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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 Tuesday, January 22, 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 – January 22, 2013
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Mr. Szakos, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr.
Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos; 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); and, (2) The annual performance
evaluation of the City Manager, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1).
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council certified by the following
vote, (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; 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 – January 22, 2013
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: Mr.
Norris, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Szakos.
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS
Ms. Linda Seaman presented the names of the Charlottesville Scholarship Program
recipients to Council.
Ms. Szakos announced the Planning Commission meeting about the Comprehensive Plan
on Thursday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m., in the Water Street Center. She also announced the
Carver Recreation Center is open. She expressed appreciation for the 16 young people who
joined the Youth Council. They had their first meeting last week.
Ms. Smith said if you join Carver Recreation Center, you also get access to Smith
Aquatic Center on Cherry Avenue. She said there is a video called "All People Matter",
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featuring 13 Charlottesville children, in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Go to
Facebook or YouTube to watch the video.
Ms. Smith also announced the annual Point in Time survey, which will collect data on the
homeless population in our community and provide a brief assessment of the services available
to them. This will take place January 23-25, and volunteers are requested for help.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the following Council appointments
to boards for 2013 were made (Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith;
Noes: None):
Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail Authority Szakos
Audit Committee Huja & Szakos
Charlottesville Community Scholarship Program Szakos
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Huja
Citizen’s Advisory Panel Norris
C’ville Development Corporation Galvin
Darden Towe Park Board Smith & Szakos
Dialogue on Race Steering Committee Smith
Housing Advisory Committee Szakos
JABA Board of Directors Huja
Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board Norris
LEAP Advisory Board Smith, Norris
Metropolitan Planning Organization Huja & Szakos
Piedmont Area Workforce Council Galvin
Planning and Coordinating Council Huja & Szakos
Retirement Commission Smith
Rivanna River Basin Commission Smith & Norris
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Galvin
Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Galvin
School Capital Projects Galvin & Norris
Social Services Advisory Board Smith
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission Galvin
Virginia First Cities Szakos (Norris, alternate)
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Naomi Roberts, 1140 St. Clair Ave., said she was unhappy with the amount of
money spent on the 250th celebration. City employees have not gotten raises, and our
infrastructure is falling apart.
Mr. David Swanson, 707 Gillespie Ave., asked Council to support a resolution adopting
prohibitive legislation regarding the domestic use of drones. The ease of using drones will result
in abuse and corruption.
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Mr. John Heyden, 1429 Westwood, said taxpaying residents should be given priority on
the Matters by the Public list. He said when people do not agree with one another, the
conversation degenerates to name calling.
Mr. John Amidon, 25 Melrose Ave., Albany, NY, said he is a veteran of the USMC.
He said he is distressed by the use of drones by our federal, state and local governments. He
urged Council to adopt a resolution restricting or banning the use of drones.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 418 Fairway Ave., said he is speaking on behalf of PHAR. He
said that it was very upsetting for Mr. Norris not to be reappointed to the Housing Authority.
The Strategic Investment Area (SIA) is moving forward, and the Housing Authority was asked to
make appointments to the SIA Steering Committee. However, the Housing Authority shut out
residents from this process.
Ms. Eleanor Amidon, 931 Tanbark Dr., Afton, thanked Council for passing the
resolution against uranium mining in Virginia. Nelson County BOS did the same recently, and
she urged citizens to contact their state legislators to protest proposed legislation lifting the ban.
She said our civil rights are being eroded by the federal government, and she urged Council to
pass a resolution restricting the use of drones.
Mr. Ray Drumheller, 143 Kingsbury Dr., Waynesboro, said he is the owner of
Drumheller's Towing in Charlottesville. He thanked Council for appointing him to the Towing
Advisory Board. He said the board is at their service.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said she is pleased that the RWSA Executive
Director is presenting a quarterly report to the Councilors. She said it should become a regular
item on Council's quarterly agenda. She said it is troubling that Mr. Frederick has scolded
Council and the Board of Supervisors for spending time on cost share negotiations. She said we
know nothing about our water consumption. Also, Mr. Frederick has been silent on the Ragged
Mountain Dam project. We should at least know if the expected increase in local and regional
jobs has come to be.
Mr. Scott Bandy, 1639 Cherry Ave., said the Council was over-cautious and faltered
over the forming of a Human Rights Commission. This decision should be put to a referendum if
they cannot decide on this issue.
