SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, November 21, 2011, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor
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 – November 21, 2011
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos (came in after motion was
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, Council voted, (Ayes: Dr.
Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; 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); (2) discussion of
acquisition of three parcels of property on Jefferson Park Circle west of Fry Springs
Beach Club, and one parcel located between Holmes Avenue and Pen Park, all to be used
for a public purpose, where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the
City’s bargaining position, as authorized by Virginia Code Sec. 2.2-3711(A)(3); and (3)
discussion of the compensation of the City Manager, as authorized by Virginia Code Sec.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, Council voted to recess the
closed session and reconvene immediately following the regular Council meeting (Ayes:
Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None).
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – November 21, 2011
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos.
Mr. Norris announced that the Clerk of Council, Paige Barfield, delivered a baby
girl, Olivia Paige, on November 8th, and that Barbara Ronan of the City Attorney’s Office
would be filling in for her during her maternity leave. He also announced the
Thanksgiving holiday closings (no trash or recycling pick up, and no transit service, on
November 24th ).
Ms. Szakos announced several events on the downtown mall to celebrate the
holidays, including the Grand Illumination and related activities, plus a free movie at the
Paramount Theater (Home Alone). The Holiday Parade is from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on
Mr. Huja announced that the public is invited to attend the next Town Hall
meeting on Thursday, December 8th from 6-8 p.m. at Meadows Church, with dinner
MATTERS BY PUBLIC
Ms. Barbara Cruikshank, 324 Parkway Street, spoke in opposition to the addition of
fluoride to the drinking water provided to the public. She cited several studies linking
fluoride to various diseases or health problems, and stressed the risk for infants and
pregnant women. She said fluoride is considered medication, and many cities have
stopped putting fluoride in the municipal water system. She stated diet prevents cavities
more than fluoride.
Emerald Young, 237 Yellowstone Drive, also spoke against water fluoridation because of
the health risks. Peer review studies have not been provided to public so they are unaware
of risks. She stated that fluoride in the water is different from toothpaste fluoride, and
said that fluoride is an industrial waste product, which is difficult to remove from the
water. She provided Council members with materials to support her positions.
Bailee Hampton, homeless, asked everyone in the audience to raise their hands if this is
their first Council meeting. Ms. Hampton stated the City does not have adequate
resources for homeless, with 300 people in City being homeless and not enough beds.
She questioned how and where the City invests its money. She claimed that reported
incidents of crime in the neighborhood have actually decreased since Occupy
Charlottesville has been in the park.
Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave, spoke in favor of forming a Human Rights
Commission, as proposed by the Dialogue on Race Committee. He supports the City
legislative program (especially the bill opposing denial of food stamp benefits for people
convicted of drug distribution offenses). Mr. Collins was disappointed that the legislative
program did not address immigrants’ rights. He thinks the public should be given an
update on the status of the water supply cost share negotiations.
Brian Moss, Maple Hill Farm, Scottsville, complained that he was ticketed twice for
parking on sidewalk while helping City pick up recycling. He would like the City to
consider reimbursing him for costs of tickets and towing.
Overton McGeehee, 924 Courthouse Road, Palmyra, discussed the City’s partnership
with Habitat for Humanity, and the current and proposed mixed income housing projects.
He encouraged Council to devote more funds from Housing Fund to Habitat for
Maureen Burkhill, 1630 Oxford Road, said she is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
and described the problems many low income people have in finding affordable housing.
She thanked Council for being very generous with funding, but urged Council to give
more money to Habitat for Humanity.
Gloria Rockhold, 1417 Lester Drive, said she is a member of the Dialogue on Race
Committee, and wants to present recommendations to Council. She translated her
comments into Spanish as she spoke, and asked all supporters to raise their hands. She
would like Council to create a Commission on Human Rights, Racial Diversity and Race
Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont Street, complained that the Jefferson Park Avenue Bridge
construction is causing problems at night for drivers. He recommends better detour
signage, and wants Council to help merchants whose businesses have been hurt because
of the construction.
