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HELD ON Monday, November 7, 2011, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor Conference
Closed session as provided by Section 2.2-3712 of the Virginia Code
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Dr. Brown, Council voted, (Ayes: Dr.
Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; 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, as authorized by Virginia Code Sec. 2.2-3711(A)(1).
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Edwards, 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 – November 7, 2011
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Dr. Brown.
Mr. Norris announced that Charlottesville received the highest certification in the
Virginia Municipal League’s “Go Green” government challenge last month with
platinum-level certification, the highest possible, for being a green and sustainable
community. This is the fourth year in a row that the VML recognized the City as part of
the Go Green Government Challenge Program. Mr. Jones accepted the award on behalf
of all City staff working on green initiatives.
Ms. Szakos announced the next Our Town meeting at Charlottesville High School
on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m. for the Greenbrier/Locust Grove
Mr. Huja announced CAT will provide free service for Election Day tomorrow.
He also announced the temporary location for the Carver precinct.
Ms. Edwards said the first grading period has been completed, and report cards
are out.
Mr. Norris said some precinct boundaries have changed. Go to
www.charlottesville.org/vote or call 970-3250 to find your voting location. Also, the
Dialogue on Race is honoring the Charlottesville 12 (the first African-American students
to integrate City schools) by installing historical signs on Friday, November 18th at 10:30
a.m. at Venable Elementary School and at 11:00 a.m. at the Albemarle County Office
Building. On Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. there will also be a program at
Venable School. Both events are open to the public. Call 970-3115 for more
information. The City has found a 2011 Community Christmas Tree, thanks to Mr. and
Mrs. Johnny Parks of 107 Greenbrier Terrace. The Grand Illumination of the tree will be
on Friday, November 25th.
Ms. Alicia Bowler Lugo, 515 Brown St., said she is here tonight to ask Council to
consider the Black community in Charlottesville. Members of the Black community
frequently feel that they are not consulted or asked for their opinions, looked through as
“cellophane”. There are lots of Black people left out when honors are being distributed in
this community, such as: Ingrid Smith, who offers comfort to the sick; Emma Bowles,
who gives rides to those who have no transportation; Mary Nicholas Nightingale, who
organizes the Burley High School reunion every year; Jimmy Hollins, of the Burley
Varsity Club; Karen Waters, who is involved in many events related to African-American
affairs, the NAACP, which promotes the African-American Cultural Festival, as well as
the numerous good works done by Black churches. For the first time in recent history,
there is no Black leadership in Charlottesville other than on the School Board. African-
American groups continue to be economically and academically disenfranchised. Black
neighborhoods have been gentrified. Ms. Lugo asks Council to seek the opinions of the
Black community on more issues.
Mr. Fred Quarles, 2309 Fontaine Ave., said he wanted to give Mr. Hall his time.
Mr. Norris said this is not in line with procedure and would not be permitted.
Mr. Evan Knappenberger, 308 Parkwood, with Veterans for Peace, wanted to
recognize Native American people, whose land we are already occupying. The current
permit for Occupy Charlottesville expires around Thanksgiving, but many members do
not want to leave at that time. Mr. Knappenberger praised the intentions of the Occcupy
Charlottesville participants and urged Council to engage them in conversation and
consider their wishes.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., read excerpts from emails regarding The
Haven to and from Colette Hall and Haven executive director Kaki Dimock. Mr. Kavit
criticized The Haven’s proposed policy of not allowing the homeless to use facilities
without enrolling in certain self-help programs since that would drive the homeless back
into the neighborhoods.
Mr. Scott Bandy, 1639 Cherry Ave., yielded time to John Hall or Carol Thorpe,
but his request was denied.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said he was touched by what Ms. Lugo
said. There are a lot of folks who feel like they have not been listened to. He was pleased
to see the Vinegar Hill apology. Redevelopment is a frightening process for people who
live in those neighborhoods. Please respect those residents. We have affordable housing
and homeless crises. Mr. Collins expressed concern about the Single Resident Occupancy
(SRO) facility admission policy (open to those with income), which doesn’t serve the
homeless population. He also objected to a new sewer pump station in the Woolen Mills
Mr. Conor J. Pratt, 563 Shady Ln., said he wished to yield his time to John Hall.
He said he supports Mr. Hall’s proposal and petition regarding the homeless, especially
since the Haven is becoming overtaxed.
Mr. Ed Zavada, 1421 Briarcliff Ave., part of the occupation at Lee Park, said
there has been an indirect request that Occupy Charlottesville consider vacating the park
out of concern for the homeless population. Homelessness is a complicated issue. The
Occupy movement has done good for members of the homeless population and would
like to have safety issues regarding the homeless addressed with the group.
