SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE
HELD ON Monday, May 16, 2011, AT 6:30 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 – May 16, 2011
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present:
Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris.
On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, Council voted (Ayes: Dr.
Brown, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris; Noes: None; Absent: Ms. Szakos, Ms. Edwards) to meet in
closed session pursuant to section 2.2-3712 of the Virginia Code 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 Dr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Huja, Council certified by the
following vote, (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Noes: None;
Absent: Ms. Szakos), 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 – May 16, 2011
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present:
Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards, Dr. Brown, Mr. Huja. Absent: Ms. Szakos.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Mr. Norris read a proclamation for Bike Month. Scott Paisley, Heather Higgins,
Mac Lafferty, and Ruth Stornetta were present to accept the proclamation. Ms. Higgins
overviewed local events for Bike Week.
Mr. Norris read a proclamation for Public Works Week. Ms. Judy Mueller was
present to accept the proclamation on behalf of Public Works Department employees.
Mr. Norris acknowledged seven high school seniors who received Charlottesville
City Scholarships. Ms. Linda Seaman presented the following scholarship winners:
Shaniece Bradford, Champrea Frye, James Dowell, LaToya Hughes, Richard
Washington, Valerie Washington, and Christopher Yates.
Ms. Edwards announced the Dialogue on Race and local businesses’ Minority
Business Summit on May 23rd from 8:30am – 3:00pm. The summit is free, but
registration is required. Call 970-3115 or visit Charlottesville.org/dialogue to register.
June 16-18 is the Juneteenth Celebration. For more information contact Maxine at 295-
6332 or Tamyra Turner at email@example.com. Mr. Huja announced the Community Band
Festival on July 2nd from 11am-8pm. The event is free, sponsored by the Charlottesville
Mr. Norris announced the Parks & Recreation sale on outdoor pool passes for the
2011 season. There is a discount on passes sold before May 31. Call 970-3260 for more
information. A Flag Day Celebration will be held June 14th at the Pavilion at 6:30pm to
salute armed forces, featuring the Charlottesville Municipal Band.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Jeannette Kantz, 1223 Park St., protested reduced bus services and asked
Council to restore route 2A.
Ms. Page Sullivan, 101 Melbourne Park Cir., protested reduced bus services and
provided a petition with 61 names of people that have ridden in the past week for Route
Mr. Scott Beyer, 2556 Summit Ridge Trail, said if we build up certain growth
areas in the City, we can preserve other parts of it. Growth areas assist in preserving
single family neighborhoods. The City should revisit talks about rebuilding growth areas.
He said West Main between Amtrak and the UVA hospital, the area between Water St.
and South St., Cherry Ave. between Ridge and 6th St. SW, and 5th St. Ext. between the
Tonsler tennis courts and Baily Rd. are key areas to examine for building.
Mr. James Halfaday, 2423 Sunset Rd., said the City should do better for JPA area
businesses while the bridge is out. Please post more signs.
Mr. Tyler Frankenberg, 516 Brandon Ave., of the UVA Planning Students
Research Department, Campbell Hall School of Architecture, presented on behalf of the
graduate class in Housing and Community development. The class conducted research in
affordable housing and workforce training and examined innovative solutions from other
municipalities around the U.S. Prof. Suzanne Moomaw assisted in compiling the reports.
Mr. Mac Lafferty, 135 West Park Dr., spoke regarding bike helmets for youth.
He reviewed statistics on bike head injuries, especially for children 14 and under. He
asked Council to support ordinance requiring helmets for 14 and under.
Mr. Peter Castiglione, 1516 Chesapeake St., owner of Maya Restaurant, spoke on
the safety of bike lanes on West Main St. He described the bike accidents he has
witnessed in the past four years. The bike lanes on West Main St. are dangerous. He
asked who is liable in accidents. Improvements on West Main St. are going in the right
direction. The City should create bike lanes that do not share a path with automobiles.
He also asked the City to reallocate taxi stand spaces at the corner of 4th and Main to
ameliorate losing 12 spaces along that corridor.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said he was excited to see Council pass
the resolution about Uranium Mining and asked for it to be read publically. Please follow
through with as much action as possible on clean energy. Do not cut bus service hours or
routes; the City should always be looking to expand. Citizens are reliant on public
transit. Extend hours to serve late night users.