Mr. Charles Weber, 601 Locust Ave., said he is speaking on behalf of the "John
Pfaltz for Treasurer Campaign". He said the December utility bills distributed a message stating
Mr. Vandever's appointment as Treasurer. He offered proposed language for an amended
statement in the January bills, to include an election announcement and a summary of Mr.
Pfaltz’s qualifications.
Ms. Marie Chapel, 1029 Hazel St., said she supports the Stormwater Utility Fee. She
asked Council to add more money to the toxic waste pick-up fund, which also affects our
groundwater.
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Mr. Joe Drago, 2703 Westmoreland Rd., said he supports a resolution prohibiting the
use of drones. He said our government is being controlled by thugs and the mafia. Fascism is
here in our community.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Smith said she is interested in examining the drone resolution. She thanked Ms.
Amidon for thinking the City is forward looking on issues. She thanked Mr. Drumheller for
serving on the Towing Advisory Board. She thanked Ms. Quinn for her comments and said she
will be sure her questions are asked. She said she agreed with Mr. Weber that we should be sure
everyone knows about the upcoming election. She thanked Ms. Chapel for her suggestion on
hazardous waste.
Ms. Szakos clarified for Ms. Roberts that the City funding for the 250 Anniversary
was in addition to many private donations. She agreed that our retirees and employees deserve a
raise. She said she is not compelled to address the issue of drones because there is not a proposal
to use them in our community. She thanked Mr. Collins for his explanation of what happened
with the Housing Authority and PHAR. She said Council's appointment to the Housing
Authority was a unanimous decision. She thanked Mr. Drumheller for serving on the Towing
Advisory Board. She said it is a good idea to have a note about the election in the next utility bill
but does not believe it should include a biography of the candidates.
Ms. Galvin said she agreed with Mr. Weber that the City should get the word out
about the upcoming election. She addressed Mr. Collins' comments about the SIA. Council
requested that the Housing Authority provide names in October, but after two months no names
had been submitted. Council was committed to the Housing Authority's participation. The
Housing Authority consulted with PHAR, but they did not return to the Housing Authority for
confirmation. She said she does not feel the drone resolution needs to be a focus at this time.
Mr. Norris thanked the speakers who came out to speak about drones. He said it
would behoove us to get in front of this issue and put safeguards in place. There is a bill in the
General Assembly addressing the use of drones and seeking to put regulations in place. He
asked Council to examine what can be done on a local level. This is an important privacy and
civil liberty issue. He told Mr. Heyden he does not recall him speaking about race and
apologized if he took his comments personally. He said the PHAR residents should be involved
in the SIA committee member selection.
Mr. Huja said he agreed that we need to think proactively about the drone issue and
supports a resolution.
CONSENT AGENDA (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Ms.
Smith; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes for January 7
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Minutes for January 7
b. APPROPRIATION:
Reimbursement for Attendance to the International Code Conference $1,927.01
(2nd of 2 readings)
APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for Attendance to the International Code Conference
$1,927.01 (2nd reading)
c. APPROPRIATION:
Reimbursement to City for American Planning Association Web Training Sessions -
$960 (2nd of 2 readings)
APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement to City for American Planning Association Web Training
Sessions - $960 (2nd reading)
d. APPROPRIATION:
Bank On Greater Charlottesville Funding from the Coalition of Economic
Opportunity, C/O the Legal Aid Justice Center - $20,500 (2nd of 2 readings)
APPROPRIATION: Bank On Greater Charlottesville Funding from the Coalition of Economic
Opportunity, C/O the Legal Aid Justice Center - $20,500 (2nd reading)
e. RESOLUTION: MAP-21 Grant Application for Construction of McIntire Park
Trail Bridge over Norfolk- Southern Railroad (1st of 1 reading)
RESOLUTION: MAP-21 Grant Application
f. ORDINANCE:
Relocate Carver Precinct to Carver Recreation Center (2nd of 2 readings)
ORDINANCE: Relocate Carver Precinct to Carver Recreation Center (2nd reading)
PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE: Stormwater Utility
PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE* Stormwater Utility
Ms. Riddervold presented to Council on the Stormwater Utility fee implementation
proposal. She reviewed water quality issues and regulatory mandates, stormwater management
facilities, and current stormwater funding support.
Ms. Jean Haggerty, AMEC, gave an overview of the funding proposal for Council.
She reviewed program priorities, funding options and the role of the Citizen's Advisory
Committee. She reviewed the proposed five-year program additions and discussed options for
funding enhanced services. The committee's task was to evaluate a stormwater utility fee. They
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recommended a mechanism for dividing the costs and setting billing units according to the
impervious area on developed properties.
