SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, June 20, 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 – June 20, 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 Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, 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, (1) 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, (2) For discussion and
consideration of prospective candidates for appointment to City boards and commissions,
and for the annual performance review of the Clerk of City Council, as authorized by
Virginia Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (1)
On motion by Dr. Brown, 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 – June 20, 2011
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards, Dr. Brown, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos.
Mr. Norris read a letter of thanks from Pastor Elizabeth Foss of Wesley Memorial
regarding Chief Tim Longo’s service to the community.
Mr. Norris recognized the History Resources Committee for their work. He
recognized Ms. Melanie Miller and read a portion of the resolution.
Mr. Huja announced the Community Band Festival on Saturday, July 2nd at the
Charlottesville Pavilion from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Ms. Szakos announced Free Swim Days in Washington Park, every Saturday
evening starting June 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Brown said the 4th of July ceremony at Monticello is a wonderful annual event
that citizens should attend.
Mr. Norris welcomed a group of women in government leaders from Afghanistan
who were present at the meeting. He also noted the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed
a resolution calling for a speedy end to military entanglements abroad.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., thanked Mr. Norris for signing on to the
Mayors for Peace resolution and asked for follow-through with action. He asked
Council to wait to move on the parkway until after rulings from lawsuits come through.
Mr. James Halfaday, 2423 Sunset Rd., said we need to fix Belmont Bridge for
residents and small businesses in the Belmont area. Trees are not properly maintained.
Snow will break the fence this winter when it is plowed. Pedestrian safety is an issue.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., asked why City rate payers are paying more
while customers of the Albemarle Service Authority will not. She asked Council to pull
item m on the consent agenda regarding utility rates for further discussion on the rate
increases. She asked for clarification on report five of the agenda on whether the
resolution was for a purchase of lots for Habitat for Humanity, or a purchase of lots from
Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Michael Farabaugh, 24 Roslyn Height Rd., asked Council to vote against the
bypass. It is not actually a bypass, it will not fix traffic problems, and it is costing the
City money because of the real estate that has been sitting idle without collecting
Mr. Bob Fenwick, 901 E. Jefferson St., asked the City Manager for an update on
the status of the RFP for Dredging the Rivanna River. He asked who was paying for the
new dam. He said his water bill has increased by 200% in eight years and said citizens,
especially those on fixed incomes, cannot keep up with such increases. He asked Council
to insist on showing where the money for the water plan is coming from before voting on
Mr. Stratton Salidis, 704 B Graves St., said building for people instead of cars is a
good thing, and he is pleased Council seems to agree. Building the parkway will help
build more sprawl. People will ask to widen the parkway almost as soon as it is built.
Subsidize walking, biking and transit instead.
Mr. Scott Beyer, 2556 Summitt Ridge Trail, said much of what contributed to
America’s renaissance was the rededication of local governments to widescale urban
projects. These projects have lured people back from the suburbs into the cities.
Beautification projects often get criticized by budget hawks, but they ignore the vast
economic returns that can result from urban beautification. He encouraged the City to
have ambitious goals for McIntire Park East. Balance natural landscapes with human
creativity; it should no longer be a golf course.
Mr. Tom Olivier, 4632 Green Creek Rd., of Schuyler, Virginia, said he opposes
construction of the US 29 Bypass. It risks the water supply, exposes six schools worth of
children to elevated motor vehicle operations, disturbs neighborhoods, and will not
address local congestion. The June 8th vote of the Albemarle Supervisors was
accomplished in a manner that limited public scrutiny. The Piedmont Group of the Sierra
Club urged Council to direct the MPO not to support construction of a Route 29 Bypass.
Mr. Jeff Werner, 212 Wine St., said he was speaking on behalf of the Piedmont
Environmental Council. Regarding the June 8th county vote to reverse their opposition to
the Bypass, they said the Secretary of Transportation offered to fund the bypass. Funding
for the project would come from reallocating the money from other projects. Council
should oppose the bypass and thoroughly evaluate all the facts before casting a vote at the
Mr. Morgan Butler, 201 W. Main St., with Southern Environmental Law Center,
said the Route 29 project will not effectively reduce traffic, and will adversely impact
area schools and damage neighborhoods. Instead, create a better network of parallel
roads and make improvements to existing intersections. Vote to uphold the MPO’s
opposition to the Bypass.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St. NE, asked if there will be a public meeting or
hearing on the water plan cost share agreements. She asked if a citizen representative
committee request has been submitted to Rivanna. She requested that a member of DCR
attend the public meetings on the dam inundation zone maps.
