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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, April 16, 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 – April 16, 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 Ms. Smith, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None), to meet in closed session for:
(1) Consultation with legal counsel and briefings by staff members pertaining to the
pending litigation involving the Ragged Mountain Dam Project Agreement and the Water
Cost Allocation Agreement, where such consultation in an open meeting would adversely
affect the City’s negotiating or litigating posture, as authorized by Virginia Code sec. 2.2-
3711 (A) (7); and, (2) Discussion of the acquisition of real property located on Old
Lynchburg Road for the purpose of a public storm water retention system or for public
park purposes, 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); and, (3) 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; Noes: None; Absent
at time of vote: Ms. Galvin), 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 – April 16, 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 for Arbor Day. Ms. Bitsy Waters, Chair of the Tree
Commission, was present to accept the proclamation.
Ms. Smith read a proclamation for National Park Week. Ms. Susan Sherman,
Executive Director of Shenandoah National Park Trust, and Ms. Jennifer Flynn, Deputy
Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, were present to accept the proclamation.
Mr. Huja read a proclamation for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Ms.
Maggie Pearson, Director of Communications at Michie Hamlett, was present to accept
the proclamation.
Mr. Norris announced the City’s spring Job Fair on Wednesday, April 25 at the
John Paul Jones Arena. Also, pool passes are on sale starting April 16. More
information is available at www.charlottesville.org.
Ms. Smith announced the Piedmont Council for the Arts program, Arts Reach,
providing access to the arts for the underprivileged. She also announced the Ivy Creek
Natural Area will host a public event Saturday, April 21 in honor of the barn reopening.
Earth Week starts Sunday, April 22. The EcoFair is taking place in the Main Street
Arena.
Ms. Galvin announced the Bridge Panel Discussion on April 17. Also,
Charlottesville Tomorrow is sponsoring a program on Placemaking on April 26 at the
Omni Hotel.
Ms. Szakos encouraged citizens to attend the City Market every Saturday, open
until noon. From 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., there will be an opportunity to meet with a City
Councilor. Also, there will be an open house for the Meadowcreek Stream Restoration
Project at Charlottesville High School next Monday. Ms. Szakos also announced the GIS
Web Application mapping event Tuesday, April 17 at CitySpace.
Mr. Huja reminded citizens about the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
Go to www.mywaterpledge.com to register and learn more.
Mr. Norris announced a panel will present Vinegar Hill Monument ideas at
Burley Middle School on Friday, April 20.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the following appointments
were made to Boards and Commissions: to the Building Code Board of Appeals, Mr.
Dennis Moler; to the Personnel Appeals Board, Mr. Melvin Malory. (Ayes: Mr. Norris,
Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith; Noes: None.)
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MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Ken Case, 904 Blue Ridge Dr., Staunton, asked Council to read the twelve
point bulletin he sent out and provide it to Dr. Peake for her information. Read the book
Fluoride Deception. Please also put this on the website to inform the public. Involve
young people, and put together a forum, including the head of the ADA and Department
of Health to defend their positions. It should be a national issue. He presented a picture of
dental fluorosis. He said this issue effects blacks more than whites.
Ms. Emerald Young, 237 Yellowstone, requested Council and the Board of
Supervisors add a warning to water bills about giving infants fluoridated water, which
increases their chances of dental fluorosis. Infants are the most likely to be harmed by
fluoridated water.
Ms. Betty Mooney, 201 Sunset Ave., said she heard on WINA from leading
doctors that citizens should beg Council not to put chloramines in the water. Chloramine,
especially combined with fluoride, will cause health problems, leach lead from home
appliances, and impact our business community. She asked Council to ask for a halt of all
work being done by RWSA until independent research has been conducted.
Mr. Paul Collinge, 1623 Bruce Ave., owner of the Heartwood Bookshop at the
Corner, said his is concerned about parking lots, especially about abusive towing
companies. They should be regulated. He also asked for signage alerting citizens of
parking changes in advance of implementation. This will help give visitors a better
experience in the City.
