SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, December 17, 2012, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor
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 – December 17, 2012
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. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith; Noes: None; Absent at time of vote: Ms.
Galvin), to meet in closed session for (1) Consultation with legal counsel and briefings by
staff members pertaining to actual litigation between the City and the developer of the
Stonefield project, where such consultation in an open meeting would adversely affect
the negotiating posture of the City, as authorized by Virginia Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (7);
(2) Discussion and consideration of prospective candidates for appointment to City
boards and commissions, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1).
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council certified by the
following vote (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, 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 – December 17, 2012
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Szakos.
Mr. Huja requested a moment of silence for the victims of the Connecticut school
Ms. Galvin announced the police department’s ECC Reaccreditation achievement.
Mr. Tom Hansen, Executive Director of the ECC was present with Debra Wade, Training
Manager, and Kirby Felts, Emergency Management Coordinator, and thanked Council
for the recognition of their achievement. Ms. Szakos added that they were recertified
Ms. Szakos announced that this is the last weekend to shop the Holiday Market, at
the corner of Water Street and South Street, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ms. Smith announced that the Virginia School Board Association’s Green
Schools Challenge awarded the Charlottesville City Schools with first place. She also
congratulated the ten CATEC students who graduated with their Certified Nursing Aide
Mr. Norris asked citizens to help find Eric McFadden, a person of interest in the
Dashad Smith missing person case. Please contact Crimestoppers at (434) 977-4000 if
you have any information about Eric McFadden or Dashad Smith.
Ms. Smith invited Mr. Wes Bellamy to speak about the coat drive. Mr. Bellamy
said his group, HYPE, was able to give away over 800 coats and boots to needy members
of the community. If anyone still needs a coat, a pair of shoes, or a scarf or hat, there are
several left over. Please contact Mr. Bellamy.
Mr. Huja announced the Time Capsule Burial Ceremony on December 23 at 2:00
p.m. at Lee Park.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the following appointments
were made to Boards and Commissions:
To the Virginia Workforce Coalition, Rudy Beverly; to the CDBG, Sarah Lawson
(10th and Page) and Mary Alex (Belmont); to the HAC, Wes Bellamy; to the CAP, Wes
Bellamy; to Region 10 Community Services Board, Shirley Roberts; to the BAR, Justin
Sarafin; to the Strategic Investment Area Steering Committee, Richard Price, Pete
O’Shea, Claudette Grant, Kathy Galvin, Genevieve Keller, Valerie Long, Fabian Kutner,
Carolyn Shears, Greg Jackson, Alex Ix, John Foster, Monica Scott. Council also
appointed CRHA residents Deborah Booker, Patricia Howard, and Judy White; these
appointments are pending approval by the CRHA.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Carol Saliba, 802 Cynthianna Ave. #4, said negative behavior on the
Downtown Mall is being attributed to homeless people. We should not create a different
class of people for the homeless.
Mr. Jim Moore, 1213 Hazel St., spoke regarding the YMCA/McIntire Park lease
extension. This is an opportunity for Council to properly review new issues that have
arisen in the past five years. Please make any extension to the lease conditional upon
review of these issues.
Mr. Chris Winter, 417 B Woodhaven Ct., said Council’s position on marijuana is
not solving the problem. He escaped a 17-year addiction to marijuana, and
decriminalizing marijuana is irresponsible and will put many children and families in
danger. Please vote to make it mandatory for Council members to submit to random drug
Ms. Pat Napoleon, 700 Lyons Ave., said the location of the YMCA within
McIntire Park is problematic on many levels. Access to transportation for those who
need the facility is limited. Please do not offer an extension on this lease. We cannot
replace McIntire Park, but we can find another place for the YMCA.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said she supports the letter sent to
Council from the Transit Rider’s Association of Charlottesville (TRAC). She is
concerned over some of the proposed changes to Route 3 and relying on University
transportation for the Venable neighborhood. She also supports a Human Rights
Commission. Also, the City needs additional affordable housing rental units. Rental
assistance programs must expand. Please lobby Congress to support acts that promote
affordable housing and extend protections for renters.