Mr. James Richardson, 115 E. High St., echoed praise for improvements to West
Main St. When considering removal of parking spaces, please remember the 2008
downtown parking study data. Removal of on-street parking may not be as significant to
businesses as some perceive.
Mr. Mike Basile, 288 Albert Ct., spoke on violence and mobs on the downtown
mall Friday nights. This is still happening despite video surveillance and increased police
presence. He discussed violent incidents from this past weekend and asked Council to
take steps to stop violence on the downtown mall.
Mr. Scott Paisley, 1207 Oak Hill Dr., thanked Mr. Castiglione and the midtown
merchants for engaging in dialogue to improve infrastructure and bicycle safety. He
thanked Ms. Alexander and the City for their work and asked staff to focus on incomplete
bike lanes. Simply increasing ridership helps most of all.
Ms. Ruth Stornetta, 307 C 2nd St. NW, said it is illegal to open your car door into
oncoming traffic, which includes bicyclists. Please make bike lanes on West Main St.
continuous. She said changes to the road can benefit all users. She asked bikers present
in support of the improvements to West Main to stand.
COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Dr. Brown thanked the bicyclists who were in attendance. He agreed with Mr.
Paisley that the more people who are bicycling, the more people are aware of the rules of
Mr. Huja thanked the bikers in attendance and said biking is a positive mode of
transportation. We should complete West Main St.
Ms. Edwards asked Ms. Valerie Washington to come forward to comment on the
concern about violence from youth on the downtown mall. Ms. Washington said young
people need to have something to do. Youth are not aware of opportunities in the City for
healthy activities. There should be a specific gathering place. Mr. Dominique Morris said
teenagers do not know what they want to do. The biking community could help with
activities. A boxing arena would be a good outlet. Cost-effective activities geared
towards teenagers and older youth are needed. Mr. Norris said the City will work on this.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Collins for sharing his ideas on transit. He agreed that
expansion of service, not cuts, should be the focus. He thanked Ms. Kantz and Ms.
Sullivan for discussing the importance of bus service in their neighborhood. He said Mr.
Beyer made an excellent point about preservation of rural areas and single family
neighborhoods. He also thanked the bicyclists for attending.
Mr. Huja said he wanted to be sure the public understood that the 14 and Under
helmet ordinance is for children. Dr. Brown asked to pull the helmet ordinance from the
Ms. Edwards asked for a portion of the Uranium Mining resolution to be read
aloud for the edification of the public.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown, the following consent agenda
items were approved: (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Edwards, Dr. Brown, Mr. Norris; Noes:
None; Absent: Ms. Szakos.)
a. Minutes of May 2
b. APPROPRIATION: $5,625 – Downtown Mall Directional Signage
Purchases (2nd of 2 readings)
c. APPROPRIATION: $22,840 – City Hall Window Damage - Appropriation
of settlement from Nautilus Insurance Company (2nd of
d. APPROPRIATION: $22,500 – Police Department - Reimbursed Overtime
(2nd of 2 readings)
e. APPROPRIATION: $187,500 – Market Street Parking Garage - Replacement
of PARC Equipment (1st of 2 readings)
f. APPROPRIATION: $23,000 – 2010 State Homeland Security Program Grant
(Hazmat) (1st of 2 readings)
g. RESOLUTION: Resolution Supporting the Moratorium on Uranium
Mining in Virginia (1st of 1 reading)
h. RESOLUTION: Initiation of Text Change Regarding University Related
Uses (1st of 1 reading)
i. RESOLUTION: Initiation of Zoning Text and Map Amendments - 104
Stadium Road (1st of 1 reading)
j. ORDINANCE: Unzoned Properties (2nd of 2 readings)
k. ORDINANCE: Abandonment of Storm Drain Easement (2nd of 2
l. ORDINANCE: 14 and Under Helmet Ordinance (1st of 2 readings)
PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE: UTILITY RATES (deferred to next meeting)
Mr. Bernard Wray presented to Council and provided a brief overview of the
utility report, which is available on the city website. He introduced Ms. Sharon O’Hare
and Ms. Lauren Hildebrand, who were available to answer questions.
Mr. Norris asked Mr. Wray to explain where the rate stabilization fund came
from. Mr. Wray said in 2008 we started charging a rate facility fee for new home
construction. The money was put in a separate fund because we knew debt service would
increase dramatically over the next several years, and this fund was used to stabilize the
rates over the long term.