Mr. Jeff Fogel, 215 Spruce St., representing the Coalition on Criminal Justice
Board, said he is disappointed in the lack of feedback on a task force regarding
disproportionate minority contact and a human rights commission.
Ms. Angela Ciolfi, 805 Nalle St., Legal Director of the Just Children program of
the Legal Aid Justice Center, referenced the report on disproportionate minority contact
and urged Council to move forward on these issues.
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, said the space at Water Street should be
the permanent home of the City Market. She said the Dialogue on Race event this
weekend produced concrete concerns about education, diversity, local politics, and law
enforcement. There should be an active commission addressing disproportionate minority
contact.
Ms. Rosy Purdy asked Council to support decriminalizing marijuana. She said
people who have been criminalized have been silenced because they do not want their
faces on the record. OAR and Region 10 are supposed to be treatment facilities, but the
programs are underfunded. She asked Council to protect humanity.
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704 B Graves, said wasting public money on projects such as
the parkway and the dam could not happen without public deception.
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Mr. Daniel Purdy, 776 Prospect Ave., said he is Ms. Purdy’s brother. He
encouraged the City to look at this from a reverse perspective, that if marijuana were
legal, we would not have a public outcry demanding criminalization, especially with the
standards that have been set with alcohol and tobacco.
Ms. Deidre Gilmore, 613 Hinton Ave., said she visited a juvenile detention center,
but it was more like a juvenile prison. She said there is something terribly wrong with
incarcerating young teenagers. You are simply breeding them for the bigger prison
system.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said he is speaking on behalf of PHAR,
who recently joined the Criminal Justice Coalition. They support the formation of a task
force to address disparity in the justice system. He said there is racism in the criminal
justice system. He asked Council to address the war on drugs.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Smith said we will have a public information session on chloramines. She
agreed with Ms. Gilmore that we need to start early and figure out how our children end
up in juvenile prison, and not wait until they are arrested.
Mr. Norris said to Mr. Fogel, a report on racial and ethnic disparities in the
Charlottesville Juvenile Justice system was included with their materials and will
certainly inform Council’s discussion this evening. On May 21, Council will discuss
recommendations from the Market District and finding a permanent home for the City
Market. A marijuana resolution will be on the agenda for discussion on May 7. He
thanked Ms. Gilmore for making the issue personal.
Ms. Szakos said we do not even have to agree whether or not the issue is about
race to know that we have to do something about disproportionate minority contact and
incarceration of children. She said she does not feel the need to revisit fluoridation. She
asked if staff could examine possibilities for the parking lot situations Mr. Collinge
brought to Council. She agreed that we need a permanent home for the City Market. She
is looking forward to the discussion about marijuana at an upcoming meeting. She told
Mr. Salidis the Orange Dot Project had nothing to do with the Free Enterprise Forum or
the Nature Conservancy.
Ms. Galvin said she would like to create a Q&A fact sheet on chloramines. She
said there are severe cost implications for other options. We need to move on to other
very important issues, such as getting employment for our struggling citizens.
Mr. Huja said he wants to see the parking issues resolved so we can be welcoming
to visitors to our community. He said he is looking forward to the discussion about the
city Market and finding a solution. He told Mr. Salidis he made his decision on the water
plan based on what he thought was best for the community.
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CONSENT AGENDA
Ms. Smith asked if there was any accommodation for income level for the
Energize!250 program. Mr. Jones said anybody may participate. Ms. Smith asked for
clarification on outstanding issues at the Smith Aquatic Center. Mr. Daly said there are
still a few items staff is working through, but from a funding perspective, it is considered
complete.
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.)
a. Minutes for March 19, March 21, March 22
b. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Department of Health Special Nutrition Programs -
$95,000 (2nd reading)
c. APPROPRIATION: Domestic Violence Services Coordinator Grant - $47,548
(2nd reading)
d. APPROPRIATION: Appropriation of Funds for CDBG FY 2012-2013 -
$441,300.75 (2nd reading)
e. APPROPRIATION: Police Department - Special Events Overtime and Misc.