Mr. Randy Page, 1401 Wellford St., said the YMCA will be burdened by
significant debt. He asked if an Operational Plan was provided in 2007, per the lease
agreement. Success is far from assured, and there are many problems associated with the
current agreement. This is our last chance to pull back and rethink this plan.
Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Ave., distributed letters from the TRAC group. He
said the Nelson/Nyygard report is a disgrace. People need a way to get to work. He said
the cuts detailed in the letter do not maintain Charlottesville’s reputation as a world class
city. We need a more extensive transit system that is run on a regular basis.
Ms. Emily Ludwick, 1926 Asheville Dr., said the homelessness problem is getting
worse, and it is not a temporary problem. We need affordable public housing so people
can get back on their feet. The City should put more money into the projects that provide
people with affordable housing options. Homeless people do not want to be living on the
Brandon Collins, 418 Fairway Ave., said PHAR is going into their fifteenth year
and speaks loudly and clearly on behalf of public residents everywhere. They fully
support a strong Human Rights Commission with enforcement powers. Federal and state
agencies are unable to handle their caseloads because they are underfunded and
overburdened. Also, the Housing Authority is in chaos. He brought Mr. Magic Johnson
to speak about trust. PHAR members requested that Mr. Norris be reappointed in
January to the CHRA because the residents trust him.
Mr. Jim Shea, 301 Monte Vista Ave., said there is no doubt we need a Human
Rights Commission, but deciding what sort of powers that commission will have is
another question. He said organizations that advocate on behalf of justice for people in
our City all urge Council to create a strong Human Rights Commission to uphold the
rights of people who have been abused through discrimination.
Ms. Mary Carey, 500 1st St., said she is a Crescent Halls resident, and she
supports Mr. Norris’s reappointment to the CRHA. If people truly understood poverty,
they would not pass by people asking for money on the Downtown Mall.
Mr. Walt Heinecke, 1521 Amherst, said he supports a strong Human Rights
Commission with enforcement authority. Charlottesville should be a leader in protecting
the rights of all of its residents.
COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Norris thanked residents who spoke up for the need for more affordable rental
housing. This must continue to be a priority.
Ms. Smith said she agreed with Mr. Norris. She also shares concerns that were
expressed about the YMCA lease.
In response to Mr. Winter’s comments, Ms. Galvin said children who started
smoking marijuana by the age of 12 experienced an eight point IQ drop by their mid-30s.
The brain starts developing at a young age, and this is a harmful drug for developing
Ms. Szakos said it is not true that there was no public input about the YMCA.
Also, this is not a City building, so there is not money coming away from something else.
She said while she is extremely committed to first amendment rights, she has been
disturbed by the approach people have taken in addressing Council recently. Personal
attacks because of disagreements are not productive and should be avoided.
Mr. Huja said he agreed that it is not productive to make personal attacks.
Ms. Smith said if we are going to create a new human resources planner position
for next year, we need a broader discussion of what the role would be and whether or not
we should advertise for it.
Ms. Smith asked if there was opportunity for public comment on item j. Mr.
Gensic said there was.
Mr. Huja said he wanted to highlight the honorary street name for Mr. Coiner,
who was a very important member of our community.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the following consent
agenda items were approved: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms.
Smith; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes for December 3
b. APPROPRIATION: Appropriation of Funds for the Human Services Planner -
$63,766 (2nd reading)
c. APPROPRIATION: Albemarle County Reimbursement for the Gordon Avenue
Library Masonry Project -
$3,452.25 (2nd reading)
d. APPROPRIATION: Albemarle County Reimbursement for the Central Library
Elevator Replacement Project
$8,906 (2nd reading)
e. APPROPRIATION: Aid to Localities Fire Disbursement Fund - $116,218 (2nd
f. APPROPRIATION: Approval of Funds for Purchase of 909 East Market Street (2nd
g. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for Expenses Related to His Holiness the 14th
Dalai Lama’s Visit to the City - $4,538.13 (carried)
h. RESOLUTION: Street Acceptance for Paton Street Planned Unit Development
i. RESOLUTION: Mobile Food Unit – Zoning Initiation
j. RESOLUTION: Authorization of the Department of Conservation and
Recreation Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant
k. RESOLUTION: Jefferson School Signage Plan
l. RESOLUTION: Section 3 Policy Amendment
m. RESOLUTION: Honorary Street Name – Preston Coiner
n. ORDINANCE: Zoning Text Amendment – Medical Labs (2nd reading)
o. ORDINANCE: Zoning Text Amendment Request for BAR housekeeping code
changes (2nd reading)
p. ORDINANCE: Amendment to Definition of Energy Efficient Buildings
PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: DAVIS FIELD – BID OPENING AND GRANT
OF LEASE (carried)
Mr. Daly presented to Council. He said one bid was received from SOCA (Soccer
Organization of Charlottesville-Albemarle). Ms. Allyson Davies reviewed the bid
process for Council.