Ms. Haggerty gave two options for rate models, one that included funding from the
General Fund and one that relied fully on utility fees. The vast majority of City residents would
be charged for three billing units or less. She reviewed possible incentive programs and
alternative funding options. She also gave a summary of the advisory committee's
recommendations.
Ms. Riddervold reviewed the proposed stormwater utility ordinance. The proposed
effective date is January 1, 2014. She said this has been a very public process, and many
community members have engaged on this topic.
Ms. Smith asked how much of our current tax dollars have been used for storm water.
Ms. Riddervold said $830,000 was used from the General Fund.
Mr. Norris asked if there were other options in addition to the utility tax the
committee was tasked with considering. Ms. Riddervold said the 2008 committee spent a
significant amount of time on researching a variety of approaches, so this committee focused on
what the recommendation was from the 2008 committee. Since the decision in early 2008, there
has been $1.35 million total spent.
Ms. Smith asked what dollar value in bonds is proposed as part of this plan. Ms.
Haggerty said $3.4 million for the lower rate, or $4.2 for the higher rate for the first five years.
We are proposing to bond about 50% of what could be bonded.
Mr. Norris asked what our current debt ceiling is when it comes to bonding authority.
Mr. Jones said 8%, but this would not be counted as part of the debt service because it is a utility
fee.
Ms. Szakos said many emails Council has received have been positive. The City
properties could not be included because they are not allowed to impose fees on themselves, but
the General Fund contribution could ameliorate the deficit.
Ms. Galvin asked Ms. Riddervold about a standing committee. Ms. Riddervold said
Council may commit to establishing a standing committee but not officially codifying it.
Mr. Huja said the headline saying he was opposed to this fee was inaccurate.
Ms. Smith asked if we have a percentage of the total impervious surface that will not
be imposed with a utility fee. Ms. Haggerty said they will get the number for Ms. Smith.
On motion by Mr. Huja, the public hearing was opened.
Mr. Jack Brown, 1505 Dairy Rd., Chair of the Rivanna Conservation Society, said the
Water Resources Protection Program is simple, fair, and well-reasoned.
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Mr. Kirk Bowers, 106 George Rogers in the county, said he represents the Sierra
Club. He has worked in the stormwater field since 1984, and he read a statement from the Sierra
Club in support of the stormwater fee. He encouraged public education on stormwater and its
effects.
Ms. Daphne Spain, Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Virginia School
of Architecture, said she and several of her students support this important initiative.
Mr. Patrick Calvert, 1501 Greenleaf Ln., with the James River Association, said a
great deal of work has been done to the Meadowcreek stream, but stormwater has caused a lot of
damage. This is a fee that has been carefully and equitably designed to restore our rivers and
streams. He asked Council to capitalize on this opportunity.
Mr. Rey Barry, 1561 Dairy Rd., said taxation and fees are not different. He said we
need to examine the proposed method for setting the fee. His property does not contribute to the
City's stormwater, but he would be charged for it.
Mr. Peyton Williams, 108-B Oakhurst Cir., urged Council to approve the Water
Resources Protection Plan and the stormwater utility fee. Pollutants from runoff waters threaten
our ecosystem, and they must be addressed.
Ms. Dan Sweet, 1413 Forest Ridge Rd., said he supports the Water Resources
Protection Program and the stormwater utility fee.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said she supports the stormwater utility fee. She said
she is relieved to hear that Council is considering contributing General Funds to the stormwater
fund. Reevaluate zoning and code requirements to reduce the requirements for vast areas of
unused impervious surfaces. She said she supports the Citizen's Oversight Committee.
Ms. Laurel Woodworth, 4646 Buddy’s Place, said she helped Albemarle County staff
inspect stormwater practices. This is an issue that is invisible to most people. She supports a
stormwater utility fee. Virginia has 18 other counties with dedicated stormwater funds.
Mr. John Pfaltz, 1503 Rugby Rd., said the City has not made our infrastructure a
priority. The $3.8 million surplus had nothing allocated to wastewater. He said the City
regularly takes over $3 million from our gas fees. He said he supports a fee, but it should be tied
to specific projects.
Mr. Trey Steigman, 102 South 1st St., said he is here representing the Blue Ridge
Apartment Council (BRAC). He said BRAC is the single largest stakeholder in the City that
would be impacted by the stormwater utility fee. He said no properties should be excluded from
the funding mechanism. New program costs should be funded by a bond mechanism and a utility
fee to keep the lowest possible rates for property owners. The General Fund should continue to
supplement costs. He also supported a sunset clause and an oversight committee.