Revenue - $72,876 (carried)
f. RESOLUTION: Energize!250: A Residential Energy Efficiency Campaign
in honor of Charlottesville!250 - $50,000
g. RESOLUTION: Reallocation of Funds (Capital and General Fund) – Carver
Recreation Center and Tonsler Park Playground - $370,000
PUBLIC HEARING / RESOLUTION: ISSUANCE OF SERIES 2012 BONDS
Ms. Krisy Hammill presented to Council. She summarized the bond process and
said the City expects to maintain their AAA bond rating. The sale is scheduled for the
middle of May.
Ms. Szakos said she assumed that if for some reason they would say the bond
rating would change, they would stop the process and come back to Council. Ms.
Hammill said they cannot come back after a rating has been established, but they are
confident this will not happen.
The public hearing was opened. Having no speakers, the public hearing was
closed.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution passed
unanimously (Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith; Noes:
None.)
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PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE: SALE OF ELLIOTT AVE. PROPERTY
(carried)
Mr. Jim Tolbert presented to Council. He explained the sale history, the
guidelines for the project, and the RFP process. Staff recommends that the property be
sold to the Habitat for Humanity and Southern Development team. Considerations
included clean-up costs for the site, development track records of applicants, better
designed partnerships with CRHA and Region 10, and a commitment to providing
housing through CRHA and Region 10. The closing will not take place until all
approvals are in place. Mr. Tolbert shared conceptual site plans from the chosen
applicant.
Mr. Norris said we should encourage the chosen team to work with the other
applicants in incorporating desirable aspects of both designs. Mr. Tolbert said that would
be a part of the community process in reaching a final design.
In response to a question from Ms. Smith about the contract, Mr. Tolbert said it
locks in the number of units within a small range. Council will have the opportunity to
give final approval.
Ms. Smith asked whether the City has owned this piece of property for a long
time and if it has ever been part of the cemetery. Mr. Tolbert said we have owned it for a
long time, and it has never been part of the cemetery. Ms. Smith asked if the cemetery
would lose trees as part of the plan. Mr. Tolbert said it would not.
The public hearing was opened.
Mr. Doug Ford, County resident and Habitat for Humanity board member, said
Habitat is grateful to Council and staff for their support of affordable and mixed income
in housing communities. This project converts what could be a liability into an asset. He
asked audience members in support of the project to stand.
Ms. Jeanne McCusker, county resident and City business owner and Habitat for
Humanity board member, thanked Council for their support and said this is an
opportunity to create a wonderful mixed income development in the City.
Mr. Blake Caravati, 1108 Little High St., said he is with Milestone Partners and
the owner of immediately adjacent land. He thanked Council for the opportunity to bid on
the project. He said they know the neighborhood very well and believes their design team
and development experience is equal to the other team, but risk is a big issue. He said tax
revenue over time will easily ameliorate any upfront costs the City would have to pay to
implement their project. He asked Council to entertain both proposals.
Mr. Brevy Cannon, 710 Ridge St., said he is also an adjacent property owner. He
seconded Mr. Caravati’s comments and asked Council to entertain a five minute
presentation from their team. He said their proposal does a better job of creating
connections with three potential access points. They are opposed to a cul-de-sac as part
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of the design. He said there should be a diversity of developers in this area of the City,
which has borne a burden of low income housing historically. Their proposal has broken
housing types into thirds, which has recently received national attention for being an ideal
ratio. He described several design aspects of his group’s proposal.
Mr. Dan Rosensweig, 740 Lexington Ave., Executive Director of Habitat for
Humanity, said Mr. Armstrong’s team is taking 100% of the risk and will not ask for any
Charlottesville Housing Fund money. Their plan will break the cycle of public housing
and move residents into self-sufficiency.