Ms. Martha Wilhelm, 100 Roslyn Heights Rd., commended Council for allowing
the Route 29 Bypass to be addressed in an open forum. She asked Council to act on the
wishes of those constituents who say no to squandering limited transportation funds on a
project that has been concluded to be ineffective and obsolete and should not be built.
Support using funds for genuine improvements instead.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Szakos said she supported citizens speaking on the Bypass. To Mr. Halfaday,
building the Belmont Bridge was one of the things on our list of priorities that did not get
funded. She said she agreed with Mr. Beyer that urban beautification is hugely important
although she is not sure the park is something we need to build over. She would also like
to see reports on the dredging study.
Mr. Jones said the RFP for dredging is on the agenda for the next RWSA Board
Meeting. There will be a public hearing on the cost share agreement, which is yet to be
scheduled. Staff has asked for a public meeting held by Rivanna to answer any questions
concerning the inundation zone.
Ms. Edwards asked if DCR can attend the public meeting. Mr. Jones said we will
extend them an invitation. She asked for an answer to Ms. Hall’s question about the
utility rates. Mr. Jones said connection fee revenues offset potential increases for the
county, which would have been about 17%. She said Mr. Farabaugh did a fine job
speaking and should be inspired to continue to provide comment at other public meetings.
Dr. Brown said he agreed that Mr. Farabaugh did a good job speaking. He said to
Mr. Fenwick that dredging and building the dam are not comparable. A dam provides a
lot more water. Fully dredging gives us about fifteen days of storage, and that is not a lot
when looking at past needs.
Mr. Huja commended Mr. Beyer for his comments on beautification. He agreed
with his comments on sculpture and landscaping.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, the following applicants were
appointed: to CDBG Fifeville Task Force: Antonia Lolordo, Tate Huffman, Missy
Wernstrom. To the Vendor Appeals Board: Jennifer McKeever and Aristea Vlavianos.
To the CACVB, Kirby Hutto. (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris,
Ms. Szakos; Noes: None.)
Mr. Huja asked who will implement the promise neighborhood matching grants.
Ms. Szakos said this was a contract through Children Youth and Family Services.
Ms. Edwards and Mr. Norris said they do not support the increase in utility rates.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the following consent agenda
items were approved with the exceptions noted above: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards,
Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris, Ms. Szakos; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes of June 6
b. APPROPRIATION: $119,000 – Grant – Azalea Park Storm Water Wetland
Project (2nd reading)
c. APPROPRIATION: $386,000 – Charlottesville High School Solar Power
System – Appropriation of Grant Funds and Local Cash
Match (2nd reading)
d. APPROPRIATION: Approval and Appropriation of CDBG & HOME funds
for FY 2011-2012 (2nd reading)
e. APPROPRIATION: $751,016 – Amendments to FY 2012 Adopted City
Schools General Fund and Grant & Other Governmental
Funds Budget (2nd reading)
f. APPROPRIATION: $3,000 – Player for Life Grant from the US Golf
Association (2nd reading)
g. RESOLUTION: Historic Resources Committee – Appointment of
Members and Acceptance of New Rules of Procedure
h. RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Street in St. Charles Subdivision
i. RESOLUTION: Public Infrastructure Maintenance Bonds
j. RESOLUTION: Irrevocable Election Not to Participate in Line of Duty
k. RESOLUTION: Reimbursement of City Employee Legal Fees
l. RESOLUTION: Promise Neighborhood Matching Grant – $50,000
m. ORDINANCE: Utility Rates (2nd
n. ORDINANCE: Street Closure – Closing of a portion of Seminole Court
o. ORDINANCE: Zoning Text Amendment – Assisted Living Facilities
(2nd of 2 readings)
p. ORDINANCE: Sunrise Park PUD (2nd
of 2 readings)
q. ORDINANCE: Homeowner Tax Relief Grant (2011) (2nd
of 2 readings)
PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: TEMPORARY MOVE OF CARVER
Ms. Sherri Iachetta presented to Council. The City cannot use Jefferson School
because of renovations. She reviewed the alternate locations that were considered. The
proposed location is the Virginia Institute of Autism, and it is a convenient location for
many reasons. The Electoral Board met on June 7th and recommended passing the
Mr. Norris asked if there will be adequate signage due to the lack of visual sight
from Rose Hill Dr., and Ms. Iachetta said there will be. Mr. Huja said this is an isolated
location, and he wants generous signage. Ms. Iachetta said staff will post signage off the
250 Bypass and off Rose Hill Dr. Staff is also promoting the new location through
mailings and picnics.