Ms. Shawna Murphy, 1122 Forest Hills Ave., said there are 150 beds in the
overnight shelter program and 300 homeless people. The sobriety requirement will be a
barrier to many members of the homeless that need this service. She asked Council to
address the issue of shelter during the winter months.
Mr. John Edward Hall, 829 Mallside Forest Ct., said he has over 300 signatures
for his PACE petition to provide for night-only camping and sleeping in government
issued tents and sleeping accessories in designated parks year-round.
Ms. Victoria Dunham, 1419 Chesapeake St., said Woolen Mills has been
subjected to odors from the pumping station for many years. Council should remove
Option A (locating the new pump station in Woolen Mills) from the table entirely. She
asked members of the audience in support of this to stand.
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704 B Graves St., asked why we spend so much time talking
about roads through our central park and dams when both are not only unneeded but also
destructive to the needs of Charlottesville residents. The Meadow Creek Parkway would
increase traffic. He disputed information that water needs require more dam capacity. Mr.
Salidis said the Nestle Company and The Nature Conservancy are financially linked.
Mr. Bill Emory, 1604 E. Market St., said reports we have received on the
pumping station options do not reflect the impact to several natural resources and damage
to the neighborhood.
Ms. Carol Thorpe, on behalf of the Jefferson Area Tea Party, said they have not
received equal protection under the law in relation to Council’s actions regarding Occupy
Charlottesville. The Tea Party does not oppose the occupiers, but there should not be
suspension of ordinances, such as the curfew ordinance, to facilitate their activities,
which threaten public safety. There are fire hazards, and criminal activity is a real
Ms. Szakos said many people share Ms. Thorpe’s concerns, but she continues to
support Occupy Charlottesville’s right to be at Lee Park because of First Amendment
rights. Regarding Ms. Murphy’s concern about the number of homeless people needing
beds versus what is available, she would like more information. We are trying to address
this with SROs and The Haven. She said she appreciated Ms. Lugo’s comments and will
personally make the commitment not to treat people as “cellophane”.
Ms. Edwards said the homelessness issue cannot be adequately addressed during
this time. She said we need a comprehensive plan and involve members of the homeless
community in the discussion. She thanked Ms. Lugo for her comments and read a poem.
Dr. Brown said we have to figure out how to serve the needs of our homeless
population without creating an environment where Charlottesville is a good place to
come if you are homeless. He thanked Ms. Lugo for her comments. He apologized to
Ms. Thorpe for his comments that were published in the paper, and she accepted his
Mr. Huja said he respected that he and Mr. Salidis do not see eye to eye on some
issues and suggested he check his facts regarding The Nature Conservancy.
Mr. Norris thanked Ms. Lugo for her heartfelt comments and encouraged
everyone to redouble their commitment to ensuring all voices are heard. He thanked
speakers for coming forward regarding the pump station. He said Mr. Collins is correct
that there is a housing crisis in our community. The SRO is not free, but they will work
with people to meet the minimum rent requirement. PACEM still has empty cots;
resources are available, and there is no sobriety requirement. Regarding Occupy
Charlottesville, Mr. Norris said at a certain point, you begin to change the nature of Lee
Park by extending the curfew indefinitely. This requires more community involvement.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, Council approved the following
appointments to Boards and Commissions: Whit Graves and Preston Coiner to the Board
of Architectural Review; Peter Jenkins to the Citizen’s Advisory Panel; Marnie Allen to
the Community Development Block Grant; John Pfaltz to CHART, Chris Atwell to
Dialogue on Race; Kitty Pickett to JAUNT; Erica Goldfarb to Sister City Commission.
(Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown; Noes: None.)
Ms. Szakos said there are several vacancies on the CDBG Task Force and
encouraged citizens from Ridge St., Belmont, Fifeville, and 10th & Page neighborhoods
to apply.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the following consent
agenda items were approved: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos;
Dr. Brown; Noes: None.)