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Mr. James Nix, 2402 Kerry Ln., said he supports the stormwater utility fee ordinance
for environmental and other reasons. This fairly reduces our impact on local streams and the bay.
Mr. Rick Jones, 1658 State Farm Blvd., said he was a member of the 2008 Advisory
Committee and this year's committee. He said he does not support establishing a utility fee as a
way to pay for programs we should have been doing for fifteen years. We have a surplus each
year, and we should find a different way to pay for it.
Ms. Joanna Salidis, 129 Goodman St., said she supports the proposed stormwater
utility fee. This is the best method because it directly ties the fee to the source of the problem.
Green infrastructure solutions must be implemented holistically. Property owners who do not
own cars or couples with only one car should receive credit.
Mr. David Hirschman, 1107 Calhoun St., said he supports the stormwater utility fee.
He said communities that do not have a dedicated funding source are often caught without
resources to develop robust stormwater utility programs.
Ms. Garnett Mellen, 1107 Calhoun St., said she has experienced aging infrastructure
at her home, and impervious surfaces make a huge difference. The fee would address these
issues, help properties avoid flooding, and promote stream health.
Ms. Pat Lloyd, 924 Raymond Rd. in the Ridge Street neighborhood, said she is in
favor of responsible stormwater management. She said many low income families may not be
able to afford this additional fee. Other changes are coming down through the state that will
increase the financial burden on low income citizens. Please provide a mechanism for relief to
these citizens.
Mr. Ned Ormsby, 500 Druid Ave., said he is speaking on behalf of the James River
Green Building Council (JRGBC). He said the proposed stormwater utility fee creates equitable
equations based on a property’s contribution to local water shed pollution. JRGBC supports the
ordinance.
Mr. Morgan Butler, 1500 Jamestown Dr., speaking on behalf of the Southern
Environmental Law Center, asked Council to approve this ordinance without delay. It addresses
a serious environmental problem and plugs a growing fiscal hole.
Mr. Bill Emory, 1604 E. Market St., said he fully supports the stormwater fee. He
said it is important to educate citizens on where pipes empty their stormwater.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 418 Fairway Ave., said this is a good first step to address the
stormwater crisis. However, this is not equitable for low income residents. A dedicated funding
source is a good idea, but we need to find a way to grant waivers to low income residents, as well
as the elderly and disabled. These groups are the least likely to be able to fund changes that
would give them credit.
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Mr. John Heyden said go to charlottesville.org/gis to look up your address and view
your proposed fee.
Ms. Naomi Roberts, St. Clair Ave., asked how the City will handle stormwater runoff
from City streets onto private property.
Mr. Charles Weber, 601 Locust Ave., said he does not disagree with any of the
comments made this evening. He asked if we can use a measure to determine if we are in fact
reducing pollutants.
Mr. Angus Murdoch, Fluvanna County resident, said he is pleased with the progress
we have made. He urged the City and others who are partners in RWSA to keep funding local
monitoring initiatives so we can see if our efforts are working.
Mr. Charlie Armstrong, President of the Blue Ridge Homebuilder's Association, said
they support the stormwater utility fee. The 40% credit that is part of the proposed fee structure
for those who treat their own stormwater is inadequate. We should give people who fully treat
their own stormwater a healthy incentive to do so. He asked Council to increase the credit to
80%.
Mr. Jim Moore, Hazel St., said he does not feel there has been enough time for staff
to evaluate the work done by the committee and staff. He supports the concept, but this is only a
halfway solution. This should not be evaluated off-budget and should not be funded as if it has
its own set of priorities.
Mr. Scott Bandy said this is not headed in a good direction.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos said she has always focused on the need for an offset for low income
households. However, she accepts that it cannot be written into the ordinance by law. She asked
that Council create a special fund or policy to help those in need pay this fee. She supports
adding the Advisory Committee, particularly to evaluate the need for a sunset provision.
Ms. Galvin said she strongly supports an advisory committee. We need to find a
mechanism for providing assistance for people who need support. She supports a blend that
includes the General Fund. She asked for staff to determine how much of the City street surface
is exempt. A dedicated fund allows us to be transparent. The PLACE Design Task Force has
been charged with writing a request for proposal to improve the coordination and documentation
for creating a green community.
Ms. Smith said there are issues of fairness, but having a dedicated revenue source is
important. She said these numbers have been calculated without a contribution from the gas
fund. We need to examine measuring this by fewer units when they are two or less, because this
would have a major impact on our lowest assessed households. She said she supports using
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General Fund money. It is important to examine credits. She asked what the total impervious
surface that will not be charged the fee would be.
