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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, May 7, 2012, 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 – May 7, 2012
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Norris, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None; Absent at time of vote: Ms.
Smith), to meet in closed session for (1) Discussion of the terms and costs of the
acquisition of real property where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect
the City’s bargaining position or negotiating strategy, as authorized by Virginia Code sec.
2.2-3711 (A) (3). The properties are located (a) on Old Lynchburg Road; (b) on
Kenwood Lane adjacent to Greenbrier Park; (c) in Albemarle County immediately south
of Interstate 64 and east of State Route 20; (d) adjacent to Jordan Park and Moore’s
Creek; and (e) on 11th Street, N.W. The acquisitions are for public park or trail purposes,
and for a public storm water retention system on the Old Lynchburg Road property; and,
(2) Discussion and consideration of prospective candidates for appointment to City
boards and commissions, as authorized by Virginia Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1).
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, 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 – May 7, 2012
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Smith and Ms. Szakos.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Huja read a proclamation in honor of National Public Works week. Ms.
Mueller was present to accept on behalf of the City’s Public Works department. Also,
the Southern Gas Association recently presented Charlottesville Gas with the Best
Practices Award – Public Awareness/Education Program for their Flicker the Flame 2011
campaign. Mr. Huja presented the award to Ms. Mueller. She thanked Council and said
they are the smallest gas company that has ever won the award.
Ms. Smith read a proclamation in honor of National Tourism Week. Mr. Burkhart
was present to accept the award and thanked Council for their recognition.
Mr. Huja read a proclamation for Bike Month. Members of Bike Charlottesville
were present to accept.
Mr. Norris announced National Nurses Week and thanked nurses for their service.
He also announced Dance for Winneba on Saturday, May 19, which will benefit our
sister city in Winneba, Ghana.
Ms. Smith announced that for May to September, water rates will go up because
of the seasonal tiered rate system to encourage conservation. Ms. Szakos said rates do
not go up for estimated basic water usage.
Ms. Szakos said Charlottesville was declared the winner for our category of the
Wayland Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge. Please go to
www.charlottesville.org/conservation for more information on how to conserve water.
She also announced the Jefferson School African American Center is holding their first
exhibition at the McGuffey Center, "From Backyard Clotheslines to Museum Walls”,
during May. She also announced upcoming TomTom events.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Mr. Norris, Council approved the
following appointments to the PLACE Design Task Force: Andrea Douglas, Claudette
Grant, Rachel Lloyd, Elizabeth Kathryn Meyer, Peter O'Shea, Richard Price, Mark
Watson, and Kathy Galvin ex-officio. The Planning Commission will appoint a
representative at their meeting tomorrow evening.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council unanimously
approved the appointment of Abigail Turner to the Human Rights Task Force.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Christopher Winter, 3611 Stony Point Rd., said he is currently writing a book
on marijuana use based on his addiction to pot. He described the negative effects he
suffered because of marijuana use and asked Council not to pass the resolution
deprioritizing marijuana.
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Mr. Rob Tureman, 171 Ennis Mountain Rd., said denial is a common trait to all
addicts. He explained his history with marijuana use and asked Council not to
deprioritize marijuana.
Ms. Anna Freshwater, 3160 Turnberry Cir., said passing a resolution
deprioritizing marijuana would mar the City. She asked Council to focus efforts on drug
prevention and enforcement of drug laws. She asked Council to support the police
department.
Ms. Connie Perrin, 849 Cedar Grove Rd., Ruckersville, said there is a study
showing legal sanctions may influence initial inclination to use drugs. The study said
alcohol use and marijuana use are economic complements.
Ms. Carole Thorpe, 1318 Oak Tree Ln., asked Council not to adopt the resolution
on marijuana. She said Council should not use the police department as a political tool to
support their agenda. She said Chief Longo has been successful in applying professional
discretion regarding marijuana without input from Council.
Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Ave., said public transportation in Charlottesville
needs a complete upheaval because of increased congestion on main roads. A vibrant
public transportation system will improve safety.
Ms. Naomi Roberts, 1140 St. Clair Ave., said marijuana is a drug, and Council
should not use their power to influence the police department. This resolution will turn
Charlottesville into a city of potheads. She described her negative experience with drug
dealers living next door.
