SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, October 3, 2011, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor Conference
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 Paige Barfield
SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM – October 3, 2011
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); and
consideration of the acquisition of real property on Old Lynchburg Road 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).
Dr. Brown moved that the closed session be adjourned and continued until
immediately after the end of the regular meeting, at which time the Council will
reconvene in closed session to continue discussion of the proposed cost sharing
agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority. Ms. Szakos seconded the
motion. Ayes: Norris, Edwards, Brown, Huja and Szakos. Noes: None.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – October 3, 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 read a proclamation for World Habitat Day.
Mr. Norris announced the Smith Aquatic Center LEED Platinum Level
Mr. Norris recognized Ms. Judy Mueller for earning the designation of Public
Works Leadership Fellow from the American Public Works Association.
Mr. Norris announced the second meeting for the east side of McIntire Park
master planning process on October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the MLK Performing Arts
Ms. Szakos announced new voter registration cards will be distributed this week.
Call 970-3250 or go to Charlottesville.org/vote for more information.
Upcoming Our Town meetings will take place on October 13th from 6-8pm at
Greenbrier School for the Rugby/Barracks neighborhoods, and November 10th at CHS for
the Greenbrier/Locust Grove neighborhoods.
Mr. Huja announced the fall Blood Drive, Tuesday October 4th 12-5pm at the
Herman Key Center. He also announced the Safe Halloween Party on the downtown
mall Saturday, October 29th 2-5pm, starting at the Pavilion.
Ms. Edwards announced Charlottesville City Schools is holding a series of
sessions regarding distribution of student tablets. The final meeting is Tuesday, October
4th at 10:00 am at the Central Office #2 Lobby. She asked employers to allow parents of
students to attend this session. The Walker Session is October 11th at 6:00 pm, and the
Buford session is November 9th at 6:00 pm.
Ms. Edwards also announced a coin drive to benefit the Dawn Reddick fund at
Clark Elementary School from October 3-7.
Ms. Edwards extended an invitation from the Burley Varsity Club on October 7th
at 6:00 pm at the Burley Middle School Auditorium. There will be a ceremony in honor
of the late Steven D. Waters, the renaming of Rose Hill Dr. to Jackson P. Burley Dr., and
honoring “Sunny” Sampson.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Shantia Brown, 723 Prospect Ave., is a member of Believers and Achievers
Peer support network for ex-offenders and their families. They meet every Thursday at
5:30 pm at various locations. She said she appreciates the City’s support for the reentry
summit and is particularly thankful for the leadership of Ms. Edwards. She encouraged
Council to expand the Coming Home from Work program. She gave special thanks to
Mr. Maurice Jones for the books he donated.
Mr. Scott Bandy, Cherry Ave., spoke regarding the Woolen Mills pumping
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said one in five families in Charlottesville does
not have enough money to pay for rent, food, utilities and other necessities, but Council
still supports an expensive water project. Ask Rivanna to provide a projection of total
cost plus interest. Request a public discussion session before finalizing the agreement.
She congratulated Ms. Mueller on her achievement.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., also thanked Council for supporting exoffenders
and the Reentry Program and asked them to expand it. The recent Orange Dot
study from the Chamber of Commerce presents alarming information. The Chamber
should build a career center on their own instead of seeking funding.
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704 B. Graves St., said the dam plan proponents are
proposing unnaturally high stream flows to the Moormans, which can disrupt the ecology
of the stream. Rivanna would have increased the stream valve size if they were truly
interested in the river’s health. Demand projections are rigged to create a self-fulfilling
prophecy. There was a million dollar grant from Nestle to the Nature Conservancy.
Building a dam without a pipeline puts Nestle in an advantageous bargaining position.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., of the North Downtown Association, said
sometimes organizations are not given adequate notice for public hearings, specifically,
the future of McIntire Park. He was given three weeks’ notice via postcard, which did
not give their board adequate time to prepare a meeting and discuss their stance. He also
supported Ms. Quinn’s comments.
Mr. David Repass, 227 E. Jefferson St., spoke on behalf of the NDRA Board and
said they are concerned regarding procedures to obtain citizen input into planning on the
east side of McIntire Park. They feel the cannot participate effectively given procedural
constraints. Charlottesville City citizens should have priority to speak first at meetings.