Ivana Kadija, 704 Belmont Avenue, opposes fluoridation of water due to its
neurotoxicity. Since 1963, 24 studies have reported association between fluoride and bad
health effects (cognitive function affected, especially in children). She favors creating a
Commission on Human Rights, acting on the platform developed by the Dialogue on
Race Committee. She wants Council to consider funding a director position for it.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Fluoride in the Water: Ms. Szakos stated that the water supply is owned by the City and
County in common and although major medical and dental associations still support
putting fluoride in the water, we should continue to discuss its efficacy. Dr. Brown said
he is sympathetic to the fluoridation issue because it’s not a choice for consumers, and we
should take a careful look at it. Mr. Huja suggested that Rivanna Water & Sewer
Authority look at the issue again. Ms. Edwards thinks the fluoride issue is intriguing but
wants to do more research on it – she encouraged everyone to read the book (“Fluoride
Deception”) recommended by Ms. Young.
City’s Banking Practices: Ms. Szakos responded that the City must have a relationship
with any bank that an employee uses because we have direct deposit of paychecks. Mr.
Norris said the City should examine which banks are used, and wondered why the Credit
Union isn’t being used for the City’s banking needs.
Towing Complaint: Ms. Szakos and Dr. Brown both stated that Mr. Moss is responsible
for illegally parking twice, and should pay the tickets. Ms. Edwards advised Mr. Moss
that there is an appeal procedure for parking tickets through the Treasurer’s Office, and
he could contest it in court if he really felt he was not at fault.
Jefferson Park Avenue Bridge Construction: Ms. Edwards said the City tries to support
the businesses near the JPA Bridge, and encouraged the public to patronize those
businesses. Mr. Norris recognized the concerns of the JPA businesses and would like to
do more to actively support them.
Human Rights Commission: Ms. Edwards said she supports the idea of a Human Rights
Commission and City Council should discuss it more. Mr. Norris also supports
formation of a Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Huja asked for Item F and Item J on the Consent Agenda to be discussed and
considered as part of the Regular Agenda. Ms. Edwards suggested Council discuss under
Other Business the need for additional work sessions on solid waste and follow up on the
Virginia Organizing Project’s report on employment of African-Americans.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the following consent agenda
items were approved: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr.
Brown; Noes: None.)
a. APPROPRIATION: Runaway Emergency Shelter Program Grant - $222,222 (2nd
of 2 readings)
b. APPROPRIATION: Statewide Information Sharing Strategic Plan and Pilot
Geospatial Visualization Project - $1,000,000 (2nd of 2
c. APPROPRIATION: State Criminal Alien Assistance Program Grant - $16,738
(1st of 2 readings)
d. APPROPRIATION: Charlottesville Police Foundation Contribution - $2,376.14
(1st of 2 readings)
e. APPROPRIATION: Bullet Proof Partnership DOJ Grant - $4,300.92 (1st
f. RESOLUTION: Allocation of Funds for Vinegar Hill Monument (1st
reading) [moved to Regular Agenda]
g. ORDINANCE: Reauthorization of the Technology Zone Tax Incentives (2nd
of 2 readings)
h. ORDINANCE: Planned Unit Development application requirement
revisions (2nd of 2 readings)
i. ORDINANCE: Update Civil Penalties for Zoning Violations and Correction
to Code Section re Zoning Matrix (2nd of 2 readings)
J. ORDINANCE: Extension of Home Improvement Tax Exemption Program
(1st of 2 readings) [moved to Regular Agenda]
PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: ABANDON GAS LINE EASEMENT IN
PAVILLIONS SUBDIVISION (ALBEMARLE COUNTY)
Mr. Brown, City Attorney, explained that the gas line easement in the Pavillions
Subdivision in Albemarle County was no longer needed because the design of the project
had changed. A new gas line easement has been obtained to replace the one being
abandoned. State law requires a public hearing whenever the City conveys a property
interest, including easements.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Dr. Brown, the ordinance was offered and
carried over to the next meeting for consideration.
PUBLIC HEARING/APPROPRIATION: FISCAL YEAR 2011 YEAR END
Mr. Bernard Wray, Director of Finance, reported on the Fiscal Year 2011
expenditures and revenues, and said there was a positive financial outcome. Mr. Wray
recommended the approximately $1.2 million in surplus funds should be put into the
Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) Contingency Fund.
Mr. Norris opened the public hearing. Mr. Brandon Collins recommended the
surplus funds be put into the Housing Fund. He praised Council for allocating money for
holiday bus service and recommended additional funding for transit purposes.