On motion by Mr. Huja, the public hearing was opened.
Mr. Bill Mueller, 775 Windrift Dr., Earlysville, Executive Director of SOCA, said
they have been the prime user of Davis Field for the past seven years, and they would like
to continue serving their participants. They have been good stewards of the property, and
they look forward to doing more in the future.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the ordinance carried.
REPORT: DIALOGUE ON RACE (DOR) UPDATE
Ms. Elizabeth Breeden and Ms. Charlene Green presented to Council. They
overviewed DOR activities over the past year and outlined plans for the future.
Ms. Galvin said she appreciated the information in the report. She asked for
clarification on the initial outlay and total expenses to date for the DOR. She asked how
much the program needs to operate annually. Mr. Jones said it currently costs $90,000 a
year, which covers salary and programmatic costs. Ms. Galvin asked if there are any
before and after metrics. Ms. Green said this is information we can access. Ms. Galvin
said we need to make sure we are tracking information to demonstrate that we are doing
positive things. Ms. Breeden said the DOR is beginning work on this, including drafting
outcome-based plans through the workgroups.
Ms. Smith said the initiatives spawned from the DOR efforts are impressive. It is
important to have coalesced around a particular set of themes.
Ms. Szakos asked if there is an ongoing mechanism for populating workgroups.
Ms. Green said some action teams decide to dissolve because they are done with their
work or they cannot sustain the energy, and it is the facilitator’s responsibility to monitor
each group. There is a group charged with forming new action teams, and they
encourage small groups of people who are concerned about an issue to work through the
Mr. Huja thanked the DOR for their hard work and thanked the citizens that have
been involved with DOR’s efforts.
Ms. Galvin asked for clarification on their vision for the Human Rights Task
Force (HRTF). Ms. Breeden said she envisioned staffing a permanent office.
Mr. Norris said organizationally, the DOR is in a holding pattern until Council
figures out what direction to take with the HRTF. We should not take too long
deliberating on the HRTF, because the DOR cannot get energized about certain things
until they know what the future holds.
REPORT: HUMAN RIGHTS TASKFORCE (HRTF)
Mr. Jesse Ellis and Ms. Dorenda Johnson, Co-Chairs of the Human Rights
Taskforce, presented to Council. Ms. Johnson reviewed the background of the HRTF and
gave an executive summary of the City’s action on race relations since 2009. Mr. Ellis
spoke about the need for a Human Rights Commission. He also said it is important that
the City develops an ordinance. The HRTF recommends that a strong anti-discrimination
ordinance be developed, that the City form a Human Rights Commission enabled to use
the full scope of remedies provided by State and Federal statutes to uphold the ordinance,
and that the commission ensures comprehensive anti-discrimination education and
training opportunities are available to the Charlottesville community that will address
Mr. Norris asked a series of questions regarding specific enforcement powers
authorized by the state and whether they could be applied in certain situations. Mr. Ellis
said enforcement powers would be used as a last option. Mr. Ellis invited Mr. Jon
Strother, an expert the HRTF has been working with, to answer Mr. Norris’s questions.
Mr. Strother replied that the HRTF would not be able to use enforcement powers in any
of the situations Mr. Norris described. Mr. Norris asked staff how many individuals the
HRTF has heard from. Mr. David Ellis said a total of about 35 individuals have come in
person, and a couple hundred people have attended the forums. There was one person
who felt they were a victim of illegal discrimination. Mr. Jesse Ellis said the HRTF
believes people have not come forward because of fear.
