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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, December 19, 2011, 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 Barbara Ronan
SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM – December 19, 2011
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Dr. Brown, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Edwards.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Edwards, Council voted (Ayes: Dr.
Brown, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Edwards; Noes: None) to meet in closed
session for: (1) Consultation with legal counsel regarding the negotiation of the terms and
conditions of a community water supply cost sharing agreement with the Albemarle
County Service Authority, as authorized by Virginia Code Sec. 2.2-3711(A)(7); and (2)
Discussion and consideration of prospective candidates for appointment to City boards
and commissions, and discussion of the compensation of the City Manager, as authorized
by Virginia Code Sec. 2.2-3711(A)(1).
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Huja, Council certified by the
following vote (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; 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 19, 2011
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Norris announced that blankets for the SPCA are still being collected, and
City staff have collected 1,200 blankets with a goal of reaching 2,000 blankets collected.
Used books can be donated to the Senior Center through the end of the year (collection
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box in the City Hall lobby). He announced that December 26th and January 2nd are City
holidays but there will be the usual trash and recycling collection on those days. Mr.
Norris announced that Southern Living magazine has declared Charlottesville to be
among the top ten “Tastiest Towns in the South” and people can vote for their favorite
city on-line beginning December 23, 2011. He introduced Steven Meeks and Drake Van
de Castle, who described the partnership of First Night Virginia with Celebrate 250 and
the various events on December 31st being sponsored by the partnership.
Ms. Szakos announced that the City has been awarded a Promise Neighborhood
planning grant from the federal government. The grant is for $500,000 and requires
matching funds from a variety of organizations.
Mr. Norris read proclamations to honor the service of Dr. David Brown and Ms.
Holly Edwards on City Council. Both Dr. Brown and Ms. Edwards were presented with
a framed Key to the City, and other councilors were given an opportunity to recognize
their service. Mr. Norris introduced Ms. Karen Waters, who presented Ms. Edwards a gift
and praised her work with the Quality Community Council and the re-entry program for
ex-offenders.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Pat Napoleon, 700 Lyons Avenue: Ms. Napoleon spoke about the vandalism
to the Robert E. Lee statue, and blamed Council for letting the Occupy Charlottesville
people stay in Lee Park in violation of the curfew ordinance. She presented copies of the
Constitution to Rob Schilling and Carol Thorpe for their work in defending the
Constitution.
Ms. Garnett Mellen, 1107 Calhoun Street: Ms. Mellen commented that the
proposed Meadow Creek Parkway would create a more dangerous situation for children
walking to school, and it needs more safeguards in place. She objected to the early
opening of the parkway.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Lane: Ms. Hall objected to expensive capital
projects being funded by the City that primarily benefit Albemarle County residents, such
as the renovation of McIntire Park East and the water supply plan. She encouraged the
new council members to be more open minded and not just go with the party line. She
thanked Dr. Brown and Ms. Edwards for their service.
Mr. David Toscano, 628 Evergreen Avenue: Mr. Toscano thanked Mr. Norris for
his service as Mayor, and thanked Dr. Brown and Ms. Edwards for service as Council
members.
Ms. Julie Curry, 125 Goodman Street: Ms. Curry objected to unreasonable
requirements for food vendors at community centers (liability insurance requirement).
She also objected to building a new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir.
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Mr. Gary Elwell, 1947 Michael Place: Mr. Elwell said that the proposed business
activity policy for Parks & Recreation is unnecessary for tennis instruction using public
courts. He said the proposed policy will be unfairly applied since market vendors only
pay 6% of their gross proceeds, and the policy requires 15% from instructors.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Avenue: Mr. Collins said that housing is in a
crisis state, and he hopes Council will put more money into a strategic housing fund, and
$1 million more into the affordable housing fund. He inquired about whether Dogwood
Housing is in compliance with its agreement to provide affordable rental housing units.
He thanked Ms. Edwards for her service on a number of issues.
Ms. Elizabeth Firer, 3262 Martin Kings Road: Ms. Firer is a senior at Monticello
High School working on a Community Action Project (civil rights and liberties) with
fellow student, Chris Brady. They said they have followed the Occupy Charlottesville
movement and studied the permitting process for such groups. They encouraged the City
to consider carefully before changing the permitting procedure if similar groups emerge.