Dr. Brown asked about pedestrians and said we need to make it easy for
pedestrians to travel to the alternate location. Ms. Szakos asked about buses to provide
transportation for people who report to the old location. Ms. Iachetta said this will be an
issue City-wide because of recent precinct changes. Mr. Jones said we can look into
options for transit if Council wishes.
Mr. Huja asked for maps to be included in the mailing of new voter cards. Mr.
Norris said he wants to see staff ideas for providing transit to voters City-wide. He asked
if the construction near the School of Autism was on track. Mr. Tolbert said it was. Mr.
Jones said the site can be cleared for Election Day, regardless of the construction
The public hearing was opened.
Having no speakers, the public hearing was closed.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Huja, the motion carried to the next
PUBLIC HEARING: TRANSFER OF PROPERTY ON ELLIOTT AVENUE
Ms. Kathy McHugh presented to Council.
Mr. Tolbert said this is a public hearing, but due to an advertising error, sufficient
notice of public hearing was not given. Council can choose to pass this on a first reading,
but a second public hearing should be scheduled for the second reading.
The public hearing was opened.
Mr. Dan Rosensweig, 740 Lexington Ave., Exec. Director of Habitat for
Humanity, thanked Council for considering the matter. This opportunity has enormous
potential for the City and the future of mixed income housing. Please approve the
conveyance of this property, which provides affordable housing in a mixed income
development. It is a small investment for the City, with large returns.
Mr. L. Paul Koch, 101 Burnet St., thanked Mr. Tolbert and his staff for sending
out notification on this item. He thanked Southern Development for reaching out to
Burnett Commons and soliciting the neighborhood’s input. He said he supports the
development of this parcel contingent on continuing engagement with Burnett Commons
and the surrounding neighborhood, and an adequate study and solution to traffic
Mr. Blake Caravati said this is good work with some further changes. On June 7,
he saw the For Sale sign on the property, then received a notice of the sale on June 9.
This lacked transparency, because the property seemed to have been under negotiation by
staff and Council for at least six months. He asked Council to delay the sale and advertise
it in a normal manner so other developers would have the opportunity to pay the City
money for this property.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Mr. Norris asked Mr. Tolbert to address Mr. Caravati’s concerns. Mr. Tolbert said
this is a unique situation because of the partnership between Habitat and Southern
Development and the impact it has on surrounding properties.
Mr. Huja asked what the total area and assessed value of the 3 parcels are. The
property under consideration tonight is assessed at $90-100,000, conditional on the
amount of work that needs to be done to it. Altogether, there is about $180,000 worth of
land with significant cost to remediate land issues. Mr. Huja said he is not in favor of
having a first reading tonight.
Dr. Brown asked if there were anything that would ensure affordability beyond
the initial purchase. Mr. Tolbert said we do not have a method to regulate that at this
point unless we put something in the deed.
Mr. Norris said this is a very creative, positive idea and proposal for development
of this site. The buy-in from neighborhoods on all sides is remarkable.
Ms. Edwards agreed that it should be deferred for a first reading at the next
Council meeting. Mr. Norris said we will do another public hearing at our next meeting
with a first reading at that time.
REPORT/RESOLUTION: SECTION 3 PLAN AND POLICY
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. Section 3 is intended to ensure that training,
employment and contracting and other economic activities generated by HUD to the
greatest extent possible will be directed to low and moderate income recipients. Staff
believes more can be done to assist individuals with low income. Staff is anxious to
move forward because of potential redevelopment contracts through CRHA. We can fully
staff this with existing CDBG administrative staff and CRHA money.
Ms. Szakos thanked Ms. Edwards for supporting Section 3. Her support is largely
why Council is considering this report.
Mr. Huja said he supports the idea of Section 3, but he is concerned about the
staffing position. He said it bothers him that it is supplemented by CHF funds, and we
may need more staffing. Mr. Tolbert agreed that it was a limiting factor.
Ms. Edwards appreciated the work that has gone into this project. She thanked
Ms. McHugh for her research. This is a long time coming, and she said she was pleased
to see it on the agenda now. This is an opportunity to create jobs, which is an area we
have been lacking in the past.
Mr. Norris said he wished there were more we could do in terms of incorporating
the same kinds of goals into our own projects. Mr. Tolbert said having a staff member
focused on this will be helpful.
On motion by Ms. Edwards, seconded by Mr. Huja, the resolution was approved.
(Ayes: Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris; Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Edwards; Noes: None.)