Mr. Norris thanked Ms. Riddervold for her hard work on this proposal. He said this
is an involuntary fee, because you cannot stop rain from falling on your house, which makes it a
tax. He is concerned that other alternatives were not considered for covering costs, to include
finding other sources for this within our budget. Improving our stormwater infrastructure is a
priority, but we are pulling money from taxpayers for a priority that does not outweigh our
community's many needs. He cannot support this proposal.
Mr. Huja said we have been talking about stormwater for at least twenty years, and he
is pleased to have a proposal that is fair and effective. Infrastructure improvement is an
important need in our community. He is concerned about financing issues and is also concerned
about the impact on low income families. He supports a larger credit, over 50%, for property
owners who take care of their own drainage on site. He supports an oversight committee. He said
he is interested in exploring Ms. Smith's proposal for the fee being applied based on the exact
area. A mix of General Fund money and a fee is a more equitable approach. He said we should
cut property owner tax rates to help offset the new fee.
Ms. Szakos said she does not support lowering property tax rates because we are still
contributing money from the General Fund, and there are many priorities we still need to fund.
Ms. Galvin said Council still needs to discuss a strategic approach to tying our budget
to our priorities. We need to examine our priorities comprehensively. This particular fee
addresses a fundamental responsibility, and she cannot tie it to a conversation about cutting
taxes.
Ms. Smith asked Ms. Riddervold if the calculation for impervious surface would be
fine-tuned before implementing the fee. Ms. Riddervold said this went through an extensive
process in 2009, and there will be another fly-over in 2013 to digitize the most current snapshot.
Bills generated will come from the most accurate data we can establish. Appropriate corrections
will be built into the process going forward. Waivers will likely be generously granted in the first
round of billing. Ms. Haggerty explained the logistics behind the appeals process.
Ms. Szakos asked if we calculated fees by tenths of a unit, if we would actually pay
more because of staff time. Ms. Haggerty said we did examine doing it based on a smaller unit,
and costs increase as the measured unit size decreases. Mr. Huja asked Ms. Haggerty to discuss
what size other localities use to measure units. She reviewed some other localities. Our approach
is average. Mr. Huja said he would like to see an adjustment to 500 because of the number of
small houses in Charlottesville.
Ms. Smith asked if this can be passed on a first reading with the number of proposed
changes. Mr. Brown said Council can amend the first reading or defer a first reading in order to
allow staff to make the necessary changes.
Ms. Galvin said she would like to see a revised ordinance before Council votes.
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Council deferred a first reading on the ordinance. Staff will return with a revised
ordinance based on Council's feedback.
REPORT / RESOLUTION: Transfer from Capital Improvement Program
Contingency Fund for the Renovation of Buford Middle School and Charlottesville
High School Science Labs - $3,000,000 (1st of 1 reading)
Mr. Jim Henderson, Assistant Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools,
presented to Council.
Ms. Smith asked how the $3 million figure was calculated. Mr. Henderson said this
came from a discussion with the Superintendent and the City Manager. A preliminary design
estimate came to $3.5 million. Ms. Smith asked if a phased approach has been discussed. Mr.
Henderson said it is important for us to do something with Buford School now, and we believe
we can do this for $3 million.
In response to a question from Mr. Norris, Mr. Henderson said they have put together
a program that works toward improving engineering, mathematics, and science programs at the
schools.
Mr. Huja said he is worried that design firms will not be motivated to come in with
estimates any less than $3 million once the money is allocated.
Ms. Szakos said she believes we need to bring in employers that involve living wage
jobs. We need to show employers that we are making investments in training our workforce. If
teens are graduating high school with a technical degree, they are employable.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the resolution passed.
At Ms. Smith's request, Mr. Henderson reviewed the design process for the project
and outlined the professions of those involved.
Mr. Norris asked if the labs for Buford and CHS have been updated since the 60s and
70s. Mr. Henderson said they have not.
REPORT: RWSA Quarterly Update
Mr. Frederick presented to Council. He reviewed disinfection byproducts, the annual
update of RWSA’s five-year capital improvement program, wastewater consent order update,
and cost share agreements.
Ragged Mountain Dam construction is on schedule. The clearing has been
completed, and the tunnel for the new pipeline is also complete. The intake tower is 85%
complete, and the tower and the tunnel are expected to be in service by spring. Earthen material
is being stockpiled on site.