Ms. Colette Hall stated any surplus funds should be given back to the taxpayers,
but if that isn’t done, Council should put the surplus funds and other funds recommended
for other purposes into the CIP Fund to reduce concerns by bond rating agencies that less
cash was being contributed to the CIP. She also asked Council to consider how the City
would meet its needs if there were no revenue sharing payments from Albemarle County.
Mr. Peter Kleeman said there is a crisis in maintenance of the City’s infrastructure
and said some of the surplus should go to long term maintenance costs of existing
infrastructure rather than into new capital projects.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Dr. Brown questioned Mr. Brian Daly, Director of Parks & Recreation, about the
apparent $400,000 deficit in the Golf Fund. Mr. Daly stated that the deficit was caused by
aggregated losses over several years, including $272,000 by the First Tee program since
2006. Another $102,000 in revenue was lost because of the RWSA sewer construction
project. Mr. Huja said Council should have been notified sooner about the Golf Fund
losses. Mr. Daly said several years ago he examined the profit/loss figures in the Golf
Fund and has taken steps to address the issues (First Tee program was transferred to the
General Fund, more volunteers are being used, and the rate structure for users of the golf
course was changed so per-round revenue is higher). Mr. Wray stated the result is that the
Golf Fund is expected to make a profit next year. There was discussion among Council
members about the First Tee program and the Golf Fund in general. Ms. Szakos strongly
believes the Golf Fund should be self-supporting and City funds should not be
subsidizing it. Mr. Jones said most programs don’t make money in the beginning, and
Council may need to discuss funding of the First Tee program in the budget work
sessions. Mr. Norris stated the City has to pay for the deficit regardless of whether we
use surplus funds or a bond issue.
Dr. Brown spoke on the Dialogue on Race Committee’s emergence from a
process into a formal part of City government, and why funding for it isn’t part of the
budget process. Mr. Jones gave some background history and advised Council that
funding for the Dialogue on Race Steering Committee, and the proposed Human Rights
Commission, recommended by the Dialogue on Race Committee, will come before
Council for discussion in December.
Dr. Brown and Mr. Huja asked Mr. Jones if and when Council would have
opportunity to decide specifically how to spend the surplus funds. Mr. Jones replied that
during the budget sessions, Council can decide how to fund various programs, but the
Golf Fund deficit needs to be resolved now.
Mr. Huja stated the surplus funds from Fiscal Year 2011 should go to the CIP.
Ms. Szakos confirmed with staff that major maintenance expenses are programmed into
the Capital Projects Fund. Mr. Norris said the Planning Commission and the Housing
Advisory Committee propose to increase funds for housing. He also stated that City staff
had researched how to return surplus funds to the taxpayers but it would be considered
taxable income and IRS forms would have to be filed on each payment, so it was deemed
impractical. Mr. Jones stated that past surplus funds have been reinvested into the
community and put to good use (Smith Aquatic Center, Fontaine Fire Station, Onesty
Aquatic Center). Mr. Norris advised Council members to look at the Year End
Appropriation documents carefully, and if necessary further discussion could take place
at the next meeting.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the appropriation was
offered and carried over to the next meeting for consideration.
PUBLIC HEARING: LEE PARK – OVERNIGHT ACTIVITIES
Mr. Jones gave background information on the requests by Occupy
Charlottesville group and the City’s actions. He reported on the issues involved (public
safety, First Amendment rights), and said this matter now needs Council input.
Mayor Norris opened the public hearing. There were 57 speakers. Fifty one (51)
persons (a list of their names is attached to these minutes) spoke in support of the Occupy
Charlottesville (OC) movement and extension of the permit allowing them to stay
overnight in Lee Park for an indefinite period of time. They presented a petition with 434
signatures on it in support of extension of the permit.
Many speakers explained why they had joined OC. Some said it is a political
statement to protest corruption, income disparity, unemployment, and homelessness. One
speaker emphasized that OC is not camping; it is an occupation of land, and the sustained
protest shows how serious they are about the political movement. Another referenced a
march in Washington D.C. on similar issues but said it takes more than a “1 day effort” to
have an impact. One speaker claimed Lee Park has been “political space” for 85 years,
since the statute of Robert E. Lee was created to honor a Confederate war hero. He said
Council should allow OC to express the “counter point” by letting them continue to
occupy Lee Park.