Ms. Barbara Cruickshank, 324 Parkway St., said chloramine leaches lead from
pipes. It is extremely corrosive. She said children in Washington, D.C. suffered from
high lead blood levels after chloramine was added to their water. She said environmental
toxins have been linked to autism, and lead is number one on the list. Infants and children
will bear the brunt of chemical additions to our water supply.
Ms. Lorrie Delehanty, 645 Evergreen Ave., thanked Ms. Galvin for offering an
educational forum on the issue of chloramines. Many negative issues with chloramines
have been omitted by Rivanna. She said Rivanna never clearly specified what regulations
the EPA changed to spur the addition of chloramines to water, and she cannot find where
changes have occurred. We are not in danger of being out of compliance with EPA
regulations. She asked those against adding chloramine to the water supply to stand.
Ms. Lena Maria, 808 Altavista Ave., said she knows what addiction is through
legal substances. Marijuana is not an addictive drug. Drugs that are addictive or highly
concentrated are dangerous, and marijuana should not be lumped with those substances.
Deprioritizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, especially for those who need
medical access to it.
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Mr. Jeff Fogel, 215 Spruce St., said the war on drugs has been a massive failure.
Staff has failed to provide Council with information on the racial breakdown of those
charged with marijuana related charges. Regulation of this drug belongs in the medical
realm, not the public health realm. He distributed a proposed marijuana ordinance
prohibiting possession but not imposing a jail sentence by classifying it as a Class 4
misdemeanor.
Mr. Larry Bishop, 2673 Castle Rock Rd., Batesville, said this is not an issue of
legalization, but about reprioritizing how we approach this issue.
Mr. Larry Scott, 1232 Holmes Ave., said he is a proud homeowner through
Habitat for Humanity. Income should not have a bearing on what neighborhood you live
in or how well you do in school. Habitat has helped him break the cycle of poverty his
family was in. He asked for supporters of Habitat and homeownership for low income
families to stand.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos thanked Mr. Scott for coming. She has heard people compare low
income housing with crime and other problems, and she was pleased to hear from
someone voicing support for low income housing.
Ms. Galvin thanked everyone who came to speak on both sides of the marijuana
issue. She thanked Ms. Delehanty for her comments and clarified that the entire Council
supports the information session. She also thanked Mr. Scott for his comments. She told
Mr. Long that she is eager to discuss transportation, which is an issue very important to
Council.
Ms. Smith said speakers on both sides of the marijuana resolution are
representative of what Council has heard on the issue. The chloramine public education
session is in June. She thanked Mr. Scott for his remarks.
Mr. Huja said he supported Mr. Long and looks forward to discussing transit.
CONSENT AGENDA
Ms. Smith requested item i regarding Elliott Ave. and item g regarding the
TomTom festival be removed from the consent agenda for further discussion.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the following consent agenda
items were approved: (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith;
Noes: None.)
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a. Minutes for April 16, May 3
b. APPROPRIATION: Police Department - Special Events Overtime and Misc.
Revenue - $72,876 (2nd reading)
c. APPROPRIATION: Albemarle County Reimbursement - CATEC Fire
Protection Assessment (P-00554-11) - $900
d. RESOLUTION: 2211 Hydraulic Road SUP for laboratory and research
testing
e. RESOLUTION: Fry’s Spring Beach Club Sale of Property
f. RESOLUTION: Reallocation of Funds (Capital) – Market Street Garage
Mall-Side Elevator Repair - $26,000
g. RESOLUTION: City Contribution for Tom Tom Founders Festival
Community Day at IX Event - $5,000
h. RESOLUTION: Definition of Adult Day Care – Zoning Initiation
i. ORDINANCE: Sale of Elliott Ave. Property (2nd reading) pulled
j. ORDINANCE: Speed Limit on 250 Bypass (2nd reading)
PUBLIC HEARING / APPROPRIATION / RESOLUTION:
APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS FOR HOME FY 2012-2013 - $95,182 (carried)
APPROVAL OF THE 2012-2013 ACTION PLAN FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE AND
THOMAS JEFFERSON HOME CONSORTIUM
Ms. Creasy presented to Council.
Ms. Szakos asked about item 9, the antipoverty strategy, on page 39 of the report.
