SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, July 15, 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 – July 15, 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. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, 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, and (2) a performance review of the City Manager, as authorized by Va. Code sec.
2.2-3711 (A) (1).
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, 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 – July 15, 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.
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Smith welcomed the Charlottesville Fire Department Youth Mentor Program. Mr.
Cam’ron Douglas introduced himself to Council and thanked the Charlottesville Fire Department
and Principal Johnson of Buford Middle School for hosting the program.
Ms. Galvin recognized the Computers4Kids program for their youth entrepreneur summer
program and their participants.
Mr. Huja announced the first Council meeting in August has been cancelled.
Ms. Smith recognized Mr. Alex Zan and his "Yo Let It Go" campaign, which encourages
community members to avoid confrontations. He thanked City staff and members of the
community for their support. He announced the "All People Matter" think shop on Thursday,
July 18. Contact Mr. Zan at 804-321-3636 if you want a "Yo Let It Go" poster in your business.
Ms. Smith announced the Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System forums during
the month of July.
Ms. Smith announced the Freedom Read-a-thon at the Jefferson School City Center in
honor of Nelson Mandela, starting at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday.
Ms. Szakos wished a happy Ramadan to the Muslim community. Also, she was invited to
the White House to be recognized for Charlottesville's healthy campaign initiatives. The City
Market Work Session is Thursday, July 18 from 6-8pm to discuss proposals for the long-term
plans for the City Market. The Taste of Ghana is next Thursday at Burley Middle School. Also,
Ladies' Night is on Friday, July 26 as part of the African American festival, and the day-long
festival will take place the following Saturday at Washington Park.
Ms. Szakos said July 18 is Nelson Mandela's birthday. In addition to the Read-a-thon, Mr.
Mandela has asked people to consciously do one thing that makes the world a better place.
Ms. Szakos invited Rev. Bates to announce the Back to School Event on August 17 at the
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
Mr. Norris announced Westhaven Community Day on Saturday, August 3. Also, Belmont
in the Park takes place Saturday July 20 from 4-8pm. Call 970-3503 for more information.
Ms. Galvin announced the Community Meeting and Dinner this Wednesday regarding the
Strategic Investment Area at the Jefferson School City Center. Call 249-8294 if you need
transportation to the meeting. Also, the City will have two cooling centers open this week at the
Herman Key Center and Tonsler Park.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Smith, the following appointments were made
to Boards and Commissions: to the CRHA, Latita Talbert; to the Sister City Commission, Anne
Evans. (Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja; Noes: None.)
Mr. Huja announced item three on the regular agenda regarding school funding has been
withdrawn for consideration.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Ave., said he read recent coverage in the Daily Progress
regarding the Yellow Cab Company’s exclusive rights to the Amtrak station. This is a private
business, and this should not be permitted. A similar agreement has been with the Airport, and
he objected because it is a joint operation of the City and County, which is unfair. Also when it
snows, Yellow Cab doubles its fares, which is discriminatory against people who do not have
their own means of transportation. It is unfair for cab companies to have monopolies;
Charlottesville needs a regulatory entity to regulate taxi cab services. Council should intervene.
Mr. Joshua Hunt, co-owner at Beer Run, thanked Council for their receptiveness to their
concerns about the Meade Avenue Trail Project. The businesses in this shopping center depend
on parking for their livelihood. He thanked VDOT for agreeing to delay construction until the
Mr. John Woodriff, co-owner at Beer Run, thanked staff for their time on the Woolen Mills
Shopping Center parking situation. He said construction of the trail on the west side of Meade
Avenue would have allowed a greater number of parking spaces to remain on the east side of the
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said make sure Sen. Kaine and Sen. Warner know
how important the low income housing tax credit is. This is a pivotal resource for affordable
Ms. Iona Bryant and Mr. Tamaurice Washington, said they rallied in support of Trayvon
Martin. They said they disagreed with the verdict and believe justice was not served.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said City schools have faced shortfalls too often in
the past two years. She said the school's superintendent is paid an excessive salary, and the
schools should not vote an increase in pay when Title I funding is in jeopardy.
