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HELD ON Tuesday, September 06, 2011, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor
Conference Room.
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 pursuant to section 2.2-3712 of the Virginia Code, for 1) Discussion of the
acquisition of real property located on Davis Avenue 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, 2) 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 Dr. Brown, 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 – September 19, 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 regarding Truancy Prevention. Mr. Rory
Carpenter, the Juvenile Justice Coordinator for JJAC, was present to accept.
Mr. Norris read a proclamation in honor of National Payroll Week. Mr. Darrell
Kozuch from the UVA Human Resources department was present to accept the
The Jefferson School Partners groundbreaking will be September 14th at 11:00
a.m. on the Jefferson School site. Mr. Martin Burks and Mr. Steve Blaine were present to
speak about the event. The group is also raising money for the Heritage Culture Center.
Mr. Norris announced that Jennifer Luchard, the City’s Procurement and Risk
Manager, received the National Purchasing Manager of the Year. Ms. Luchard thanked
Council for the recognition and the opportunity to work for the City.
Ms. Szakos announced the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at the Pavilion on the
Downtown Mall at 5:00 p.m. on September 11th. She also announced the Our Town
meeting on Thursday, September 8th for North Downtown/Martha Jefferson
neighborhood at CitySpace and September 22nd at Burley School for the Rose Hill and
Kellytown neighborhoods.
Mr. Huja announced Shrek in 3D Friday, September 9th at Forest Hill Park. Also,
the Master Planning for the East Side of McIntire Park has three meetings beginning
September 26th at the MLK Performing Arts Center. He also announced the Community
Job Fair on Thursday, September 29th 10am-3pm at John Paul Jones Arena. Call Ms. Lee
at 970-3117 for more information.
Ms. Edwards announced the start of the 2011-12 school year. She encouraged
parents to read the Parent Information Guide. Contact your child’s teacher or school
principal if you have questions. Please stay involved with your child’s schooling. Also,
all 11th graders received letters regarding their graduation status. Contact your child’s
guidance counselor or school principal if you have questions. Please be mindful of the
school busses on the roads, and drive carefully.
Ms. Edwards asked to speak on several items during Other Business.
Mr. Norris said Friday September 30th is our 2011 Government Services Day on
the Downtown Mall from 10am-2pm.
Mr. Norris announced Lighthouse Studio 10th Annual Film Festival Friday
September 9th at the Jefferson Theatre. Charlotte Cherry introduced a clip from her
documentary on Winneba.
Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Ave., spoke on job creation in the City and
surrounding areas. He asked Council to take the initiative to create new jobs through a
Public Works/Public Jobs program, to be funded by a special tax on City banks. The City
should share its growth with all segments of the community.
Ms. Joanna Salidis, 129 Goodman St., asked Council to give appropriate feedback
to AECOM regarding their water demand forecast, specifically to reduce the resident
water use per resident, per year.
Mr. Robert McAdams, 2211 Williamsburg Rd., said he represents a broad
coalition of civic organizations who want to make the International Day of Peace a
recognizable day on the calendar. He asked Council to officially commemorate an
International Day of Peace through a resolution and designate someone from staff to
facilitate communications.
Mr. Mark Kavit, 400 Altamont St., thanked Council for the neighborhood grant
money they made available early this year. The neighborhood association used the funds
to create a newsletter, redo the roundabout at Park Lake, revamp their website, and
update their RSS feed. They also created a Beautification Award and have given out
three so far. They were awarded to Citgo Station in Stockton Oak for their relandscaping
of their entranceway, Queen Charlotte for maintaining their property, and
Fellini’s restaurant for the maintenance they do around their block.
Mr. Rick Turner, 1663 Brandywine Dr., is the president of the Alb/Ch’ville
NAACP. On August 7th, the Daily Progress printed a letter to the editor from Mr. Eugene
Williams, “Radical Experiences Still Going On”. There are times when the Downtown
Mall seems to be for white people only. He said the community and the Chamber of
Commerce is silently sanctioning things the way they are. The City should take the
Dialogue on Race to the downtown mall and open a conversation with offices, merchants
and businesses to offer employment opportunities for black citizens to create a more open
environment for all.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said he shares Dr. Turner’s sentiments.