REPORT/RESOLUTION: ALLOCATION OF CHF DOLLARS FOR PURCHASE OF
LOTS - $690,000
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. We are buying the lots from Habitat, not for
Habitat, as a point of clarification. This addresses the idea of allowing disabled citizens
to live in a true housing environment. Staff wants to build four townhouse units and deed
two of them to Region 10. One would be kept as a transitional unit for CRHA
redevelopment purposes. Staff seeks Council’s authorization to purchase the land and
proceed with the proposal.
Ms. Szakos said for all the members of Charlottesville who are members of
IMPACT, this is going above and beyond. It is hugely needed in Charlottesville.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the resolution passed.
(Ayes: Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja. Noes: None.)
REPORT: ROUTE 29 BYPASS
Mr. Tolbert presented to Council. Approval of the Route 29 Bypass would require
two hearings of the MPO. Council will have the opportunity to discuss this again after
the first of the two meetings of the MPO. Council may want to negotiate other items as
part of the process.
Mr. Norris asked if this money would be reallocated from other projects. Mr.
Steve Williams of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission said he was not
sure what projects this would take money from. Mr. Norris asked if there are advantages
to other cities if the bypass were built. Mr. Williams said he could not say. Mr. Norris
asked what the projected percentage of through drivers on the impacted stretch of Route
29 was. Mr. Williams said it counted for 10-15% of total traffic volume. Traffic studies
have not computed how much time this bypass would save those travellers on their
commute. Mr. Norris said there were a series of transportation projects outlined in
sequential order by the City, but this bypass was at the end of the list.
Dr. Brown asked if this is a parallel road instead of a bypass. Mr. Williams said
there are no access points between Hollymead and Leonard W. Sandridge Road.
Mr. Huja said the process by which this decision has been made seems unfair. Ms.
Szakos said this seems like a strange way to force this on our area, because the state is
giving us money we have not had in the past on the condition that we do the project they
want us to do.
Dr. Brown said the process the County chose to follow for doing business on this
was embarrassing. However, he sees that this may benefit the City, and he does not think
Council has a say on this one way or another.
Ms. Edwards said she is disappointed in the Board of Supervisors and the
direction they have taken this. Also, it puts the City in such a position that it does not
matter what we think. She said there is no point in having this discussion further, and she
washes her hands of it.
Ms. Szakos encouraged people to attend the public hearings July 14 and July 27 at
Lane Public High School at 4pm and speak out about this issue.
Ms. Szakos moved that Council instruct the MPO representatives to oppose the
motion if there is a vote at the next MPO meeting. Dr. Brown seconded the motion.
Motion carried with Mr. Huja abstaining from voting.
REPORT: BELMONT BRIDGE UPDATE
Ms. Janiczek presented to Council. She outlined the process for planning for the
new bridge and design plans to date.
Mr. Norris asked if design details are forthcoming. Ms. Janiczek said they are.
Mr. Norris asked staff to incorporate greenery and plantings.
Ms. Szakos said mitigation of sound from the Pavilion should be kept in
Mr. Huja said the railroad company may offer money to build a higher bridge so
they can get taller trains through.
REPORT: DIALOGUE ON RACE ECONOMIC WORKGROUP MINORITY
Mr. Walter Davis presented to Council, outlining the findings of a survey the
workgroup conducted. Ms. Alice Anderson gave an overview of the Minority Business
Summit on May 23.
Ms. Szakos praised the workshop. Dr. Brown said staff could create something
more regional for a bigger impact. Mr. Norris thanked the workgroup for their efforts
and said Council will support them in the future.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Rebecca Quinn said women-owned businesses are also grouped in with
minority owned businesses, and we should consider them when leveraging funding from
the state. She said Dr. Brown should look at the whole system before quoting numbers
on water supply. This is a very complex situation, but gallon for gallon dollar cost is not
the way to go because the system is dynamic. You do not get anything but air if you
build a dam until you build a pipeline. The cost of operating and maintaining an uphill
pipeline must also be considered.
Ms. Dede Smith, 2652 Jefferson Park Cir., said to simplify this as dredging versus
building a new dam is a misinterpretation. To compare dredging to a new dam ignores
the fact that fully half the water capacity added at Ragged Mountain is to compensate for
the loss of water at South Fork. We will lose our draught protection, which we have paid
for, if we lose the water at South Fork. Dredging and maintaining South Fork provides
80-90% of the water that building a dam provides.
Mr. Halfaday said he agrees that pedestrian access to both sides is the most
important aspect of the Belmont Bridge. He asked Council to tear down the fence.
Mr. Scott Bandy, 1639 Cherry Ave., asked if the interchange at Best Buy would
be reconfigured if the 29 Bypass does not get built.
Mr. Huja said Council determined work would be done on the Best Buy ramp at
the last Council meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.