Mr. Huja asked them to state rate increases. He asked why the City does not
charge more to people who use more, i.e. a tiered rate structure. Ms. O’Hare said the
City examined tiered rates this year, but the City’s customer base is different from
Albemarle County. This structure is usually only used for single family units, and the
City does not want to penalize economic development or single family residential units.
The public hearing was opened.
Mr. Bruce Edmonds, Woolen Mills, said he is the owner of a small business
located downtown. Council should consider voting no on a tax increase for water and
sewer bills. It is premature to raise these rates until the county cost-share agreement is
finalized. City tax payers should not have to pay for county increases.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said we are repeating the same action over
again expecting a different result. The Albemarle County Service Authority decided not
to raise rates. City tax payers should not be subject to continuous rate increases. Water
and sewer use are not optional for City residents, putting residents at the mercy of local
government and RWSA.
Ms. DeDe Smith, 2652 Jefferson Park Cir., said she is shocked to see that rate
stabilization for water and sewer has increased from last year. There is well over $1
million in combined subsidy, and this is digging us deeper into the requirement that we
subsidize these rates. Paying these off with connection fees discourages affordable
housing. We do not have limitless growth potential like Albemarle Co. Rate subsidies
hide the true cost of what residents are paying for water and sewer and loss of city assets
from the water plan.
Ms. Katie Chester, 1915 E. Market, said in regard to tiered rates, businesses
should also be encouraged to use resources more sparingly.
Ms. Betty Mooney, City of Charlottesville, said do not vote for the rate increase.
Our water and sewer rates have been going up since 2002, despite using less and less
water. We do not need a new dam, and we do not need higher rates. The Albemarle
Service Authority is not raising rates for the second year in a row. We do not have a cost
share agreement with the county yet. This is not sustainable.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Edwards explained why tiered rates do not work well for many City
residents, particularly lower income residents with large families who rent. It is
important to have conservation information available for all types of residents, including
landlords and businesses.
Mr. Norris agreed with those who urged Council not to adopt the higher rates,
particularly regarding the water issue, particularly because we do not have a cost share
agreement. The net increase is very modest, but that is because there is a heavy amount
of subsidy built in.
Ms. Edwards said she wants to make sure Council handles this issue
Dr. Brown asked Mr. Wray to address why Albemarle did not recommend a rate
increase. Mr. Wray said there are various possible reasons, but staff would have to
clarify with Albemarle County staff. Dr. Brown said he has been concerned over
stabilization rates over the last several years, because it makes residents think this is
costing less than it actually is. Mr. Wray explained why the new fee stabilizes. Dr.
Brown asked what would happen if Council does not vote to pass the ordinance. Mr.
Wray said the City would operate at a financial loss. Funds would have to be taken from
elsewhere in the budget. Mr. Wray said they budget utility rates simply to break even.
Dr. Brown asked to detail what the effects of not passing the ordinance would be
for the second reading and to provide public information on why the county did not
recommend a rate increase while the City did. Mr. Norris said his concern is specific to
water, not sewer and gas. Mr. Wray said we can examine rates across the board. Mr.
Huja said he also wanted the information Dr. Brown requested. Ms. Edwards asked this
be deferred until full Council was present.
A vote on the motion was deferred until next meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING: RIVANNA PUMPING STATION
Ms. Lauren Hildebrand presented to Council. She summarized Council’s tour of
potential Pump Station sites, reviewed the history of the pump station decision process
and summarized preliminary costs of Option A, Option C and Option D. The schedule
for a decision on the pump station site requires that a plan be submitted for the pump
station by late December. The engineer can finish the study work in 12 weeks, and the
study results can be evaluated in late August. Staff requested direction from Council
regarding options worthy of design efforts.
Mr. Frederick presented to Council on Hazen & Sawyer’s preliminary reports on
tunneling. More needs to be researched about the geology at that depth to determine
what the actual cost of the project would be. Staff does not recommend we pursue this.
The public hearing was opened.
Ms. Joanna Salidis, 129 Goodman St., said Options A, B and C are completely
unacceptable. Reevaluate whether we need to build a new sewage station at all. The
trend in local government favors building new infrastructure over repairing old
infrastructure. New water and sewer rates are an example of the trend of the county
shifting the cost of growing population to City rate payers. Development in the County is
paid for by the City. Price tags are bogus.
Mr. Brandon Collins, 536 Meade Ave., said he appreciates that the Woolen Mills
Association has been actively engaged on this issue. Option D is the least of the evils.