We should flesh this strategy out more by next year, because it gives very little
information on what the antipoverty strategy is.
The public hearing was opened.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said she noticed a central theme of
affordable housing initiatives. She urged Council to promote, adopt and enforce a living
wage policy as a critical component to local economic development, as well as access to
affordable housing.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos said the City schools do have living wage ordinances.
Ms. Smith said this was a lot of information, and it was great to read about
everything. She requested an accountability column, outlining the one-year and five-year
goals. Ms. Creasy said Council will receive a document in a few months called the Caper
Report that will do just that. Ms. Smith said asked for clarification on the number of
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households in public housing per number of citizens living under $35,000. Ms. Creasy
said the numbers are skewed because they are based on census data, which includes
University students. The housing report may do a better job of representing the
population, but HUD reporting requirements stipulate that staff use census information.
Ms. Smith said we need to remember that the majority of children in need are diffused,
not concentrated in one place.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the appropriation carried for
a second reading.
Ms. Smith said she agreed with Ms. Carpenter that living wage is a big part of the
discussion, as is utilities, which is another factor in our monthly bills that make it difficult
to live in this community.
On motion by Ms. Galvin, seconded by Mr. Norris, the resolution passed
unanimously. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos; Noes:
None.)
PUBLIC HEARING / RESOLUTION: LEASE OF BASEMENT APT 608 RIDGE ST.
Mr. Jim Tolbert presented to Council.
The public hearing was opened. Having no speakers, the public hearing was
closed.
Mr. Norris said it is a waste of Council’s time to have to deal with these types of
matters.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Smith, the resolution passed
unanimously. (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos; Noes:
None.)
PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE: CLOSING LAUREL STREET (carried)
Mr. Jim Tolbert presented to Council.
Ms. Galvin asked for language addressing bike/pedestrian connectivity to be
added.
The public hearing was opened.
Ms. Jeanne Chase, 223 Old Lynchburg Rd., thanked Council for closing Laurel
Street. She cautioned bike and pedestrian users on safety issues, particularly the bad
sight line. She said she hopes this will facilitate the OLR project for moving forward.
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Mr. Scott Bandy agreed with Ms. Chase and said if the closed street became
gravel, it could be washed out, becoming a concern for stormwater management.
Ms. Galvin said there is a hairpin turn there. She said she wants to be sure this
does not preclude the opportunity to look at this area from a design safety perspective.
Ms. Szakos asked if there was a sidewalk on that side of the road. Mr. Tolbert said there
is.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the ordinance carried for a
second reading.
REPORT/RESOLUTION: DEPRIORITIZING MARIJUANA
Mr. Jones presented to Council on a resolution for consideration of whether to
deprioritize marijuana. Staff and Council have heard from proponents and opponents of
this resolution. The effect enforcement of marijuana laws has on the police department is
one reason cited for deprioritization. Mr. Jones invited Chief Longo to speak on the
statistics.
Chief Longo spoke to Council and presented statistics. He said the department
does not expend a lot of time or resources on enforcement of marijuana possession. Mr.
Norris asked how many charges were secondary charges. Chief Longo said he could not
tell from their data system, but from experience, most of them are secondary charges. He
read from a report citing an increase in usage of marijuana, particularly in adolescents.
He asked Council to consider the effects of this resolution before making a decision.
Mr. Tom Von Hemert, Criminal Justice Planner and Crisis and Intervention Team
coordinator, spoke to Council. Ms. Galvin asked Mr. Von Hemert to confirm that the
National Association of Drug Courts were opposed to decriminalization. He said they
were.
Ms. Szakos said based on data from the jail, the people who were in jail for
marijuana were four times more likely to be African American than white. Mr. Von
Hemert said a lot more research has to be done within the data systems. Chief Longo said
we are in the process of an RFP to get a new system.
Mr. Ross Carew, Assistant Director at OAR, said there is the issue of recidivism.
With marijuana cases, offenders are often offered deferred judgment with atonement
options. When conducting risk assessment analysis, it was determined that convicted or
deferred judgment offenders were second only to domestic violence in recidivism.
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Ms. Smith asked about the legal classifications of possession. Mr. Carew said
there are graduated charges depending on the amount of marijuana found. Ms. Smith
asked if there were charges even for a very small amount. Mr. Carew confirmed.