Several speakers told Council they are exercising their First Amendment rights to
express political views, and it’s important to protect their freedom to do so. Two speakers
suggested that City Council would be sending a “message of aggression” and would be
“responsible for acts of violence” if they do not extend the permit. A speaker said that the
Sierra Club and the Legal Aid Justice Center both support the OC movement and that it is
about economic justice.
Many speakers praised the OC group for the sense of community it created among
its members, who care deeply for one another, offering a supportive “home” for some
members. One speaker explained the red clothing most supporters were wearing at
tonight’s meeting. A 12 year old supporter said she has grown up poor, without
affordable access to medical care, and believes students are not being educated in
“realism.” She is proud that OC is “fighting back.” Another supporter said OC supports
education but the schools are not teaching basic skills, such as growing your own food.
Many speakers commented on the homeless problem and the OC group’s positive
impact on homeless individuals. They commented that OC is establishing a relationship
with area homeless persons that is good for the homeless, especially those who don’t
choose to use The Haven or other homeless shelters.
Several supporters acknowledged there are real concerns about the problems
created by OC (trash, crime, alcohol abuse, safety), but urged Council to help and support
OC, even though it’s a challenge. Some supporters said they live near Lee Park and are
in favor of the OC group being in Lee Park. One speaker asked the supporters to stand if
they are in favor of OC and the majority of the audience members stood up.
A few speakers offered an alternative of moving the occupation to another public
location, if a suitable one could be found and they could occupy it 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week. One speaker praised City Council for its attempts to begin a dialogue with
residents, such as the Town Hall meetings and Dialogue on Race. He said OC is a group
that wants to engage and we should be proud of their initiative, but suggested another
location other than Lee Park might be more appropriate.
The speakers who opposed extension of the permit to allow overnight stays in Lee
Park by OC referenced problems related to public safety and the safety of the occupiers.
Gerald Barnes stated the general public is afraid to use Lee Park because of the homeless
bothering people and the alcohol abuse.
Elizabeth Breeden, on behalf of PACEM, an organization which provides
overnight shelter to the homeless, opposes the extension of the permit to OC because the
homeless are using tents left overnight rather than safer shelter alternatives offered by
PACEM and other organizations. When the weather turns very cold, these tents do not
give adequate protection.
David Repass said he lives across from Lee Park, is a strong supporter of The
Haven and civil rights issues, but thinks Lee Park should go back to being a public park.
He believes the OC movement has succeeded in calling attention to societal problems but
they need to seek more “realistic tactics.”
Mr. Mark Kavit lives in the North Downtown neighborhood and is opposed to
overnight camping in Lee Park by OC. His major concern was for public safety because
of the alcohol and homeless persons who come from outside the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle
area. He supports the efforts of The Haven.
Ms. Colette Hall said the OC movement was attracting homeless individuals from
far outside the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. There have been assaults and excessive
alcohol consumption, causing the police to be called many times.
Having no further public speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Mr. Norris cautioned the audience that Council does not have the power to extend
the special event permit; that is the decision of the director of Parks & Recreation and the
City Manager. The question is whether to waive the 11:00 p.m. curfew for Lee Park. He
has gotten lots of e-mail messages, both in support of and opposed to an extension of the
Ms. Szakos said that OC is about free speech, but she hopes the group doesn’t
continue its overnight activities into winter. She said free speech doesn’t end at 11:00
p.m. or because of the Thanksgiving holiday. She called on Chief Longo to comment on
the incidence of crime in Lee Park since OC began. Chief Longo said there have been 21
arrests, mostly involving alcohol, but the requirement for police presence has diminished
Ms. Edwards acknowledged the failed system. She hoped OC would undergo a
group transformation and decide to work within the current social services system.
Mr. Norris said the OC made good arguments, but heard very little about the
necessity to use Lee Park in particular. Many neighbors want the park back, and the
occupation has changed the nature of Lee Park. He inquired as to whether the OC
movement is stronger than this park. Mr. Norris read a letter from Mr. John Whitehead
of the Rutherford Institute, where it was suggested that an alternate location be found that
would serve the First Amendment rights of OC but not be in Lee Park.