Think about other alternatives and ensure adequate studies on the impact of air and water
quality, the impact on the neighborhood, and the total cost.
Ms. Victoria Dunham, 2000 Marchant Street, thanked Council for taking Option
A off the table. She said bringing back Option A is a threat being held over the
neighborhood’s head. Option C places the onus on a small group of people to support
wastewater infrastructure that supports the City, County and UVA. State Farm should
not be allowed to singlehandedly take Option D off the table. Please take A and C off the
table permanently. She asked those present in support to stand.
Ms. Katie Chester, 1915 E. Market St., said this process has outraged her. She
asked how the City can tolerate building a sewage pumping station in a residential
neighborhood. Option C is more of the same. Money should not be the only factor, but
also the effect on quality of life and environmental impact. The process has been
frustrating. We should hire a completely impartial consultant who has done this before.
If Council is willing to study Option C, they should be willing to study Option D.
Mr. Bill Herrick, 1915 E. Market St., said Option C or a hybrid thereof would
require blasting, which would shake the old surrounding buildings and impact the
integrity of their structure. State Farm should not be able to impact the decision. Choose
citizens first. He asked if the 10% increase in sewer would pay for the pump station.
Ms. Cindy Cartwright, 1404 E. Market St., said she is representing her children.
She showed Council the posters her children made, which illustrated pleas not to build
the pumping station.
Mr. Evan Hanson, 1404 Burgess Ln., said he and his wife love walking in the
neighborhood, and he was shocked the original pumping station was located where it
presently is. The City has the opportunity to right a wrong that was made several years
ago. This should not be in anyone’s back yard. He asked that Council demand RWSA
set up an independent commission to set up a demand analysis and seek other options.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said she empathizes with Woolen Mills not
wanting a larger pump station in their neighborhood. The City should not always bow to
County wishes. The County should find land to house this new pump station and should
take responsibility for their growth.
Mr. Pressley Thatch, owner of a moving company at the end of Market St., said
the neighborhood has worked hard over the years to maintain and nurture its historic
value. If Council chooses Option C, that removes the ability for neighbors to use historic
style renovation in future development of their facility, which makes future development
unlikely to be residential.
Mr. Fran Lawrence, 1729 Chesapeake St., said Council should make sure Option
A stays off the table. State Farm would not oppose Option D at the end of the day.
Technology should prevent the smell from affecting State Farm, especially since the
station will be located downhill.
Mr. Chris Harris, 1900 Chesapeake St., said neighbors are frustrated with various
schemes. This a problem of design process more than design product. He suggested
setting up design criteria based on neighborhood, City, County and RWSA discussions.
Revise the design process, and review other alternatives and solutions.
Mr. Fred Wolf, 603 Lexington, said he is about to purchase a property directly
affected by Option C. The emphasis should not be solely on cost. The City should find a
solution that shares the burden equally. We need accurate, updated flood map data to
account for the dam removal in 2007. Please do not approve RWSA’s request to study
only Option C.
Mr. Bill Maloney, 1909 E. Market St., said he is concerned over the five to ten
year effect of the pump station, especially yard erosion and the effect on surrounding
structures. The scale of the project is massive, leaving a 15-30 foot space between the
river and where the easement will be. Stays would be granted with good faith effort.
Mr. Bill Emory, 1604 E. Market St., asked Council to review comments he sent
earlier in the day. He thanked RWSA for treating wastewater and asked Council to
dream about the process and reconnecting with the river.
Ms. Ewing said we have to take the deadline very seriously or contact DEQ and
clarify whether the December deadline is real or not. We should examine options that
would make it so we do not have to build a new pumping station. We should ask RWSA
to think creatively about other options.
Mr. Bruce Edmonds, Woolen Mills, said Council must reject Option C. Continue
to support the past resolution of the Council to reject Option A. He thanked Mr. Norris
for attending Friday’s Woolen Mills neighborhood Association meeting.
Ms. Nancy Beckstrom, 1909 E. Market St., said her backyard would be badly
affected by the trench that would be constructed under Option C.
Ms. Betty Mooney, City of Charlottesville, said this discussion is frustrating and
encouraged Council to question the $2 billion price tag to fix leaky pipes.