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Mr. Frederick updated Council on solid waste services. The City continues to support
McIntire recycling at about 30% but is not providing public funding for the programs offered at
the Ivy transfer station. Recently the County has requested to withdraw funding, but it also wants
to keep a scaled down convenience center open to provide several specific services.
Mr. Frederick discussed drought mechanisms at Ms. Smith's request.
Ms. Szakos asked Mr. Frederick to find out how many local jobs contractors are
providing.
Ms. Smith asked if the bonds were collateral. Mr. Frederick said what the bonds
contain is consistent with the judge's order.
REPORT: Towing Ordinance (1st of 2 readings)
Towing Ordinance
Mr. Ellis presented to Council. He thanked the members of the Towing Advisory
Board and provided Council with background on the process to date.
Mr. Ellis reviewed the proposed ordinance for Council. Staff and towing operators
did not agree to the dual signage clause in the ordinance.
Mr. Norris asked why the police should be called. Mr. Ellis said so people know that
their car has been towed if they call police to report their car as stolen. Mr. Norris asked for
clarification on staffing and the budgetary impact. He asked which parts of the ordinance would
be the most staff-intensive if adopted. Lt. Roberts said investigations would have the biggest
impact. Mr. Norris asked if this problem is big enough to justify diverting police resources.
Ms. Smith asked how many parking lots are in the City. Lt. Roberts said at least five
generate complaints on a frequent basis. Ms. Szakos asked if there are more issues at one parking
lot compared to another.
Mr. Huja asked if the registration fee would cover the added expenses for police.
Ms. Smith asked if a show up fee can be charged if the truck was already waiting at
the lot. Mr. Harris said it would be difficult to determine whether or not a truck was called or
was waiting. Ms. Smith asked if we can write a grace period into the ordinance.
Mr. Robin Wade, P&T Parking Company, said he has never heard of a show-up fee.
He said a hook-up fee is different.
Mr. Huja said he objected to Sec 15.403 requiring an additional signature. It is overly
burdensome.
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Ms. Szakos asked if it could be modified to specify hours of enforcement on the
additional signature.
Mr. Norris said he agreed with Mr. Huja.
Ms. Galvin asked what solutions other counties have devised. Mr. Ellis said
electronic communication has been established as acceptable confirmation that the towing is
permitted.
Mr. Norris asked why an additional signature would be required if the parking lot has
a contract with the towing company. Mr. Harris said this is a secondary protection. Mr. Huja
said it still seems too onerous.
Mr. Jones asked Mr. Ellis to discuss the 15 minute police notification requirement
with the Towing Advisory Board for feedback.
Ms. Smith asked if the coordinator is trained in mediation. Lt. Roberts said the
officer would investigate the complaint from both sides and try to resolve the matter.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the ordinance carried over for a
second reading.
REPORT: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Funding Request
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Funding Request
Mr. Martin Burks presented to Council and thanked them for their vision for the
Jefferson School project. He requested $50,000 from the City of Charlottesville to underwrite the
administrative and fundraising activities needed to raise the remaining $7.5 million needed to
sustain the African American Heritage Center and to completely retire the commercial loan for
the Jefferson School City Center complex.
Mr. Huja reminded Council that their policy is to limit these types of requests to
$10,000, but he is willing to waive it. Ms. Szakos reminded him that he voted against the policy
in the first place.
Ms. Szakos asked if we could approve a $10,000 contribution and then make up the
difference through a creative loan structure.
Mr. Norris said he is not opposed to Ms. Szakos's idea. We always differentiate
between outside non-profits and contractors performing a public function. He said he thinks it is
safe to treat this project differently.
Ms. Galvin said while there is no doubt this is a successful venture, she supports
adhering to the guidelines we set in our policy. She does support exploring a loan arrangement.
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Ms. Smith asked if there is money in Economic Development to support this project.
Mr. Jones said we have requested that the foundation complete an abbreviated ABRT
process.
REPORT / RESOLUTION: Land Purchase at Kenwood Lane for Greenbelt Trail
Expansion (1st of 1 reading)
REPORT / RESOLUTION: Land Purchase at Kenwood Lane for Greenbelt Trail Expansion
Mr. Gensic presented to Council. Ms. Szakos clarified that this is money we have
already set aside for parkland acquisition. Mr. Gensic confirmed that this is the case, and we will
recover some costs by selling the buildable lot.
The resolution passed unanimously (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr.
Norris, Ms. Smith; Noes: None.)
The meeting was adjourned.
Clerk of Council

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