SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, November 5, 2012, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor Conference
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 – November 5, 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 Mr. Norris, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None), to meet in closed
session consultation with legal counsel 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); and, (3) Discussion of the disposition of City-owned real property located
on 10 ½ Street, N.W., where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the
bargaining position of the City, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (3).
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council certified by the
following vote (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; 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 – November 5, 2012
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Mr. Norris and Ms. Szakos.
Ms. Galvin acknowledged the 2012 Tech Tour, which took place on October 18.
Hosted by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, this day-long technology tour
was aimed at exposing students to the challenging and diverse career possibilities offered
by our regional technology community. Council thanked them for a job well done.
Ms. Szakos read a proclamation in honor of Nurse Practitioner Week. Ms. Becky
Compton was present to accept the proclamation.
Ms. Smith recognized First Tee participants for their achievements as part of the
CHS Golf Team. She also recognized Philip Hoffman and Thaddeus Probst for their
individual achievements as part of the First Tee program.
Mr. Huja announced the Celebrate 250! Gala on Sunday, November 11. Go to the
John Paul Jones arena or visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets. Ms. Smith also
announced the civic event on Monday, November 12 at the Pavilion on the Downtown
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Ave., said it is counterproductive to cut services for
public transportation. We need to find additional funding to increase services. The
TRAC group is holding a rally on November 10 at 2:00 pm in front of the transit station.
Mr. George Benford invited everyone to come to the Gala event on November 11.
It will be more than just a concert; please come and take part in the celebration. He
thanked Council for their support during this year.
Mr. John Pfaltz, 1503 Rugby Rd., said CHART is the citizen’s representation on
the MPO regarding transportation. They will discuss transit issues this Wednesday at
7pm at the TJPDC Conference Room. He said Mr. Jason Vandever has taken his post
before Judge Hogshire has ruled that a special election is not necessary. He said Council
has supported spending money on relocating the City Market, but not on an election.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said quarterly reports have gone out from
the City Schools. He said low income neighborhoods are being shut out from transit
benefits. He said minimum wage increase should be added to our legislative agenda.
Mr. Craig Jackson, 631 Blenheim Ave., President of the Belmont-Carlton
Neighborhood Association, said the BCNA supports walkable neighborhoods. However,
he said school district concerns over the academic performance of Clark students resulted
in a study of the configuration of the boundary, which needs to be examined.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said we need to provide a pillow for
every head. She asked Council to redouble efforts supporting low income housing
Mr. Norris said he appreciated comments from speakers about improving public
transit. He agreed that this is not the time to scale back, that we should instead examine
ways to expand. He said he stands behind his decision that paying for a special election
for the Treasurer is not a good use of taxpayer dollars. He is interested in looking at
including a minimum wage increase on our legislative agenda. He said the Moore Center
is a well-run operation and a good option for the homeless. Also, PACEM will take folks
who are brought in by the police after hours.
Ms. Szakos said the transit study should be examining options for expansion and
not reduction, and she has had that conversation with the consultants. Council was clear
that they wanted to see what it would look like if plans were expanded. Asking
legislature for a transit authority for the region is a key part of this.
Ms. Galvin thanked Mr. Norris for his comments about housing options and
thanked Ms. Carpenter for her remarks. She said Mr. Jackson raised some good points
about how places should be made and schools should be focal points of neighborhoods.
This is under the jurisdiction of the School Board, but with the Comprehensive Plan
process taking shape, these issues will be addressed.
Ms. Smith asked for the Safe Routes to School consent item to be placed on the
Mr. Huja said he expects a more comprehensive, creative approach to transit from
the consultants. It should cover the entire City, not just a portion of it.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Smith, appointments were made to the
following Boards and Commissions: to the Citizen’s Advisory Panel: Joseph Kopp,
Maggie Payne, Wynter Warren; to the Dialogue on Race: Julie Curry; to the JAUNT
Board: Phillip Jones; to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee: Byron Brown; to
the Youth Council: Megan Bird, Monique Brown, Ramsey Byrne, Darian Carter-Pace,
John Daniels, Inigo Drake, Zachary Greenhoe, Mary Hemenway, Raja-Nique Maupin,
Anna Perry, Richard Potter, Sophie Pugh-Sellers, Elizabeth Stafford, Sydney Taylor,
Brianna Wilson, and Letia Wilson. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja,
Mr. Norris; Noes: None.)