Ms. Barbara Pilky, Ridge St., said both proposals are good and strive to do things
the City wants and needs. She has worked with Mr. Caravati providing affordable
housing along Ridge Street for forty years. She asked for a chance to present their
concept to Council before a decision is made.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Galvin said she appreciated receiving the latest round of drawings from the
Southern Development / Habitat team. She said it is unfortunate the public does not get to
see the drawings side by side. She said she is not looking at this programmatically,
because both have excellent programs. She is looking at it from an urban standpoint. The
Habitat proposal has a strong street elevation and is in keeping with the rhythm of a street
block network the City has in its neighborhoods. She said the Milestone Project has lots
of backs of houses facing public spaces, which is a suburban orientation. Habitat has a
much more public face. There was more efficiency in a circulation system and pedestrian
friendly aspects to the Habitat project. She appreciated Milestone making a connection to
Ridge Street.
Ms. Szakos said both of these proposals seem great, but especially because staff
has reviewed them both and recommends the Habitat site, and because she looks at the
concept of how community is formed, she leans towards the Habitat site. She said she
was pleased to hear their first phone call will be to the Milestone Partners, because they
do have important insight as to what is best for the neighborhood.
Ms. Smith said she was disappointed Council did not get presentations from both
groups. There were benefits to both proposals, and she particularly liked that Milestone
Partners provided more than one access. There is a limited density, and the bottom line is
the south side of the City bears the biggest brunt of poverty, and we are putting more
poverty there. She is concerned about adding more poverty to Clarke Elementary School.
She asked for some guarantee that there would be an attempt to make at least half the
units for residents that already live in Charlottesville. These should go to residents who
have experienced generational poverty.
Mr. Norris said Habitat lifts people out of poverty. He agreed with Ms. Smith’s
second point, that this project and other Habitat projects are helping long term. Mr.
Norris said he supports the Habitat/Southern Development proposal. He asked the group
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to borrow some elements of the Milestone Partners design, such as the flow of traffic,
connections to adjoining property owners, and some other design elements.
Mr. Huja said he agreed that we need to give the first opportunity to people who
are City residents. He said the proposal will be an asset to the community and set a good
trend.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the ordinance passed, with
the addition of language to the draft of the contract at Ms. Smith and Ms. Galvin’s
requests. Ms. Szakos accepted the amendment to her motion. Ms. Galvin asked to add
increased connection points to the criteria. Mr. Tolbert said staff can address this to the
extent possible and will provide an amended contract for the second reading.
REPORT: TREE COMMISSION UPDATE
Ms. Bitsy Waters presented an update to Council on the work of the Tree
Commission. The Commission is focusing their work on public outreach and awareness,
legislative and regulatory initiatives, and offering comments on City plans and activities
that effect trees. She read a statement from the Tree Commission on the planning process
for the East Side of McIntire Park.
Ms. Smith thanked Ms. Waters for her presentation and asked the Clerk to
distribute the report to Council.
Mr. Galvin asked if there is an inventory component to see if there is a lack of
particular street trees. She said there is an opportunity for collaboration with the PLACE
Design Task Force. Ms. Waters said the City already has a fair amount of data about tree
coverage by corridor.
Ms. Szakos encouraged the Commission to join forces with other entities like
them around the state and the country. She asked for advice on encouragement we could
give to Virginia Dominion Power to enable trees and electricity to peacefully coexist.
Mr. Norris thanked Ms. Waters and members of the Tree Commission.
Mr. Huja said he was relieved to see a group of citizens looking after the trees. He
said Council has tried to allocate money for trees.
REPORT / ORDINANCE: SPEED LIMIT ON 250 BYPASS (carried)
Ms. Donovan Branche presented to Council. State law requires localities to
conduct a traffic engineering study to support changes in speed limits. The study
conducted by RK&K concluded that the current posted speed limits on the Route 250
Bypass are appropriate from an engineering and safety standpoint.
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Ms. Szakos said she was relieved to hear the study confirmed that 35mph was an
appropriate speed for that particular section of the 250 Bypass. She asked if we could put
up flashing signs to call attention to the limit.
Ms. Smith asked for clarification on the engineering study. Ms. Branche said the
consultant reviewed the original roadway plans to determine the anticipated design and
operating speeds for the corridor when it was originally constructed, and also to
determine the appropriate design speed of the road based on current design criteria. Ms.
Smith asked if going down in speed limit is discretionary, or if there are legal limits. Ms.