Dr. Brown agreed with Mr. Norris that Lee Park is not an appropriate location for
overnight occupation, but the OC movement is valuable.
Mr. Huja agrees with the goals of OC, and states that freedom of speech is very
important. He also agreed with Dr. Brown and Mr. Norris that another location would be
best. Mr. Huja suggested that the City allow them to occupy Lee Park until
December 31st; other Council members said that was too long an extension.
Mr. Norris suggested that Council and City staff work with the OC members and
the Rutherford Institute to find another location. Mr. Jones said Council needs to give
staff direction on further extensions of the permit.
Ms. Szakos asked whether Council should waive the curfew for Lee Park until
another location is found, but Mr. Jones expressed concern about the precedent that
Mr. Norris discussed the homeless issue and the efforts the City has made over
the years to address it. He is concerned about the “us against them” attitude between OC
and PACEM, which have the common interest of advocating for the homeless. He stated
that OC needs to find another location, but there is flexibility in renewing the 3 day
permit into next week as long as there is a good faith effort toward finding a new
RESOLUTION: 600 PRESTON PLACE SPECIAL USE PERMIT
Mr. Tolbert gave background on the special use permit request. He responded to
Ms. Szakos’ concern expressed at the November 7th Council meeting about police calls to
the property and noise complaints. He said there have been few problems associated with
this fraternity and the current owners were very responsible and cooperative. Mr. Tolbert
also provided Council with additional information that was not available at the last
meeting–he said the property was allowed up to 13 units by special permit granted in
1986, so the applicant’s request for an increase from 10 units to 14 units did not
significantly increase the number of units already allowed.
Mr. Huja asked if there was an expiration date to the special use permit. Mr.
Tolbert responded there was not.
Ms. Szakos said, given the fact that the fraternity actually has been a good
neighbor, she has no objection. Although the Planning Commission approved up to 17
units, Dr. Brown said he would support 14 units under an amendment to the special
Mr. Norris said he wanted an alternate representative of the fraternity to be
identified, in addition to a primary contact. He said he was concerned with increasing
density in the neighborhood through special use permits, and the cumulative effect on the
neighborhood. Mr. Tolbert said it is zoned R-3 which is meant for multi-family high
density zoning, and fraternities are an appropriate use. However, Council has the right to
evaluate each special use permit and evaluate the impacts.
Mr. Huja said he opposes the approval of the special use permit because of the
harmful effect on the neighborhood.
Ms. Edwards opposed approval because of the systemic negative impact on the
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council approved the
Resolution, as amended to add a second contact person, by a vote of 3-2 (Ayes: Dr.
Brown, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Noes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards).
REPORT/RESOLUTION: ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO PIEDMONT HOUSING
ALLIANCE FOR PURCHASE OF REGION TEN PROPERTIES - $750,000
Mr. Tolbert explained that the allocation of $750,000 would be taken from the
Strategic Investment Fund, in which funds are set aside for housing initiatives. The funds
would be transferred to Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) for the purchase and
improvement of three properties from Region Ten (1907 Cedar Hill Road, 719 Shamrock
Road and 720 Highland Avenue) which have been used as group homes. This would
meet an immediate affordable housing need and Region Ten could rent one of the houses
until they find a location where they can consolidate their operations.
Mr. Norris asked if the City would get the money back eventually. Mr. Tolbert
said the proceeds from rent and sale of the houses would be shared between the City and
PHA, and the City’s share would go back into the Strategic Investment Fund for
Ms. Szakos said it would provide more housing for low income families and
Region Ten clients.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Edwards, Council approved the
Resolution by a vote of 5-0 (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Szakos; Noes: None).