Ms. Vanthi Nguyen, 1116 Little High Street: Ms. Nguyen stated that the City is
working for the benefit of small developers in Albemarle County and not City residents.
She stated the new dam would be giving away resources that belong to City residents.
Ms. Nguyen said she doesn’t understand the benefit of the new dam to the City and
suggests Council members be presented with the key to Albemarle County.
Mr. Luis Oyola, 505 Elliott Avenue: Mr. Oyola said that a young woman named
Linda became a part of Occupy Charlottesville to break with the isolation she felt, and
died several days after the group was evicted from Lee Park. He stated the group will
continue to protest.
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704-B Graves Street: Mr. Salidis objected to the proposed
water supply plan because the water demand study is based on false assumptions. He
said the law prohibits the City from giving away land, and encouraged Council members
to use the power they have to prevent this.
Mr. John Hossack, 617 Davis Avenue: Mr. Hossack opposed the early opening of
the Meadow Creek Parkway because of safety issues.
Ms. Donna Gray, 104-B Stewart Circle: Ms. Gray said she is a human and
environmental activity who supported Occupy Charlottesville and claimed a young
woman named Linda was forced back into isolation. She encouraged others to join the
Occupy Charlottesville group.
Dede Gilmore, 613 Hinton Avenue: Ms. Gilmore thanked Dr. Brown for his
service on Council, and thanked Ms. Edwards for her work at the health clinic and the
other projects she was involved with.
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Ms. Abigail Turner, 1000 Preston Avenue: Ms. Turner, on behalf of the Legal
Aid Justice Center, read a letter thanking Dr. Brown and Ms. Edwards for their assistance
in helping the clients of the Justice Center by their service on committees, boards and
supporting funding, throughout their tenures on Council.
Ms. Marnie Allen: Ms. Allen as a member of the Dialogue on Race Committee
specifically thanked Ms. Edwards for her support of the Second Chance program, a
program to help re-entry of ex-offenders, and as a member of the Dialogue on Race
Committee. She passed out booklets on the program and encouraged their continued
support.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos asked Ms. Marnie Allen to tell the public where the re-entry booklets
can be picked up, and she did so. Ms. Szakos addressed the issue of intersection safety
with respect to the Meadow Creek Parkway, stating that the changes to the intersection
are supposed to improve safety and the issue will be evaluated again after the road is
open.
Ms. Szakos affirmed that closed sessions are only held when necessary and no
decisions are made in closed session. She said negotiations do take place in closed
session, and she is committed to transparency in doing public business. She stated that the
City is not “giving away Ragged Mountain land” because the City is being paid for it,
and the rest of the land can still be used for recreational purposes.
Ms. Edwards extended her gratitude for all the kind words and comments. She
said the Occupy Charlottesville movement was important, and she has always tried to
make the best decisions possible. She encouraged everyone to get involved and be a
voice of advocacy. Ms. Edwards read the letter submitted by Ms. Colette Hall about the
conditions placed on VDOT for opening the parkway, and in response to Hall’s question,
said that VDOT can ignore the City’s requests.
Dr. Brown explained that the water supply plan came out of discussions since
2002 when there wasn’t enough water to meet community needs. He believes we should
be storing more water to protect rivers and streams, and commented that dredging is a
short term solution. Dr. Brown said Albemarle County should pay more than the City for
the costs of expanding the water supply.
Mr. Norris responded to the question about Dogwood Housing; he has spoken
with the developer and been assured the units will be kept as affordable housing.
Mr. Norris stated that he hasn’t always been convinced that the closed sessions
were always necessary when talking about the water supply plan. He said he does not
believe there were nefarious intentions for holding the discussions in closed session, just
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competing interests negotiating the terms. Mr. Norris said he still believes the Meadow
Creek Parkway is simply moving the traffic problem from the County to the City.
Mr. Norris praised the efforts of the Believers and Achievers group, which is part
of the Second Chance program.