Ms. Szakos said surely Mr. Norris is not suggesting there is no illegal
discrimination in Charlottesville. He said he is absolutely not suggesting such, but he
believes the HRTF has been focused on enforcement. Mr. Jesse Ellis said the HRTF is
looking to address discrimination more broadly, and enforcement is a last result.
Ms. Smith asked if you can write an ordinance that covers things state and federal
laws do not. Mr. Strother said you cannot.
Ms. Johnson said having a group of diverse people you can trust is very important
to an effective commission.
In response to a question from Ms. Smith, Mr. David Ellis said the commission
and a staff member role are separate. The commission would be involved in an advisory
capacity but may not be involved in the daily work.
Ms. Galvin said the report raises a lot of questions for her, particularly about the
areas of relevant research. She is concerned with conflating the effects of poverty with
discrimination. The study did not recognize national studies that have isolated risk
factors when evaluating achievement. She said she believes there has been improvement.
Ms. Turner said there has been improvement, but it has been slow, and we are not
addressing the issues quickly enough. Ms. Galvin said she believes there may be
something else going on that can explain some of these issues other than discrimination.
Ms. Johnson and Ms. Szakos both said they have personally witnessed
discrimination in school classrooms, both subtle and obvious.
Ms. Galvin said it is problematic that the commission would only have
jurisdiction in the City, but discrimination complaints would come from across the area.
It is important to examine the implication that racial justice can only be served through
this Prince William model, with accompanying costs. We need to look at whether we can
put money towards other systems, such as transportation, that will improve access to jobs.
We have seen positive outcomes from the DOR program, which spends much less money
Ms. Szakos said we need to attack root issues and create a City where young
Black professionals will want to return. Ms. Szakos thanked the HRTF for their work on
behalf of Council.
Mr. Norris said this was a diverse group, and 100% of the members agreed that a
mechanism to address discrimination was needed in Charlottesville.
Ms. Smith said the majority of the issues addressed were housing and
employment, and PHA does a very good job at addressing the housing piece. There does
seem to be a problem with employment. She said it seems the HRTF got fixated on two
models. Mr. Jesse Ellis said these two models stood out as being the best examples of
enforcement powers versus no enforcement powers. Ms. Smith said she researched the
Seattle Human Rights Commission, and they serve in an advisory capacity to Council.
She would like to see our Human Rights Commission take on that role, and she would
like to see a “Social Impact” piece added to each Council memo.
Ms. Smith said a strong ordinance is imperative. We need a better mechanism for
discrimination complaints. We need a Human Rights Commission to be the conscience
of our community and be a repository for information.
Ms. Szakos said she agrees that we need an ordinance and a local place for
complaints. A commission should be formed to deal with educating the public about
issues on race and other forms of discrimination. Without enforcement, you do not have
leverage to bring people to the table. Local enforcement is important, but she supports a
commission either way.
Ms. Galvin said she agrees with the need for an ordinance as well. We need to
think through what to do with the DOR. We should not undo what we have
accomplished; we should shore it up and continue to address the issues. Mr. Jesse Ellis
said the DOR would take on a different role, primarily education, and become part of the
commission. Ms. Galvin said the Prince William model is on a different scale with a
different dynamic and may not transfer well to Charlottesville.
Mr. Huja said he supports an ordinance. He supports education and training but
prefers that it go through the DOR. He supports some sort of body to facilitate in this
process, but there are strong state laws, the EEOC, and the VHA, and we do not need
strong enforcement powers for the body we establish. Mr. Jesse Ellis said these
organizations do not always work properly.
Ms. Szakos said there are issues of discrimination in the LGBT community that
would need state law changes to enforce locally. She would like the organization to
advise us on what we can do to influence changes in state laws.
Mr. Norris said he is frustrated because our issues are with legal, institutional
discrimination. A commission’s first and foremost responsibility should be to address
this, and we cannot touch these issues using enforcement powers. Mr. Norris said he
wants a commission that is explicitly charged with analyzing and criticizing inequities in
our community. If this does not work, we can reexamine enforcement powers in the
future. He said we should make the DOR a standing commitment.
Mr. Huja asked staff to develop an ordinance and proposal for Council to vote on
in late January or early February.