Ms. Szakos said she was impressed with the Youth applications and is looking
forward to working with them.
Ms. Smith said she supports the Medicaid Expansion, but with the recognition
that it will necessitate more staff for the Department of Social Services, and we will
support what we need to do locally to make this happen.
Mr. Norris said we were contacted with folks asking to add a member of the
Farmers Market Coalition to the Market District Steering Committee. Council agreed to
the amended resolution.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the following consent agenda
items were approved, as amended by Mr. Norris: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr.
Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes for October 15, October 26
b. APPROPRIATION: State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) Grant
for 2012-H4398-VA-AP for $15,314 (carried)
c. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement from Piedmont Council of the Arts for
Celebrate 250! - $3,110 (carried)
d. RESOLUTION: Market District Steering Committee
e. RESOLUTION: Support for Brownfields Grant Application
f. ORDINANCE: Conveyance of a Portion of Former Preston Avenue RightOf-Way
to Region Ten (2nd reading)
g. RESOLUTION: Support for Medicaid Expansion
h. RESOLUTION: Clark “Safe Routes to Schools” Travel Plan
REPORT: LEGISLATIVE PACKET – THOMAS JEFFERSON PLANNING
Mr. David Blount presented to Council. The program’s priority areas are State
Mandates and Funding Obligations; Transportation Funding and Devolution; Public
Education Funding; Chesapeake Bay TMDL; Land Use and Growth Management; and
the Comprehensive Services Act.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Galvin, Council voted to adopt the
legislative packet. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris;
REPORT: CITY LEGISLATIVE PACKET
Mr. Harris presented to Council on the City legislative program. There are six
specific requests and ten policy positions in the 2012 Legislative Program:
1. Sponsor or support legislation that would allow localities to consolidate multiple
voting precincts into vote centers during primary elections. [Requested by the City
2. Sponsor or support legislation that would allow localities to give developers the option
of installing new sidewalks or contributing funds equivalent to the cost thereof in
connection with new residential construction. [Requested by the City Council]
3. Seek a correction to legislation that allows Charlottesville to require contributions to its
Affordable Housing Fund. [Requested by Neighborhood Development Services]
4. Request enhanced predatory lending legislation. [Requested by the City Council]
5. A request for the General Assembly to pass legislation to remove felony drug
distribution conviction as a barrier to receiving food stamps. [Requested by the
Department of Community Attention]
6. Seek legislation allowing localities to create a funding stream for the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle
Regional Transportation Authority. [Requested by the City Council]
Ms. Szakos requested that item two specify monies collected go into a sidewalk
Mr. Harris reviewed ten policy positions for the 2012 Legislative Program.
Ms. Szakos clarified with Ms. Iachetta that this would give us the option to
implement central voting locations, but it would not force us to do it. Ms. Iachetta
confirmed that was the case.
Ms. Galvin said she supports decoupling fines and debts incurred by people in
prison and constraints on obtaining a driver’s license. It prevents people from earning a
living because they cannot drive. Mr. Harris said Del. Toscano’s office responded to an
inquiry about program opportunities. Ms. Galvin said we need to work out details on this
Ms. Szakos asked Council if they supported adding language to support an
increase in minimum wage. Mr. Norris said we should index it to the cost of living, at a
minimum. Mr. Harris said he will add our support to existing legislation, or add this as a
new item if none exists.
Mr. Norris said we took a stand on anti-immigration legislation. Council agreed.
Ms. Galvin asked what the next steps are. Mr. Harris said he and Mr. Blount will
collaborate with local legislators to go over the programs and see what might be
sponsored. Mr. Harris said he would keep Council updated.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the program passed. (Ayes:
Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes: None.)
