Also Present: Mr. Hartmann, City Manager; Mr. Banks, City Attorney; Ms. Evans, Deputy City Manager; Mr. Jinks, Deputy City Manager; Police Captain Ogden; Mr. Baier, Director, Transportation and Environmental Services; Mr. Castrilli, Communications Director, Office of Communications; Ms. Harris, Communications Officer, Office of Communications; Mr. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Routt, Office of Management and Budget; Ms. Taylor, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. Stewart, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. Elliott, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. Touhill, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. Bever, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. Gates, Assistant City Manager, City Manager's Office; Ms. Boyd, Special Assistant to the City Manager, City Manager's Office; Dr. Gilmore, Director, Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse; Ms. Dawson, Director, Libraries; and Mr. Lloyd.
Recorded by: Jacqueline M. Henderson, City Clerk and Clerk of Council.
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City Council held a work session at 6:00 p.m. on the final add-delete for the budget.
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1. Calling the Roll.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the City Clerk called the roll; all the members of Council were present.
The following items were heard out of turn:
5. Consideration of Appointment of the Acting City Manager.
WHEREUPON, upon motion by Vice Mayor Donley, seconded by Councilman Smedberg and carried unanimously, City Council appointed Bruce Johnson as the Acting City Manager. The voting was as follows:
Donley "aye" Fannon "aye"
Smedberg "aye" Hughes "aye"
Euille "aye" Krupicka "aye"
6. Oral Report on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-133) Project at Mark Center. (Staff Presentation)
Mr. Banks, City Attorney, made a presentation on the BRAC-133 project and pursuing legal action against the Federal government, noting that the 60 day statute of limitations has passed. Based on that statute of limitations, it is unlikely that Alexandria would be able to maintain a successful lawsuit. He said they do not have a valid cause of action that can be pursued. Mr. Banks responded to questions of City Council.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
4. Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to Codify the Tier 1 Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Special Services District as a Separate Classification For Real Estate Tax Purposes and to Establish the Tax Rate for Calendar Year 2011. (#8, 3/12/11) [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
(A copy of the City Manager's memorandum dated March 9, 2011, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 1 of Item No. 4; 5/2/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.
A copy of the informal memorandum explaining the ordinance is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 2 of Item No. 4; 5/2/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.
A copy of the ordinance referred to in the above item, of which each Member of Council received a copy not less than 24 hours before said introduction, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 3 of Item No. 4; 5/2/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.)
WHEREUPON, upon motion by Councilwoman Hughes, seconded by Vice Mayor Donley and carried unanimously by roll-call vote, City Council adopted the ordinance to codify the Tier 1 Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Special Services District as a separate classification for real estate tax purposes and to establish a tax rate at $.20 on each $100 of assessed value to be imposed on Tier I property owners within the special services district in addition to the real property tax rate set by City Council for all properties in the City. The revenue from this special tax district provides funding to be used exclusively for the purpose of providing facilities and services related to the construction of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station in the City of Alexandria and the construction of a pedestrian bridge from Potomac Greens to Potomac Yard.
Councilwoman Hughes stated for the record that this motion does not include properties pre-existing and Potomac Greens.
The voting was as follows:
Hughes "aye" Fannon "aye"
Donley "aye" Krupicka "aye"
Euille "aye" Pepper "aye"
The ordinance reads as follows: