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HELD ON Monday, October 17, 2011, AT 6:30 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 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).
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 – October 17, 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 congratulated the Parks and Recreation Department and Mildred Spicer,
Manager of Therapeutic Programs, for the Very Special Arts Music Recital’s receipt of the Best
New Special Event Award. Ms. Spicer was present and thanked Council for the recognition.
Mr. Norris also congratulated the Parks and Recreation Department for receiving
the Best New Renovation award for Forest Hills Park. Brian Daly and Jennifer McKeever
from Parks and Recreation Advisory Board were present to accept the award.
Also, the Smith Aquatic Center was named one of the top 10 new facilities in the
Ms. Szakos welcomed a group of students visiting from Charlottesville’s sister
city Besancon, France. Mr. Jim Walters spoke on behalf of the group and thanked
Council and Dr. Atkins for inviting them. He presented a book and DVD from the Mayor
of Besancon and welcomed teachers and students from Charlottesville High School for
their visit to Besancon next April.
Ms. Szakos announced the next “Our Town” meeting, 6-8pm Thursday,
December 10th, at Charlottesville High School for the Greenbrier/Locust Grove
Mr. Jones asked to place a resolution supporting a million dollar grant regarding
information sharing amongst public safety agencies and approval for a VDOT Revenue
Sharing Program to the agenda under Other Business.
Ms. Izzy Artiles, 326 15th St, is a second year student at UVA and a member of
the Sierra Student Coalition, working on the Beyond Coal Campaign. She has asked the
University to move off coal as soon as possible and seeks to raise awareness in the City
about this issue. The City should encourage the University to retire the coal plant and
increase livability in Charlottesville.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St. NE, said adoption of the regional water supply
plan is based on out of date and flawed information. The City should dredge first. She
asked if questions were answered regarding debt service on wholesale water rates and
asked when the results would be revealed.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., thanked Council and Ms. Edwards for
bringing forward an apology for Vinegar Hill. He said he wants to ensure current
redevelopment decisions proceed with full engagement and involvement from residents
of public housing. He asked folks from Occupy Charlottesville to attend this week’s
meetings on water supply.
Mr. John Cruickshank, 324 Parkway St., representative from the Piedmont Group
of the Sierra Club, said he believes our community should contain our demand for natural
resources and destruction of open spaces for development. Water supply can best be
provided with restorative dredging and a strong water conservation program. Additional
flow gauges should be installed in the Moormans River so natural highs and lows can be
established. The Piedmont Group and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club fully
support the Beyond Coal Campaign at UVA and the Occupy Charlottesville protests.
Mr. Brian Vanyo, 841 Rainier Rd., also speaking on behalf of his wife, Svetlana
Vanyo, said Council should end the policy of Smith Aquatic Pool not allowing swimming
instruction at the facility.
Ms. Angela Tutovani, 850 Fountain Ct., said she has been told by pool officials
she cannot instruct her son on how to swim at the Smith Aquatic Pool. She asked for this
policy to be changed.
Ms. Mary T. Miller, 2481 Hillview Ct., presented the 2011 VSA Annual Poetry
Book to Council. She thanked Brain Daly, Mildred Spicer and others for their work.
Ms. Joanna Salidis, 129 Goodman St., said Democrats were asked to sign a
pledge before the primaries promising to support the Democrat Party. Numerous studies
have yielded new information since 2004, when the original water supply plan was
drafted. Incorporating new studies in the plan would not take long. She will support Bob
Fenwick and Dede Smith in the upcoming election.
Mr. Evan Knapperberger, 308 Parkwood St., with Veterans with Peace, speaking
from the Occupy Charlottesville group, said we should thank Native Americans for
allowing us to use their land. He said he met with City officials and has not filed for a
permit because the group believes they are in the spirit of the law regarding the 11pm
curfew. He has spoken with neighbors, and the group wants to leave the park better than
they found it. He asked Council for endorsement of the Occupy Charlottesville
Ms. Nancy Carpenter, 727 Denali Way, a county resident, said she supports
Occupy Charlottesville. She quoted statistics on joblessness and poverty. Council should
attend sessions of the general assembly of Occupy Charlottesville and direct the Parks
and Recreation department to suspend the rules for the use of Lee Park during the
Mr. Jamie Dyer, 806 Avon St., said he was with Occupy Charlottesville. He asked
Council to suspend process and let the group stay in the park. He said the City Manager
claims to be concerned about precedent, but what is coming down the road has no
precedence in history.