REPORT: VISITOR’S BUREAU (CACVB) MARKETING UPDATE
Mr. Kurt Burkhart, Director of CACVB, Ms. Susan Payne, and a group from
Payne, Ross and Associates presented to Council. Ms. Payne reviewed their work on the
marketing initiative to date. The group revealed their new marketing logo and shared
sample print ad images.
Ms. Smith said this is a great package, but there is not a lot of diversity. Ms.
Szakos said she agreed, especially as this was an issue the last time Payne, Ross and
Associates presented to Council. Payne’s associates said this is a taste of what is to
come, and they are working on highlighting the diversity of the area. They are in their
first days of filming. Ms. Payne said the only final product is the logo. Ms. Galvin said
she liked the logo very much.
REPORT: COMMUNITY TRIP TO AUSTIN, TX
Mr. Jones presented to Council. A group of community leaders have approached
area leaders about sending a delegation to Austin, Texas to learn more about their
successful elements. The cost per person is about $1550, which includes airfare. Council
is being asked to consider sending three representatives on this trip, which is what
Albemarle County voted to do.
Mr. George Benford addressed Council and gave more information on the
organization and planning for the trip. He outlined the similarities and differences
between Austin and Charlottesville.
Mr. Huja said he has participated in a few of these trips over the years, and they
are great learning exchanges. Ms. Galvin recommended additions to the itinerary, with a
particular focus on urban development and placemaking. Mr. Norris asked Mr. Jones
where the funds would come from. Mr. Jones said we could use sources such as one-time
money or our corporate training budget. Ms. Smith said she was concerned about the
size difference between Austin and Charlottesville. Mr. Benford said the innovation in
music and integration between education and the city are areas where we can learn. Ms.
Galvin said she wants to be sure this will not preclude us from visiting cities in Virginia
as well. Ms. Szakos said she is delighted that we are exploring other cities.
Mr. Jones recommended sending two City Councilors and one member of staff.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council voted to support the
trip to Austin. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes:
REPORT: SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN FOR CLARK
Ms. Smith said this is a neighborhood school that does not encompass the
neighborhood. We need to look more holistically at how this program integrates into our
Comprehensive Plan and our vision for a healthy community.
Ms. Szakos said we should ask the School Board to consider this in their
discussion of boundaries, particularly in light of the Safe Routes to Schools initiative.
Ms. Smith said this is about engaging not just the children, but also the parents,
and allowing them access to their neighborhood schools.
Ms. Galvin said Hampden-Sydney College does a joint Comprehensive Plan
update with the Planning Commission, School Board, and City Council. Perhaps this
could be a future Worksession idea. There is not much we can do at the moment, but we
should think of this in terms of the bigger community.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the resolution passed. (Ayes:
Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes: None.)
Ms. Szakos asked staff to come up with a possible way forward for sharing
knowledge with City Schools as part of the planning process.
Ms. Smith asked if the school districts could be added as a feature to the City’s
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge St., said we should think about integrating
community use for our City school buildings.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said he was pleased to see that three items
he supports made it onto the City’s legislative agenda. It is not good for the
Commonwealth to rely on military spending. He said increasing real estate tax would be
a better way to raise additional funds than increasing the meals tax.
Ms. Holly Edwards, 917 6th Street S.E., and services coordinator for PHAR, said
Austin is 67.8% white, 10.7% African American. This causes concern about the choice
of location, and she asked Council to continue spending time in the Charlottesville
neighborhoods, learning more about the issues that affect people on a daily basis.
Mr. Scott Bandy, 1639 Cherry Ave., said Council should have considered adding
a mandate to the ballot that would change Council elections to a ward system.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, thanked Mr. Norris for his information on
options for the unsheltered. She said she had a great experience volunteering with the
Virginia Film Festival.
Ms. Bryan April, 146 Baylor Ln., said Council should look at cities that are
different from us.
Mr. Norris said CAT is free of charge during Election Day.
The meeting was adjourned.