Having no more responses from Council members, Mr. Norris asked Dr. Brown
to announce the Boards and Commissions appointments. Dr. Brown stated that Brian
Hogg, Candace DeLoach, and Timothy Mohr were appointed to the Board of
Architectural Review; William Dittmar and Rudolph Beverly were appointed to the
Piedmont Workforce Investment Board; and James Bennett and Lana Young were
appointed to the Dialogue on Race Committee.
CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Norris read the list of Consent Agenda items. Ms. Szakos asked for the
ordinance on the Meadow Creek Parkway Opening to be removed from the consent
agenda for further discussion.
On motion by Ms. Edwards, seconded by Mr. Huja, the following consent agenda items
were approved: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown;
Noes: None.)
a. Minutes of November 21,
December 5, December 8
b. APPROPRIATION: Highway Safety Grant - $422,869 (2nd
of 2 readings)
c. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for Extraditions - $6,959.22 (2nd
of 2
readings)
d. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for Voting Machines - $7,920 (2nd
of 2
readings)
e. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for CATEC Bus Loop Expenses -
$69,798.37 (1st of 2 readings)
f. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for Central Library Renovations -
$41,645.41 (1st of 2 readings)
g. APPROPRIATION: Reimbursement for Facilities Assessments - $11,335.62 (1st
of 2 readings)
h. APPROPRIATION: Amend FY2012 Schools Budget - $575,534 (1st
of 2
readings)
i. RESOLUTION: Amendment to City Manager Employment Agreement (1st
of 1 reading)
j. RESOLUTION: Support for Uniting American Families Act (1st
of 1
reading)
k. ORDINANCE: Tax Abatement Program Extension (2nd
of 2 readings)
l. ORDINANCE: Meadow Creek Parkway – Conditions for Opening for
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Public Travel (2nd
of 2 readings) Moved to Regular Agenda
for Discussion
m. ORDINANCE: NDS Fee Schedule Changes (2nd
of 2 readings)
PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: CONSERVATION EASEMENT ACROSS CITY
OWNED LANDS ALONG MEADOW CREEK
Mr. Brian Daly, director of Parks & Recreation, explained the scope of the
project, which has been 5 years in the making, and introduced Mr. George Barlow,
attorney for The Nature Conservancy, the proposed recipient of the conservation
easement. Mr. Norris opened the public hearing for comment. Having no speakers, the
public hearing was closed.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the ordinance was carried
over to the next meeting.
REPORT: WATER SUPPLY PLAN UPDATE
Mr. Maurice Jones, City Manager, presented the general concept of the cost
sharing allocation and property use agreement for the Ragged Mountain Dam (RWSA to
pay 85% of the dam’s cost; the City would pay 15%). He stated the recommendation is to
build the dam to 30 feet in height, and only increase it to 42 feet if certain conditions
exist. There will be more accurate accounting of where the water is being used, and the
costs of dredging at the South Force Reservoir will be shared. A public hearing on the
proposed agreements will occur on January 3, 2012.
Ms. Szakos asked about advance notice of the details of the agreements. She
prefers that the public hearing be moved to the second meeting in January if necessary to
give the public adequate time to review the terms of the agreements.
Mr. Norris asked about the current allocation of the water supply. Mr. Craig
Brown, City Attorney, responded that the 2003 agreement with ACSA and RWSA used
figures of 12.8 million gallons/day with 8.32 million gallons/day going to the City. He
stated the proposed agreement would have consequences if any party’s allotment of water
is exceeded.
Mr. Norris asked about the cost of the pipeline and what would it cost the City to
guarantee sufficient water for just the City residents. He stated that there is general
agreement that the City should pay for additional capacity if we don’t need it. Mr. Norris
asked the City Manager to investigate and report back to Council. Mr. Norris agreed that
he could use AECOM’s projections as a starting point.
Mr. Norris asked about the responsibility of costs incurred up to date on this issue.
Mr. Brown said the proposed agreement will not include previously incurred costs, only
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costs incurred after the effective date of the agreement. Mr. Norris said he believes the
same allocation formula should apply to all costs incurred (before and after agreement is
signed).