Ms. Smith asked Chief Longo if he sees much street crime associated with
marijuana. Chief Longo said distribution of any drugs typically results in criminal
behaviors, often violent, but he does not have data specifically on marijuana. Ms. Smith
said one of the problems is that there is a big difference between recreational use and
distributing. The penalty seems severe for possession of small amounts. Chief Longo
said Council should know just how many people are actually going to the jail of the 113
people who are charged. Ms. Szakos said there are about 21 that are simple possession
charges.
Mr. Norris said one version of the resolution says it should be a low priority, and
the police department believes this as well because that is how they are currently treating
the issue now. Chief Longo said the message that is sent, especially to children, is of the
most concern to him. Police energies are mostly spent on more serious matters, such as
violent crimes.
Ms. Szakos said she is generally supportive of decriminalization, not because she
supports marijuana use or does not believe it to be addictive, but because it has more to
do with regulation and control of the substance than with saying it is acceptable to use.
She had no problem with last paragraph of the resolution, but she was concerned that
absent decriminalization, we do not have a way of regulating marijuana. She does not
support a local level resolution, absent decriminalization. This also opens possibility for
more racial disparity.
Ms. Galvin said she is a mother of two sons, ages 20 and 16, and she is very leery
of what children are seeing daily. She finds many claims in the resolution misleading and
unsubstantiated by statistics or science. She cited health side effects of smoking
marijuana as cited by Dr. Lillian Peake of the Health Department. From a mental public
health resource, there are serious concerns with this chemical, which affects the mind and
young minds in particular. The National Drug Court is opposed to decriminalization.
Chief Longo says we are already doing this in practice. Studies cited by Dr. Peake show
that the effect on the adolescent mind cannot be ignored. The purpose of the resolution is
only symbolic; this bully pulpit cannot be used to send mixed messages to our children.
She cannot support this resolution.
Ms. Smith said for many of the same reasons Ms. Galvin just cited, she does
support the resolution. She said marijuana is very prevalent, and if it were legalized, it
could be regulated, and many of the problems associated with marijuana would not be
issues as a result. She said this resolution would send a message to those who can work
to decriminalize marijuana.
Mr. Norris read a quote by a 19 member global commission on drug policy in
support of the legalization of marijuana. He said we have been headed in the wrong
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direction when it comes to drug policy, and the way we treat it is actually making the
problem worse. He said he believes marijuana should be legalized for medicinal
purposes. We have to distinguish between dangerous drugs and non-dangerous drugs.
Neither resolution makes marijuana legal in the City of Charlottesville. We are making a
statement about whether or not arresting and persecuting people for small scale personal
use of marijuana should be a priority. It clearly is not now, and he has no problem with
Council going on record to acknowledge that. Our primary focus should be on changing
the law, but in the meantime, we as an elected body should admit that there are higher
priorities.
Mr. Huja said this resolution deals with a priority issue for the police department.
He has heard from experts from the police department, the Commonwealth’s Attorney,
and the health department. He cited figures provided by the Commonwealth’s Attorney
and the health department about addiction, depression and schizophrenia, and its effect on
youth. Negative health effects cannot be ignored. More importantly, the message we are
sending to children with this resolution is that it is ok to smoke marijuana, or that it is not
harmful. We are also saying you should follow only the laws that you like and disregard
the others.
Ms. Szakos said she believes there are at least three Councilors that support the
final paragraph. In the absence of decriminalization, she will not vote yes on the rest of
it.
Ms. Smith read an excerpt from a citizen’s email, a mother who said she
supported the resolution. Ms. Smith said this is one of many issues we need to discuss
with our children.
Ms. Szakos moved to accept only the final paragraph of the resolution.
Mr. Norris asked if we should make alcohol illegal because making it legal sends
a bad message to children. Ms. Szakos said the fact that alcohol was criminalized did not
help. Mr. Norris said if nothing else, at least to recognize what we have already heard
from our police department, that enforcement is not currently a high priority for our
officers. Ms. Szakos said she does not see this to be necessary. We do not do the same for
other existing policies we support.
Ms. Galvin asked Mr. Von Hemert about liaison opportunities with the TJPDC.
