The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the Deputy City Clerk called the roll; all the members of Council were present.
2. Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance.
City Council observed a moment of silence and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Reading and Acting Upon the Minutes of the Following Meeting of City Council:
(a) The Regular Meeting Minutes of September 14, 2010.
City Council approved the regular meeting minutes of September 14, 2010.
RECOGNITION OF YOUTH BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Euille recognized Cub Scouts Pack 135 from Maury Elementary School who were present at the meeting.
4. Presentation of a Proclamation Recognizing the Alexandria Rotary Club for its Meals on Wheels Donation.
City Council endorsed the proclamation.
5. Presentation of a Proclamation Recognizing the Ron Bradley Foundation for its Donation of Money for Holiday Meals.
City Council endorsed the proclamation.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
CONSENT CALENDAR (6-9)
(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)
6. Receipt of the Following Resignations From Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
(b) Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force
(c) Commission on Employment
7. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Emergency Medical Services Council
1 Alexandria Operational Medical Director Representative
(b) Historic Alexandria Resources Commission
1 Member-at-Large Who Shall Be Appointed From Planning
(c) Potomac Yard Advisory Commission
1 Qualified Professional Skilled in Architecture
(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)
8. Consideration of an Application for a Training Mini-grant From the Virginia Fire Services Board.
9. Consideration of Authorization of Recommended Capital Project Allocations and Planned Expenditures.
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR
City Council adopted the consent calendar. The City Manager's recommendations were as follows:
6. City Council accepted the following resignations with regret: (a) James Broman, Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee; (b) Michelle Hermes and Bellen Joyner, Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force; and (c) Patricia Soltys, Commission on Employment.
7. City Council made the following appointments to boards and commissions: (a) appointed Joseph Marfori as the Alexandria Operational Medical Director Representative to the Emergency Medical Services Council; (b) reappointed Nicole McGrew as the member-at-large who shall be appointed from Planning District I to the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission; and (c) appointed Shawn Glerum as the qualified professional skilled in architecture to the Potomac Yard Advisory Commission.
8. City Council authorized the City Manager to: (1) submit this grant application to the Virginia Fire Services Board (VFSB) in the amount of $10,000 for the purchase of fire training equipment; and (2) execute all the necessary documents that may be required.
9. City Council authorized $2,471,569 for capital project allocations and planned expenditures for the capital projects as detailed in the Capital Improvement Expenditure Summary.
10. Commission for Women
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed Carrie (P.J.) Palmer Johnson to the Commission for Women.
11. Convention and Visitors Association Board of Governors
1 Hotel Owner/Manager Representative
City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Benjamin Timashenka as the hotel owner/manager representative to the Convention and Visitors Association of Board of Governors.
12. Human Rights Commission
City Council appointed Amy Millican as the citizen-at-large to the Human Rights Commission.
13. Industrial Development Authority
1 Citizen Member
City Council reappointed Lynn Hampton as the citizen member to the Industrial Development Authority.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
14. Oral Report on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-133) Project at Mark Center and the Beauregard Corridor Small Area Plan Process.
Staff from Transportation and Environmental Services gave Council an overview of the progress and issues surrounding the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-133) Project and responded to questions and comments from Council about the project.
15. Consideration of the Proposed Process for Funding of Priority Transportation Projects.
City Council received the report and approved the proposed process. Council also requested that staff further refine the outreach program based on Council comments on the docket item.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
ORAL REPORTS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
(a) Mayor Euille reported that a letter was sent to Jack Taylor recognizing him for being nominated as Time Magazine's 2010 Quality Auto Dealer of the Year and thanked him for having his business in the City and for all his generosity through his many philanthropic endeavors.
(b) Mayor Euille reported that George Washington University (GWU) presented an award for the 2010 Alexandria Partnership Fellowship to Lauren Hayes, an Old Town resident and student at GWU, for her commitment to community service through art therapy at the recreation centers in the City.
(c) Mayor Euille congratulated Councilman Krupicka and Councilman Fannon for participating and completing the first Annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon recently. Mayor Euille also noted that former Councilman Speck participated in the race.
(d) Mayor Euille reminded the public that on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, the community would be participating in the International Walk to School Day and he encouraged everyone to participate in the event.