Minutes of October 3
APPROPRIATION: FY2012 Friendship Court Sponsorship Agreement (2nd
Quarter) - $22,130.50 (1st of 2 readings)
APPROPRIATION: Grant Award from the Virginia Department of Forestry -
Azalea Park Biofilter Project - $7,500 (1st of 2 readings)
APPROPRIATION: Victim Witness Assistance Program Grant - $157,143 (1st of
2 readings)
APPROPRIATION: Transfer of Funds for Purchase of Land for Davis Field - $
750,500 (1st of 2 readings)
RESOLUTION: Support for Brownfields Assessment Grant Application (1st
of 1 reading)
RESOLUTION: Revision to Home Energy Conservation Grant Program
Policy (1st of 1 reading)
RESOLUTION: Oakhurst Cir Development – Allocation of Funds - $75,000
(1st of 1 reading)
RESOLUTION: Spay/Neuter Memorandum of Understanding between
Charlottesville and SPCA (1st of 1 reading)
ORDINANCE: Regulation of Pneumatic (Air Powered) Guns (1st of 2
RESOLUTION: Equal Rights Amendment (1st of 1 reading)
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. Staff would like to expand the area of the lease
to the Virginia Discovery Museum to include most of the area surrounding the Carousel.
The public hearing was opened.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos asked if the area would lose public seating. Mr. Tolbert said staff can
examine installing additional seating outside the leased area.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the resolution passed. (Ayes:
Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown; Noes: None.)
Ms. Ebony Walden presented to Council. She reported on the public hearing held
at the Planning Commission meeting on October 31. The permit was approved
unanimously with six conditions, which are listed in the Planning Commission report.
Ms. Szakos asked for clarification on the number approved. Ms. Walden said the
Planning Commission approved up to 17 residents, but the applicant is only asking for 14
residents. Ms. Szakos asked what the maximum number of people permitted to live in
that building if there were no restrictions. Ms. Walden said the building code for a
building this size would allow 40 residents, if it were a multifamily building.
Mr. Huja asked if this fraternity had been given special privilege. Ms. Walden
said this fraternity had been grandfathered in, but the City can allow increased density.
The public hearing was opened.
Mr. Richard Crosier, 624 Preston Place, has lived in the neighborhood for over 30
years and opposes the permit because of the problems the neighbors have had with the
fraternities over the years. He fears they are on the road to becoming a high density
Ms. Beth Turner, 630 Preston Place, said her family has lived in her historic home
for the past four years. It is zoned as a residential neighborhood with historic overlay,
and she believed it would be protected as such. The City commissions are not listening to
the neighbors, and by increasing the density, you are disfiguring historic houses and
destroying the neighborhood. Please preserve this as a neighborhood for families.
Mr. Mike Bevier, 712 Rugby Rd., said he is here on behalf of the Venable
Neighborhood Association. The neighborhood is not against rehabilitating the
fraternities. He wants the City to deny the permit until the fraternity has demonstrated
that they can manage the property with the current occupancy.
Mr. Will Teass, applicant representative with Tektonics Design Group and agent
for the Xi Chapter of Theta Chi, explained details of the project to Council.
Mr. Art Kiser, 1872 Edgewood Lane, said he agrees with his fellow neighbors
that the permit should not be approved. Traffic, noise, and trash are issues for the
neighborhood. Council will likely be presented with a similar proposal from neighboring
fraternities, and establishing a precedent of approving these proposals is not harmonious
with the neighborhood’s composition.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Mr. Huja said the project is not harmonious with the neighborhood, which is in
delicate balance right now, and expanding the fraternities would destroy that balance.
Approving this application will set a bad precedent, and he opposes the expansion.
Ms. Szakos asked how long new management and a new board has been in place.
Mr. Grady Lewis said since 2010. She asked Ms. Walden what the record of this
fraternity has been with the City regarding police reports, etc. Ms. Walden said she did
not have that information readily available, but staff will research it.
Dr. Brown said the Planning Commission was unanimous in their decision, and
Council should examine why there was strong support for the project. We should not
reverse their decision simply because Council disagrees. Dr. Brown said it does not seem
as though the requested increase is substantial. Ms. Szakos responded that Council
members were not at the public hearing before the Planning Commission so she felt
Council members needed to consider the request very carefully.
Ms. Edwards said she agreed with Mr. Huja.
Mr. Norris sympathized with the neighbors, who have legitimate concerns, but the
number of residents may not make a difference. There are separate issues: the problems
with fraternity behavior and the size and scale of this particular project. Mr. Huja said the
number of residents is important because typically the problems increase with the number
of residents. He expressed concern about preserving the integrity of the neighborhood.
Ms. Szakos proposed Council defer the decision until additional information from
police reports is obtained. Mr. Norris asked if there is a time constraint. Mr. Brown said
there is not. Dr. Brown said he wasn’t sure if additional reports will clarify the issue, and
Ms. Edwards agreed. Dr. Brown asked the City Attorney if there would be a link between
this project and future projects. Mr. Brown said Council just needs to be reasonable in its
decision making.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Norris, Council moved to defer a
decision until further information could be obtained. The motion to defer passed. (Ayes:
Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown; Noes: Ms. Edwards.)