There are a lot of people who are unemployed and cannot make ends meet. Public Works
is a way to get people employed in the City. He urged Council to get involved with the
Living Wage Campaign at UVA and asked for a more aggressive stance towards the
living wage.
Ms. Nikuyah Walker, 503 Druid Ave., sent a letter on August 30th regarding the
Region 10 Community Services Board. She outlined some of the issues at Region 10 and
asked Council to intervene.
Mr. Richard Lloyd, 1825 Locust Shade Ct., said he was asked to look at the
Belmont Bridge by several citizens. The bridge was built in a different era for different
reasons to a different set of constraints. Please examine why it is so long. The exit side
on Belmont is confusing and blocks traffic. Consider building a smaller, shorter, lower
Mr. Huja said the idea of an International Day of Peace is a worthy topic to
support and looks forward to doing so at the next meeting.
Ms. Szakos said she concurred, and we should think about peace not only in terms
of wars but also how we treat each other locally. She thanked Mr. Lloyd for his
interesting history on the Belmont Bridge. She addressed Mr. Collins and said there are
some ways in which the City is looking at the Reentry Program, which is the sort of
project he is advocating.
Dr. Brown thanked Dr. Turner for bringing his comments to Council. Mr. Eugene
Williams has a history of bringing important issues to the white community. Good will
come out of it now that it has been brought to attention.
Ms. Edwards said African Americans have the perception of not being welcomed
on the mall. The Dialogue on Race gives us another opportunity for open dialogue within
the Downtown Business Association. She asked Mr. Jones to follow up on how this can
be added to the agenda for the next DOR meeting. She said the City should follow up
with Ms. Walker’s concerns, because we fund Region 10, and perhaps there are ways we
can ask some accountability questions. She thanked her for coming forward publically.
Regarding Workforce development, we are all well-aware of the workforce issues that
affect us, and even though Charlottesville may have lower unemployment rates, there is
still a large part of our population that is excluded. It is important to implement a policy
like Section 3. She thanked Ms. Salidis for her presentation. She thanked Mr. Lloyd for
the history lesson on the Belmont Bridge.
Nr. Norris thanked Mr. McAdams for coming forward about the International Day
of Peace. He thanked Ms. Walker for coming forward to point out issues we need to
address. Regarding Mr. Collins’ event yesterday, he said he was taken aback by the way
his sentiments were characterized. He said many positive things about the issues
Councilors have brought forward. He said Dr. Turner and Mr. Williams made some
excellent points, and the issue goes beyond the Downtown Mall. There is a real issue in
our community regarding representation within our workforce and our class of
professionals. We have a long way to go to become a true community of choice for
professionals of color, and we should step up our efforts to engage the private and public
sectors for retaining and recruiting a more diverse workforce.
Dr. Brown asked to pull item l, Street Naming Policy. Mr. Huja asked to pull
item j, Acquisition of Property.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Dr. Brown, the following consent agenda
items were approved with exception of item l and item j: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards,
Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown; Noes: None.)
Mr. Norris read the Burley resolution aloud.
a. Minutes of August 1
b. APPROPRIATION: $97,500 – Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Neighborhood of Promise Grant (2nd reading)
c. APPROPRIATION: $65,000 – CASASTART Truancy Prevention Program (2nd
d. APPROPRIATION: Workforce Development Program Carryover Funding for
FY 2012 (2nd reading)
e. APPROPRIATION: $182,500 – Charlottesville/Albemarle Adult Drug
Treatment Court Grant Award (2nd reading)
f. APPROPRIATION: $65,000 – Teens GIVE Service-Learning and Life Skills
Program (2nd reading)
g. APPROPRIATION: $452,704 – Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control
Act Grant (VJCCCA) (carried)
h. APPROPRIATION: $22,130.50 – FY2012 Friendship Court Sponsorship
Agreement for Enhanced Police Coverage (1st Quarter)
i. RESOLUTION: Temporary Grading & Construction Easement – Jefferson
j. RESOLUTION: Acquisition of 4.515 Acres of Meadow Creek Stream
Valley Land
k. RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Hillsdale Dr.