Ms. DeDe Smith, 2652 Jefferson Park Cir., said ask not only what it would cost to
repair pipes instead of building a new station, but whether we will have to fix leaky pipes
anyway because of DEQ regulations. Please consider that Riverview Park is unique
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Mr. Norris said Council needs to decide whether or not to move forward with
Option C. He asked for clarity on the basic need for this project. He asked if there was a
green infrastructure approach that could be taken to mitigate storm water management
issues. Ms. Hildebrand said sewer rehabilitation is a three-pronged approach. Staff is
rehabilitating existing sewers that are high priority, then looking at capacity downstream.
Staff must examine the system as a whole as a part of the comprehensive sewer system
study. Mr. Norris said even if we were able to reduce infiltration by 50%, we would still
need an upgrade in our pipe system. Ms. Hildebrand said this was true.
Mr. Huja said he wants to take Option C off the table. Dr. Brown said we need to
talk about what other options are available. Mr. Huja said Option D and Option E should
Ms. Edwards agreed with Mr. Huja. This is a good time to think about what the
best solution for our community is. She questioned the judgment regarding the culture of
the neighborhood. People lost their quality of life with the initial decision to locate the
pump station. She asked for assurance that the trailer park community is welcomed to
attend and contribute to the Woolen Mills association. She has not heard from them and
is concerned by that.
Mr. Huja asked Mr. Frederick when the pumping station was built. He said late
1970s to 1981. Dr. Brown asked if there was flexibility on the deadline. Mr. Jones asked
Mr. Frederick to discuss negotiations with DEQ that got us to this deadline. Mr.
Frederick said he canvassed our infrastructure system in 2004 and was disappointed to
find how poorly the sewer system was operating. Sanitary sewer overflows is EPA’s
number one priority nation-wide.
Dr. Brown said we need to study options and see what we can do, but we have to
figure out a way to collaborate. State Farm was adamant against Option D for the same
reasons Woolen Mills neighbors are against having it in their neighborhood, particularly
because of the odor. He asked to keep more rather than fewer options on the table. He
asked to explore options C, D and E, including tunneling.
Mr. Norris agreed with Mr. Huja that we should take Option C off the table. The
option is clearly a non-starter because of the impact on the neighborhood and the
financial impact. Option D is the lesser of evils. One private property owner should not
trump dozens of city and county residents whose home and quality of life would be
affected by this project. We can work with State Farm to find a good solution. He said
he is intrigued by Option E and thinks it is worth exploring, but first prefers to discuss the
viability of Option D with State Farm.
Mr. Huja moved to reject Option C and study Options D and E. Mr. Norris said
studying Option E is a very expensive proposition, and we should only do that as a
fallback position if Option D is not a possibility. Ms. Edwards seconded the motion. Dr.
Brown clarified that Council would pay its share of the $400,000 price tag to pay for
researching Option E. Mr. Norris confirmed.
Mr. Huja thanked the citizens of the neighborhood who came to speak.
REPORT: FINAL TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN (CTG)
Mr. Watterson, director of CAT, presented to Council. The Deptarment of
Transportation is looking for endorsement from Council supporting the Transit
Development Plan (TDP). Mr. James Baker, from Connetics Transportation Group
(CTG), presented to Council on meetings since the March 3rd Work Session.
Mr. Baker outlined existing CAT service issues, a near-term Service Plan (1-3
years), and routes 10/12 alignment change. A study showed routes 1A and 2A were the
poorest performers. He also reviewed service changes proposed for FY 2012, a shortrange
service plan (2-4 years), a long-range service plan (through 2035). He reviewed
TDP operating costs, outlined local and federal funding assumptions for operations,
capital cost requirements, and next steps, including Council submittal of the TDP to the
Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation.
Mr. Huja said he supported the proposals, but the county should pay for routes
that serve county growth. Mr. Watterson said they presume that the county would be
responsible for a local match element for county residents. Mr. Huja said he is
disappointed in service to the northern part of the City. Mr. Baker said this area was
included in the study, but efficiency studies showed expanded service was not warranted.
The City is well-covered in general.
Dr. Brown said he is interested in promoting more and better service in the county
because helps keep cars off city roads.
Ms. Edwards asked how concerns over reduced services could be addressed. Mr.
Watterson said Council could elect not to implement the portion of the plan that would
impact existing service.
Mr. Norris said he is concerned with the impact on Park St., North Downtown,
and the Woolen Mills area, especially with a growing number of elderly residents. He
does not support eliminating routes in those areas.