(e) Councilwoman Pepper requested a report from staff on the $1.3 billion recently discovered by the Governor.
(f) Councilwoman Pepper reported that she attended the Agenda Alexandria meeting last week and the main topic of discussion was the Torpedo Arts Factory. Councilwoman Pepper reported that Marian Van Landingham suggested that the City transfer the Office of Arts from the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department and create a separate Cultural Activities Department to guide the Arts Factory, Arts Commission and other cultural activities. Councilwoman Pepper requested that staff explore the benefits and downfalls of such a department creation and report their findings to Council in the near future.
(g) Councilman Fannon reported that he has been named the honorary campaign chair for the United Way Fundraising Campaign for the City and the goal is to raise $700,000 for local charities. Councilman Fannon noted that there will be a kick-off event at Union Street Public House on Columbus Day, October 11, 2010, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Campaign and he encouraged everyone to come out and participate.
(h) Councilman Fannon commended the Sheriff's Office for logging in 6500 hours of inmate work detail service, saving the City $200,000 in the process. Councilman Fannon also noted that the Sheriff's Office hosted four T. C. Williams students interested in Criminal Justice careers as interns.
(i) Councilman Fannon noted his participation in the Woodrow Wilson Half Bridge Marathon.
(j) Councilwoman Hughes reported that she met with a concerned resident in the Carlyle neighborhood about possible violations of the Special Use Permit for a 7-11 convenience store in the development and she noted to Council that the issue may be presented again in the future.
(k) Councilman Krupicka noted that the Health Department along with the Office of Environmental Quality hosted the first Alexandria Eco-Restaurant Exposition to help restaurants learn new ways to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. Councilman Krupicka reported that the first Eco-City Restaurant award was presented to Tempo Restaurant for being a leader in environmental sustainability in the restaurant industry and he noted there was more information about the event, restaurants and vendors on the City's website.
(l) Councilman Krupicka reported that Art on the Avenue will be held in the Del Ray Community on Saturday, October 2, 2010, and he invited everyone to come out and enjoy the activities. Councilman Krupicka also reported that the community would be painting a mural on the Mount Vernon Recreation Center as the community art project.
(m) Councilman Krupicka reported that he and Mayor Euille attended the City Schools meeting this week and he noted that enrollment for Alexandria City schools is up approximately 2.6% over previous years, with 1600 additional kids enrolling in City schools in the past two years, leading to capacity issues in the schools. Councilman Krupicka pointed out that the schools are doing a good job with their modified enrollment program to manage these issues throughout the City. Councilman Krupicka also noted that there is an increase in traffic with the increased enrollment, leading to concerns about the basic safety of students traveling to and from school. Councilman Krupicka also noted that a group of Police, Transportation and Environmental Services and School staff has been formed to come up with strategies for safety for students.
(n) Councilwoman Hughes congratulated Michael Pope on his newly published book and book signing recently.
ORAL REPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
16. Consideration of Resolution Reaffirming the City of Alexandria’s Support for an Alexandria Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) and the Continuation of an Independent Alexandria ASAP Board.
City Council approved the resolution reaffirming the City's position as a participating locality in the State's Alcohol Safety Action Program, and endorsing the continuation of an independent Policy Board for the program. (RES. NO. 2417)
17. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council received the revised calendar which includes the following: scheduled the following budget work sessions at 7:00 p.m., in the Sister Cities Conference Room and noted that one of the November work sessions will likely be a joint work session with the School Board at another location in the community: Monday, October 18; Tuesday, October 19; Monday, November 8; and Tuesday, November 16 and noted that the joint work session with the Arlington County Board on transportation issues will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., October 14, 2010 at the Arlington Parks and Natural Resources Division facility located at 2700 South Taylor Street, Arlington.
18. Consideration of a Closed Meeting to Discuss Land Acquisition Matters.
At 9:13 p.m., City Council convened in executive session, pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(A)(3) of the Code of Virginia, for the purpose of discussion or consideration of the acquisition of real property for a public purpose.
At 9:43 p.m., City Council reconvened the meeting.
City Council adopted a resolution pertaining to the Executive Session. (RES. NO. 2418)