l. RESOLUTION: Honorary Street Naming Policy
m. RESOLUTION: Honorary Street Name – Jackson P. Burley on Rose Hill
Drive from Preston to Madison
n. RESOLUTION: Fiscal Year 2012 Performance Contract between Region
Ten and the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental
Retardation & Substance Abuse Services
o. RESOLUTION: Transfer of Funds to Wayfinding Account in the Capital
Projects Fund - $43,113.09
p. RESOLUTION: Silverbacks Donation
q. RESOLUTION: Transfer of Funds in the Capital Projects Fund - ClearPoint
Performance Measurement Scorecard Software - $12,000
r. RESOLUTION: Police Locker Room Project – Transfer of $12,365.40
s. ORDINANCE: Transfer of Elliott Lot to Habitat for Humanity (2nd
t. ORDINANCE: RWSA Easement for Schenk’s Branch Interceptor (2nd
u. ORDINANCE: Grant of Utility Easement under Jefferson Park Avenue and
West Main Street to the University of Virginia (2nd reading)
v. ORDINANCE: Infrastructure Maintenance Bonds (carried)
w. ORDINANCE: IPP for Stadium Rd. (carried)
Ms. Thackston presented to Council. She reviewed the decisions staff asked
Council to make, including setting priorities for CDBG & HOME programs, determining
if a Priority Neighborhood should be designated, determining the percentage for Social
Programs (up to 15%), administration and planning, and any additional guidelines
Council may wish to give in determining how funds should be spent.
Ms. Szakos asked about the Fifeville Task Force composition.
The public hearing was opened.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said current priorities should remain the
same. We could go for another SRO. We should provide infrastructure upgrades for
people with disabilities to accommodate an aging population.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos asked if there is any thought about trying to figure out how to make
sure groups understand the staff time necessary to put together a grant before making a
small monetary request. She asked if there is a way to collectively take on the reporting
onus so small groups can get money for their contracting. Ms. Thackston said that is a
possibility, but HUD requirements make it difficult.
Mr. Norris asked if adding a priority regarding people with disabilities is an
eligible CDBG activity.
Ms. Edwards said the area that’s growing in our community is health care
Mr. Huja said there is money for ADA requirements, so we do not have to spend
CDBG money for that.
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.)
Dr. Brown asked what we are looking for in a priority neighborhood, and why we
should focus on Fifeville rather than other neighborhoods.
Mr. Huja said it takes a fair amount of money to make an impact on a
neighborhood. Ms. Szakos said she does not want to lose track of the clinic in subsequent
Ms. Allyson Davies presented to Council. Staff recommends Council approve the
issuance of bonds to fund financing for the renovation of units for low and moderate
income families within Charlottesville. These bonds will not be considered a debt for the
City by virtue of the City’s consent.
The public hearing was opened.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., thanked Council for their clarification that
the City is not responsible to pay back bonds. She asked why Waynesboro wants to
invest in Charlottesville.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Mr. Huja asked if Waynesboro was charging a fee. Ms. Davies said yes, it is a
source of income for them.
Ms. Szakos asked if Charlottesville should be looking at this as a possible revenue
stream, as there is a need for it in this community. Ms. Davies said looking at this project
is a good starting point for assessing.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Huja, the resolution passed.
(Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Dr. Brown; Noes: None.)
Mr. Huja asked if this project could provide the neighborhood job opportunities.
Ms. Edwards asked if this is strictly rehabilitation, not additional units. Ms.
Davies said that was correct. Ms. Edwards said she wants to be sure residents are aware
of the process and their right to return.
Ms. John Bolton, with Community Housing Partners, Richmond VA, spoke about
resident involvement in the project. Ms. Szakos encouraged them to use apprenticeships
on this project. Ms. Edwards asked how it would affect children and asked if there was
sensitivity to people who used English as a second language.
Mr. Brown said staff will transmit the will of Council in the cover letter.

Ms. Angela Tucker presented to Council. VDOT has tentatively agreed to issue a
change order to their McIntire Road Extended construction contract so that a portion of
the interceptor can be relocated and replaced as a part of the contract. Staff recommends
approval of the temporary construction easement to VDOT for the relocated Schenk’s
Branch Interceptor.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, the resolution passed
unanimously. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris, Dr. Brown; Noes:
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council and reviewed the items outlined in the materials.
Staff will take items that have support to Council and others back for more HAC
discussion. He outlined the work that has been done on existing projects.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution passed
unanimously. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Norris, Dr. Brown; Noes:
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council and refreshed them on the issue, which was
originally presented on July 5, 2011. He described what had taken place since that date.