Anything not implemented in August 2011 will be brought to Council as soon as
possible. The deadline for getting information for inclusion in the route catalogue is the
end of June. On motion by Dr. Brown, seconded by Ms. Edwards, the plan was approved
as amended. (Ayes: Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Norris; Noes: Mr. Huja; Absent: Ms.
REPORT: BICYCLE SAFETY COMMITTEE UPDATE
Ms. Jeanne Alexander reported to Council on communication of public
information, enforcement, the 14 and Under Helmet ordinance, support for legislative
items, and on-street improvements. She explained the proposal to add bike lanes on West
Main St. was more controversial because it requires removal of some on-street parking
spaces. New shared lane markings, called “sharrows”, are being tried out on Water St.
Mr. Norris thanked Ms. Alexander for her work with the Bike/Pedestrian
Committee and congratulated her on her Bike Charlottesville Community Partner award.
Mr. Huja said the City should have sidewalks, then bike lanes, then parking to
avoid opening car door issues. Ms. Alexander said staff has considered that solution, but
it requires more street width than we have available. Dr. Brown said this has been a great
process and is proud how well City staff has worked with the bicycle community.
On motion by Mr. Huja, seconded by Dr. Brown seconded, a motion to support
the bicycle safety committee update carried unanimously. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Dr. Brown,
Mr. Norris, Ms. Edwards; Noes: None; Absent: Ms. Szakos.)
REPORT: 14 AND UNDER HELMET ORDINANCE (carried)
Ms. Alexander presented to Council. She clarified that this ordinance only
applies to children ages 14 and under. Mr. Norris asked if there are exceptions, such as
children riding in Azalea Park. Ms. Alexander said the ordinance does spell out specific
locations. Mr. Brown clarified that the ordinance only applies to highways, sidewalks, et
Dr. Brown asked how the City can reach lower income communities with helmet
give-away programs. Ms. Alexander said there will be a bike rodeo this weekend, with
free helmets. Staff is looking for ways to make more free helmets available. Dr. Brown
said we could tell kids to bring their citation to City Hall for a free helmet to have their
fee waived. Ms. Edwards said helmets could be provided by nonprofit groups instead of
the City because the goal is education. Mr. Norris said we should proactively support
distribution of bike helmets.
On motion by Ms. Edwards, seconded by Mr. Huja, the motion carried to the next
meeting. Staff will bring back information on providing free or reduced cost helmets.
REPORT: ATHLETIC FIELD ALLOCATION STUDY
Mr. Daly presented to Council. He reviewed the guiding principles for allocation
and recommended priorities. He said the relation of the field study to McIntire Park will
come before Council at the next meeting.
Mr. Huja asked if Mr. Daly has discussed priorities with field users. Mr. Daly
confirmed that he has. Mr. Huja asked if staff has explored partnering with UVA. Mr.
Daly said they have, but it is a difficult issue, which they may be able to revisit at a later
Dr. Brown asked what the timeline of study was. Mr. Daly said the first meetings
with focus groups took place over two years ago. Dr. Brown asked if soccer teams can
request practice space on baseball diamonds. Mr. Daly said they can.
Mr. Norris asked for other ideas for expanding field use. Mr. Daly said lighting
fields, especially rectangular fields, and conversion of diamond fields into rectangular
fields, especially if usage continues and patterns change locally as they have nationally.
Mr. Huja asked if school playgrounds were included. Mr. Daly said they were.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Daly for his work.
Ms. Edwards said the QCC walks leaves from Community Bikes this Saturday at
Mr. Huja asked for an update on the City Market. Mr. Jones said the task force is
presenting recommendations to Council in June.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge St., said watched Henry Graff's reports on the trip
to Winneba in the beginning of May. This is a great opportunity for Council to show
leadership above what they are doing now in the Sister City program. The City should
spend money and include the Winneba community as part of our community, as well as
our other Sister City communities. Follow up on the initiative to build a strong, useable
library in Winneba just as we would invest in our own community. Council should vote
to contribute money to the Winneba library project.
Mr. Dominique Morris, City of Charlottesville, said it would be appropriate to
have an activity fair like a job fair to introduce topics most teens do not know about.
Mr. Huja said he supported Mr. Kleeman's idea about contributing more to Sister
Cities. Dr. Brown said it is a great idea to get involved with our Sister Cities. Bragging
about not spending City money on our Sister City relationships sends the wrong message.
The meeting was adjourned.