Branche said there are legal limits; a reduction in speed must be in accordance with legal
warrants. Mr. Brown said the state statute stipulates that if you raise or lower a speed
limit, it has to be supported by a traffic engineering study. Ms. Smith asked if we would
need an engineering study in order to explore reducing speed limits along certain
stretches. Ms. Branche said we would.
Ms. Galvin said you cannot get rid of an arterial, but you may be able to do a lot
with local roads to slow down traffic, such as adjust their width. Preston Avenue would
be an interesting road to study, especially because it never got the full build-out that was
envisioned in the 1960s.
Mr. Norris said the stretch of bypass currently set at 35mph between McIntire Rd.
and the west side of the park by the fire station should be increased. He would like to see
this reevaluated in the future, especially once the traffic light is removed.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the ordinance carried.
REPORT: DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT
Mr. Mike Murphy introduced Ms. Gretchen Ellis, who presented a power point
presentation. Ms. Ellis reviewed the task force charge and listed the task force members.
Dr. Reppucci, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and a member of the
task force, gave an overview on the difference between disparity and disproportionality.
Disparity and disproportionality exist across education, physical and mental health, child
welfare, and juvenile justice, both locally, statewide and nationally. However, limited
data is available. Data was collected by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice
Services Research Unit. The task force also did an analysis of local data provided by the
16th District Juvenile Court Services Unit. Ms. Smith confirmed that a solid sample was
obtained.
Mr. Todd Warner presented an overview on the proportion of African-American
and Caucasian children that live in Charlottesville versus the proportion of adolescents in
the Juvenile Justice System by Race. His research showed no difference for family,
school and individual risk factors regardless of youth residence. Ms. Szakos asked to
confirm that he is saying if they were involved with the justice system at all, they have
similar risk factors. He confirmed that was true. Also, there are no differences for youth
with regard to number of prior offending behaviors and interactions with juvenile justice,
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and no differences for current offense type between African American and Caucasian
youth. He showed a graph with a comparison of African American and Caucasian youth
outcomes at different stages of the legal process. Ms. Smith clarified that these numbers
are proportional to the population. Ms. Ellis said we do not have a lot of information
about specific risk factors across the population.
Ms. Ellis reviewed the task force recommendations, which are to expand
mentoring opportunities for African American youth, particularly young men; develop
model sets of policy and procedure at every step in the juvenile justice process; develop a
“shepherding” program for youth entering the juvenile justice system to provide guidance
and advocacy; provide effective, engaging training in cultural proficiency to juvenile
justice staff; and expand job training and employment opportunities for youth.
Ms. Galvin asked what the best course for implementation would be. Ms. Ellis
said we are looking at grant opportunities, but we have not had staff capacity to support
the task force moving forward. Ms. Szakos asked if Ms. Ellis recommended a task force.
Ms. Ellis said we could create a subgroup from existing entities that address these issues.
Ms. Galvin said the grant application identified community groups for collaboration. She
said the grant application and the study has given us the structure to solve the problem.
Ms. Smith asked if it was possible to look at risk factor at the baseline
proportionality. Ms. Szakos said there is still a disproportionate outcome of the children
who are arrested. Mr. Norris said he understands that the City will begin to collect prearrest
data.
Mr. Fogel said this issue is not isolated to juveniles. It is important to look at
contact prior to arrest. Ms. Galvin said it would cloud the issue to bring in other groups
at this time. Young adults are the urgent group. Ms. Szakos said we should start moving
forward on the kids while we gather data on adults.
Mr. Murphy said about 40% of the task force is African American. He highlighted
the work that went into talking with community partners in preparation for the grant.
Ms. Galvin said JJAC is currently a cross jurisdictional committee, and she asked
how a City-appointed task force can have jurisdiction with cross jurisdictional entities,
especially when this is a bigger, systemic regional issue. Mr. Murphy said they
specifically engaged some of the players, and there was willingness to cooperate. Ms.
Smith asked the researchers if they saw the same patterns in Albemarle. They said they
do.