Staff recommends demolition of the building, in agreement with the Planning
Commission’s decision. There is a possible interested buyer, but passing this on a first
reading would not prevent a sale, should one come to fruition.
Ms. Edwards said she is sorry we have to make this decision, and the bottom line
is safety.
Mr. Norris invited Mr. Rogers to speak. Mr. Rogers said he has the funds to have
the house demolished and will not need the City’s funds to do so. He wanted to remove
some belongings from the home before demolition.
Mr. Norris asked Mr. Tolbert when the demolition would be required. Mr.
Tolbert said the end of October would be a reasonable time. Staff will follow up as
required with Mr. Rogers.
Ms. Szakos clarified that the home has not been lived in for 30 years. Mr. Tolbert
said this property will still belong to Mr. Rogers after the house is demolished.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the ordinance carried.
Ms. Riddervold presented a slide show to Council. She outlined the process, the
LCAPP Steering Committee work, products that came from the LCAPP, and other
Community Co-Benefits of Climate Action, Recommended Principles, recommended
next steps, and concurrent community activities.
She thanked Dr. Brown for his long-term involvement and commitment to this
project. She turned the presentation over to Dr. Brown. He said he would like to figure
out a way to keep the community involved and committed. He thanked Ms. Riddervold
and her staff for their work.
Mr. Norris thanked Dr. Brown for his leadership and thanked Ms. Riddervold for
her work.
Ms. Szakos asked if there is a reporting mechanism in place for seeing what the
results of the planning process are. Ms. Riddervold said there is. Ms. Szakos said
employment is an ancillary benefit within the community.
Mr. Jones presented to Council on their decision to update the vision statement.
He reviewed the changes, including the addition of a ninth focus, “Community of Mutual
Respect”. These changes came primarily at the suggestion of the Dialogue on Race work
Ms. Shephard spoke and thanked Council for their consideration and revisions.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Ms. Szakos, Council approved the revised
Vision Statement. (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos;
Noes: None.)
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council on design information obtained from VDOT
regarding the bridge.
Mr. Huja asked if the bridge could be modified for certain pedestrian activity use.
Mr. Tolbert said anything is possible, but there would be design issues and moving the
trail to the other side was discussed at length by Council. Mr. Grant Sprinkle with VDOT
said it would be problematic to make the change at this time. There will be a flat area
under the bridge on the south side that should be wide enough for pedestrian activity. A
full ten foot trail would be difficult, but an informal trail could be done.
Mr. Norris asked how construction of the bridge might affect the way the whole
project is constructed, especially regarding truck routes. Mr. Sprinkle said there will be a
temporary crossing at that location.
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council regarding staff’s meetings with AECOM and
RWSA. Although projecting population so far into the future is difficult, all parties
agreed that the original population projection of 71,000 was too high. The parties devised
a revised projected population figure of 63,482. The numbers were developed by
AECOM for the purpose of the Water Demand Analysis and will not be used for any
other purpose by City staff at this time.
Troy Kinser from AECOM was present to answer questions.
Mr. Norris asked if we should also consider this projection when considering
other City services. Mr. Tolbert said consistency is important. Staff is beginning the
comprehensive planning process and will review the numbers and be as consistent as
possible. Typically you do not use a 50-year projection in comprehensive plans.
Mr. Norris asked what the revised demand projection was based on the population
reduction. Mr. Kinser said the current projection with the revised figures is 16.96 mgd
for the urban service area. Last time it was 17.2. Mr. Norris asked if those figures
included Crozet. Mr. Kinser said this was only for water in the urban area. Mr. Norris
asked for the 2055 projection. Mr. Kinser said it was 16.17 for 2055 for the urban area.
Mr. Norris said the current supply plan generates 18.7 per day for 2055. The number
from DEQ states 16.8 gpd, which would be more than sufficient.
Ms. Edwards said one thing we talked about at our retreat is an apology for
Vinegar Hill. She asked for this to be placed on an upcoming agenda. She requested a
forum regarding Race, Place and Redevelopment. The apology could be tied in with this
She asked for a follow up on previous poverty work sessions in October or
November, but she would like to address it in a different way. We have systemic
strategies to address poverty, including an update on the “Bank On” initiative and an
update on the Promise Neighborhood initiatives. Mr. Norris also asked for a report from
the Reentry Workshop from last week. Dr. Brown asked for these reports to occur at
Council meetings in order to reach a wider audience. Ms. Szakos said we could have a
televised work session in Chambers. Mr. Jones will follow up on possible dates for a
work session.