Ms. Kobby Hoffman, President of NOW, asked Council for support for the Equal
Rights Amendment before them on the consent agenda.
Ms. Edwards said her opinion about the water supply has not changed, and she is
concerned about the direction the plan is taking. She said she wants to know what the
appropriate direction regarding coal supply would be. While she does not want to impose
Council’s values on another entity, she wants to know how this can be addressed in terms
of a health issue for our community. Ms. Edwards said we should discuss Occupy
Charlottesville under Other Business. Council should decide this, not City staff.
Dr. Brown said Council or staff may want to meet with the UVA President to
express our thoughts that they should stop using coal.
Mr. Huja said Council could suggest they phase out coal use over time. He asked
the City Manager to investigate with the City Attorney the Smith Aquatic pool
regulations and Occupy Charlottesville issues brought forth.
Ms. Szakos thanked the Beyond Coal Campaign representatives for coming. She
agreed with Ms. Edwards that we should not impose our will on another entity but
supports transitioning away from coal. She thanked Mr. Collins for his support of the
Vinegar Hill apology. She asked Occupy Charlottesville not to make it difficult for
people having funerals at the nearby funeral homes and said she personally fully supports
the national Occupy movement.
Mr. Norris confirmed that we will add Curfew Suspension and the Smith Pool to
Other Business. He would like to arrange a meeting with the University to work on
phasing out of the coal burning program. He asked Mr. Jones if there has been follow up
with Rivanna on projections for water rates or wholesale rates. Mr. Jones said we do
have some information based on our cost share negotiations, but in terms of wholesale,
we do not have additional information. Mr. Norris asked Mr. Tom Frederick if there
were any reason why we could not update wholesale rate projections since 2007. He
thanked Mr. Brandon Collins for his comments on Vinegar Hill, particularly how the
lessons apply to what we are about to engage in with redevelopment. Council fully
supports ongoing meaningful resident input throughout the entire redevelopment process,
not just on the front end.
Ms. Szakos said regarding Pneumatic Guns, she objects that the state legislature
changed the law state-wide, but understands we are legislatively obliged to change our
Mr. Huja requested pulling item h, Oakhurst Cir. Development.
On motion by Dr. Brown, 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 October 3
b. APPROPRIATION: FY2012 Friendship Court Sponsorship Agreement (2nd
Quarter) - $22,130.50 (1st of 2 readings)
c. APPROPRIATION: Grant Award from the Virginia Department of Forestry -
Azalea Park Biofilter Project - $7,500 (1st of 2 readings)
d. APPROPRIATION: Victim Witness Assistance Program Grant - $157,143 (1st
2 readings)
e. APPROPRIATION: Transfer of Funds for Purchase of Land for Davis Field - $
750,500 (1st of 2 readings)
f. RESOLUTION: Support for Brownfields Assessment Grant Application (1st
of 1 reading)
g. RESOLUTION: Revision to Home Energy Conservation Grant Program
Policy (1st of 1 reading)
h. RESOLUTION: Oakhurst Cir Development – Allocation of Funds - $75,000
(1st of 1 reading)
i. RESOLUTION: Spay/Neuter Memorandum of Understanding between
Charlottesville and SPCA (1st of 1 reading)
j. ORDINANCE: Regulation of Pneumatic (Air Powered) Guns (1st
of 2
k. RESOLUTION: Equal Rights Amendment (1st
of 1 reading)
AUTHORITY (carried)
Mr. Craig Brown presented to Council.
The public hearing was opened.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the motion carried.
Mr. Frederick was available to answer Council’s questions.
Mr. Huja asked if the footnote had been added. Mr. Frederick said it had been
Mr. Norris asked why a decline in sedimentation at the South Fork Reservoir
would not be reflected in the current safe yield or long term safe yield projections. Mr.