Ms. Galvin asked if staff could bring information about what smaller cities have
REPORT: PVCC ANNUAL UPDATE
Dr. Frank Freidman presented his annual update on the state of PVCC to Council.
He recognized Mr. Peter Kleeman, who is a board member present in the audience.
Enrollment has leveled after a five year growth period. Charlottesville enrollment
constitutes about 17% of overall enrollment, which has come back up over the past five
years. This may be attributable to duel enrollment, class offerings within the high school,
and expanded online class options.
PVCC has enjoyed expanded options at Jefferson School and a partnership with
the YMCA to provide babysitting services. Local support has made a huge impact on
their success. The School Board approved a program to allow a diverse group of talented
juniors and seniors to earn their Associate’s degree in science by the time they graduate
from high school.
Council thanked Dr. Freidman for his report.
REPORT: UPDATE ON TRANSIT STUDY
Ms. Judy Mueller introduced Mr. Geoff Slater, with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting
Associates. He reviewed key study objectives, study activities to date, initial service
scenarios, and the variety of feedback they received on the proposed scenarios. He gave
an overview of draft recommendations, which focus on affordable solutions that can be
implemented quickly within the existing budget. They received the most comments
about Route 4. He reviewed new proposed routes, including Route 11, and showed
Council a draft of the final service design. The consultants recommended consolidating
day and night routes, making them one in the same, to eliminate confusion. He reviewed
a summary of changes and their impacts, including a projected 8% increase in ridership.
Mr. Slater reviewed capital improvement options, including bus stop
enhancements and an additional bus stop installation. He reviewed options for a larger
budget, including service guidelines, which would result in a projected 10% increase in
ridership. He also reviewed options for a 30 minute frequency scenario, which would
cost $780,000 a year and increase ridership by a projected 18%. Additional opportunities
could include improvements along Route 29 and enhanced routes in and around
Mr. Huja thanked the consultants for their work and reminded citizens that
Council is not making a decision on this tonight.
Ms. Szakos asked the consultants to examine the social impact of who is riding
the bus where the route changes are being made, particularly for Route 2. Mr. Huja said
this is generally a significant improvement, providing faster and more direct service. Ms.
Smith said she is advocating for people on Route 1 because taking away one stretch can
have serious implications. She asked about Park-n-Ride services and said we should use
Rio Road to provide services to CATEC.
Ms. Galvin said she agreed that we need to provide service to CATEC.
Ms. Smith said we need to examine easy ways for riders to pay.
Mr. Norris said there will be time for public input so we can work to devise a
system that is as efficient as possible.
Ms. Szakos said walking is not necessarily a bad thing, especially in light of an
REPORT/RESOLUTION: ALLOCATION OF CHARLOTTESVILLE HOUSING
FUNDS FOR ALBEMARLE HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (AHIP)
BLOCK BY BLOCK CHARLOTTESVILLE (BXBC) - $400,000
Mr. Tolbert gave a report to Council about the Block-By-Block program and
introduced Ms. Kathy McHugh. Ms. McHugh said this is a targeted program focusing on
a specific geographic area. She reviewed a graphic of homes that were in need of repair
or are already on the AHIP waiting list in and around the 10th & Page neighborhood.
Ms. McHugh introduced Ms. Jen Jacobs, Executive Director for AHIP. She said
collaboration is the essence of this project. She shared stories from existing AHIP
Ms. Galvin said it is important to improve streetscapes and find space for a pocket
Ms. Szakos said she fully supports this project. She asked what happens to people
who have been on the waiting list once this program is implemented. Ms. Jacobs said she
does not want this program to detract from AHIP’s mission, and they will continue with
their routine operations.
Mr. Norris asked about the funds the City allocated through LEAP and made sure
this project is not dependent on those monies. Staff answered that they are not.
Ms. Smith said she thinks this plan is wonderful. She asked about collaborating
with landlords and maintaining these homes as affordable rentals.
Mr. Huja said he supports the program and is pleased to hear they will leverage
funds. He asked how we can assure residents they can stay in their homes after they have
been renovated. He also proposed inviting landlords to do a matching funds program. He
said sidewalks and landscaping is an important aspect of making a home attractive.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the resolution passed
unanimously. (Ayes: Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja; Noes:
REPORT/RESOLUTION: YMCA GROUND LEASE – EXTENSION OF
DEADLINE FOR CONSTRUCTION
Mr. Brian Daly presented to Council on the background of the extension request.
