20. Alexandria Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
1 Representative of the City’s Faith Community
City Council appointed Mary Ann Cusack as the representative of the City's Faith Community to the Alexandria Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
21. Alexandria Board of Architectural Review - Old and Historic District
City Council reappointed Lori Quill and Michael Wheeler as the two architect representatives to the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review - Old and Historic District.
22. Alexandria Commission for the Arts
1 Member Who Represents the Public-at-Large, As An Arts
Consumer and Participant
City Council appointed Lien Tran as the member who represents the public at large, as an arts consumer and participant, to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.
23. Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission
2 Citizen Members
City Council appointed Samantha Ahdoot and reappointed James Lowenstern as the two citizen members to the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission.
24. Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission
3 Citizen Members
City Council reappointed Charles Ablard, Emily Springer and Charles Trozzo as the three citizen members to the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission.
25. Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed Peter Lawson as the citizen member to the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
26. Update on the Duke Street Concourse. (Staff presentation)
City Council received an update on the Duke Street Concourse.
27. Consideration of Report From the City's Naming Commission.
City Council received the report and (1) approved the change in the name of the Alexandria Black History Resource Center to the Alexandria Black History Museum; (2) instructed the City Manager to ensure that, as part of the upcoming planning study of the waterfront to be undertaken by the Department of Planning & Zoning, consideration is given to providing, somewhere along the waterfront, an appropriate recognition of Colonel John Fitzgerald; and (3) authorized staff to prepare an interpretative narrative highlighting the contributions of F. Clinton Knight in saving Gadsby's Tavern that would be placed next to his portrait which now hangs in the American Legion Portion of the Gadsby's Tavern building, and requested the American Legion post to rename the ballroom on the Legion side of Gadsby's after Mr. Knight. Further, to name the skateboard park the Schuyler Hamilton Jones Skateboard Park at Luckett Field, and to request feedback from staff and the joint Staff and Schools Committee about a concept of an anger-management program that is named for Schuyler Jones.
28. Receipt of Proposed Changes Regarding Developer Contributions to Affordable Housing.
City Council: (a) received the report; (b) instructed staff to disseminate the report over the summer to interested parties, particularly members of the development community, and to discuss and receive comments on the report; (c) set the report for public hearing by Council at its September 21 public hearing meeting; and (d) following the public hearing, approve the proposed policy changes, or those changes that might be revised by Council, and instruct staff to prepare and process any amendments to the Zoning Ordinance that are needed to implement the approved policy changes.
29. Consideration of Issues Related to the Mirant Potomac River Generating Station.
City Council accepted the City Manager's memorandum dated June 17, 2004, and the City Attorney's memorandum dated June 18, 2004, and the recommendations, with the following changes: 1. The City initiate the following enforcement and other actions against the Mirant Potomac River Generating Station: (a) revoking special use permit No. 2296, granted in 1989, which approved the construction and use of 18,000 square feet of new administrative offices, laboratories, conference, training and other space at the Mirant Potomac River Generating Station; (b) revoking special use permit No. 2297, granted in 1989, which approved the Transportation Management Plan required for the lawful operation of the Generating Station; (c) revoking the noncomplying use status of the Generating Station, which was granted as part of the 1992 rezoning; (d) when appropriate, and with Council approval, instituting a Clean Air Act lawsuit seeking imposition of the statutory civil penalties for the Generating Station's NOx permit violations, and an injunction against further violations; (e) objecting, in the pending Mirant bankruptcy proceeding, to any reorganization plan that includes the continued operation of the Generating Station. 2. The City be encouraged to continue gathering data, particularly that the City conduct its own downwash study, paid for by Mirant, so the City has data available and it can begin to address many of the health related issues that are of great concern to the community and the City. 3. Staff to come back with a recommendation on purchasing clean power as part of its procurement policy related to energy, and in conjunction with the Council of Governments Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, work with other localities in the region to address the air pollution caused by all of the region's coal fired power plants. City Council also adopted a resolution to initiate a Zoning Text Amendment and referred it to the Planning Commission to revoke the noncomplying use status of certain heavy industrial uses which have not obtained a special use permit as required by current law and categorize such uses as nonconforming uses, and requested that, in drafting the nonconforming use text, staff include a provision which would allow the installation of new or enhanced pollution control technologies and equipment, with the approval of City Council.
30. Consideration of Proposals to Change How the Taxicab Industry is Regulated by the City of Alexandria.
City Council accepted the Report, requested the Committee work on refining it over the summer, with feedback from the community, the members of Council, and that a final framework be docketed for consideration and vote at the first legislative meeting in September, to follow-up with ordinances and the appropriate codification thereafter, and to thank Councilman Krupicka and Councilman Gaines for their time.
31. Consideration of the Open Space Steering Committee's Report, Including Its Recommended List of Open Space "Priority Sites," the Processes it Recommends Be Used in the Future in Revising or Otherwise Adding Properties to the City Council's List of Priority Sites and the Criteria It Recommends Be Used in the Future in Revising or Otherwise Adding Properties to the Council's List of Sites.
City Council: (a) approved the Committee's recommendation, with the following revisions:
a. On page 1, following the third paragraph, add the following new paragraph:
“This report is the recommendation by the Open Space Steering Committee which begins a process of review by the Alexandria City Council and the public related to opportunities for preserving open space within the City. The report is not intended to imply that City Council will take specific action on any of the specific properties that the report identifies below. Rather, the report’s listing of properties is only a recognition that the properties are viewed by the Committee as possessing important open space values and as representing valuable open space resources.”
b. On page 1, fifth current paragraph, delete the first sentence of the paragraph and edit the second, as follows:
"The Steering Committee also recognizes that the city will not likely have enough resources or the opportunity to accomplish full fee acquisition of all the properties listed in this document, not even just those identified as the most important priorities. Therefore, we encourage The Steering Committee encourages ....”
c. on page 2, make the following edit to the fourth paragraph:
45. Consideration of Convening An Executive Session Closed to the Public to Review the Performance of the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.
At 12:40 a.m., City Council convened in executive session, pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of discussing the performance during the past fiscal year of the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.
At 12:56 a.m., City Council reconvened the meeting.
City Council approved receipt of the performance reviews and authorized the Mayor to meet with the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk for the purpose of reviewing performance; and authorized the Mayor to negotiate a merit increase of five percent in either salary or non-monetary compensation for each.
City Council adopted the resolution pertaining to the Executive Session. RES. NO. 2112
The meeting adjourned at 1:00 a.m.
Note: The action docket is a summary of Council's meeting deliberations prepared largely for staff follow-up. Formal minutes of the meeting, when approved by Council, become the official record of the meeting and of Council decisions made at the meeting.