ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
(a) Councilman Speck reported there have been some very thoughtful letters in the newspaper about King Street Park, and he stressed there is no proposal to demolish the sculpture, and there has never been any suggestion that the bricks be removed. The purpose of the public hearing in October is to invite people from the community on both sides of the issue to comment on what they like or dislike about the completed project to give Council some rationale for a definitive decision about what to do further. Staff was requested to carefully craft the wording for this docket item to make this a positive and constructive exercise.
(b) Councilwoman Pepper acknowledged the gift of $1000 that Vice Mayor Euille has contributed in honor of Council to the Project Discovery which has its Sixth Annual Walk for the Future this Saturday, September 29.
(c) Councilwoman Pepper announced there has been some comment about the water in the west end tasting musty. The Virginia-American Water Company explained to her that in the process of the "reservoir turnover" where
the water on the top and the water on the bottom shift, you get musty water.
(d) Councilwoman Pepper reported that the "Cop in the Box" isn't always at the 10 designated intersections from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. when officers are to patrol to keep cars from blocking traffic. She would also like to see Quaker Lane and Duke Street have a police officer at that intersection.
(e) Councilwoman Pepper brought up that the City's red light photo enforcement program is different from San Diego's program where a judge threw out 300 photo red light tickets on the grounds that police there had misused the services of the company processing the citations by paying a percentage of the fines. Alexandria does use the same company; however, we pay a firm fee and a police officer reviews the charges.
ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL (continued)
(f) Councilwoman Eberwein noted that she continues to receive complaints about dogs running at large in parks. People are becoming afraid to use the parks and have stopped reporting violations because they see no enforcement by the City. She asked that staff come back to Council and look at better enforcement. A substantial increase in the amount of the fine might be effective.
Mayor Donley and the City Manager participated in the discussion. Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Director Whitmore reported that there is a draft citation ready for City Manager approval, and seven Park and Recreation staff have been trained. Once those employees have been empowered to issue citations, this should help with enforcement in the parks. The City Attorney stated that the City's fine is a civil violation and fines can be raised if desired.
(g) Vice Mayor Cleveland apologized for his being late and to please bear with him.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
18. Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of AN ORDINANCE to amend Section 12-12-2 of the City Code to adopt an amendment to conform to the comprehensive services act regarding private provider membership on the Alexandria community policy and management team. (#24 9/15/01sm; #22 9/15/01phm) [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
City Council finally passed the Ordinance upon its Second Reading and Final Passage. ORD. NO. 4219
19. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council: (1) received the updated calendar which includes the following events: Wednesday, October 10, Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Sponsor Appreciation breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 South Washington Street; Sunday, October 14 - Tuesday, October 16, Annual Virginia Municipal League Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., the T.C. Williams High School Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the State Championship and celebrating integration at T.C. Williams High School; and (2) confirmed that Council's annual retreat will be held on Saturday, November 3, a one-day event, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Catherine Lodge at the Winkler Botanical Preserve.
20. Consideration of The Convening of an Executive Session to Discuss Personnel Matters Pertaining to a Settlement of a Worker's Compensation Claim, Pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.1-344(A)(7).
At 10:47 p.m., City Council convened an executive session pursuant to Section 2.1-344(A)(7) of the Code of Virginia, for the purpose of consulting with legal counsel concerning a claim pending before the Virginia Worker's Compensation Commission, styled Flynn v. City of Alexandria.
At 10:55 p.m., City Council reconvened the meeting.
City Council authorized the City Attorney to settle the Worker's Compensation Claim which was the subject of the executive session, along the lines discussed with City Council.
City Council adopted the resolution pertaining to the executive session.
RES. NO. 2008
The meeting was adjourned at 10:57 p.m..