She said she would support a request to have further research done on the legislative level
but would not support a resolution that presupposes the conclusion that legalization is the
way to go. Mr. Von Hemert complimented the City and the County for their award for
having a criminal justice system based on evidence. Mr. Von Hemert recommended that
Council do research on this issue. Ms. Szakos said the last paragraph of the resolution is
exactly what Mr. Von Hemert is calling for on a state level. Ms. Szakos said we do not
have to do all this research first; we should instead direct the state to do it on a state and
federal level.
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Ms. Smith said legalization would be incredibly helpful in terms of regulating
THC in marijuana.
Ms. Galvin said she would like to modify the resolution to make sure we are
making it clear that we are not condoning or sanctioning marijuana use. We are spending
a lot of time talking about state and federal law; it is not something we should be
spending local time on. Ms. Gavin said we need to look at sentencing guidelines. Ms.
Szakos said this is basically adding the issue to to our legislative agenda.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Smith, only the final paragraph of the
resolution was approved. (Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos; Noes: Ms. Galvin,
Mr. Huja.)
RESOLUTION: CITY CONTRIBUTION FOR TOM TOM FOUNDERS FESTIVAL
COMMUNITY DAY AT IX EVENT - $5,000 (pulled from consent)
Ms. Smith asked Mr. Brown to explain why this is back before Council. Mr.
Brown said the proposed recipient is an LLC, but the crucial distinction is between for
profit and non-profit uses.
Ms. Smith asked what the relationship is with Dreamfield Foundation that allows
us to pass funds through them. She said it seems underhanded to her, that Council gives
money to a for-profit organization through a 501 (c)(3). Mr. Huja said this is a legal
mechanism. Mr. Brown said the focus needs to be on who is providing this type of
service to the community. Ms. Smith said she is uncomfortable with the fact that
TomTom gave money to Dreamfield, and now Dreamfield is giving money to TomTom.
Mr. Norris said the City will often market City programs and services by paying
money to advertise. He suggested viewing this matter as the City paying money to
sponsor an event.
Ms. Galvin confirmed that we are making a simple clarification from the previous
resolution. She said she is not against giving money to TomTom, but she believes there
should be a mechanism.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Norris, the resolution passed. (Ayes:
Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja; Noes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith.)
ORDINANCE: SALE OF ELLIOTT AVE. PROPERTY (2ND READING) (pulled
from consent)
Ms. Smith said she wanted to discuss whether or not this land is part of Oakwood
Cemetery. Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. He clarified that neither the 1944 deed nor
the 1957 deed was ever used for the cemetery. Ms. Smith asked if we sold to Burnett
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Commons for development. Mr. Tolbert said we did not. Mr. Tolbert reviewed maps of
the area over the years. Mr. Tolbert said he does not dispute that Council may have
intended the land for the cemetery in 1944, but there was a change in thought since then.
This issue was also brought before Council in 2009, and the decision was to move
forward with development instead of a cemetery or soccer fields, which were the options
discussed at that time. Use of this land for the cemetery would still require the same work
to prepare the land for use. Ms. Szakos asked how many acres were involved. Mr.
Tolbert said north of Elliott, there is just over 3 acres.
Mr. Norris asked if there were ever plans to expand the cemetery. Mr. Tolbert
reported that Mr. Daly said he was not aware of any. Ms. Szakos said we would be
paying a minimum of $150,000 per acre to use the land for a cemetery.
Ms. Smith said she agreed with the conclusion of Mr. Huja that it was bought
with the intention to expand. Ms. Galvin asked if all lots had been purchased for
Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Tolbert said yes. Ms. Galvin said hopefully things like these
will be fleshed out during the strategic area planning process.
Ms. Smith said she was not pleased that the language guaranteeing affordable
units to City residents was not more definitive. Mr. Tolbert said the language provides
that it units would be prioritized and targeted for City residents. Mr. Brown confirmed
that it is not a guarantee.
Ms. Smith asked if there was any commitment to addressing intent for Clark
Elementary School, which is currently the only school in our system that cannot pass the
standards. Mr. Tolbert said less than a third of the total housing would be classified as
affordable, which reflects current ratios.
Mr. Dan Rosensweig, Executive Director of Habitat, spoke on the typical Habitat
family, including that they are on average two working parents.