REPORT: DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Mr. Galloway Beck, Director of Human Resources, reported on the City’s hiring
practices. He presented a PowerPoint on the Strategic Diversity Plan, and the results of
the Career Goals Survey. The presentation included workforce demographics, and
emphasized the City’s commitment to diversity. He reviewed the survey results on
employee satisfaction and commented on actions taken to address training and
professional development issues related to diversity.
Ms. Szakos thanked Mr. Beck for his work. She said she is concerned, however,
that the City is making small changes but not addressing substantively the inequity
between the percentage of African-American employees and African-American
supervisors. She stated that the City should be an example for other localities and
businesses. Ms. Szakos suggested City Council may need to schedule a work session to
get a more in-depth study of the problems.
Mr. Huja suggested that departments be held accountable for making diversity a
priority. Mr. Jones said a City Manager Office staff member attends each new employee
orientation, and encourages them to pursue career development opportunities. He stated
that retention of employees of color may contribute to the problem.
Mr. Norris stated that the City has laid out reasonable measures for increasing
diversity, but the broader challenge is to attract black professionals into the community.
REPORT: SOLID WASTE UPDATE (RECYCLING PILOT PROGRAM)
Ms. Judith Mueller, Director of Public Works, gave a brief history of the pilot
program on recycling started in the Greenbrier neighborhood. She said the residents liked
having the larger container (96 gallon) with less frequent collection, and the percentage
of recyclable materials collected increased by 73%. Ms. Mueller stated the pilot program
should be expanded to an additional 136 homes to see if the support continues.
Mr. Huja said residents should have the option to opt out of having the larger
container, and Ms. Mueller said the contractor should be able to work with individual
property owners. In response to questions, Ms. Mueller stated that the additional large
containers are already available at no additional cost to the City, and the contractor owns
the recyclable materials it collects so the City gets no revenue from re-selling recyclables.
Dr. Brown commented that he doesn’t believe it would be practical for the
contractor to pick up two different types of containers, and the larger containers have a
cover, keeping the materials dry. Ms. Mueller agreed that the contractor saves money by
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picking up every other week instead of every week, plus their employees don’t have to
manually pick up the large containers (it’s automated).
Mr. Jones said the solid waste is an issue that will be under discussion in 2012.
REPORT/RESOLUTION: APPROVAL OF TONSLER PARK MASTER
PLANNING PROCESS
Mr. Brian Daly reported that the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board has
recommended the proposed process, and the plan is to start the process in the spring of
2012. The timeline will allow other master plans to continue while Parks & Recreation
does work on the Tonsler Park Master Plan.
Mr. Huja said the proposed plan calls for one of the City’s “on-call” contractors to
do the master plan. Mr. Daly said they intend to use a landscape architectural firm under
contract with the City to assist in the design drawings. Dr. Brown expressed concern that
the process might allow the design to be driven by the relatively few people who show up
at the public meeting. Mr. Huja agreed and asked if the plan design wouldn’t benefit from
having a design professional who would look at all aspects. Mr. Huja suggested it may
be better to have a design professional help with the plan from the beginning. Mr. Daly
discussed the differences between land use planning decisions and design planning,
stating that the master plan process is to determine the use of the land and not the specific
design; the specific design would come later.
Mr. Norris said that the proposed process has been used successfully with other
park design projects. Ms. Szakos agreed with Mr. Norris, stating that these are public
parks, and the public’s opinion of how to use the land is important. There was discussion
on Tonsler Park as an example of how the planning process has been used in the past.
Mr. Huja stated that there is value in having a professional designer, and they
should be employed early in the process. Ms. Szakos said that Parks & Recreation has a
lot of the expertise required on staff and can deal with the conceptual stage. She asked
what input young people (who will be using the park) have in the process, and would like
to make sure their opinions are solicited.
Mr. Huja asked if there are any certified landscape architects on the Parks &
Recreation staff. Mr. Daly said there are not. Dr. Brown agreed with Mr. Huja on the
need for professional design services. Ms. Edwards suggested that the needs of mothers
with young children be a high priority. She agreed with Mr. Huja that professional
design services, if necessary, be employed early in the planning process.
