SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE HELD
ON Thursday, March 22, 2012, AT 5:00 p.m. IN THE Basement Conference Room.
THE PROPOSED AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS:
Budget Work Session
BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR BY Paige Barfield
BASEMENT CONFERENCE ROOM – March 22, 2012
Council met in session with the following present: Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Galvin, Ms. Smith.
Mr. Davidson reviewed amendments to the proposed CIP. He reviewed FY 2013-2017
CIP Revenues, City Council Priorities that were factored in for FY 2013 CIP, and FY13-17 CIP
Mr. Davidson discussed the Planning Commission recommended of removing the
YMCA funding in FY13 and using at least a portion of those funds for affordable housing, which
is not included in the proposed CIP. Mr. Daly gave a status update of the lawsuit; no date for the
hearing has been set, but the case is expected to be heard by the State Supreme Court sometime
in May. Mr. Brown gave some legal background on the lawsuits. Ms. Smith asked if we were
obligated to pay the full sum of money to the YMCA that is in the CIP. Mr. Jones said we were,
and even if we moved it from FY13 we would have to pay the same amount in a later fiscal year,
assuming the YMCA wins the lawsuit. Ms. Beauregard informed Council that even if the
lawsuit and construction were not settled until FY14, if we appropriated the funds in the FY13
CIP they would automatically carry over and be available at the time of construction. The
consensus among Councilors was to leave the YMCA funding in place for now, and if the
YMCA loses the suit Council may reappropriate the money to a different project of Council’s
choosing at a later date.
Ms. Galvin asked where the money for repaving roads comes from, and how and why
does staff decide when to repave. Ms. Mueller said each year in late February/early March, staff
does street inspections and follows a rating guideline. Mr. Huja said we could be doing less
street repaving and save money. He requested a $50,000 reduction. Ms. Smith said we should
have a plan. Ms. Szakos said it is important to have well-kept streets so as not to appear run
In response to a question about bikes and pedestrians, Mr. Tolbert said a plan has been in
place, adopted in 2004. It includes off-road and on-road systems for bikes and pedestrians. Ms.
Szakos agreed that we should put more money into bike infrastructure. Staff said they would
work on moving money from stagnant projects to get the extra $100,000 for bikes.
Ms. Szakos asked if the Tonsler Park project was on schedule. Mr. Jones said master
planning has started, but the project will not start until 2015. Separately, the playground
renovation has begun.
Mr. Davidson reviewed CY state and federal projects and reviewed CIP non-bonded
Ms. Smith asked about timing on Hillsdale Drive. Mr. Tolbert said plans are in for final
review at VDOT for right-of-way and utility projects.
Mr. Huja asked if there was additional transit money. Mr. Jones said $110,000 has been
set aside for the design process in a separate pool of funds. Ms. Galvin asked about putting storm
water initiatives on a future agenda for discussion. Staff discussed TMDL requirements that
should also be a part of upcoming discussions with Council.
Ms. Brown explained the new Tax Billing and Assessment System, which will help staff
be more efficient in collecting online payments for business taxes and more.
Mr. Jones updated Council on the living wage issue and staff compensation. A 3% bonus
would bring most employees to the $13 level and allow staff to do more research on what figure
to use for a living wage. Ms. Galvin asked what the process has been for evaluating the living
wage annually. Ms. Szakos said she was comfortable with a 3% raise if we also raise the
minimum living wage. Ms. Galvin said she is concerned this is masking a complicated problem
about under educated adults getting underpaid jobs. Mr. Norris suggested setting aside $50,000
in order to make adjustments to living wage, and allocate the rest to bonuses.
Mr. Norris said the housing authority deficit is a problem, as they are at a $200,000
deficit. He asked Council to split the difference so the housing authority would only have to use
reserves for half that amount. He requested the City use the housing fund for the other half.
Council and staff discussed the complex issues of funding for public housing. Council was
generally supportive of Mr. Norris’ suggestion.