REPORT/RESOLUTION: ALLOCATION OF CHARLOTTESVILLE HOUSING
FUND DOLLARS FOR FY2012 - $344,500
Mr. Tolbert explained that Council had appropriated $1,410,000 for the FY2012
Charlottesville Housing Fund. The City has allocated $690,000 for the Nunley housing
project, and $500,000 for the JABA project, leaving $344,500 for allocation. He
described the various purposes that housing organizations would use the allocation of
funds from the Charlottesville Housing Fund in Fiscal Year 2012, as described in the
Mr. Tolbert explained that Piedmont Housing Alliance was not recommended to
receive funding for down payment assistance from FY2012 funds because they had not
yet used the funds allocated in previous years for that purpose (approximately an $80,000
balance). Also, Habitat for Humanity was not recommended for funding for the Belmont
Cottages project since Habitat already has received a lot of funding and many projects are
still in various stages of completion.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, Council approved the
Resolution by a vote of 5-0 (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja Ms.
Szakos; Noes: None).
REPORT/RESOLUTION: LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM OF THOMAS JEFFERSON
PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION
Mr. David Blount, TJPDC, presented the 2012 Legislative Program approved by
their Board. He highlighted several issues being supported by TJPDC, including a
priority item of secondary road devolution (transferring maintenance responsibility of
rural secondary roads to counties). He also discussed allocation by the Commonwealth
Transportation Board for street maintenance funding, and that contractual arrangements
between state and local governments should be encouraged (to reduce shifting costs to
Ms. Szakos asked how the TJPDC legislative position seeking the right for
individual locality appeals of the local composite index to apportion state education
funding might affect the City. Mr. Blount explained the history of this legislative
position; that a process would have to be put in place should such legislation move
forward; and that any appeal brought forth would have a broad impact across localities,
as funds distribution would be impacted statewide.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Edwards, Council approved the
Resolution by a vote of 5-0 (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms.
Szakos; Noes: None).
REPORT/RESOLUTION: CITY’S LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM FOR THE 2012
Mr. Richard Harris, Deputy City Attorney, presented the proposed 2012
legislative program for the City. He stated he had worked with City staff, City Council
members, and others in deciding on which issues to ask our legislators to support, and the
eight proposals in the Legislative Program generally involve human rights, costs savings
to local governments and public safety. Mr. Harris reviewed the eight proposals for
The proposal to prohibit use of indoor furniture outside of a dwelling, such as on a
front porch, generated some discussion. Dr. Brown asked about the definition of indoor
furniture vs. outdoor furniture. Mr. Huja said some fraternities have porches on the 2nd
floor of a house. Ms. Edwards expressed concern that the proposal is too subjective. A
majority of Council members wanted the term “covered porches” removed as a location
where indoor furniture could not be used.
Ms. Szakos stated that she is opposed to any legislation (related to revenue
sharing payments) that would allow Albemarle County to receive public school funding
that now goes to City schools.
Mr. Norris noted that a 15 mph speed limit can be imposed on streets near schools
and would like to see that same speed limit on streets near neighborhood parks. Dr.
Brown said he would like the opinion of the City Traffic Engineer on that proposal. Mr.
Tolbert said the current law allows the speed limit to be reduced by 10 mph in school
zones, and said he would discuss the issue of a similar speed limit reduction near parks
with the Traffic Engineer.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, Council approved the
Resolution, with amendments to the Legislative Program as noted, by a vote of 5-0
(Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None).
Ms. Edwards suggested that City Council hold a work session or discuss at the
next meeting the issue of Work Place Diversity. Discussion was held on the benefits of a
work session vs. a council meeting. Dr. Brown suggested the Mayor and City Manager
come up with an appropriate date. Mr. Jones will look into which Council meeting
would be best.
Mr. Jones said the cost sharing agreement may be an item on a December
Council agenda, and Ms. Edwards said the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority is planning to
hold its meetings on a quarterly basis and she is concerned about the direction it is
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
There were no speakers.
Council re-convened in closed session.
On motion by Dr. Brown, 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 ofeach Council Member's knowledge, only public business matters lawfully
exempted from the open meeting requirements ofthe Virginia Freedom oflnformation
Act and identified in the motion convening the closed session were heard, discussed or
considered in the closed session.
The meeting was adjourned.
ae0,b.-v-v-k: tR~~ Barbara Ronan, Acting Clerk ofCouncil
List of Speakers in favor of Occupy Charlottesville’s request to occupy Lee Park:
(with apologies for any misspelled names)
Bailee Elizabeth Hampton
Flora Lark Baily
Jona Noelle Baily
Sarah (no last name given)
Rachel (no last name given)
Jamie Orchard Hayes