Handouts are not permitted before or during their presentations at the October 24th
meeting, which limits presenters’ ability to communicate effectively.
Ms. DeDe Smith, 2652 Jefferson Park Cir., requested that Council ask their
representatives on the RWSA board to give citizens a projection of debt service for their
total obligation but break it down by current debt, debt for the five year CIP, and debt for
the long-term community water plan, similar to what they did in September 2007.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos thanked Ms. Brown and the people who stood up in support of the
organization for coming. She is committed to keeping the program strong and growing it.
Mr. Huja said citizens should be able to give handouts at the McIntire Park
meetings. He requested the issue be added to Other Business.
Ms. Edwards said she agreed that handouts should be allowed. She told Mr.
Bandy a discussion about the pump station was on her bucket list.
Mr. Norris thanked Ms. Brown for coming to speak and for her work. Council
budgeted funding for five slots to get the Coming Home From Work program off the
ground, and there were 60 applicants. Assuming the pilot phase goes well, Council hopes
to find funding to expand the program. He agreed that handouts should be allowed at the
McIntire Park meeting. He said Ms. Quinn and Ms. Smith raised good questions about
transparency. Revised debt service and wholesale rate projections should be obtained.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the following consent agenda
items were approved: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr.
Brown; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes of September 19
b. APPROPRIATION: McIntire Park Bike/Pedestrian Bridge Transportation
Enhancement Funding Grant Phase I and II - $517,500 (2nd
c. APPROPRIATION: Donation for Riverview Park Improvement – $2,000 (2nd
d. APPROPRIATION: Recycled Railroad Steel Income - $1,870 (2nd
e. APPROPRIATION: 2012 Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway
Safety Grant – $30,386 (2nd reading)
f. APPROPRIATION: 2011 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
(JAG) – $37,336 (2nd reading)
g. APPROPRIATION: Appropriation of Sales Proceeds from 409 Stadium Rd -
h. RESOLUTION: Allocation of Council Priority Initiatives Funding to
Support Annual Holiday Parade – $2,000
i. RESOLUTION: Funds for Improvements at Ivy/Emmet Intersection -
j. RESOLUTION: Allocation of Charlottesville Housing Funds Towards
Purchase of Properties on 8th St. and Page St. - $140,000
k. RESOLUTION: Planned Unit Development Requirements
l. RESOLUTION: Additional Funding for JABA/Timberlake PUD –$117,000
PUBLIC HEARING/RESOLUTION: WATER SUPPLY PLAN
Mr. Norris said this is not necessarily the plan that prescribes specific solutions.
This is the regional plan that discusses water demands for the next fifty years. Mr. Tom
Frederick from RWSA presented to Council. He outlined the history of work on the
Regional Water Supply Plan. A few minor changes were made to the final report based
on citizen comment.
The public hearing was opened.
Ms. Jennifer Downy, 1014 Locust Ln., said new information is important. There
should not be a statute of limitations where our community water supply is concerned.
RWSA has consistently refused to acknowledge new information and has spent money
pushing a plan introduced by the Nature Conservancy. Be open and curious to new
information regarding the water supply debate.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said the final regional water supply plan is
required to include a record of the public hearing, written comments and responses. The
email from RWSA with the nine page attachment does not include comments, and not all
questions were not addressed in the nine page document. All citizen comments should be
fairly evaluated. If you adopt the regional water supply plan tonight prior to seeing
written comments and responses, you are ignoring citizen comments and adopting a plan
that fails to meet regulatory requirements. She requested Council defer the adoption until
the next meeting.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said the various problems with this plan,
including violations, should be taken into consideration. The resolution you are about to
pass is still working with a high estimate of demand and does not take conservation into
consideration. Include language in the resolution that points out conservation and our
commitment to it.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said a survey regarding poverty in
Charlottesville was published, yet a new and unnecessary dam will increase the burden
on those at the poverty level as well as those at the middle class level. The least harmful
action is to first dredge and fix a dam declared safely fixable by professionals. Albemarle
County should be paying the City for the loss of our assets at the very least.
Mr. Matt Rhodie, 1014 Locust Ln., said he sat in at the DEQ meeting and demand
projections. The City is putting a lot of effort into upgrading current homes, and new
construction operates at a much higher level of efficiency. Was that incorporated into the
methodology? The projection curves put out for the growth in water demand do not
account for the increased efficiency mandated by law for new construction.
Ms. DeDe Smith, 2652 Jefferson Park Cir., said information about the South Fork
Rivanna Reservoir refers to the Gannett Fleming study from 2002, which is now ten
years old. New information was more comprehensive and showed drastically different
results. To accept and approve the regional water plan with inaccurate information is not
responsible. Please insist that accurate, updated information is used before it goes to the
Mr. Francis Fife, 501 9th St SW, said he is concerned about the adoption of the
water plan. The recent public hearing was the first time he saw the opportunity to present
a whole picture of how much information and misinformation was put out. He asked
Council to read the notes from the meeting and wait to see what comes from the result of
that meeting before acting.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Dr. Brown asked whether new building requirements for efficiency were taken
into account in the demand study. Mr. Frederick said the work was done by AECOM,
and he believes it was taken into account.
Ms. Szakos said that question was addressed at the public hearing at CitySpace.
Mr. Norris said an email Council received claims it does show reductions in per
capita consumption given new requirements in technology, but only through 2015 and
nothing beyond that. Mr. Frederick said he understands they applied the efficiency
standards to all new construction.
Mr. Norris said the HDR study should at least be referenced in the report as a data
point, even if it does not affect the ultimate projection. Ms. Szakos agreed, but not so
much as a direct comparison, but as a footnote showing that it is a more recent estimate.
Mr. Frederick said a footnote can be added to recognize that they did not project into the
Mr. Norris said he has not had a chance to review all the information that came in
today. The water supply plan, as amended with the requested footnote, will be
considered at the next meeting. Mr. Norris requested that Council get follow-up
questions to Mr. Frederick and Mr. Jones as soon as possible in order to be fully prepared
to vote at the next meeting. If any member of the public has further thoughts, please
contact Council between now and the next meeting.
REPORT: DAVIS FIELD
Mr. Daly presented to Council. The land is directly adjacent to Northeast Park
and will be added to that park’s acreage, expanding the park to a total of 11.3 acres. An
agreement has been reached between the City and the owners of this piece of property to
purchase, with a closing date of 60 days from the date of approval. Staff will develop an
RFP for a land lease for the portion of the property that contains the rectangular field
upon Council’s approval. The least will generate up to $120,000 in revenues over a 20
year term. Master planning is scheduled for 2013.
Ms. Szakos asked if there is any plan in the short term to make a connection
between the existing park and the upper side of the newly acquired park. Mr. Daly said
this could be explored.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Daly and his staff for their time and work on this project.
Mr. Huja said he is pleased to be able to do this.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Edwards, Council approved the
resolution. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Noes:
REPORT: PVCC UPDATE
Dr. Frank Friedman, president of PVCC, presented to Council. He introduced
board members Ms. Suzanne Morris Moomaw and Mr. Peter Kleeman.
PVCC as seen an explosive growth in enrollment, now serving over 7,800
students, up 25% from five years ago. The trend is not that way from Charlottesville
residents, although it has recovered and is now back where it was five years ago, at about
13% enrollment. He outlined enrollment statistics for Charlottesville students. PVCC
also offers night courses at CHS.
Mr. Huja commended Dr. Friedman for PVCC’s expansion, especially in the area
of workforce development and the Jefferson School.
Ms. Szakos asked if there is any interaction between PVCC and the jail. Dr.
Friedman said PVCC has offered some programs and worked with Col. Matthews to try
to bring others to the table. Timing of inmates’ stay at the jail is often an issue
logistically. PVCC works closely with the GED program and always has one of their
counselors meet with the graduates to promote continuing education.
Ms. Edwards asked if the expansion of the healthcare programs has had an impact
on the RN waiting list. Dr. Friedman said there are still many on the waiting list. There
are limitations of clinical site availability. They encourage those on the waiting list to
look at other options in healthcare that PVCC is now offering. PVCC continues to try
creative options to increase capacity.
Mr. Norris said he was told a barrier that may prevent more of Charlottesville’s
lower income residents from participating in education programs is the infrequency of
public transit. The bus only goes once an hour up to Piedmont. Dr. Friedman said PVCC
is supportive of increasing public transit to PVCC. Ms. Edwards asked about online
courses. Dr. Friedman said this has been a huge growth area, with 30% of students this
year were taking at least one course online.
Dr. Friedman said we as a community spend an incredible amount of time, energy
and money helping people survive poverty, but we spend only a small percentage on
helping people get out of poverty. We need to change this, and he requested the
opportunity to be a part of the discussion. Council invited him to their work session on
poverty, November 3rd.
Ms. Edwards said there could be better outreach by PVCC and in the community
in terms of meeting people where they are and creating opportunities.
REPORT: UDPATE ON “OUR TOWN” COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Mr. Barrick updated Council on “Our Town” Community Meetings. He
reminded Council of the history of the community meetings and updated them on
statistics. Over 600 total residents have attended the meetings since they began in 2010.
Staff recommended partnering with Celebrate 250 for enhancing the program in 2012
and using neighborhood grants funding to extend the town hall meeting program.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Barrick and staff for their hard work on these meetings.
Ms. Szakos said she was impressed with how the Communications Department took this
project on and thanked staff for their hard work. She would like to see the number
increase for people we add to our email alert list, because regular communication is
important. Dr. Brown said this has been a great idea, and also thanked City staff for their
participation, attendance, and responsiveness to issues generated at these meetings.
Mr. Huja encouraged a web tracking initiative and recommended using Portland,
Oregon’s program as a model. Ms. Szakos said she supported encouraging
neighborhoods to organize. Ms. Edwards said we should combine neighborhoods that are
close together geographically; the recent Kellytown/Rose Hill meeting was a positive
OTHER BUSINESS: MS. EDWARDS’ BUCKET LIST
Ms. Edwards requested a meeting with Delegate Hurt at her office in Westhaven.
Ms. Edwards said she was inspired by Coy Barefoot’s presentation last Friday and
requested a reunion of Councilors. She requested a picture of the reunion be included in
the Celebrate 250 time capsule.
Ms. Edwards requested a conversation regarding the future of RWSA. Also, she
sat in on the RWSA meeting and the discussion regarding the Woolen Mills pump station
by Supervisor Ken Boyd and was alarmed because the decisions that need to be made
should be made by Council. She requested a discussion before the end of the year.
Dr. Brown said there is a public meeting coming up on October 20th regarding
options for the pump station. Mr. Jones said it is up to Council when we bring it back to a
Council meeting. Council requested it be added to the November 7th agenda.
Ms. Edwards asked for a date to discuss solid waste.
Mr. Norris requested a plaque or historic marker discussing the role of Buddy’s
on Emmet St. and tying it in some way to the commemoration of Dr. King’s visit to
Charlottesville. Mr. Jones said the University is open to ideas on this. Mr. Huja asked
for someone to follow up on the three different markers discussed in the lecture,
including the map of businesses at Vinegar Hill, a marker at the site of the first Civil
Rights protest near the University theatre, and Gospel Hill, near the UVA hospital.
OTHER BUSINESS: PLANNING AT MCINTIRE PARK
Mr. Huja said the planning process ought to have a landscape architect working
with the team on good design. The pedestrian bridge crosses from east to west, and the
design of this element should be done by a professional landscape architect, not just an
Mr. Daly said staff are employing a landscape architect in the process. To clarify,
staff is not doing formal design at this stage, simply making decisions about how the land
will be used. Regarding the bridge, staff are conducting engineering work to determine
the exact location. On the design side, they are open to discussion regarding that element.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge St., requested that the newly updated Vision
Statement be made more generally available.
Ms. DeDe Smith, 2652 Jefferson Park Cir., said future water forecast is based on
the bathometrics study, which dramatically impacts the demand number the plan is being
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said the Rivanna Water & Sewer Executive
Director said forecasting is an inexact science. A simple footnote about the HDR study is
inadequate. Do not adopt a plan with false information.
Ms. Pat Lloyd, Raymond Rd., said her presence here tonight is a direct result of
her presence at the first community meeting at Tonsler Park. She admires what Council
does, and knows they are often faced with tough comments. She thanked Council for
Ms. Szakos formally requested the Vision Statement be put back up on the wall
outside of Council Chambers. She suggested that the Vision Statement could be posted
on TV10 during the period of empty air time before Council meetings.
The regular portion off the meeting was adjourned. Council reconvened in closed
session to continue discussion regarding cost-allocation.
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.
The meeting was adjourned.