Mr. Haluska presented to Council. The proposed change would subject PUDs to
the same standard as other developments in the City, rather than the tighter standard
inadvertently created by the addition of the definition of steep slopes. The Planning
Commission voted unanimously to approve the ordinance.
The public hearing was opened.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said loosening the tighter steep slope
ordinance is a joke. The Planning Commission rarely if ever has refused to grant a steep
slope waiver request. This goes against Council’s Vision for a “Green City”.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said the way the ordinance stands now is
working, and there is no reason to weaken it.
Mr. Bill Emory, 1604 E. Market St., said he agrees with Dr. Brown that the
Planning Commission’s recommendations are thoughtful and well-discussed, and
Council should use caution when considering reversing their decision. He does not know
how you can fold critical slopes ordinance into a zoning hearing.
Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge St., supported Dr. Brown’s comments regarding
Planning Commission decisions. If Council overrules a board’s decision, it should be for
reasons that are outside the purview of the board.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos said she agreed with Mr. Kleeman. She said she accepts the Planning
Commission’s recommendation.
Upon Mr. Norris’s request, Mr. Haluska explained how the approval process
would work with the revised zoning text amendment.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the ordinance carried.
MATRIX (carried)
Ms. Creasy presented to Council. Updates are “housekeeping” changes allowing
staff to comply with state code and do not change the code’s intent.
The public hearing was opened.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the ordinance carried.
Mr. Jones presented to Council. He gave brief a summary of the history of
Vinegar Hill. Mr. Jones read the resolution aloud.
Ms. Edwards said this is long overdue, and she hopes this will provide healing for
some of the pain. She thanked her fellow Councilors for supporting this.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the resolution passed. (Ayes:
Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown; Noes: None.)
Mr. Tom Frederick reported to Council and gave a power point presentation.
Ms. Szakos said the architects’ efforts spent on the building at the current site
were heroic. Mr. Norris asked what Option A approval was contingent upon. Mr.
Frederick said a special use permit would have to be obtained by the City to implement.
Ms. Szakos said she initially favored Option D but found out steep slopes on the
east side were problematic. Mr. Frederick explained their outreach to property owners
who would be affected by each option, and cost estimates of each.
Mr. Norris asked if we know of other instances where a pump station of this
nature has been located in a neighborhood. Mr. Frederick said he does not know of any
other sites where a pump station of this size and magnitude is located in a neighborhood.
Dr. Brown asked Council if they are in favor of Option E and completely opposed
to Option A.
Mr. Norris asked Council if we should state Option A should be taken off the
table. Ms. Szakos asked for a motion saying current Council does not support Option A
or conveying property to facilitate Option A or a special use permit for Option A.
City Attorney Craig Brown said RWSA would have to acquire additional property
to do Option E, which would require Council approval, so any decision now would not be
binding on a future Council.
Ms. Edwards asked to state for the record an excerpt from Bill Emory’s letter of
September 30, 2010: Mr. Emory said City Council in 1958, when the pump station was
built, did not envision wastewater from Crozet to Camelot being treated at the plant. An
executive order dated February 11, 1994 stated that no group of people should bear a
disproportionate share of negative consequences from industrial or municipal operations.
On motion by Mr. Norris, seconded by Ms. Edwards, Council moved to support
Option E and not support Option A (which includes acquiring land or granting a special
use permit), passed unanimously.
Ms. Donna Shaunesey presented a PowerPoint to Council on the JAUNT Annual
Report for FY10-11.
Ms. Szakos asked how the ratio from different localities is determined. Ms.
Shaunesey said it is complicated and described the methodology. Mr. Norris said JAUNT
has Council’s full support.
Mr. Chris Gensic of Parks & Recreation presented to Council. Staff is requesting
Council authorize the beginning of the Master Plan Process for the Meadow Creek
Stream Valley as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at their
meeting on September 21, 2011.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution to approve the
Master Plan Process passed unanimously.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Gensic for his work and said this was an exciting
Mr. Peter Kleeman, 4407 Hedge St., thanked Council for quickly getting the new
Vision Statement posted. He asked Council to be more vocal about championing items
from the Vision Statement and ensure their support of these issues when considering
Mr. Will Balrich thanked Council for their support of industrial hemp and
discussed the benefits of hemp manufacturing.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said thee homelessness problem is a growing
issue. Our home less population is no longer local, ass homeless are coming from all over
the Eastern United States to Charlottesville because of the amenities we offer. North
Downtown residents are suffering because of the vagrancy, trash and drunken fights.
Mr. Jamie Dyer, 806 Avon St., thanked Council for passing the industrial hemp
The meeting was adjourned.

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