Dr. Brown suggested that Mr. Daly be given some time to determine the cost of
hiring a professional design firm, and time to revise the plan to address the issue raised
by Mr. Huja.
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On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Huja, the resolution, as amended,
was approved unanimously (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Szakos; Noes: None).
RESOLUTION: ALLOCATION OF $650,000 FOR DESIGN OF CRESCENT HALLS
RENOVATIONS AND LEVY AVENUE PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Tolbert explained that the purpose of the $650,000 allocation of funds is to
renovate Crescent Halls and redevelop the property at Levy Avenue and Garrett Street,
which is estimated to cost approximately $8-10 million dollars for construction. This
money would be combined with the $150,000 already given to the CRHA for
redevelopment. He stated the Levy redevelopment project will require significant
community input before design decisions can be made or construction can begin. He
explained that the $650,000 includes all engineering services, environmental assessments,
and architectural services, and the funds would come from the CIP contingency, although
later on Council could reimburse the CIP contingency with funds from the FY2013
Charlottesville Housing Fund. City staff have started developing requests for proposals
pending City Council’s decision.
Ms. Szakos asked if it would save money if City staff conducted the public
engagement component. Mr. Tolbert said staff may want to have control over the public
input segment, but probably would still need to hire a consultant so no overall savings.
Dr. Brown asked if the money requested is from the current year’s CIP
contingency fund, how much money is currently in the account, and was last year’s CIP
contingency account used completely. Mr. Tolbert said it is from this year’s CIP fund,
and Mr. Jones said there is $3.1 million available in the current fund. Mr. Jones said he
wasn’t sure if last year’s CIP contingency fund was exhausted, but he thought it was.
There was discussion about the commitment of City funds without exact costs of
the services, but Mr. Tolbert said he believes the estimates are reasonable and does not
intend to come back to Council to ask for more funding.
Ms. Edwards was concerned about the flexibility of the master plan process; Mr.
Tolbert assured her that if new needs are discovered during the process, the plan can be
adjusted accordingly. Mr. Norris said Council’s previous approval of the master plan
process was based partly on its flexibility, but that guarantees made to residents would
not be compromised.
In response to questions by Mr. Huja, Mr. Tolbert stated that the Levy
redevelopment project would have to be a public/private partnership and the design may
change somewhat once a private developer becomes involved. The project would likely
be done in phases, and financing will be an important consideration in working with a
private developer.
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Mr. Norris stated that at the CRHA meeting last week there was discussion of a
public/private partnership and leveraging private sources of capital for the Crescent Halls
renovation. Mr. Tolbert added that financing will be easier for the Crescent Halls project.
Mr. Huja expressed reservations about proceeding with architectural design work
before the private developer component is identified. Mr. Norris said that approval is for
a cap on funding – it may not all be spent. He also reaffirmed his belief that the annual
CDBG funding should be used for one big project, such as the Levy project, and the City
should use the housing fund for many of the projects currently funded through the CDBG
fund. Mr. Norris said this would eliminate a lot of the time spent on federal “red tape”
because there would only be one recipient for CDBG funds instead of multiple recipients.
On motion by Ms. Edwards, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution was
approved unanimously (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Szakos; Noes: None).
ORDINANCE: REZONE PROPERTY AT ELLIOTT AVENUE, BURNET STREET
AND LANKFORD AVENUE TO PUD
Mr. Tolbert explained that the ordinance needs to be amended to comply with the
Board of Architectural Review’s recommendation that removes the historic designation
from the back yards of the properties in the new development.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the ordinance, as amended, was
approved unanimously (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Szakos; Noes: None).
ORDINANCE: RETIREMENT PLAN AMENDMENTS
Ms. Jennifer Brown, City Treasurer and member of the City Retirement
Commission, stated the Retirement Commission has approved certain amendments to the
current retirement plans for City employees. She introduced Mr. Bill Dowd, Sageview
Consulting Group, who presented a PowerPoint on the differences between the current
and proposed retirement plans. Mr. Dowd emphasized that current employees would not
be affected by the proposed changes; only employees hired after July 1, 2012. His
presentation showed some of the changes to be that affected employees would contribute
money to retirement, the required time in service would be extended an additional 5 years
(but not for public safety employees), and health care benefits would end after the
employee becomes Medicare eligible. Mr. Dowd stated the goal is to manage costs while
still remaining an attractive benefit for retention and new hire purposes. Mr. Dowd said
the proposed changes would save $11 million over twenty years.