Mr. Brandon Collins, Fairway Ave., speaking on behalf of PHAR, said they received an
award from the Wayside Center in Nelson County with the annual People's History Award. He
said public housing resident's voices have been marginalized in the past, but they make positive
impacts on the community, and he is proud of this award. He encouraged participation in the
Racial Disparity forums in the coming weeks.
Ms. Dawn Woodford, City resident, said the City is very concerned with planting new
trees, but her neighborhood in the Fifeville area is engulfed with kudzu. This destroys trees that
are planted within three years. She asked the City to do something to curb the growth of the
Mr. Tracey Saxon, local hip hop artist and resident of Charlottesville, said the kids who
held the rally in support of Trayvon are very courageous. The racial profiling that goes on
nationwide needs to stop, and it is also a problem here in Charlottesville.
Ms. Joy Johnson, 802 Hardy Dr., said the Trayvon Martin case shows that discrimination is
still rampant. She said there is discrimination in hiring practices as well. Westhaven
Community Day is August 3 from 10am-1pm, with free sports physicals, horseback riding,
dunking booths, and more activities.
Mr. Melvin Grady, Hartman's Mill Rd., said the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin
case scared him greatly because it says that anyone can be attacked without provocation, and this
is a dangerous message.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos said she was at the vigil the youth organized yesterday. She was surprised by
the verdict in the Trayvon case. She said apparently it is legal in the state of Florida for someone
to kill a young man who was just walking by. We need to reexamine the laws of our country. A
damaging message has been sent to the youth of the African American community, and we need
to take whatever measures we can to reform laws and ensure this does not happen again.
Mr. Norris commended PHAR for their well-deserved award. He said he supports
communicating our support for the low income housing funding to our Senators. Mr. Huja said
he will issue a letter.
Ms. Smith thanked Mr. Long for speaking on the issue of regulating the taxi companies and
asked about the legality of doing so. Mr. Brown said we have an ordinance that does provide
some oversight in the permitting of taxi cab companies, and we will examine what more we can
do. She thanked the staff for their hard work on the Meade Avenue Trail. She said she is
concerned about invasive kudzu as well. This has been a tough summer because of the rain we
have been getting. She said Parks and Recreation is taking this issue seriously. Mr. Huja asked
staff to report back on this matter.
Ms. Galvin said the Trayvon Martin situation is a tragic one, and she shared quotes about
the incident. Charlottesville can make sure its systems are fair and every neighborhood is
healthy, beautiful, and open to all.
CONSENT AGENDA* (Items removed from the consent agenda will be
considered at the end of the regular agenda.)
a. Minutes for July 1
b. APPROPRIATION: Sidewalk Construction Funds - Appropriate $50,000 from
State Revenue Sharing & Transfer $50,000 within Capital Improvement Program
c. APPROPRIATION: Revenue Sharing Program for Bridge Rehabilitation -
$155,000 (2nd reading)
d. APPROPRIATION: Landscaping, Public Lecture Series and Final Intersection
Configuration for McIntire Road Extended - Virginia Department of
Transportation Funds - $100,030 (2nd reading)
e. APPROPRIATION: Tonsler Park Basketball Lighting Replacement Grant -
$100,000 (2nd reading)
f. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for the City
of Promise - $97,500 (carried)
g. RESOLUTION: Allocation of $309,221.41 in Charlottesville Housing Fund Dollars
for HOME Matching Funds, AHIP Initiatives, and Paint Program
h. RESOLUTION: Jefferson School Amendment to Comprehensive Signage Plan at
233 4th Street NW
i. ORDINANCE: West Main Street Density Zoning Ordinance (2nd reading)
j. ORDINANCE: Franchise Agreement with Sprint (carried)
k. ORDINANCE: Permit Parking Zone Ordinance Update (carried)
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the consent agenda was approved.
(Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja; Noes: None.)
PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE: Street Closing - Parker Place (Unaccepted)
Street Closing - Parker Place
Mr. Brown presented to Council. Staff's recommendation is to close the platted cul-de-sac
on the west side of Parker Place.
Ms. Smith asked who owned that area. Mr. Brown said it is currently a right-of-way
On motion by Mr. Huja, the public hearing was opened. Having no speakers, the public
hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos moved the ordinance; Ms. Smith seconded. The ordinance carried for a second
REPORT: Meade Avenue Trail Project
Meade Avenue Trail Project
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. He reviewed the history of the City Walk project and
gave an overview of current hurdles, including impact on businesses along Meade Avenue. He
reviewed the three options staff has explored. He reviewed staff recommendations.
Ms. Galvin asked how much the grant was over-bid. She asked why Water Street extended
was not already designed with parking on it. Mr. Tolbert said the developer has more
information, but it was not a requirement for the project.
Ms. Galvin asked about tracking numbers. She asked if the new trail will extend to
Chesapeake. Mr. Engel said it will.
Mr. Norris asked how many parking spaces were lost with the construction of City Walk.
He said the added 17 spaces on City Walk are not really new; they are simply replacing spaces
that have been lost, including the illegal spaces. Ms. Smith said exploring bus services provides
a logical link to get down there.
Mr. Huja asked if it is possible to make the illegal parking spaces legal. Mr. Tolbert said
that is not a possibility because this is a travel lane.
Council voiced their support for the direction of the project.
RESOLUTION: Section 3 Policy Update
Section 3 Policy Update
Ms. Tierra Howard presented to Council.
Mr. Norris said he agreed with the expansion of the program. He asked if there are ways to
do more with government funds and private sector projects. He said staff should keep this as
part of their thinking and planning.
Ms. Szakos said she hopes this will not limit the number of developers who are willing to
add significant affordable housing to their projects to utilize this fund. The benefits hopefully
outweigh this possible downside, but she asked staff to keep an eye out for this.
Ms. Smith asked for a scenario of how this would work. Ms. Howard gave an example of
when this policy would be in effect.
Ms. Galvin said this is not just about nonprofits and confirmed this would still apply to forprofit
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Norris, the resolution was approved. (Ayes:
Mr. Norris, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja; Noes: None.)
RESOLUTION: Housing Rehabilitation Loan to Value Policy
Ms. McHugh presented to Council on a policy regarding underwriting criteria for our
housing rehabilitation program. She described current policies and practices.
Mr. Norris said there were written comments submitted to AHIP, but they were not
received by Council. He asked if this would only apply to projects going forward. Ms. McHugh
confirmed that this would only apply to new funding.
Mr. Norris asked if this proposal runs the risk of excluding residents who are not in
immediate danger of health risks. Ms. Szakos said their homes still have value, so this would not
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution passed. (Ayes: Ms.
Smith, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja; Noes: Mr. Norris.)
Mr. Huja announced that the City Manager is now going to work closely with the Housing
Authority to improve their operations as his stretch objective. This will be on consent agenda in
Ms. Smith asked for a report on the Promise Neighborhood progress at a future meeting.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Brandon Collins thanked Mr. Jones for attending the last PHAR Board meeting. He
gave an update on PHAR's current activities and highlighted issues with the community centers
and playgrounds at the housing centers. He requested maintenance assessment in public housing
Ms. Joy Johnson said in an election year, which candidate will be sensitive and able to be
in the community working with folks, particularly in the low wealth communities. She thanked
Mr. Jones for committing to attending the next six months of PHAR meetings. She said if the
attitude of the CRHA does not change about working with PHAR, they will be held accountable,
and it will not look good for the City. Customer service needs to be improved.
The meeting was adjourned.