Ms. Allyson Davies said this request is not extending the term of the lease or
enlarging the lease space. This is still a contractual agreement between the YMCA and
the City, which will remain enforced regardless of the change in construction time. The
lease requires that consent for an extension not be unreasonably withheld.
Ms. Smith said the language of the lease no longer applies to the reality of the
project. Ms. Davies said it is not the terms of the lease that have changed, but the
physical location of where the building is being constructed. Ms. Smith asked why the
lease has not been amended to reflect the master planning process that happened after the
lease was enacted.
Mr. Brown said the discrepancies in the lease do not affect a decision on whether
or not to extend the lease. Council designated the specific area where the project shall be
built back in 2008. Mr. Huja said we can have this discussion at a later date. Ms. Smith
said the lease needs to be rewritten to accurately reflect the project, and to extend the
lease puts us in an awkward position.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, Council voted to pass the
resolution. (Ayes: Ms. Szakos, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja; Noes: Ms. Smith.)
OTHER BUSINESS: HRTF CLARIFICATION
Mr. Norris said he wanted to make it very clear that for individuals who do
believe they have been the victim of illegal discrimination, whatever process we put into
place will function very similarly to what would happen if we did have full enforcement
OTHER BUSINESS: SUNSET/FONTAINE PLANNING CONNECTOR
Ms. Galvin said we may want to provide a formal statement in support of this
connector. Mr. Huja asked Ms. Galvin to make a report at tomorrow’s county meeting.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Marcia Geyer, Albemarle County resident, said Council got their money’s
worth from the consultants. We cannot have so many cars on the road from an
environmental perspective. She said she is working on starting a chapter of 350.org for
this area, and one of the five areas of importance they have outlined is transportation. She
asked Council if they would be interested in federal funding for a Jefferson Area transit
Ms. Joy Johnson, 802 A. Hardy Dr., said PHAR supports the formation of a
Human Rights Commission with enforcement power. She said people need a place to go
other than the existing agencies. She said no one is breaking down silos in the City. We
need to change the narrative to get to the root of the cause.
Ms. Natasha Turner said she is homeless because she was kicked out of her
apartment after a smoking device was found in her home. She had to move to
Charlottesville because her daughter needed emergency surgery, and she has not been
able to get a job in two years. She cannot get into the shelters because she cannot find a
job. Councilors told her to speak with Mr. David Ellis, who was present at the meeting,
to get started with finding assistance.
Mr. Walt Heinecke, 1521 Amherst St., said he is embarrassed at Council’s actions
regarding the Human Rights Commission tonight. He asked how many majority votes it
would take before Council will listen.
Ms. Andrina Green, 702 Oyster Ave., said Route 4 in the Fifeville area means a
lot of people will have to walk a long distance up a steep hill to the nearest bus stop.
Ms. Lena Marie, Belmont neighborhood, said the transit study does not take hills
into consideration. Her neighborhood is part of Route 3, and they have taken them off
their route and moved them to Route 1, which has no night or weekend service. This puts
them on one of the worst-served routes. She said a loop makes sense in her
neighborhood. She said she had trouble getting contact information from the consultants
until she told them she was coming to Council.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 418 Fairway Ave., invited those interested in the transit
process to attend the TRAC meeting this Saturday at noon in the Jefferson Room at the
JMRL Downtown. Certain neighborhoods and stops are going to be critical in the transit
study, and Council needs to seriously consider the importance of supporting an expanded
public transportation. He said PHAR supports Mr. Norris’s reappointment to the CRHA
because he has earned the trust of people in public housing.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said she is glad Ms. Galvin supports the
Sunset connector. She announced there will be a National Homeless Memorial Service
on December 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at The Haven. She said one of the biggest
problems with being homeless is not having properly fitting shoes.
Ms. Holly Edwards, 917 6th Street SE, said she supports the Human Rights
Commission with enforcement power. She said she felt that watching the report on the
commission was a human rights violation. She said our culture and systems need to
address discrimination in a meaningful way.
The meeting was adjourned.
Clerk of Council