin said we need to devise a systemic resolution instead of putting money towards
helping a select few.
Ms. Szakos moved to go forward with the $15,000 allocation for the Center for Nonprofit
Excellence pilot evaluation plan tool. Mr. Huja seconded the motion. Ms. Smith said she is
voting against it because it would be better to make this decision in a bigger context. The
resolution passed. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja; Noes: Mr. Norris; Ms. Smith.)
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Ms. Szakos moved to support the ABRT recommendations; Ms. Galvin seconded. The
motion passed. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes: None.)
Ms. Ellis said staff will return with a recommendation in four weeks.
APPROPRIATION: FY 2014 STORMWATER UTILITY BUDGET
APPROPRIATION - $1,138,734 (carried)
FY 2014 Stormwater Utility Budget Appropriation
Ms. Riddervold presented to Council. She reviewed staff recommendation for approval
and appropriation.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the motion carried.
RESOLUTION: ALLOCATION OF CHARLOTTESVILLE HOUSING FUNDS TO
CRHA FOR PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS - $300,000
Allocation of Charlottesville Housing Funds to CRHA for Playground Improvements
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. Staff is undertaking a review with CRHA, and the quality
of playgrounds has proved to be an issue. Staff recommends reallocating $300,000 of the CRHA
redevelopment money for playground improvements. Mr. Daly was also present to answer
questions.
Mr. Huja said he visited some of these playgrounds this morning, and they are in bad
shape.
Mr. Norris asked Mr. Daly if we can impart knowledge about maintaining playgrounds in
the City to CRHA. Mr. Daly said we have examined playground units with Housing Authority
staff and will be training their staff on how to identify and repair simple safety violations. Mr.
Norris asked if they have looked into the Kaboom Organization, which provides discounted
playground equipment. Mr. Daly said the equipment we are purchasing is heavily discounted.
Mr. Norris asked where we are in the redevelopment process. Mr. Jones said we are
examining capacity and determining what needs to take place and how to take next steps. Staff
plans to report to Council in October.
Mr. Huja said the City maintains playgrounds for schools and asked why we could not do
the same for the Housing Authority. Mr. Daly said we may be able to do so with a MOA.
Ms. Smith asked how close the Michie Drive playground and the new park playgrounds
will be to one another. Mr. Daly said it will be about 500 yards, but in both cases children have
to cross the street. Ms. Smith said it seems that we are segregating public housing
neighborhoods. Ms. Szakos said she views this more as an extension of their yard.
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Ms. Szakos said she hopes we can upgrade the basketball court equipment. Mr. Daly said
we may be able to do so if we realize cost savings on the project. Mr. Huja asked staff to look at
the courts at Westhaven.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the motion passed unanimously. (Ayes:
Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes: None.)
APPROPRIATION: ADU PLAZA CONTRIBUTION - $487,490.59 (carried as revised)
ADU Plaza Contribution
Ms. Kathy McHugh presented to Council. Staff is requesting appropriation of funds for the
Section 3 employment program, AHIP's Block-by-Block program, and AHIP's Emergency
Repair Program.
Ms. Tierra Howard presented to Council on the comprehensive training program for
Section 3 employment opportunities.
Ms. Szakos asked about the living wage portion of the report, which quotes an outdated
rate of $10.52. Mr. Jones said this is still accurate for temporary employees. Ms. Szakos
confirmed that this is similar to the summer internship program. She asked if we have assurance
that this would not displace current workers. Mr. Jones said this program will serve to
supplement current workers, not to replace them.
Ms. Galvin asked how many residents would take part in the program. Ms. Howard said
nine individuals. Ms. Galvin asked why private sector partners such as the Chamber and UVA
have not been involved with planning at this stage. Ms. Howard said the Steering Committee
suggested focusing on one employer as a model and then expanding the program if it worked.
Ms. Galvin said encouraging participation in the private sector as soon as possible would be a
boost to the program.
Ms. Smith asked how many units the 5% represents. Mr. Tolbert said it would have been
about 12 units. He said we are pleased to receive cash from this deal, because many developers
say they are renting to low income residents when they are really students. Staff is working on a
mechanism to address this.
Mr. Norris asked why communication has not been good with the HAC. Mr. Tolbert said
staff has a policy against discussing specific allocations for legal reasons. Mr. Norris asked what
other funding sources we have explored. Mr. Tolbert said we do not know of any. Ms. Howard
said we did apply for the DMB Bamaworks grant, but that was for $10,000, which will not cover
what staff needs for this initiative.
Ms. Szakos said these folks are eligible for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and there
are a lot of families waiting to move into public housing who cannot get housing in the
meantime. She said this will move people into a higher level of housing and allow others to
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move into a level appropriate to their situation, so she is comfortable with the allocation coming
from housing.
Mr. Huja said he thinks this money should be used for affordable housing and not Section
3. We should find money for Section 3 some other way.
Mr. Norris said absent a direct, tangible connection to housing, he will not be able to
support this.
Ms. Szakos moved to approve with the understanding that this will be amended for the
second reading. Ms. Galvin seconded.
Mr. Norris said he understands the rationale behind not bringing specific recommendations
to the HAC, but he wants input from the HAC on how they see using housing funds in a way that
will accomplish the same goal.
Ms. Szakos requested the second reading be delayed to the first meeting in October so the
HAC will have time to meet beforehand.
Ms. Smith asked staff to bring back information on the level of need from AHIP.
NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Norris said the Richmond City Council is considering an ordinance that would
recognize same sex marriages legalized in other states for the purposes of extending employment
benefits for same sex couples.
Ms. Szakos said she is interested in exploring this further.
Mr. Huja said his understanding is that this ordinance is dependent upon the state passing
the law. Mr. Norris said we would have to cross that bridge when we came to it.
Ms. Galvin said the U.S. Military just passed a similar motion.
Council asked the City Attorney to explore this further and bring the issue back to Council
for consideration.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Lena Seville, Altavista Ave., said she was not pleased with the PLACE Design Task
Force's efforts at community engagement.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 418 Fairway Ave., said the CRHA playground issue may be an eye
opener for how difficult it is for PHAR and the Housing Authority to get things done. Please
consult with PHAR going forward with the CDC.
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Mr. Scott Bandy, 1639 Cherry Ave., said he was not aware we had a stormwater utility
department.
COUNCIL RESPONSE
Ms. Galvin said PLACE meets every month, the second Thursday of the month from 12:00
- 2:00 p.m., and the subcommittees were meeting as the members were available.
Meeting adjourned.
Clerk of Council

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