Frederick said the dredging feasibility study done by HDR was done according to current
conditions, not a forecast of safe yield or sedimentation rate.
Ms. Szakos asked what it would take to get the most updated figures. Mr.
Frederick said over time we should continue to do bathometric surveys to determine if the
point that was established in 2009 reflects a different trend or was an anomaly. It is
difficult to draw conclusions unless you predetermine what you want them to be from one
data point.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council approved the
resolution. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Dr. Brown, Ms. Szakos; Noes: Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris.)
Mr. Norris said he voted against this because we have a study that indicates we
will be using millions of dollars less than what we anticipated.
Ms. Mary Joy Scala reviewed the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) decision
for Council. Council may support the BAR’s decision or approve the applicant’s appeal.
The main reason for denying the request was to uphold the established guideline, not
because of maintenance issues. The brick homes that have been painted in the
surrounding area were grandfathered in.
Ms. Jennifer Greenhalgh, owner and resident of the home at 636 Park St., said
40% of the homes on Park St. have been painted. Maintenance is not an issue, and they
are willing to cover the maintenance costs. Mr. Huja asked if this was personal
preference. Ms. Greenhalgh said the brick was uniform in color, still available at Allied,
and not appealing.
Mr. Fred Wolf, BAR, said the guidelines are straightforward. From a precedent
standpoint, the BAR has stipulated almost unilaterally that unpainted masonry should
remain unpainted. He confirmed that the applicant’s assertion that the brick does not
have character was fair.
Mr. Norris asked whose obligation it was to make buyers understand when they
are purchasing a property that it is restricted by historic guidelines. Mr. Huja said usually
City records show whether properties are historic or not. Ms. Szakos asked if BAR could
produce an info sheet or brochure for potential homebuyers. Ms. Scala said we have
started notifying current property owners once a year by letter, but that does not help
potential buyers.
Mr. Huja said he supports the BAR recommendation but sympathizes with the
applicant. Dr. Brown said there should be special circumstances to overturn a BAR
decision. Mr. Norris said the applicants may work to help change the guidelines if they
feel they are wrong.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council voted to uphold the
BAR’s decision. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris, Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards;
Noes: None.)
Mr. Maurice Jones presented to Council on the history of Vinegar Hill. Ms.
Edwards said she recommended Root Shock as reading to explore the history of urban
renewal. She said this is an important step in addressing history and allowing people to
move forward. Mr. Huja said this affected the Black business community and continues
to do so. Dr. Brown said this is long overdue and thanked the City Manager and Ms.
Green for authoring the resolution. Mr. Norris agreed. The final resolution will be
considered at the November 7th Council meeting.
Ms. Kellams presented to Council on the 2011 CAYIP Summer Program, which
was a success. She thanked Council for their support. Mr. Huja asked if the program
could have a direct deposit option. Ms. Kellams said they are looking to make it part of
the admissions process next year. Dr. Brown said he appreciated how much the program
has grown.
Ms. Gertrude Ivory and Mr. Bob Gross updated Council on action team progress,
remembering and honoring the “Charlottesville Twelve”, joint Congregation Study
Circles, and other progress the Dialogue on Race Committee has made since February
2011. Citizens may go to www.charlottesville.org/dialogue for more information.
Lee Park currently has an 11:00 p.m. curfew. Occupy Charlottesville is
requesting to waive the curfew for the duration of the Occupy Charlottesville gathering
protest. Mr. Norris asked Mr. Jones if there is a mechanism to do this. Mr. Jones said he
has been impressed by how courteous, peaceful and sensitive Occupy Charlottesville has
been over the past few days. The request puts the City in a bind because we may be
setting a precedent that others will follow, and without a series of guidelines, it will be
difficult to deny the opportunity going forward. Mr. Craig Brown, City Attorney,
confirmed that we have a special event permit process groups can use to secure access to
a park or street. He said the ordinance that sets the closing hours for most of our public
parks states that it is unlawful to be on the premises from 11:00 pm – 6:00 am without
express permission from the Parks and Recreation department. This would not be
classified as an event, but rather a demonstration. A permit is involved only if the
demonstration allows for 50 or more people. The duration limitation for Lee Park is
three days, but regulations say the stated period can be extended upon request unless the
space has been previously reserved.