Mr. Norris said some of the rhetoric Council has heard about how this housing
project will bring down the neighborhood is appalling. Ms. Galvin said this is not a
pocket of entrenched poverty. Mr. Norris said every possible effort should be made for
these units to be for City residents. Ms. Smith said she is going to vote against it, and she
apologized because she does support Habitat’s mission.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Norris, Council passed the ordinance
as amended at the April 16 meeting with added language regarding priority for City
residents. (Ayes: Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja; Noes: Ms. Smith.)
OTHER BUSINESS: COUNCILOR BENEFITS
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Mr. Norris said Albemarle County allows its supervisors to buy into the health
plan that is made available to regular employees. It is difficult to work on Council and
hold down a full time job at the same time.
Ms. Szakos said this is a way to equalize access to serving on Council. Ms. Smith
said it would be nice to hear from staff. Mr. Huja asked staff to research this option. Ms.
Galvin asked if there would there be an in-kind fringe benefit for Councilors who do not
need healthcare. Mr. Jones said staff will look into this and report back to Council.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Ave., said this should not be a bully pulpit for how
we deal with people with drug addiction problems. This should cover all drugs, not just
marijuana. Society needs to tell people suffering from drug addiction that they should not
be ashamed. Incarceration does not keep people from using drugs. It is a public health
issue.
Mr. Matthew Fogg, retired chief deputy US Marshall, said he served on a drug
enforcement task force for several years. The war on drugs has not had any impact on
drug use. He said the racial component came out because enforcement officers were
targeting inner city urban youth. Drug users are also prevalent in more affluent areas, but
enforcers do not lock them up because affluent families have pull with judges and law
enforcement. These disparities exist because of the culture that is in place.
Ms. Antoinette Roades, 406 Oak Street, said you have closed down the
community’s entire public cemetery system without ever directly addressing it. She said
the cemetery was not programmed for use in the 1970s and 1980s because there was not a
need, but now there is. She said this need will fall on the shoulders of the poor.
Ms. Lenis Worth, Director of Virginians Against Drug Violence, thanked Council
for their vote in favor of the resolution. She said the more you say no to children, the
more teenagers will want to experiment with it. Giving honest and accurate information
is the way to prepare children.
Mr. Scott Bandy thanked Council for their difficult vote on decriminalization. He
thanked Ms. Smith for addressing chloramines.
Mr. Ed McCann, Director of Virginia Normal, thanked Council for supporting the
most important part of the resolution. Marijuana reformers do not want children to use
marijuana. He gave figures for local marijuana use.
Mr. Dan Purdy, 776 Prospect Ave., said he was disappointed in the way this
meeting was conducted. Citizens who were here to speak about marijuana were not
heard, and Council made their decision before citizens had a chance to speak. It is not
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hard to agree with the government’s position; it is more difficult to turn existing opinions.
Please do not forget the industrial aspect of marijuana with hemp.
Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge St., said he would like to see scientific
underpinning about issues, especially chloramines.
Ms. Jeanne Chase, 223 Old Lynchburg Rd., said they are still awaiting sidewalks
to be put down and drainage system to be put in. She shared stories about pedestrians
along OLR who have had problems navigating the road with no sidewalks. Please move
the OLR project forward in a timely fashion.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said she has not seen as much passion and
conversation since Occupy Charlottesville. She has been participating in the
Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and she has learned a lot.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said there is another public perception
with the marijuana issue, which is that we do not care about the racial disparity. He said
HOME funds and CDBG funds could be improved if we had money from federal
programs, but we do not because of military spending.
Ms. Joy Johnson commended Council for their discussion of marijuana.
Sometimes you have to be bold to make a change. The message starts locally. Please
have a discussion about rehabilitation as an alternative to jail.
COUNCIL RESPONSE
Ms. Szakos said if there was a Council decision to stop the growth of the
cemetery, it was not this Council’s decision. It is now 20 feet under waste that would
make it cost over $150,000 per acre to use, which does not make this a possibility.
Ms. Galvin asked if it was possible for the City to buy additional cemetery land.
Mr. Jones said it is a possibility, but zoning must be taken into consideration.
Mr. Norris said he wanted to make sure there was support for Mr. Brown to
prepare a response to Mr. Fogel’s proposal. Mr. Brown said he would do so.
The meeting was adjourned.
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