Mr. Norris asked if there is the option, as Ms. Szakos suggested, of broadening
this beyond juveniles. Ms. Ellis said they are very different systems. Ms. Szakos said the
Commission on Human Rights may be able to incorporate some of this into the work they
are already doing.
Ms. Smith said the task force should not deal with both how to prevent arrest and
what happens after the arrest. Ms. Galvin asked why action cannot happen regardless of
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whether or not we get the grant. Mr. Huja said Council should proceed with a task force
and then form a small group of people to discuss adult issues. Ms. Galvin said the youth
are critical.
Ms. Galvin moved to accept the report on Juvenile Justice Disproportionality and
move forward to implement the recommendations from the study, with or without the
grant. Staff should broaden representation on the steering committee originally
envisioned for the grant. Ms. Szakos said Council should have a representative on the
committee. Mr. Norris said the group should include key stakeholders from Mr. Fogel’s
coalition to bring fresh perspective to this issue. Ms. Smith requested that someone
experienced in research be included. Ms. Szakos seconded Ms. Galvin’s motion.
Ms. Szakos for five people to be named to an ad hoc committee appointed by
Council, who will work with Mr. Von Hemert to identify where we need to go with
adults. Mr. Huja agreed. Council asked for Mr. Jones to report back at the next meeting.
REPORT: YOUTH COUNCIL
Mr. Mike Murphy gave Council background on research that has been done on
forming a youth council in Charlottesville. The proposed Charlottesville Youth Council
would help assist the City Council and other governmental organizations in developing
stronger and sustained relationships with area youth and provide input on critical issues.
Ms. Galvin asked if there is support from the City school division. Ms. Szakos
said it would be helpful if they had an advisory role on the School Board, which we
cannot mandate. Ms. Smith said it is generally a good idea, but we have to be careful
about the composition and balance. She asked Mr. Jones about staff obligations. Mr.
Jones said staff believes the Youth Council is a great idea. There is a concern that we are
expanding responsibilities without expanding the number of staff. Mr. Jones said staff
will come back with a recommendation for Council in May.
OTHER BUSINESS: TOMTOM FUNDING APPROPRIATION
Mr. Paul Beyer and Mr. Oliver Platts-Mills addressed Council with a request for
funding to support community activities that are taking place as a part of the TomTom
Festival. The requested support for community programming that fulfills missions of the
City and is currently being done for free. They also asked Council to acknowledge the
festival and be a supporter.
Mr. Norris asked how the geography of the IX site and the fact that it is
surrounded on every side by low income housing will influence what TomTom is going
to do to make sure all residents of those neighborhoods feel invited and encouraged to
attend. Mr. Mills said they are looking for help from the City with reaching out to
various neighborhoods, including those beyond the adjacent neighborhoods. Mr. Norris
said he thinks this has real potential to build community.
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Ms. Szakos asked if permits have been obtained. Mr. Beyer said they have
applied for them, and they are going through the process. Ms. Szakos confirmed that the
Tourism Board has contributed towards this Festival.
Ms. Galvin said she supports the festival, but she is concerned about this request
coming outside of the budget process. Mr. Norris said this is historically the type of thing
Council uses discretionary funds for. Ms. Galvin said we should still have an application
process for discretionary funds.
Ms. Galvin made a motion to direct Mr. Jones and the Budget Director to form a
discretionary fund application process. Ms. Smith seconded Ms. Galvin’s motion. After
some discussion, Ms. Galvin retracted her motion. She said she hoped she could have
voted yes with a structure in place, but she cannot support this request without one.
Ms. Szakos said this small pot of money gives Council the opportunity to be
nimble and make quick decisions. Mr. Huja said he supported TomTom. On motion by
Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution was approved for $5,000, contingent
upon outreach to surrounding public housing. (Ayes: Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja;
Noes: Ms. Galvin, Ms. Smith.)
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704 B Graves, said he wants honest dialogue.
The regular meeting was adjourned, and Council reconvened in closed session.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, the closed session was immediately
adjourned. (Ayes: Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja; Noes:
None.)

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