Council suggested the group meet with Mr. Daly and apply for a permit in order
to give him the authority to waive curfew hours and extend their time of stay. Mr. Norris
thanked the group for coming and wished them well.
Mr. Jones said the Parks and Recreation staff met with the Vanyos and gave them
permission to instruct her own child. Ms. Vanyos said staff members have not been
consistent on enforcing the policy. Mr. Jones asked Mr. Daly to provide a more detailed
Council discussed issues surrounding instruction at City facilities. Dr. Brown said
we cannot debate a policy that has not been written yet. Mr. Daly said the policy will be
ready for review in approximately two weeks.
Council confirmed that the Vanyos are allowed to come to the pool and instruct
their own child in the meantime.
Mr. Huja said the applicant has also asked that the City request that TJPDC write
their enhancement application. They are willing to do so, but they need a request from
the City. Mr. Tolbert said the planning district committee had previously agreed to draft
an enhancement application for Mr. Chapman, but the commission would prefer the
request be generated from the City. Mr. Williams volunteered his staff to write the
application. Mr. Tolbert confirmed there seems to be no reason why the City should not
make this request.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution carried
unanimously. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Edwards, Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris; Noes:
Mr. Jones said this resolution would give the approval of Council to submit for a
revenue sharing program from VDOT, which would potentially provide for sidewalk
repair. On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the proposal passed
unanimously (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Edwards, Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris; Noes:
Mr. Jones said the City is applying for and will be awarded a $1,000,000 Public
Safety Interoperability (PSIC) grant to work with the Commonwealth of Virginia for the
development of a statewide information sharing strategic plan combined with a local
multi-discipline information sharing pilot. Mr. Norris thanked Chief Warner for his work
and said we would not be in a position to receive this grant without his hard work. On
motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the resolution carried unanimously (Ayes:
Mr. Huja, Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None.)
Mr. Jim Shea, Montevista Ave., said Vinegar Hill is one of the most significant
moments in the history of Charlottesville. It was a catastrophe for people who lived and
worked there. In the words of John Grisham, “the past is still happening”. People stand
to make a lot of money out of building an unnecessary dam and pipeline at the expense of
Mr. Jeffrey Fogel, 215 Spruce St., a participant of Occupy Charlottesville, said
Occupy Charlottesville is not a demonstration, but a movement from the bottom up.
Asking the group to apply for a permit is asking us to call ourselves something that fits
into a pre-defined set of terms. Council should instruct the City Manager to lift the
curfew. Public parks should not be closed at any time.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said the director of RWSA continues to confuse
Council and the public about the issue of safe yield.
Ms. Bailey Elizabeth, 613 Blenheim Ave., said Occupy Charlottesville as a group
has devised ground rules of how they are treating one another. She said she does not
understand why she has to have a permit to demonstrate her rights to free speech as long
as she is not violating rules.
Mr. Sky Blue, Ridge St., asked Council to reconsider asking Occupy Charlottesville too obtain a permit.
Ms. Flora Bailey, West Main and 7 1/2th St., said Occupy Charlottesville has
been the most meaningful experience of her life. She e asked Council to trust that the group
will respect the park and the City. She invited Councilors to attend a meeting and see
how they operate.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., said Mr. Fenwick evaded answering Mr.
Norris’s question, and the City deserves an answer. Keep in mind residents of the
neighborhood surrounding Lee Park. Regarding 6366 Park St., the applicants knew they
were in a historic district, butt they did not know what it meant.
Ms. Brenda Lambert, Montevista Ave., supported Ms. Bailey’s suggestion that
Council attend a meeting of Occupy Charrlottesville. They are democratically run, great
fun, and inspiring to attend.
Mr. Norris said Occupy Washington, D.C. had to get a permit. It is a one page
form, and Council is trying too make it easy for the group to do what they want to do.
Once you apply for it once, you can continue to stay in the park well beyond the three
days. Council is trying to facilitate the group’s activities.
The meeting was adjourned.

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