Mr. Norris commented that in general many public sector organizations are at risk
financially because of retirement costs.
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Mr. Huja and Ms. Edwards expressed concern about cuts in health care benefits
for lower wage employees, and their ability to afford medical care even with Medicare.
Ms. Brown responded that with the living wage commitment by the City, the average
salary of a City employee is $39,000 per year, and that it’s very difficult to predict future
health care costs.
Dr. Brown said costs are being paid by taxpayers, and many of them don’t have
the same benefits as City employees do currently. He said it is good to make comparisons
with other localities and the state who still offer defined benefit plans. Dr. Brown said he
thought it was fair to ask employees to pay some toward their retirement, but suggested
that the Retirement Commission add a member from the public with specific expertise (in
banking or investment). Dr. Brown asked Ms. Brown and Ms. Dowd to draft a proposal
to change the composition of the Retirement Commission.
Dr. Brown asked if eliminating the defined benefit plan would be an option. Mr.
Dowd said there are risks in doing so in terms of funding the current plans, so such a
change should be carefully considered.
Ms. Szakos acknowledged the difficulty that lower wage employees might have if
benefits were reduced, but believes the living wage commitment compensates somewhat
for the need to reduce benefits for future employees.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Dr. Brown, the ordinance was carried
over to the next meeting.
ORDINANCE: MEADOW CREEK PARKWAY – CONDITIONS FOR OPENING
FOR PUBLIC TRAVEL
Ms. Szakos proposed an amendment to the Ordinance approved on first reading
on December 5, 2011 on the opening of the Meadow Creek Parkway. The amendment
would make it clear that the City is not consent to the early opening, but expressing
Council’s expectations should VDOT decide on an early opening.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Huja, the motion to amend the
Ordinance was approved, and upon motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Huja, the
ordinance, as amended, was adopted (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Szakos; Noes: Ms. Edwards).
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Joy Johnson, 823-E Hardy Drive, thanked Dr. Brown for his service on
Council, and thanked Ms. Edwards for her community service.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th Street: Ms. Quinn opposes the water supply plan
because the numbers are not right. She asked if the University of Virginia is affected by
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the new plan and are they participating in the negotiations. She urged Council to take
their time in making any decisions.
Mr. WolfBraun, 1120-0 South Street: Mr. Braun was disappointed that graffiti
painted on the Robert E. Lee statue is being used to argue that Occupy Charlottesville
should never have been allowed to use Lee Park.
Ms. Pat Lloyd, Raymond Road: Ms. Lloyd had questions on what materials are
accepted for recycling. She thinks recycling program should including composting and
information on the purchase of products that require less packaging. Dr. Brown said he
uses the McIntire Recycling Center because it accepts higher grades of paper for
recycling, which is a valuable recycling asset. .
Mr. Richard Lloyd: Mr. Lloyd stated that Dixon Disposal and Vanderlinde take
all kinds ofrecyclables. He thanked Ms. Edwards for her service. He objected to
Council's amendment ofthe City Manager's employment agreement, and the City's sale
ofreservoir land. Mr. Lloyd said he is concerned about Council not upholding the "rule
oflaw."
Mr. Richard Sattman, 116 Olinda Drive: Mr. Sattman thanked Dr. Brown and
Ms. Edwards for their service. He opposed the proposed cost sharing allocation
agreement, and questioned whether RWSA adequately represents the City.
Mr. Ridge Schuyler, 112 Robinson Woods: Mr. Schuyler thanked Ms. Edwards
and Dr. Brown for their service to the City, and said councilors don't always get the
recognition they deserve. Mr. Schuyler said he supports increasing the water supply by
construction of a new dam, and supports the proposed cost sharing allocation agreement.
The meeting was adjourned.

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