Ms. Edwards said she wanted to examine the idea of an elected mayor. She spoke
with several members of the political community to see what the feeling is on this topic.
She asked for the conversation to be as inclusive as possible, with an opportunity for
public input. It is important to have a transparent process.
Ms. Edwards said there was a lack of African American representation on the
ballot for the Democratic primary. This is an opportunity for the Dialogue on Race
(DOR) to explore how we can have a meaningful conversation in our City about
participation. It is important to examine how we define a “minority”. The Souls of Black
Folks was an important book that came up during the DOR reentry summit.
We do not have a sign in our hometown that says “Home of the Charlottesville
Black Knights”, and it is important to support our home team.
The “MLK Performing Arts Center” should have Martin Luther King, Jr. spelled
Ms. Szakos said The Souls of Black Folks should be required reading for Council.
Regarding the Black Knights sign, she asked of the boosters for the high school could
help with funding for this project. She asked staff to compile a list of people who lived in
the Vinegar Hill area and owned businesses in order to invite them to the apology and
make it personal.
Mr. Huja said we should pursue Ms. Edwards’ ideas as soon as possible. Mr.
Jones said we will bring Vinegar Hill to Council in October. We are looking at design
sketches for the Home of Black Knights signs. We have run into procurement issues, but
we are still working on it, including appropriate location of the signs.
Dr. Brown said he is concerned that we are not setting the bar high enough for
honoring people by naming a street for them. We set a good precedent by naming one for
Jackson Burley, but we should not lessen the importance by subsequently using such
weak criteria.
Also, the policy should be limited to honoring people, not entities or events.
Additional language should say “Honorary street names should be limited to individuals
who have made important and lasting contributions to the City.” Also, the street being
named should have some connection to the individual. We should reserve the recognition
for someone who has not already been recognized in some other way.
Mr. Huja said Dr. Brown’s ideas are an excellent improvement to the policy. Mr.
Norris agreed. Ms. Szakos said if someone has received a previous honor, it may have
been small and should not disqualify them.
Dr. Brown asked staff to revise the policy and bring it back to the next meeting.
Mr. Tolbert will do so.
Mr. Huja asked why the City is trying to acquire the property in question. Mr.
Daly said this is a mutual agreement between the City and the seller. The ownership
group is the Cannon/Hearthwood Limited Partnership. The price is based upon an
independent appraisal. The portion of the parcel is the floodplain portion of the parcel
and is a critical portion of the stream restoration project. Mr. Huja objected that there was
not an opportunity to discuss this in closed session.
Ms. Szakos said she did not see a problem. Mr. Jones said it was not put on a
closed session agenda because the price was not as significant as with other transactions.
Mr. Huja said he wants the process to include a closed session discussion for the future.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the resolution passed
unanimously (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Szakos; Noes:
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., requested that money amounts be published
on the consent agenda, including resolutions that include a monetary aspect. She said she
takes numbers for population projections with a grain of salt, because it is not possible to
project so far into the future.
Mr. Richard Lloyd said the Weldon Cooper Center does forecasts. They are
trained, experienced, and credentialed to do so. Mr. Jones said we asked Weldon Cooper
to do the projection, and they declined.
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704 Graves St., said a flyer sent out by the Monticello
Business Alliance supporting Mr. Huja and Ms. Galvin for Council and should be
denounced by Mr. Huja and Ms. Szakos because it contained misleading information
about the water supply plan.
Ms. Nikuyah Walker, 503 Druid Ave., said she wanted to address her motivation
for requesting community regulation and oversight of Region 10. There were seven items
on the agenda related to substance abuse.. Care citizens should receive is not there. Do
not simply have this conversation with Region 10 and the leadership team, but speak with
community partners such as OAR and other state offices, current and former employees,
and DDSS agencies in the Cityy and surrounnding countiies. Substancce abuse is aa problem
that impacts all groups in our community.
Mr. Norris thanked her for sharing with Council.
The meeting was adjourned.

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